Haas School of Business

Last updated on November 27th, 2018

The Haas School of Business is one of the 14 schools at the University of California, Berkeley.

Founded in 1898 as the College of Commerce, University of Berkeley, California, it is known for its small intake and highly selective process. It offers many courses, so much so that the applicants will be spoilt for choice.

  • Facts and Figures

An Overview

Rank 9
Program Duration 2 Years
Class Size 252
Average GMAT Score 717
Average Age 28 Years
Program Cost $61,713.50

Source:  https://mba.haas.berkeley.edu/admissions/class-profile.html

  • Recruitment at Haas School of Business

Haas’ alumni is placed globally. Take a look at the top companies that hired from Haas the previous year:

Adobe Systems
The Clorox Company
Amazon.com, Inc.
Deloitte Consulting

Source:  http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/groups/careercenter/reports/14_15%20ReportSummary.pdf

  • Apply to Haas School of Business

The deadlines for the 2020 admissions have been announced. Mark your calendars for these dates:

Round 1 – September 26th, 2019
Round 2 – January 9th, 2020
Round 3 – April 2nd, 2020


Essay Topic 2020

Below are the required essays, supplemental essays, and optional essays for Fall 2020.

Required 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)

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.

Required 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 Essays

The admissions team takes a holistic approach to application review and seeks to understand all aspects of a candidate’s character, qualifications, and experiences. We will consider achievements in the context of the opportunities available to a candidate. Some applicants may have faced hardships or unusual life circumstances, and we will consider the maturity, perseverance, and thoughtfulness with which they have responded to and/or overcome them.

Optional Information #1

We invite you to help us better understand the context of your opportunities and achievements:

1. 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)

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

-> Unemployed
-> Homemaker
-> Laborer
-> Skilled worker
-> Professional

3. 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

4. What was the primary language spoken in your childhood home?

5. 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

6. 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.

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).

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