About Berkeley Haas
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
Number of Applicants: 3,636
MBA Class Size: 331
Sector: Technology/Telecom (32.4%); Consulting (25.1%); Finance (14.5%); Health/Biotech/Pharma (11.6%); Starting Own Business (4.5%)
Top Recruiters: Adobe, Amazon, Bain & Company, BCG, Cisco, Deloitte, Facebook
Avg salary: $139,423
Salary Increase: 110%
Employment in 3 months: 89.5%
Berkeley Haas Rankings
Avg. Age: 28
Avg. GPA: 3.66
Avg. GMAT: 726
Int’l Students: 42%
Female Students: 43%
Deadlines for 2021-2022: R1: Sep 23, 2021, R2: Jan 6, 2022, R3: Apr 7, 2022
Sources: Berkeley Haas, BusinessWeek, Financial Times, US News, MBA50
What makes you feel alive when you are doing it, and why?
The definition of successful leadership has evolved over the last decade and will continue to change. What do you need to develop to become a successful leader? (300 words)
Optional Information #1: We invite you to help us better understand the context of your opportunities and achievements: [6 multiple choice questions]… 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. (hard cut-off at 300 words)
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