Sometimes, the hardest part about submitting an application is knowing where to start and how to manage your time. We've created this step-by-step guide, in order of priority, to help you on your application journey.
Create Your Login
Create a login and familiarize yourself with the Accelerated Access application components.
Review this application overview video to get grounded in what the admissions team is looking for and how to approach the application:
Set Your Strategy
Map out a solid plan for your application and how you’ll approach your strategy. The application breaks out into 3 main areas of evaluation — Academic Preparation, Professional Experience, and Personal Qualities.
Create Your Timeline
Use this handy checklist to help you prioritize your to-dos and set expectations. This doc follows the general layout of the application, and tells you which sections applicants typically find the easiest to hardest.
Before you dive right into the application, here’s the most time consuming stuff you should be aware of up front:
More details are outlined in the sections below.
Schedule Your Exams
Schedule your tests as soon as possible. We accept the GMAT or GRE exam, which can be taken online or at a local test center.
Is your degree from a non-U.S. institution? This may mean you need to take another exam, either the TOEFL or IELTS. Check out our English Language Proficiency Requirements to confirm if this applies to you.
All tests must be completed on or before the application deadline and scores must be received at least two weeks prior to decision notification date.
Ready to send us your scores? Here are the institution codes to use:
Request Your Transcripts
You must provide one official transcript for every institution you’ve attended since high school.
Official transcripts have to be requested directly from your university – and this usually takes some time to complete. It’s best to request an official copy for yourself and have them send another directly to Haas.
See our Transcript FAQs for more information and be sure to review the transcript directions provided in the Application Portal.
You can request that your institution mail official academic documents to:
Full-Time MBA Admissions
Haas School of Business
430 Student Services Bldg #1902
Berkeley, CA 94720-1902
Learn How We Evaluate
We want to make sure you're ready for the academic rigor of an MBA program and will thrive here at Haas. Here's our best advice on how to think about your academics and test scores:
Identify Your Recommenders
Identify your two recommenders and reach out as early as possible. You may select recommenders who have engaged with you in a professional, academic, or extracurricular situation. Get our best tips on who, how, and when to ask.
Once your recommenders are confirmed, submit their contact information on the application form. They'll immediately receive a link to the recommendation via email.
Resume, preferably just one page in length. Here are a few tips to get you started:
Want more pointers? Check out our best resume tips.
As you're identifying your recommenders and refining your resume, this is a good time to reflect on your larger career goals.
There are a couple key places in the application where you will be asked to describe your aspirations and future goals — so it's a good idea to start brainstorming now!
Use our Career Goals Brainstorming Guide to get a jumpstart on this.
There are 2 required essays, 300 words each. The application includes several optional essays and short answer sections — but we recommend you focus on the required stuff first!
Learn what the admissions team is looking for in each essay, and how to tell a compelling story through your writing.
Commit to the Writing Process
Commit to writing your first draft in one sitting, if you can. Don't worry about word count, grammar, or sentence structure just yet. Focus on communicating your story and getting the words down. No criticism. No judgement. Just write!
Step away. Seek feedback. Before refining or attempting to finalize the essays, it's critical that you take a break. This is a great time for preliminary feedback from a friend, roommate, mentor or family member (or all of the above).
Revisit and revise over time. Commit to the essay writing journey. Your first draft will not be your final. Remember to step away from the details as you work on other sections of the application. Ask yourself how these essays fit into the bigger picture and tell your broader story.
The hardest part is behind you, hooray! Now it's time to move on to the other application deliverables.
Complete Personal Data II
Most of this section requires easy fill-in answers and some short answer responses. Here's a quick breakdown:
Education Information. GPA calculation and exam stats.
Work Experience. Including job offers and career goals. You'll find a short answer section for you to list current job offers received and/or accepted. This is also a place to describe your career goals and how they will prepare you for business school. A few tips to help guide you:
Identify your top five extracurricular activities. This response is included in the essay section of the application, and helps us understand what matters to you and how you choose to spend your time.
A few tips on your extracurriculars:
Need more help? Feel free to use this Extracurricular Activities Worksheet to organize your thoughts.
The application process can be mentally and emotionally exhausting. When you need a "break" start filling out these application sections:
For the most part, this is fill-in-the-blank information shouldn't tax your brain too much, and could probably be completed in front of your favorite binge-worthy show.
Questions? Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org any time. We're here to help!