Apply now. Pursue your passion. Enroll later.
Apply now. Pursue your passion. Enroll later.
Undergraduates who are considering an MBA in their future can now apply to the top-ranked full-time MBA program at Berkeley Haas. Accelerated Access allows you to complete the MBA application process while in your final year of study, gain conditional admission, and then start your study at Berkeley Haas after a two to five year deferment period for professional experience.1,2
During this time, you are encouraged to pursue employment that enhances your leadership profile and prepares you to contribute to the mission-driven business community at UC Berkeley. You choose when to return to business school, and at that time become eligible for scholarships as well as consideration for our dual degree programs.
*The 2019-20 application cycle has closed. Information about applying through Accelerated Access in 2020-21 will be posted in August.
Who is Eligible
The 2019-20 application cycle has closed. The 2020-21 application will be available in late fall 2020. Admission criteria, eligibility, and timing may change from what is provided below.
In 2020, Accelerated Access is available to:
Students from diverse backgrounds and academic disciplines are encouraged to apply. The admissions team takes a holistic approach to application review and seeks to understand all aspects of a candidate’s character, qualifications, and experiences.
Explore the Class Profile for the full-time MBA Program.
How to Apply
The 2019-20 application cycle has closed. The 2020-21 application will be available in late fall 2020. Application criteria, eligibility and timing may change from what is provided below.
1. CREATE AN ONLINE APPLICATION
Applying begins with our secure online application. Begin by creating an account where you can save your work. The application will launch on Wednesday, January 22.
The $200 application fee will be waived for Accelerated Access applicants in the 2020 cycle.
2. SUBMIT THE APPLICATION
A complete submission will consist of the following items:
3. INTERVIEW PROCESS
Interviews are granted on an invitation-only basis after the evaluation of a submitted application, and are required for admission. They are conducted by admissions staff, students, or alumni. Please note that completing an interview does not guarantee admission.
4. ADMISSION DECISION
All candidates are informed of admission decisions on the posted notification date. Selected applicants will be conditionally admitted to the Berkeley Haas Full-Time MBA Program.
Terms of conditional admission include:
Conditionally admitted students who wish to secure their spot in a future full-time MBA class must pay a non-refundable $500 commitment. During the deferment period, students will receive access to select Haas benefits and resources. Additional details will be communicated to all applicants after the application deadline.
Conditionally admitted students must defer matriculation in the full-time MBA program for a minimum of two and a maximum of five years. Admitted students should notify Haas of their intended matriculation date at least one year in advance of their intended Fall start date. All conditionally admitted students are subject to a secondary review to ensure that the terms of conditional admission have been met.
At this time, students will also be required to submit final and official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate studies.
Additional details will be communicated to admitted students.
Thank you for your interest in Berkeley Haas Accelerated Access. We will publish our recruitment calendar in August 2020.
To receive updates, please submit a Request Info form and you will be added to our mailing list.
In 2020, to celebrate the launch of Accelerated Access and the 10th anniversary of our Defining Leadership Principles, Berkeley Haas will award up to five $100,000 scholarships to Accelerated Access admits.
All applicants are eligible for these scholarships, which will consider several criteria, including:
Recipients will be selected based on information provided in the application and interview, and may be awarded for any one or combination of the above criteria.
All admitted students will be eligible for scholarships and other financial aid at the time they plan to matriculate.
Additional details and timing will be communicated to admitted students.
Questions about applying to Berkeley Haas through Accelerated Access? Contact us by email at email@example.com
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We have two application deadlines: Thursday, April 2, 2020 and Thursday, June 11, 2020. The application process is very similar to that for the full-time MBA program and requirements include a resume, two letters of recommendation, two short essays, undergraduate transcripts, and either the GMAT or GRE. An interview will be required for admission.
Cohort 2020 Deadlines
|Round 1||Round 2|
|Online Application Submitted||April 2, 2020||June 11, 2020|
|Tests Taken||April 2, 2020||June 11, 2020|
|Decision Posted||May 28, 2020||July 23, 2020|
1. In our 2020 pilot cycle, Accelerated Access is exclusively available to UC Berkeley undergraduate seniors and graduate students in their final year of study who enrolled in their graduate program immediately after completing undergrad, without gaining full-time work experience.
2. Through Accelerated Access, successful applicants will gain conditional admission, subject to adherence to specific terms and a follow-on review prior to enrollment.