International Applicants

Typically, nearly 40% of Berkeley Haas MBA students are international, representing more than 40 countries and bringing with them a wealth of diverse perspectives and professional experiences.

For reporting purposes, international students are those who hold a passport other than, or in addition to, a U.S. passport.

International applicants should follow the standard application procedures, as well as those listed below.

Minimum Academic Requirements for International Applicants

The minimum graduate admission requirement includes a bachelor's degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution. Graduates of recognized academic institutions outside the United States should have completed degree programs representing a minimum of 16 years of schooling with at least 12 years at the primary and secondary levels.

Required Academic Records

Applicants are required to submit official records from each academic institution attended after secondary/high school. All official academic records must be issued in the original language and accompanied by English translations prepared by the issuing institution.

English Language Proficiency

Applicants who received their degrees in countries other than the US, UK, Australia, English-speaking Canada, or Singapore are required to take the TOEFL exam or the IELTS, regardless of the language of instruction. This includes applicants with degrees from Bangladesh, Burma, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Latin America, the Middle East, North Africa, the People's Republic of China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, and most European countries. Only applicants who have completed a full year of US university-level coursework with a grade of B or better are exempt from this requirement. Residence in the US does not waive this requirement.

Your most recent TOEFL score must be at least 570 for the paper and pencil test, at least 230 for the computer-based test (CBT), or at least 90 for the Internet-based test (iBT). To have your exam results sent to Berkeley's Full-Time MBA Program, list institution code 4833 and department code 02. If you have taken the IELTS, a band score of 7.0 is the minimum required for consideration. For Fall 2025 admission, we only accept official scores from exams taken on or after June 1, 2023.

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