Full-Time MBA Program

Admissions Criteria

Each fall, the Full-time MBA Program enrolls approximately 240 bright, diverse, and creative future business leaders. We admit candidates with solid professional experience and leadership potential who come from a wide variety of industries and backgrounds. View our class profile to learn more about the most recent incoming class.

We seek candidates who embody our Berkeley-Haas Defining Principles: Question the Status Quo, Confidence Without Attitude, Students Always, and Beyond Yourself. The goal of the application review process is to identify those candidates who are the strongest fit with our program.

Professional Experience

The quality of an MBA program is immeasurably enhanced by the real-world business experience that students bring to the classroom. For this reason, most of our students have two or more years of full-time professional work experience following the completion of their undergraduate degree. More important, however, is the richness of that experience. When reviewing applications, we are interested in the progression and milestones of your career, as well as your supervisor's assessment of your value as an employee and potential as a leader.

Academic Aptitude

Your past academic performance provides us with an indication as to whether you will be able to handle the academic rigor of our program. Candidates may apply to the program if they hold the equivalent of a four-year US bachelor's degree and have not obtained an MBA or comparable degree from another institution. In reviewing your transcripts, we take into account your choice of coursework, the rigor of your undergraduate major, the competitiveness of your academic institutions, and your grade point average (GPA). Although we do not have a minimum requirement, a GPA of B (3.0) or better is generally the standard for serious consideration. We also evaluate your performance on the GMAT (preferred) or GRE, and if required, the TOEFL or IELTS, to assess your ability to succeed academically in our program.

Quantitative Proficiency

The curriculum at Haas includes courses that have a qualitative focus and others that are more analytical and quantitative. All applicants should have completed, at a minimum, a college-level mathematics or statistics course. Haas faculty who teach quantitative courses will assume you have mastered the basic material. Therefore, the Admissions Committee looks carefully at quantitative proficiency when making its admissions decisions.

Personal Qualities

The Berkeley MBA has a distinct culture, and we seek applicants who represent the school's four defining principles: Confidence Without Attitude, Question the Status Quo, Beyond Yourself, and Students Always.

Fall 2015 Application Deadlines

The fall 2015 application is now closed. You may still access existing applications for this cycle. The new fall 2016 application will be available in August.
Round: Online application submitted by: Tests taken by: Decision posted/ emailed by:
One October 1, 2014 October 1, 2014 January 15, 2015
Two January 7, 2015 January 7, 2015 March 26, 2015
Three March 11, 2015 March 11, 2015 May 14, 2015

Consortium Deadlines

Round: Online application submitted by: Tests taken by: Decision posted/ emailed by:
One October 15, 2014 October 15, 2014 January 15, 2015
Two January 5, 2015 January 5, 2015 March 26, 2015

Deferred Admission

As a policy, the Berkeley MBA Program does not grant deferrals for admission. We may consider requests for one-year deferrals only under exceptional, unforeseen circumstances. Requests for deferral must be submitted in writing with relevant supporting documentation. Please contact admissions for more information.

Admitted Applicants

All accepted applicants who wish to reserve a seat in the incoming class must submit a nonrefundable deposit (which is applied against tuition) as follows:

  • Round 1 deposit: due March 10, 2015
  • Round 2 deposit: due April 28, 2015
  • Consortium deposit: April 28, 2015
  • Round 3 deposit: due May 28, 2015

Admitted students will receive detailed information regarding Days at Haas at the time of admission. Tentative dates for Days at Haas are:

  • Week of March 2
  • Week of April 20