ABOUT THE HAAS MBA

The Haas MBA Program is a highly competitive program. Berkeley Haas maintains a strong culture of curiosity, innovation, and selflessness through its Four Defining Leadership Principles. An hour away from Silicon Valley – awash in tech jobs and venture capital and a 20-minute BART ride to San Francisco, Haas provides students with myriad opportunities. Berkeley is one of the most elite and oldest universities situated on the West coast. Studying at Berkeley Haas, you study at the heart of the new economy. The San Francisco Bay Area is home to companies that are redefining industries and driving global economic growth, such as Apple, Google, and Airbnb.

THE 2 YEAR MBA PROGRAM 

The HAAS MBA is a 2 year MBA program based in California. It ranks 15th globally in the Financial Times Global business school rankings. It comes with an admission rate of 13%. 

Harvard Business School faculty members are world-renowned not only for generating new thinking in their fields but also for having a genuine impact on current business practices. 

Tuition fees for the July class are set in December each year.  Fees for the December Class are announced in June.

The tuition fee for one year is  $71,817. The total first-year budget is $110,5958 including boarding expenses etc. 

Generous scholarships are offered to outstanding international candidates on a merit basis. Here are a few types of fellowships and scholarships available.

  • Berkeley Haas Scholarships
  • Galloway MBA Fellowship
  • David Aaker Marketing Fellowship
  • Torres Family Fellowship

CLASS PROFILE

The MBA cohort typically represents a wide array of industries and professional backgrounds, providing a truly global learning experience.

The industry experience of students, prior to joining is also diverse, ranging from consulting, banking, and financial services to fashion and performing arts. About 26% are international or non-US students.

The average work experience for the full-time MBA is 7 years which ensures that students contribute richly to classroom learning by bringing forward their varied industry experience Peer-peer learning beyond the classroom is also facilitated through this.

At 40%, Haas has one of the best gender diversity ratios at B-schools throughout the world. 

The median GMAT score for the incoming class of 2021 was 710 and the 80% is in the range of 660-740.

The infographic below depicts the Haas MBA class profile with statistics about the gender distribution, age, work experience, and geographical background of the students.

Source: The official school website 

COURSE CURRICULUM SUMMARY

Academics

The rigorous curriculum takes an interdisciplinary approach to business fundamentals, so you can move seamlessly from “what is” to “what could be.” It steeps you in different ways of thinking and in multiple perspectives and reinforces your growing knowledge with experiential learning opportunities.

The 12 required courses in the core curriculum build on one another to foster mastery of the analytical tools and essential knowledge to lead successfully. Beyond the core, you’ll have the freedom to tailor most of your MBA studies to achieve your goals and passions.

Experiential learning has been integral to the Berkeley Haas MBA experience for more than 25 years. Even more, than being in the classroom, hands-on learning lets you feel the impact of what you have learned—and accomplished. You recognize the growth in your own skills and knowledge. Even more importantly, you see how your newfound skills can solve real-world problems.

Haas draws on deep relationships with leading firms and organizations in the Bay Area, across the nation, and around the world to offer unparalleled opportunities for MBA experiential learning. More than half of the electives feature hands-on projects. You will take at least one of nearly 20 Applied Innovation courses, working on team projects that range from corporate innovation initiatives with major firms to global consulting work.

Student clubs

Fine wine or fintech? There is an MBA club for both interests at Berkeley Haas. Not to mention more than 40 other activities and interests.

Student-led clubs and affinity groups let you deepen your knowledge, learn from your classmates, give back to the community, and improve the MBA experience for future classes—all while having fun and strengthening bonds within the Berkeley Haas community. 

Students can be part of the various student-led bodies of CBS such as Career fellows, Dean’s Advisory Board, Bernstein Leadership Board, etc.

Events

You’ll have unmatched access to business leaders at Haas, including important practitioners who serve as adjunct faculty members as well as corporate legends, heads of state, and founders of ground-breaking start-ups who come to campus to speak, mentor, and network with students.

PLACEMENT STATISTICS

Each year, Haas achieves high employment rates in excess of 89.9% of each MBA class. 

The return on investment is huge given a median alumni salary after graduation of USD 143,696 with $33775 as a mean bonus.

72.1% received a signing bonus while 42.6% received stock options.

Many students joined startups and new ventures.

These are the critical placement statistics.

Source: The official career report 2021

Technology and Management Consulting emerged as the 2 industries in which the majority of the class was placed. Close to 58% of the class goes to these industries post MBA.

About 33% of the class went to Technology alone.

Top employers included Mckinsey & Co., Bain & Co., BCG, Amazon, Google, and Adobe.

NOTABLE ALUMNI

Shantanu Narayen, Chief Executive Officer of Adobe Systems

Barbara J. Desoer, Former CEO for Citibank

Paul Otellini, Former CEO of Intel

APPLICATION DETAILS

Admission Requirements

• Bachelor’s degree

GMATExecutive Assessment, or GRE score

• Applicants who received their degrees from countries in which the primary official language is not English, must submit official evidence of English Language Proficiency (TOEFL/IELTS)

Letters of Recommendation

2 letters of recommendation to be submitted before the application deadlines. 

Application Fee: $200 

Application Deadlines

The application dates for the 2022-2023 intake are tentative.

Essay questions

Essay 1:

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

Essay 2:

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 maximum)

Optional Essays

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 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

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)

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