Accelerated Access

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Applying to Haas through Accelerated Access

Are you a University of California undergraduate senior or graduate student in your final year of study? Accelerated Access was created just for you...

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.

Who is Eligible

In 2020-2021, Accelerated Access is available to:

  1. University of California undergraduate students in their final year of study, with a graduation date between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021.
  2. University of California graduate students without full-time employment who enrolled in their graduate program immediately after completing their undergraduate studies, with a graduate degree graduation date between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021.

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 2020-21 application will be available in November 2020. Application criteria, eligibility and timing may change from what is provided below.

Applying begins with our secure online application. Begin by creating an account where you can save your work. The application will launch in November 2020.

A complete submission will consist of the following items:

  • Copies of university transcripts
  • Resume
  • GMAT or GRE
  • 2 required short essays
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Application form


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.


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, but are not limited to:

  • Final transcript grades do not materially deviate from prior academic performance, as submitted in the application.
  • A minimum of two and a maximum of five years of post undergraduate full-time work experience prior to enrollment.
  • Maintain employment that enhances your leadership profile and prepares you to contribute to the mission-driven business community at UC Berkeley.
  • Professional and personal conduct that aligns with Berkeley Haas culture.
  • Adhere to required check-ins with a Berkeley Haas advisor and/or career coach.
  • Payment of fees according to schedule provided at time of admission.
A follow-on review may be conducted prior to the intended enrollment cycle to ensure terms have been met. Additional details will be communicated to students at the time of conditional admission.


Conditionally admitted students who wish to secure their spot in a future full-time MBA class must pay a non-refundable $500 commitment fee, plus nominal annual fees to continue to reserve their spot in a future class. During the deferment period, students will receive access to select Haas benefits and resources. Additional details will be communicated to admitted students.


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 in the cycle prior to 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.

Upcoming Events

Thank you for your interest in Berkeley Haas Accelerated Access. We will be launching virtual events starting in September 2020 and continuing into Spring 2021. Please check back for updates.

To receive updates, please submit a Request Info form and you will be added to our mailing list.


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

Some Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Can I apply if I attend a non-UC school?

No. We will only consider applications from students with a degree from one of the ten UC campuses.

2. I took a class (e.g. summer or extension course, semester abroad, etc) at a UC school but received my degree elsewhere. Does that make me eligible?

No. Eligible students must have received their undergraduate or graduate degree from a UC school.

3. I followed a non-traditional path to undergrad and have already accumulated several years of work experience. Am I still eligible?

If you worked prior to receiving your undergraduate degree you are still eligible. If you have any post-undergraduate full-time work experience then you are encouraged to apply directly to the full-time MBA program. 

4. What is the difference between Accelerated Access and the Full-time MBA program?

Accelerated Access is not a distinct program. It is an application process through which graduating students can apply now to the full-time MBA, then gain 2-5 years of work experience. At the time of matriculation, admitted students will enter the full-time MBA program.

Learn more about the Full-time MBA Program: 


We have two deadlines, one in April and a second in June. Exact dates will be communicated shortly.

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 2021 Deadlines - Exact dates forthcoming

Round 1 Round 2
Online Application Submitted April 2021 June 2021
Tests Taken April 2021 June 2021
Decision Posted May 2021 July 2021


1. Accelerated Access is exclusively available to University of California 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. 

Meet our "Double Bears"

UC Berkeley graduates who returned to pursue their MBA at Haas


Holly Cramer — MBA/MPH 21

BA - History, UC Berkeley

I considered other programs and decided on Haas because it was the business school experience that I wanted -- completely standalone from my undergraduate degree . . . There can be a lot to adjust to when starting business school because the classes are fast-paced and there are so many interesting things to do. Being a Double Bear, I didn't need to add trying to find the grocery store. While I still enjoy exploring the Bay Area, being familiar with Cal has allowed me to focus on other areas of my life and the ideas that I want to explore.


Catherine Start Pradhan — MBA 20

BA - Political Economy, UC Berkeley

Berkeley was my number #1 choice. I grew up in the Bay Area and after working in the East Coast, it was time to return home. The Haas core principles stood out to me, and every student and alumnus I interacted with during the application process embodied them. . . . [Returning to Cal] is truly special. The experience has felt familiar yet brand new. I didn’t study business as an undergrad, so it’s been amazing to get to know and become a part of the unique Haas community.


Andrew Sublett — MBA 20

BA, Urban Studies - UC Berkeley

As a Double Bear, you already have a great feel for the campus and surrounding area, which allows you to be a great resource for classmates who are new to the Bay Area. Being a Double Bear is a huge benefit . . . I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to come back to Cal. I loved my time here as an undergraduate, and working for a few years outside of the Bay Area gave me great perspective on the skills I wanted to build and where I wanted to live long-term. The world-class business program at Haas made coming back home to Cal an easy decision and I'm excited to stay involved with the Cal community beyond graduation. Go Bears!