Full-Time MBA Program

Essays

    Essays help us learn about who you are as a person and how you will fit with our community. We seek candidates from a broad range of industries, backgrounds, and cultures.

    Our distinctive culture is defined by four key principles - Question the Status Quo, Confidence Without Attitude, Students Always, and Beyond Yourself. We encourage you to reflect on your experiences, values, and passions so that you may craft thoughtful and authentic responses that demonstrate your fit with our program - culturally, academically, and professionally. 

    Below are the required essays, supplemental essays, and optional essays for Fall 2019.

    Required Essay #1

    Tell us a six-word story that reflects a memorable experience in your life-to-date. Elaborate on why it is meaningful to you. (300 words maximum)

    Tip: A successful six-word story will pique the reader’s interest in the forthcoming explanation. Together, the story and explanation will share a specific and personal experience that helps the reader get to know you better, giving insight into your character, values, or how you would uniquely contribute to the Berkeley Haas community.

    Required Essay #2

    Briefly describe your immediate post-MBA career goal, and discuss how it will put you on a path to a meaningful and rewarding career. (300 words maximum)

    Optional Essays

    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.

    Optional Information #1

    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 maximum)

    Optional Information #2 

    This section should only be used to convey relevant information not addressed elsewhere in your application. This may include explanation of employment gaps, academic aberrations, supplemental coursework, etc. You are encouraged to use bullet points where appropriate.

    Supplemental Information

    • If you have not provided a letter of recommendation from your current supervisor, please explain. If not applicable, enter N/A.
    • List, in order of importance, significant community and professional organizations and extracurricular activities in which you have been involved during or after university studies. Include the following information for each using the format below:
      • Name of organization or activity
      • Nature of organization or activity
      • Size of organization
      • Dates of involvement
      • Offices held
      • Average number of hours spent per month
    • List full-time and part-time jobs held during undergraduate or graduate studies indicating the employer, job title, employment dates, location, and the number of hours worked per week for each position held prior to the completion of your degree.
    • If you have ever been subject to academic discipline, placed on probation, suspended, or required to withdraw from any college or university, please explain. If not, please enter N/A (An affirmative response to this question does not automatically disqualify you from admission).
    Video: Tips for Writing Your Essays

    Hear from Executive Director of Full-time MBA Admissions, Morgan Bernstein, as she shares her advice for the Berkeley Haas application essays.

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