Haas Essay 1

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

Start by considering the interests you find utterly intriguing, such as hobbies, sports, or art. Or perhaps you are absorbed by a task at work. Above all, it should be more in-depth than your résumé and reflect something personal. Although there is a wide range of possible themes to explore, candidates should think about the balance of topics they cover throughout their essays and select a topic that offers a fresh perspective on their overall candidacy. You must back up your argument with an anecdote that illustrates your engagement in the topic at hand if you want to build a compelling case for yourself. 

Also, explain why you are feeling the fire while performing whatever it is you are doing. The ‘why’ section of this MBA essay should reveal your natural abilities and skills. There must be something motivating you to be so enthusiastic about it. You must determine what inspires you and what is driving your behavior.

For example, suppose you have a strong interest in football. Demonstrate that you have interacted with football in a way that elevates it above the level of a normal pastime, and that it is something you connect with on a deep and varied level (perhaps having played for many years, you now coach youth teams from underprivileged neighborhoods in your community). 

Haas Essay 2

What kind of leader do you aspire to be, and why? (300 words max)

The cornerstones of Haas are Question the Status Quo, Confidence without Attitude, Students Always, and Beyond Yourself.

Show Haas that you have the capacity to lead people, as well as awareness of your own leadership style and the desire to develop it.

A compelling argument might be made in this situation by outlining your leadership qualities and then providing instances of how you have used them. What would your guiding principles be if you were to describe them? For instance, perhaps you identify most strongly as someone who helps. And leading your team’s development is what leadership means to you. As a result, you want to be a leader who helps others grow.

After that, you can talk about your areas of growth and why those things are so crucial (addressing the “why” of the question”). The influence you aim to have on a sector of the economy or your coworkers might be one of the driving forces behind the “type of leader” you aspire to be. This is a good opportunity to emphasize how your leadership will be important to your professional objectives.

You may next devote some effort to discussing how a Haas MBA will help you develop the necessary leadership qualities. Candidates must show understanding of the Haas MBA program as well as consideration on how their future leadership responsibilities and community involvement will match with Berkeley’s core principles. 

Haas Optional Essay 1

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

Demonstrate to Haas that you have the capacity to lead people, as well as insight into your own leadership talents and the desire to enhance them.

Defining your leadership talents and then demonstrating them with particular instances might lead to a significant opening here. Then, describe where you believe you have the opportunity for growth and why these areas are so essential (addressing the prompt’s “why”). The influence you aspire to have on an industry or your colleagues might be one of your motivations for becoming the “type of leader” you want to be. This is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate how your leadership will benefit your professional aspirations.

You may then devote some space to how a Haas MBA will help you improve the necessary leadership qualities. Applicants must exhibit an understanding of the Haas MBA program as well as consideration for how their prospective leadership positions and community activities match with the values of Berkeley. Speaking with students and alumni, as well as attending information sessions, will be beneficial in this regard.

  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)
  1. What is the most recent occupation of your parent(s) or guardian(s)?
  • Unemployed
  • Homemaker
  • Laborer
  • Skilled worker
  • Professional
  1. 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
  1. What was the primary language spoken in your childhood home?
  2. If you have ever been responsible for providing significant and continuing financial or supervisory support for someone else, please indicate.
  • Child
  • Spouse
  • Sibling
  • Parent
  • Extended family members (grandparent, aunt/uncle, niece/nephew, cousin)
  • Other
  1. 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)

Berkeley Haas is devoted to fully understanding candidates. As a result, this question allows you to go further into your family history and living situations. Furthermore, the admissions committee can comprehend your achievements in perspective.

Question 6 gives you a choice. You may either expand on the material provided in Questions 1-5 or provide new insights. It should, however, be pertinent material that will assist the admissions committee in understanding your past.

Consider the occasions when you had to adjust your plans due to unforeseen events. Consider the areas in your life that have tested your resilience the most. As a result, how have you used those experiences to propel your career forward?

Haas Optional Essay 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.

Applicants should be aware that there is a special box in the additional information section where you can declare that you will not receive a reference from your present supervisor. As a result, you do not need to explain it in the optional essay.

Haas suggests utilizing this space to address any facts that you were unable to effectively cover elsewhere. Specifically, any gaps in work or academic challenges.

Otherwise, you can use one or two instances to illustrate your analytical abilities. Use examples to demonstrate that you use a quantitative approach to problem-solving and data analysis. Alternatively, explain any additional courses you have taken to boost your quantitative profile. 

Any inexplicable gap of several months between employment should be addressed. As a result, if your resume contains major career gaps, you should explain what you did in between positions. During this time, you may, for example, refer to extra schooling, training, volunteering, or travel.

Furthermore, re-applicants might indicate significant changes to your application. These might be an increased GMAT score, new marks in quantitative subjects, or a promotion. Other enhancements might include more precise career objectives and greater leadership possibilities. 

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