Full-Time MBA Program

Consortium Candidates

About The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management

An alliance of leading American business schools and some of our country's top corporations, The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management seeks to enhance diversity in business education and leadership by helping to reduce the serious underrepresentation of African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans in both our member schools enrollments and the ranks of management.

The Consortium recruits qualified U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents who can demonstrate a commitment to The Consortium's mission.

If you are considering applying through The Consortium, you may reach out to our student Consortium Liaisons.

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Fall 2018 Consortium Deadlines

Round One
Online Application Submitted October 15, 2017
Tests Taken October 15, 2017
Decision Posted December 14, 2017
Round Two
Online Application Submitted January 5, 2018
Tests Taken January 5, 2018
Decision Posted March 22, 2018

Consortium Application

We encourage 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.

Admissions Essays

Listed below are the required Berkeley Haas supplemental essays for Fall 2018. In addition to completing the essays required by the Consortium, applicants must also respond to the following Berkeley Haas supplemental essays for Fall 2018.


At Berkeley Haas we seek candidates from a broad range of cultures, backgrounds, and industries who demonstrate a strong cultural fit with our program and defining leadership principles. 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 a thoughtful and authentic response.

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. (2,000 characters max)

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. View sample six-word stories and video tips from the admissions committee.

Essay #2
Respond to one of the following prompts: (2,000 characters max)

  • Describe a significant obstacle you have encountered and how it has impacted you.
  • Describe how you have cultivated a diverse and inclusive culture.
  • Describe a leadership experience and how you made a positive and lasting impact.

Tip: Responses can draw from professional or personal experiences. Through your response, the admissions committee hopes to gain insight into your achievements, involvement, and leadership footprint.

Optional Essays

Optional Essay #1
Why Berkeley Haas? (2,000 characters max)

Optional Essay #2
Consortium member schools do not receive your Consortium membership essay. If you feel this essay conveys extracurricular activities or leadership experiences that are not communicated elsewhere in your application, you may extract select information and list it in bullet-point format. Please do not directly copy and paste your membership essay. (2,000 characters max)


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.

Joint 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.

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 opportunities and professional development programming.

See also: Consortium FAQs