School Profile


1. Berkeley Haas is tied with NYU Stern for the 14th position as per the Financial Times ranking 2022.

2. The FT rankings are based on surveys taken by FT and these surveys need to be filled by at least 20% of the school alumni who have graduated at least three years ago from the respective B-School.

3. The notable criteria among a total of 20 parameters used by Financial Times for the ranking include:

  • Weighted Salary
  • Salary increments since graduation
  • Female representation – both among faculty and among students
  • Overall career progress
  • Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives
  • Networking opportunities

Class Profile (as of 2021 batch)


1. Second best MBA program – only next to Stanford GSB – for breaking into the Technology/Product sectors

  • Highest percentage of graduates placed in the Tech sector at 43%

2. Mandatory focus on innovation – in fact, not just innovation but experiential innovation!

  • To graduate from the MBA program, every student must mandatorily select at least one out of about 20 Elective courses that are designated as Applied Innovation Courses.
  • Here comes the coolest feature of this Innovation focused program – Experiential Learning – Let’s see what that means!
    • These Applied Innovation Electives are courses which are studied through diverse study groups and the study groups work on Live Projects.
    • Why is that significant? Because these live projects are actual live business problems that clients/companies are faced with and essentially these students get to solve real business problems by applying innovative business solutions
    • Not just that – by doing the above, the students get a unique opportunity to interface with some of the biggest companies, create networking opportunities and of course put their education to practical experience.

3. Location – Located at the SF Bay Area, Berkeley Haas has established great relationships with established firms and up-and-comers from Silicon Valley – put this in context with the Experiential Learning and you see how the Applied Innovation courses are absolute gold mines as far creating valuable network is concerned – especially for aspirants who want to get into Tech-based roles.

4. Unlike other Universities that tend to separate their business school from their other disciplines, Berkeley Haas is deeply integrated with UC Berkeley’s other disciplines.

  • This provides the MBA students to work on collaborative projects with students with different and specialized expertise of other fields.
  • For instance, MBA students get to work with engineering students on collaborative projects in the elective called Cleantech to Market in which they get to work on strategies to commercialize emerging sustainable eco-friendly technology.

5. Depending on the electives chosen, a student essentially majors or creates focus in one of 13 specializations which Haas calls “areas of emphasis” – what’s unique is other than the MBA degree itself, you get a graduate certificate that essentially qualifies your MBA degree as a specialized one in one of the 13 areas of Emphasis.


1. Semesters: 4 across 2 years

2. The core curriculum consists of 12 courses that students must take over the first year of the MBA

3. Semester 2 onwards students start selecting Electives

4. Depending on the mix of electives, students essentially have a focus on one of the following 13 majors or “areas of emphasis”

  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Strategy/Consulting
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Energy and Clean Technology
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Global Management
  • Health Management
  • Social Sector Leadership
  • Real Estate
  • Technology

5. As mentioned in the section about what makes Haas unique, students must select at least one of about 20 Applied Innovation Electives through which they also get a taste of Experiential Learning by solving a live business problem for an external stakeholder.


For Academics

1. Faculties – For all academic and research purposes

2. Centers – These are essentially faculty groups separated discipline-wise to provide students with specific guidance on their areas of emphasis

3. Academic Advisors in Program Office – To help with selection of Electives before every semester with regards to choices of Electives available and also the goals of the student.

For Placements

UC Berkeley Haas has the Career Management Group that consists of 4 categories of experts who are essentially there to connect the students to prospective recruiters. Let’s learn more about these 4 groups of experts.

1. Relationship Managers – These are experts who have well-built relationships with multiple firms and can connect you with recruiters in your preferred field.

2. Career Coaches – They will bring clarity to what career path you should be looking into – what’s your best fit essentially. That is followed by refining your recruiter search, preparing you for interviews, negotiating and evaluating offers.

3. Peer Advisors – The second-year seniors who are there to answer your queries about summer internships, prepare you with mock interviews, share their recent professional experiences and essentially answer any relevant queries you might have before venturing into your own professional journey.

4. Industry Specialists – Exactly as the name suggests, these are experts who bring specialized knowledge of industries and prepare you starting with what your resume should look like (depending on the industry of your choice) to insider insights. They will also help you with suggestions on how to network with relevant personnel to crack into your desired industry or role.

Application Process


1. Online application

2. $200 application fee

3. Current resume (submitted online)

4. Admissions essays

5. Two professional letters of recommendation

6. University transcripts

7. GMAT or GRE score report

8. English language proficiency proof – TOEFL/IELTS mandatory for all Indian applicants, regardless of medium of instruction during UG

9. Interview

The process is fairly straight forward:

1   Fill up the online application form.

  • This step also involves payment of the application fee of $200

2    Submit items #3 to #8 before the application deadlines.

3    Point to note over here is the interview is based on your resume

  • The interviewers do not have access to your application material.

