Full-Time MBA Program

Consortium Candidates

About The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management

An alliance of leading American business schools and some of our country's top corporations, The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management seeks to enhance diversity in business education and leadership by helping to reduce the serious underrepresentation of African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans in both our member schools enrollments and the ranks of management.

The Consortium recruits qualified U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents who can demonstrate a commitment to The Consortium's mission.

If you are considering applying through The Consortium, you may reach out to our student Consortium Liaisons.

Fall 2018 Consortium Deadlines

The Consortium deadlines and admissions essays for the 2017-18 Admissions cycle will be updated soon!

Consortium Application

We encourage candidates to apply to the Berkeley MBA program through The Consortium. If you apply as a Consortium candidate, you are not required to complete the Full-time Berkeley MBA program application. Applicants who apply using The Consortium application undergo the same evaluation process as applicants who apply directly to the Berkeley MBA.

Consortium Fellowships

Candidates who apply and are accepted through The Consortium are considered for full-tuition, merit-based Berkeley-Haas Consortium Fellowships and benefit from ongoing professional development opportunities. Applying via the Consortium does not preclude applicants from being awarded other Haas Scholarships.

Admissions Essays

Listed below are the required Berkeley-Haas supplemental essays for Fall 2017. In addition to completing the essays required by the Consortium, applicants must also respond to the following Berkeley-Haas supplemental essays for Fall 2017.


At Berkeley-Haas we seek candidates from a broad range of cultures, backgrounds, and industries who demonstrate a strong cultural fit with our program and defining principles. Our distinctive culture is defined by four key principles - Question the Status Quo, Confidence Without Attitude, Students Always, and Beyond Yourself.

We encourage you to reflect on your experiences, values, and passions so that you may craft a thoughtful and authentic response.

  1. If you could choose one song that expresses who you are, what is it and why? Your song can be in any language, from any culture, and does not need to contain lyrics. The strongest responses will focus on answering why this song expresses who you are. (2,000 characters)

  2. Please respond to one of the following prompts: (2,000 characters)

    • Describe an experience that has fundamentally changed the way you see the world and how it transformed you.
    • Describe a time when you were challenged by perspectives different from your own and how you responded.
    • Describe a difficult decision you have made and why it was challenging.

    In your response, clearly indicate to which prompt (1, 2, or 3) you are responding. We do not have a preference among the prompts and suggest that you select the one for which you can share a specific experience, professional or personal.

  3. Optional Essay: Why Haas? (2,000 characters)


You may be invited to interview with Berkeley-Haas during the application review cycle. Interviews are by invitation only and are offered both on-campus and in cities around the world.

Joint Degrees

You may apply to the MBA/MPH program through The Consortium. You should indicate your intention when completing The Consortium application. Applicants to the MBA/MPH program do not need to complete any application materials separate from the MBA application. Please note that for fellowship recipients this only covers the first two years of the two and one half year MBA/MPH program.

Berkeley-Haas does not accept applications for the JD/MBA joint degree through The Consortium. To apply for the JD/MBA concurrent degree, please apply directly through the Berkeley-Haas application.

Consortium Orientation Program (OP)

All incoming Consortium members are required to attend The Orientation Program (OP) the summer prior to matriculation. This five-day event brings together new Consortium students, second-year students, alumni, as well as representatives from member schools, sponsoring companies and strategic partner organizations. OP features workshops, social activities, networking opportunities and professional development programming.

See also: Consortium FAQs