Consortium Candidates

Applying through The Consortium

At Berkeley Haas, we believe that diversity enhances individual learning and improves organizational performance, and we are committed to increasing the representation of historically underrepresented minorities in business education. 

Berkeley Haas partners with The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management who recruits qualified U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents who can demonstrate a commitment to The Consortium's mission of enhancing diversity in business education and leadership by helping to reduce the serious underrepresentation of African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans in both member schools' enrollments and the ranks of management.

Fall 2020 Consortium Deadlines

Round 1 Round 2
Online Application Submitted October 15, 2019 January 5, 2020
Tests Taken October 15, 2019 January 5, 2020
Decision Posted December 12, 2019 March 26, 2020

Consortium Application

We encourage qualified 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.

Supplemental 2019–2020 Essays

In addition to completing the essays required by The Consortium, applicants must also respond to the required Berkeley Haas supplemental essays for Fall 2020.

Required Essay

What makes you feel alive when you are doing it, and why? (300 words maximum)

Optional Essay #1

At Berkeley Haas, we are redefining leadership. We value different opinions and perspectives, recognizing that we always have more to learn about others’ lived experiences and histories. We encourage speaking up and listening, and courageously use our power to address barriers and drive change for positive impact.

Tell us how a Berkeley Haas MBA would enhance your leadership profile, incorporating specific examples. (300 words max)

Optional Essay #2

We invite you to help us better understand the context of your opportunities and achievements.

  1. What is the highest level of education completed by your parent(s) or guardian(s)?
    • Did not complete high school
    • High school diploma or equivalency (GED)
    • Associate's degree (junior college) or vocational degree/license
    • Bachelor's degree (BA, BS)
    • Master's degree (MA, MS)
    • Doctorate or professional degree (MD, JD, DDS)
  2. What is the most recent occupation of your parent(s) or guardian(s)?
    • Unemployed
    • Homemaker
    • Laborer
    • Skilled worker
    • Professional
  3. If you were raised in one of the following household types, please indicate.
    • Raised by a single parent
    • Raised by an extended family member (grandparent, aunt/uncle, niece/nephew, cousin)
    • Raised in a multi-generational home
    • Raised in foster care
  4. What was the primary language spoken in your childhood home?
  5. If you have you ever been responsible for providing significant and continuing financial or supervisory support for someone else, please indicate.
    • Child
    • Spouse
    • Sibling
    • Parent
    • Extended family member (grandparent, aunt/uncle, niece/nephew, cousin)
    • Other
  6. Please elaborate on any of your above responses. Alternatively, you may use this opportunity to expand on other hardships or unusual life circumstances that may help us understand the context of your opportunities, achievements, and impact.
    (300 words max)

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.


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. Learn more about the interview process.

Concurrent 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.

To apply for the MBA/MEng, contact the admissions office to identify which department they are applying for and provide an additional academic recommendation.

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 and professional development programming.

Consortium FAQs

In which round should I apply?

Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible, provided that you do not sacrifice the quality of your application to do so. If you find that you need more time to revise your essays or to retake the GMAT, for example, you should definitely take the extra time to do so. If you apply in Round 1, we will review your application earlier, so you may receive an interview invitation and/or admission earlier. The Consortium determines the application deadlines so that you can plan accordingly for submitting your Consortium application to all member schools for which you wish to apply.

Am I at a disadvantage if I apply through The Consortium?

We encourage all applicants who can demonstrate their commitment to The Consortium's mission to apply via The Consortium. There are many benefits to Consortium membership, as well as the opportunity to apply for The Consortium Fellowship. Consortium applications are reviewed in the same way as the rest of our pool, although the deadlines are slightly different.

If I retake the GMAT or GRE after The Consortium application deadline, will you consider my new score?

The GMAT or GRE must be taken on or before The Consortium application deadline for the round in which you apply.

What if I am a reapplicant?

Both Berkeley Haas and The Consortium keep application materials from the previous two application cycles. If you applied more than two years ago, you are required to submit an entirely new application. Reapplicants who applied in the last two years must submit a new application that includes all required data forms and essays, an updated résumé, one mission support recommendation, and the application fee. You may re-use the following items: GMAT or GRE score if not expired, professional recommendations, and transcripts.

