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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: 3,821

MBA Class Size: 291

Tuition: $123,012

Post-MBA Careers

Sector: Technology/Telecom (31.7%); Consulting (24%); Finance (13.7%); CPG Retail (8.2%)

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

Avg salary: $125,572

Salary Increase: 104%

Employment in 3 months: 86%

MBA Rankings 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
BusinessWeek 13 13 19 9 10 11 6
Financial Times 7 7 8 7 7 13 7
Forbes 13 14 14 8 9
The Economist 6 3 5 5 7 1 10
 Us News  7  7  7  7  7  7 7


Avg. Age: 28

Avg. GPA: 3.66

Avg. GMAT: 726

Int’l Students: 42%

Female Students: 43%

Deadlines for 2018-2019: R1: Sep 27, 2018, R2: Jan 10, 2019, R3: Apr 04, 2019,

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


Required Essays
Essay #1
Tell us a six-word story that reflects a memorable experience in your life-to-date. Elaborate on why it is meaningful to you. (300 words maximum)

Essay #2
Briefly describe your immediate post-MBA career goal, and discuss how it will put you on a path to a meaningful and rewarding career. (300 words maximum)

Optional Information #1
We invite you to help us better understand the context of your opportunities and achievements.

What is the highest level of education completed by your parent(s) or guardian(s)?

  • Did not complete high school
  • High school diploma or equivalency (GED)
  • Associate’s degree (junior college) or vocational degree/license
  • Bachelor’s degree (BA, BS)
  • Master’s degree (MA, MS)
  • Doctorate or professional degree (MD, JD, DDS)

What is the most recent occupation of your parent(s) or guardian(s)?

  • Unemployed
  • Homemaker
  • Laborer
  • Skilled worker
  • Professional

If you were raised in one of the following household types, please indicate.

  • Raised by a single parent
  • Raised by an extended family member (grandparent, aunt/uncle, niece/nephew, cousin)
  • Raised in a multi-generational home
  • Raised in foster care
  • What was the primary language spoken in your childhood home?

If you have you ever been responsible for providing significant and continuing financial or supervisory support for someone else, please indicate.

  • Child
  • Spouse
  • Sibling
  • Parent
  • Extended family member (grandparent, aunt/uncle, niece/nephew, cousin)
  • Other

Please elaborate on any of your above responses. Alternatively, you may use this opportunity to expand on other hardships or unusual life circumstances that may help us understand the context of your opportunities, achievements, and impact.
(300 words maximum)

Optional Information #2
This section should only be used to convey relevant information not addressed elsewhere in your application. This may include explanation of employment gaps, academic aberrations, supplemental coursework, etc. You are encouraged to use bullet points where appropriate.

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