Application Process

Application Requirements

We admit candidates from a wide variety of industries and backgrounds who demonstrate professional achievement, academic aptitude, and leadership potential.

The admissions team takes a holistic approach to application review and seeks to understand all aspects of a candidate’s character, qualifications, and experiences. We will consider achievements in the context of the opportunities available to a candidate. Some applicants may have faced hardships or unusual life circumstances, and we will consider the maturity, perseverance, and thoughtfulness with which they have responded to and/or overcome them. All interested candidates are encouraged to apply.

The Berkeley MBA Application

Applying begins with our secure online application. Begin by creating an account where you can save your work, hitting "submit" once you have the requirements completed. 

University Transcripts

You must submit transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate programs you have attended or are currently attending. Learn more about how we review your past academic performance


We are interested in the progression and milestones of your career. Please upload a current resume through the online application. PDF format is preferred. Learn more about how we review your professional experience

GMAT or GRE Score Report

All candidates are required to take the GMAT or GRE exam prior to the deadline for which they are applying. There is no minimum acceptable score. Learn more about how we review your test score


Keep in mind that there is truly no one “right” answer to our MBA essay questions—these just help us get to know the real you. Learn more about what we look for in your essays

Two Professional Letters of Recommendation

Two letters are required, with one from your current direct supervisor. Learn more about what we look for in your letters of recommendation


Interviews are by invitation only and required for an offer of admission. Learn more about interviewing at Berkeley Haas

Application Fee

A $250 application fee is required and payable within the online application. The fee is nonrefundable. A fee waiver is available if you are a U.S. citizen; permanent resident; DACA recipient who is an active participant of the Americorps or Peace Corps or a U.S. military service member, or who qualifies based on financial need as determined by Estimated Family Contribution; or hold citizenship in a country on the African Continent; or a Haas Thrive Fellows Program participant.

Requests for a fee waiver must be received no later than 11:59 pm PST for the round in which you are applying.

English Language Proficiency Requirement (if applicable)

Applicants who received their degrees from countries in which the primary official language is not English, must submit official evidence of English Language Proficiency. Learn more about the English Language Proficiency Requirement