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About The School

The Berkeley Haas mission is “to develop leaders who redefine how we do business.” Its distinctive culture is framed by four principles: Question the status quo, confidence without attitude, students always, beyond yourself. Haas aims to cultivate innovative leaders who know how to put new ideas to work and to do so responsibly. By leveraging the energy that’s ever-present in the innovative business ecosystem of the San Francisco Bay Area, the program emphasizes how to seize opportunities, challenge conventional wisdom and act creatively. Quips the website, “our entire culture is about fresh thinking. This is Berkeley, after all.”

Anchored in a rigorous general management curriculum, the program aims to impart multidimensional leadership skills that can be applied in any type of organization, including global firms, startups, nonprofits, or graduates’ own entrepreneurial ventures. Haas links its courses and programs across disciplines at Berkeley and puts a premium on flexibility, allowing students to customize a program of study to their interests and design their own electives.

Strengths And Specializations

Nonprofit/Social Responsibility, Entrepreneurship, Technology, Innovation, International Management, Healthcare, General Management, Organizational Behavior

Incoming Class

Number of Applicants: 4,031

MBA Class Size: 252


Post-MBA Careers

Sector: Technology/Telecom (39%); Consulting (19%); Finance (12%); CPG Retail (11.5%)

Top Recruiters: Adobe, Amazon, Bain & Company, BCG, Cisco, Deloitte, Facebook

Avg salary: $122,488

Salary Increase: 94%

Employment in 3 months: 89.7%

MBA Rankings 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
BusinessWeek 13 13 19 9 10 11
Financial Times 7 7 8 7 7 13
Forbes 13 14 14 8 9
The Economist 6 3 5 5 7 1
 Us News  7  7  7  7  7  7


Avg. Age: 28

Avg. GPA: 3.71

Avg. GMAT: 725

Int’l Students: 39%

Female Students: 40%

Deadlines for Sept 2017:R1: Sep 21, 2017, R2: Jan 04, 2018, R3: Mar 22, 2018, R3: Apr 05, 2018,

Sources: Berkeley Haas, BusinessWeek, Financial Times, US News, MBA50


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ESSAY #2: Respond to one of the following prompts: (250 words maximum)
• Describe a significant obstacle you have encountered and how it has impacted you.
• Describe how you have cultivated a diverse and inclusive culture.
• Describe a leadership experience and how you made a positive and lasting impact.

1. Briefly describe your immediate post-MBA career goals. (50 words maximum)
2. How have prior experiences motivated and prepared you to pursue these goals? (250 words maximum)


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