Full-Time MBA Program

Admissions Process

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.

The Fall 2017 application will be available in early August.

Admissions Criteria

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 U.S. 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, Students Always, and Beyond Yourself.

Application Requirements

The Fall 2017 application will open in early August.

The following materials are required to apply for the Berkeley-Haas MBA:

  • Online Application
  • $200 Application Fee
  • Current Resume(submitted online)
  • Admissions Essays

Two professional letters of recommendation

We require two letters of recommendation and prefer that at least one come from a current employer. Select individuals with whom you have had considerable professional interaction, such as your supervisor or a major client. The title or status of those you select is not important. What does matter is how closely your letter writers have worked with you and whether they can attest to your value as an employee, your professional accomplishments, and your personal qualities and interpersonal skills in an organizational context. For this reason, we strongly discourage academic references. Letters of recommendation from co-workers, someone you have supervised, relatives, or personal and family friends are inappropriate and can be detrimental to the review of your application. Please do not submit more than two letters, and if you choose not to obtain a letter from your current supervisor, be certain to explain why.

Recommenders may submit letters of recommendation online.

University transcripts

One official transcript from every college/university/graduate institution you have attended since secondary/high school graduation regardless of length of study. Graduates of non-US institutions must also provide one official degree certificate in the original language. English translations are required if the documents are not in English. Official copies (required for admission) must be issued by the school. For review purposes, only scans or photocopies of official documents may be uploaded or mailed.

Minimum academic requirements for international applicants are a 4-year bachelor's degree or a master's degree (2 years after your bachelor's degree).

GMAT or GRE score report

All candidates are required to take the GMAT (preferred) or GRE exam prior to the deadline for which they are applying. There is no minimum acceptable score. We are especially interested in your performance on the quantitative section as an indication of your quantitative proficiency. Please note that the Analytical Writing component is required for both the GMAT and GRE. For Fall 2017 admission, we accept official scores from exams taken on or after October 1, 2011. Be sure to have your exam results sent to Berkeley's Full-time MBA Program using institution code N2VPT47 for the GMAT or 0574 for the GRE.

For detailed information: (GMAT) (GRE)

English language proficiency

The UC Berkeley Graduate Division requires that all applicants who received their degrees from countries in which the official language is not English submit official evidence of English Language Proficiency. This requirement applies to applicants from Bangladesh, Burma, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Latin America, the Middle East, North Africa, the People's Republic of China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, and most European countries. This requirement also applies to US citizens who received their undergraduate degrees in these countries or regions. Only applicants who have completed a full year of US university-level coursework with a grade of B or better are exempt from this requirement.

The following courses do not fulfill this requirement: (1) courses in English as a Second Language, (2) courses conducted in a language other than English, (3) courses that will be completed after you apply, and (4) courses of a nonacademic nature.

There are two standardized tests you may take: the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), and the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) assessment.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): Your most recent score must be at least 90 for the Internet-based test (iBT), at least 230 for the computer-based test (CBT), or at least 570 for the paper and pencil test (PBT). For Fall 2017 admission, we only accept scores from exams taken on or after June 1, 2015. To have your exam results sent to Berkeley's Full-Time MBA Program, list institution code 4833 and department code 02. See our class profile for last year's average TOEFL score

IELTS (International English Language Testing System): While TOEFL is preferred, you can submit scores from the Academic Modules of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). For Fall 2017 admission, only tests taken on or after June 1, 2015 will be considered. Your most recent overall BAND score must be at least 7 on a 9-point scale.

You can obtain detailed information about the TOEFL by visiting, or the IELTS by visiting


The Admissions Committee conducts interviews of applicants by invitation only, and we ask that you please refrain from contacting us to request an interview. Interviews are offered both on-campus and in cities around the world.

Detailed instructions are provided in the online application. Please note that paper applications are not available.

* If you are encountering problems with your online application and essays, please check the FAQs.

Mail supplemental materials to:
Full-Time MBA Admissions
Haas School of Business
430 Student Services Bldg #1902
Berkeley, CA 94720-1902

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