Berkeley, CA
North of San Francisco and capping the Bay Area like a gem, Berkeley Haas is a boutique program of 240 students per class, teeming with the innovative spirit that ignites the Silicon Valley. Haas is one of the very top schools in the world for those interested in technology and entrepreneurship. Besides its strategic tech-based location, Haas restructured their curriculum to focus more on innovative leadership under the BILD program (Berkeley Innovative Leader Development) in an effort to develop unwavering leadership skills in all students. Moreover, Haas also has a prerequisite for experiential courses which allow students to participate in innovative challenges within companies like Visa, Yahoo!, Disney, Cisco, and more. This way, students undergo unique educational experiences in which “innovation” is more than just a buzzword. Students are faced with real life challenges in world-class companies where they have no choice but to innovate in order to come up with solutions to age-old problems. This is a type of learning that one simply can’t achieve through reading case studies.

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Important Dates

Early Round

Round 1

DeadlineSep 21, 2017
NotificationDec 14, 2017

Round 2

DeadlineJan 4, 2018
NotificationMar 22, 2018

Round 3

DeadlineApr 5, 2018
NotificationMay 10, 2018



Application Requirements

Application Fee

$200 USD



Required Essays





Questions, Class of 2020:

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. (250 words maximum)

Tip: A successful six-word story will pique the reader’s interest in the forthcoming explanation. Together, the story and explanation will share a specific and personal experience that helps the reader get to know you better, giving insight into your character, values, or how you would uniquely contribute to the Berkeley-Haas community. View sample six-word stories and video tips from the admissions committee.

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.
Tip: Responses can draw from professional or personal experiences. Through your response, the admissions committee hopes to gain insight into your achievements, involvement, and leadership footprint.

Essay #3
Briefly describe your immediate post-MBA career goals. (50 words maximum)
How have prior experiences motivated and prepared you to pursue these goals? (250 words maximum)
Tip: You are encouraged to reflect on both what you want to do professionally after business school and why this path interests you.

Supplemental Information
If you have not provided a letter of recommendation from your current supervisor, please explain. If not applicable, enter N/A.
List, in order of importance, significant community and professional organizations and extracurricular activities in which you have been involved during or after university studies. Include the following information for each using the format below:
Name of organization or activity
Nature of organization or activity
Size of organization
Dates of involvement
Offices held
Average number of hours spent per month
List full-time and part-time jobs held during undergraduate or graduate studies indicating the employer, job title, employment dates, location, and the number of hours worked per week for each position held prior to the completion of your degree.
If you have ever been subject to academic discipline, placed on probation, suspended, or required to withdraw from any college or university, please explain. If not, please enter N/A (An affirmative response to this question does not automatically disqualify you from admission).
Optional Essay
Use this essay to share information that is not presented elsewhere in the application, for example:

Explanation of employment gaps or academic aberrations
Quantitative abilities
For re-applicants, improvements to your candidacy



We require two letters of recommendation and prefer that at least one come from a current employer. Select individuals with whom you have had considerable professional interaction, such as your supervisor or a major client. The title or status of those you select is not important. What does matter is how closely your letter writers have worked with you and whether they can attest to your value as an employee, your professional accomplishments, and your personal qualities and interpersonal skills in an organizational context. For this reason, we strongly discourage academic references. Letters of recommendation from co-workers, someone you have supervised, relatives, or personal and family friends are inappropriate and can be detrimental to the review of your application. Please do not submit more than two letters, and if you choose not to obtain a letter from your current supervisor, be certain to explain why.

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In a process where every nuance can be a crucial quest for perfection, professionalism and commitment are simply critical ingredients for success.

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