Cal Advantage

Streamlined application process for UC Berkeley Alumni.

Applying to Haas through Cal Advantage

UC Berkeley alumni and current students in their graduating year (undergraduate and graduate) are invited to apply to the Berkeley Haas Full-time MBA Program for Fall 2024 enrollment through Cal Advantage, an exclusive, streamlined application process. GMAT/GRE test scores are optional1 .


  • GMAT/GRE test scores are optional1
  • An essay to demonstrate Quant readiness will be required if test scores are not submitted

1. Exclusions: UC Berkeley seniors are still required to submit a GMAT or GRE standardized test score, which may be provided from an online or in-person exam.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is Haas looking for in a Cal Advantage applicant?

Cal Advantage applicants will be evaluated using the same criteria that is applied to all other Berkeley MBA applicants, which generally include demonstration of academic readiness, professional achievement, leadership potential, extracurricular involvement and fit with our Defining Leadership Principles and culture. Candidates should consult the Full-time admission criteria pages for more program-specific details.

What is the structure of the Full-time MBA program?

The Full-time Berkeley MBA program is a two year full-time degree program. The Berkeley MBA curriculum is anchored by fourteen required core courses which students complete in the first year. The core courses, which make up about 40% of a typical student's course of study, are deliberately designed to build upon one another and provide a common foundation for all the students in the program. Elective courses comprise 60% of the Berkeley MBA curriculum, meaning that students begin to customize their own course of study very early in the program. Students take classes in-person Monday through Thursday. Fridays are usually spent attending discussion sessions, career services workshops and other curricular and extra-curricular activities.

How can I determine if I am qualified for the program?

Our class profile will serve as a good first point of evaluating your qualifications in relation to our current students. The profile includes statistics related to test results, years of work experience, industry interests, etc. Our website outlines the Guidelines and Criteria for applying to the Berkeley Full-time MBA program. This outline will provide explanations of what the Admissions Committee is looking for in each applicant. 

What is the best way for me to learn more about the Full-time MBA program?

Besides looking carefully over the website, we recommend reaching out to current studentsWe also participate in and periodically sponsor events for potential students.

What are the application deadlines?

There are three Application Deadlines, which can be found on the main admissions page.

Note: The GMAT, GRE, and TOEFL must be taken on or before the designated deadline. Your complete online application must be submitted prior to 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time on the deadline date. In addition, all supplemental materials must be postmarked on or before the deadline date.


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