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About Berkeley Haas

The Berkeley Haas mission is “to develop leaders who redefine how we do business.” Its distinctive culture is framed by four defining 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. As the website states, “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, start-ups, 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

Entrepreneurship, finance, general management, healthcare, innovation, international management non-profit/social responsibility, organizational behavior, technology

Incoming Class

Number of Applicants: 3,183

MBA Class Size: 247

Tuition: $152,866

Post-MBA Careers

Sector: Technology 32.9%; Consulting 28.2%; Financial Services 13.7%; Healthcare & Consumer Products 5.1%; Starting own Business 5%

Top Recruiters: Adobe, Amazon, Bain & Company, BCG, Cisco, Cruise Automation, Deloitte, EY- Parthenon, Google, McKinsey, Meta, Nike, PwC Strategy&, ServiceNow

Avg Salary: $152,831

Salary Increase: 132%

Employment in 3 months: 93.8%

Berkeley Haas Rankings


Avg. Age: 28

Avg. GPA: 3.64

Avg. GMAT: 729

International Students: 41%

Female Students: 46%

Deadlines for 2023-2024: R1: Sept 14, 2023, R2: Jan 4, 2024, R3: Mar 28, 2024

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

Essays 2023-2024:

Essay #1
What makes you feel alive when you are doing it, and why? (300 words)

Essay #2
How will an MBA help you achieve your short-term and long-term career goals? (300 words)

Essay #3

VIDEO (NEW in 2023): The Berkeley MBA program develops leaders who embody our four Defining Leadership Principles. Briefly introduce yourself to the admissions committee, explain which leadership principle resonates most with you, and tell us how you have exemplified the principle in your personal or professional life. (2 minutes.)

How to Answer the New Berkeley Haas MBA Essay and Video

Optional Essays

  • Optional Information #1: We invite you to help us better understand the context of your opportunities and achievements: [6 multiple choice questions]
  • Optional Information #2: This section should only be used to convey relevant information not addressed elsewhere in your application. This may include an explanation of employment gaps, academic aberrations, supplemental coursework, etc. You are encouraged to use bullet points where appropriate.

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