4    Application process timeline: 11 weeks from Application deadline till decision

  • Except Round 3 for which the decision takes about 5 weeks from the deadline


There are 3 rounds of admission for UC Berkeley Haas. Following are the deadlines along with the decision dates for each of the three rounds.

Selection Criteria


No minimum score specified. However, the average GMAT score is a safe bet to go by for global applicants i.e. 730.

Important to note is Berkeley Haas places more importance on the Quant section of the GMAT since they prefer students with Quantitative Aptitude.

Of course, for Indians and Chinese a score of 740+ would help their case.

For GRE takers, the average score is about 322 and this score could be considered a benchmark for getting in.


TOEFL Cut-off scores:

  • TOEFL Internet based – 90
  • TOEFL paper and pencil based – 570
  • TOEFL Computer based – 230

IELTS Cut-off scores:

  • Minimum band score – 7


While Haas doesn’t state a hard number of years that you’d at least require for getting into the MBA program, it is strongly recommended that you have at least 2-3 years and preferably 5 years or more of work experience.

The average work-ex of the 2021 batch was about 5.5 years, with the range being between 3-8 years.

Candidates with less experience would also be considered but they’d be at a significant competitive disadvantage.


Preferred GPA for serious consideration is 3.0 or more out of a 4.0 scale.

Also, if you’ve multiple bachelor’s or already a master’s degree, the admission committee will give the highest weightage to the first Bachelor’s GPA.


1. Professional experience

  • While the range of work experience varies from 3-8 years, the quality of experience matters much more than the quantity.
    • By quality, think leadership, niche roles etc.

2. Academic Aptitude

  • Well, GPA matters and so does the alma-matter.
    • For Indians, the likes of IITs, IIMs, SRCC gets brownie points.

3. Personal Qualities

  • They look at how you as a person resonate with the 4 principles of Leadership that Hass looks for
    • Questioning the Status Quo – Challenge convention, think outside the box, take risks, innovate!
    • Confidence Without Attitude – Data based decision making should give you confidence while not making you arrogant.
    • Student Always – Do you have a curious mindset always seeking to learn?
    • Beyond Yourself – Seek to solve problems that target a bigger need than just yourself


Reapplicants are not given less priority. However, it is recommended that you use the optional essay to highlight what extra value you’ve added to your profile since the previous application.

Application Essays and LoRs


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


1. Keep it to the point – right away talk about what it is that makes you feel in the zone!

2. The question is not asking about an activity like sky-diving

3. They’re looking for some practice that you’re passionate about

4. And also one that resonates with one of the four defining principles of leadership of Haas


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 max)


1. Right away mention 3-4 qualities/traits that (a) you believe works for a modern leader and (b) you’ve demonstrated yourself

2. Examples! Goes without saying.

3. Evolution – what changes in traits or in your leadership style do you anticipate you need to make going forward? What scope of improvement in your leadership you feel is required as you mature and grow?

4. Ideally, the values you demonstrate should align with the 4 leadership principles of Haas


Briefly describe your immediate post-MBA career goal. (150 words maximum)


1. Jump to the point – role, industry, function and the kind of problem you’d want to solve in this role.

2. What skills do you intend to develop through this stint?

3. How does this stint contribute to your long term goal?


One of our goals at Berkeley Haas is to develop leaders who value diversity and to create an inclusive environment in which people from different ethnicities, genders, lived experiences, and national origins feel welcomed and supported.

Can you please describe any experience or exposure you have in the area of diversity, equity, and inclusion, whether through community organizations, personal, or in the workplace? (150 words maximum)


1. Use the STAR framework

2. Situation – What got you in that diverse international setup? Could be educational, a personal vacation or professional – really depends on how you bring out the value out of the experience

3. Task – What needed to be achieved?

4. Action – Talk about steps you took to overcome the cultural differences/barriers and how you aligned yourself to fit in with the new culture

4.1 Really, this cultural adaptability is what they’re looking for above all else out of this question

5. Result – Well, how far did you end up aligning yourself with the new culture? How did that impact your development as a person? What value did it add to you?



Someone at the workplace – typically your manager or someone in upper management you’ve worked with – or someone elsewhere who can basically evaluate and advocate for your leadership potential in a business setting.


1. Please provide a brief description of your interaction with the applicant and, if applicable, the applicant’s role in your organization.

2. How does the applicant’s performance compare to that of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? Please provide specific examples. (e.g. what are the applicant’s principal strengths?)

3. Describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant’s response.

4. In the Berkeley MBA program, we develop leaders who embody our distinctive culture’s four key principles, one of which is “Confidence Without Attitude” or “confidence with humility.” Please comment on how the applicant reflects this Berkeley Haas value.

5. (Optional) Is there anything else we should know?


The common tip for all of the above LoR questions would be:

1. Ideally, the strengths and weaknesses should be different from the ones you mentioned in your essay

2. The strengths and weaknesses in the two LoRs should ideally be different as well

3. If the recommender has graduated from a top university and/or have been involved in leadership positions in really renowned organizations, mention the same in Question #1 – doing so creates credibility

4. Every attribute- strengths, weaknesses, leadership potential etc. – that the recommender writes about must be supplemented with a suitable example to demonstrate the attribute.


Scholarships at Berkeley Haas range from $5,000- $125,000, which can be applied toward tuition, and fees.


1. Need based

2. Merit Based

  • Criteria for selection
    • Academic Preparedness – Demonstrated ability to navigate the academic rigor of the program
    • Consortium Fellowships – Support of racial equity. Learn more here.
    • Gender Equity – Support of gender equity in a professional organization or community
    • Industry- Distinctive contributors in industry, including but not limited to: finance, marketing, entrepreneurship, health management, real estate, social impact, strategy/consulting, technology
    • Leadership – Innovative, initiative-driven leadership impacting their organization or community environments and/or alignment with defining leadership principles
    • LGBTQ – Support of LGBTQ equity in a professional organization or community
    • Personal Achievement – Overcoming obstacles, demonstrating resilience and optimism

3. Centers and Institutes Fellowships


1  Berkeley MBA Grant

1.1 Awarded on the basis of significant financial need

2    Brian Maxwell Fellowship

2.1 For those who show entrepreneurial spirit and a drive to innovate

3    Mike and Carol Meyer Fellowship

3.1 For those with science/engineering grads who want to get into entrepreneurship

4    Dr. Tahir Fellowship

4.1 For those with UG education in Asia

5    Forte Fellowship Designation

5.1 Empowerment of female MBA students


Q. Do the application essays contribute to my chances of receiving scholarship?

They do. Your alignment with the cultural principles at Haas and your overall value add to the community as well as your demonstrated leadership abilities and acumen (academic and professional) comes into play for sure.

Q. When should I fill the application form?

Preferably Round 1. Round 2 at the latest.

Q. How to Apply for Scholarships?

Fellowship applications are available in the admissions application and are reviewed by the Admissions team. This committee will utilize the admissions application in its deliberations. The supplemental essay, when required, will be used to gather additional targeted information for specific awards. Essay prompts and additional supplemental information is available in the Scholarships section of the admission application.

The criteria used to select the best recipient among qualified applicants include, but are not limited to:

1. Overall strength of the admissions application

2. Professional goals, educational achievement

3. Leadership skills, and

4. Embodiment of the Haas Defining Leadership Principles.

Please note that meeting the stated criteria does not mean you are guaranteed funds; rather, it means you are eligible for consideration.

Q. Any other relevant points to keep in mind?

1. Find your fit – select the scholarships that best align with your background and what you’ve to offer

2. Negotiate – Well, guess what, should you have offers from multiple schools, you can leverage that demand to possibly get favourable results in terms of scholarships awarded


Scholarship applications will also be accessible on your status page after you submit your application for admission, as long as there is funding available. Please refer to our scholarship deadlines for submission dates:

It is HIGHLY recommended that students apply for awards in the same round/cycle as when they are applying for admission. Funding for some scholarships is limited and will be awarded early in the financial aid cycle. Students who miss the priority scholarship deadline for their round will still be evaluated for funding, however, decisions will be rolling and may not be made prior to your deposit deadline.





UC Berkely Haas


1. Walk Me Through Your Resume/Tell Me About Yourself.

2. Why Go Back to School?

3. Tell Me About A Challenge That You’ve Faced and What Lesson(s) You Learned from It.

4. What Clubs and Activities Would You Get Involved With?

5. How Do You Show Humility in Your Work?

6. Tell Me About A Time You Used Data to Persuade Others Or Inform A Path Forward.

7. What Would You Bring to The Haas Community?

8. How Do You Manage Conflict or Difficult People At Work?

9. Provide an Example Of Fostering DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) At Work Or In The Community.

10. Tell me about the biggest risk that you took in your professional life, the outcome and the thought process that led you to this risk?

11. Tell me about a time when you led a cross-functionally project where team members had trouble getting aligned, how do you gain consensus from the group and the outcome?

12. How Would Your Coworkers Describe You?

13. Questions for The Interviewer


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