As a reapplicant to Berkeley Haas, we strongly recommend that you use the optional essay (on the Berkeley Supplemental Application) to outline how you have improved your candidacy since your last application. The Admissions Committee will be looking for substantive change in your qualifications. We also recommend that you provide updated professional recommendations which may highlight your most current professional achievements, as well as speak to how you have enhanced your candidacy since you last applied. If you have taken the GMAT/GRE and TOEFL again, ask to have the new official scores sent to The Consortium and note your new score on the Test Score section of the application.

If I apply through The Consortium and am denied admission, am I still eligible to apply to the Berkeley Full-time MBA Program through one of its subsequent application rounds?

No. If you are denied admission to the Full-time Berkeley MBA program after applying through The Consortium, you are not eligible to apply to the Full-time program within the same academic cycle.

Is it necessary to have an interview?

Once the Admissions Committee has reviewed your Consortium application, you may be invited to interview. Receiving an invitation should be taken as a sign of interest on the part of the Admissions Committee. Interviews are offered both with current students on campus and with alumni in cities around the world. Interview invitations generally start going out four weeks after the application deadline, and continue to go out on a rolling basis up until the notification deadline. You will be notified by email if you are invited to interview.

I was admitted through The Consortium and did not receive a Consortium Fellowship. Am I still eligible for other Berkeley MBA Scholarships?

Yes, you are eligible (and encouraged!) to apply for any of our MBA Scholarships

I am interested in applying for a concurrent degree program (JD/MBA, MBA/MEng, MBA/MPH). Can I still apply through The Consortium?

JD/MBA: The JD/MBA concurrent degree applicants are not eligible to apply to the JD/MBA program through The Consortium. To apply for the JD/MBA concurrent degree, please apply directly through the Berkeley Haas application.

MBA/MEng: If you are applying to the MBA/MEng concurrent degree program, you should indicate your intention and specify which of the seven departments you would like to join. Applicants to the this program do not need to complete any application materials separate from the MBA application. MBA/MEng applications must be submitted by the final MBA deadline. Applicants will be considered for admission to one or both departments. Applicants who are admitted to only one of the two programs may enroll in that program.

Please reach out to the MEng department for more information.

MBA/MPH: You may apply to the MBA/MPH program through The Consortium. You should choose the MBA/MPH option when completing the Berkeley Haas section of 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-a-half year MBA program.

I was admitted to Berkeley and another Consortium MBA program. My Consortium Fellowship was directed to another Consortium MBA program but I want to attend Berkeley. Can I direct my Fellowship to Berkeley even though I initially ranked it lower in my Consortium school rankings?

Fellowships cannot be redirected to other MBA programs within The Consortium. Your school ranking determines the order in which schools may consider you for The Consortium Fellowship. You are first considered for the Fellowship by your highest ranked school to which you were admitted. If that school does not choose to award you the Fellowship, the option passes to your next highest ranked school to which you were admitted and so on. While many Consortium schools may admit you, only one Consortium school may offer you the Fellowship. After your application is submitted to The Consortium, you cannot change your school ranking.

As a recipient of a Consortium Fellowship, am I required to maintain a minimum grade point average while a student? What if I am a Consortium Member (and not a Fellowship recipient)?

Whether a Consortium Fellowship recipient or Consortium Member, you must remain in good academic standing (i.e., 3.0 GPA or higher) while a student at Berkeley Haas.

I am a recipient of a Consortium Fellowship and would like to defer my acceptance for a year. May I defer my Consortium Fellowship as well?

Deferrals are very uncommon for the Berkeley MBA Program. In extreme circumstances, they may be granted on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Director of Admissions. Deferral of a Consortium Fellowship is also reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

VIDEO: Consortium student webinar

Hear from current students about the Consortium for Graduate Studies in Management and what they have to say about Haas.

Planning to apply through the Consortium?

Reach out to our student Consortium Liaisons.