Admissions

Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA Program

FAQs

Does it matter which round I apply in?

All applicants have a similar chance of being admitted for any of the three rounds, so please make sure you apply for the round that you are most prepared for. The advantage of applying early is that you get your decision early.

How long is the program?

The program is designed to be a three-year, six-semester (fall and spring) program. Students in the evening cohorts typically attend class twice a week, from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m., with a 45-minute break. Students in the weekend cohorts attend classes on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., with two short breaks and a one-hour lunch. Students can accelerate the program by one semester by taking a heavier load of courses and/or by taking a summer course, but students must be enrolled for a minimum of five semesters.

Where are classes held?

All classes are held at the Haas School of Business on the UC Berkeley campus.

How much does the program cost?

The Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA Program uses a per-unit pricing system. For the 2017-2018 academic year, each unit is priced at $3,168.60. You must complete 42 units to earn the MBA degree.

* Fees typically increase each academic year.

Does this program award the same degree as the Full-Time MBA Program?

Yes, Evening & Weekend and Full-Time MBA students are awarded the same Berkeley MBA degree.

What are the application deadlines?

Deadlines

Round: Online Application submitted by: Decision posted on:
One November 16, 2016 February 3, 2017
Two January 17, 2017 April 6, 2017
Three March 8, 2017 June 2, 2017

Do you offer application fee waivers?

Yes, U.S. Military service members (active duty and veterans) and non-profit/public service employees may be eligible to waive the $200 application fee. Before submitting your application, please complete our Application Fee Waiver Request form. We will process your request and get back to you within 2 business days with eligibility confirmation and next steps.

Do you offer spring admission?

No, due to the cohort culture of our MBA programs, we accept applications for fall matriculation only.

How many students apply and enroll each year?

The number of applications we receive varies from year to year.

Do I have to take the GMAT or GRE before I apply?

All applicants must furnish results from the GMAT or GRE exam.

The GMAT or GRE may be taken up to two weeks after the posted application deadline for the round in which you are applying. If you are unable to take the GMAT/GRE during this time, please contact our office and we will process these requests on a case-by-case basis.

If you are planning to take the exam during the application round (either as your first time or if you choose to retake the exam) please make sure you enter your future test date in your application and email our office your unofficial score report as soon as possible after the exam.

All applications without an unofficial test score will be considered incomplete. We cannot guarantee a decision by the posted notification deadline for incomplete applications.

NOTE: It is the applicant's responsibility to notify us at ewmbaadm@haas.berkeley.edu with the new test scores and/or future exam dates for consideration.

Why are you accepting the GRE?

The Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA Program is seeking to attract a broader applicant pool, including applicants from a variety of undergraduate majors, international applicants from far-flung countries without GMAT access, and applicants who have recognized that getting an MBA is more aligned with their career goals after considering other graduate degree programs.

Do you have a minimum score requirement for the GMAT or GRE?

There is no minimum GMAT or GRE score requirement — admitted students will have a range of GMAT/GRE scores. The mid-80% range of GMAT scores was between 640-740 for students who started in Fall 2016. If you do not score well on any part of the GMAT/GRE, we encourage you to take the exam again in an effort to improve your score.

I have taken the GMAT and/or GRE several times. Which score does the admissions committee consider?

The admissions committee takes into consideration your highest overall test score. Our application allows you to report multiple GMAT and/or GRE test scores.

What is the average GRE score?

The GRE path towards an MBA at this point is new for most top MBA programs. There are not yet precise statistics on GRE scores at particular business schools, and in general, more applicants would have to take the GRE test before there are sufficient statistics to carry adequate weight in admissions decision-making.

To determine how to appropriately interpret your GRE scores in the context of GMAT scores, please use the GRE comparison tool

Do I have to take the TOEFL?

The UC Berkeley Graduate Division requires that all applicants who received their degrees from countries in which the official language is not English submit official evidence of English language proficiency. This requirement applies to applicants 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.

However, if at the time of application you have already completed at least one year of full-time academic coursework with grades of "B" or better in residence at a recognized U.S. institution, you do not need to take a standardized English language proficiency test. Instead, you must submit an official transcript from the recognized U.S. institution. The following courses will not fulfill this requirement:

  • Courses in English as a Second Language
  • Courses conducted in a language other than English
  • Courses that will be completed after you apply
  • Courses of a non-degree or non-academic nature.
There are two standardized tests you may take: the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), and the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Unless you are exempt from the standardized English language proficiency test requirement based on attendance at a US institution as mentioned above, you must take either the TOEFL or IELTS exam. No other waivers will be granted. TOEFL test dates are limited, so please schedule your testing date now.

Do you offer student Visas for international students?

Please note that since the Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA Program is a part-time program, we are unable to assist with student visas. Typically, our students work with their employer to assist with their visa. The common visa types that we see are: L1 and H1B. We cannot issue an F-1 student visa.

Will my cohort preference affect my chance of admission?

No, the admission decision will be made independently of your stated preference for either the evening or the weekend cohorts. If you are admitted to the Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA Program, we will try to accommodate your request as much as possible.

How will I know if I have demonstrated quantitative proficiency?

Quantitative proficiency will be evaluated by the admissions committee during the application process. While we no longer have a quantitative proficiency requirement, applicants who do not have a quantitative background are encouraged to explore one of the courses found here.

Is there still a statistics prerequisite?

Students entering the program after fall 2014 are not required to complete the statistics prerequisite for enrollment, as the statistics coursework has been incorporated into the core curriculum.

What do I do if I have a GMAT/GRE that is lower than your range?

The GMAT is an important component in an application but it is one of many components of your application.  The middle 80th percentile of GMAT scores for the Fall 2016 class was 640-740 and our median GMAT score has been 700 for the past few years.  Every aspect of the application is used in making an admissions decision: letters of recommendation, past academic performance, career progression and goals, essays, and the GMAT/GRE. The admissions committee does not employ any formulas for evaluating an application, and the final decision is based on all materials submitted. If you do not score well on any part of the GMAT/GRE, we encourage you to take the exam again in an effort to improve your score.

How does this program compare to the Full Time Program?

While the Evening & Weekend Program is tailored for working professionals, both programs offer the same Berkeley MBA degree, access to clubs and organizations, as well as access to our Career Management Group. We encourage you to compare the class profile for each program to give you a sense of which program is a better fit for you:

Evening & Weekend

Full Time

Attending an information session or visiting a class is a great way to learn more about the program and to meet current students to get their perspective. We encourage you to join us at an event whenever you can to learn more!

 

Should I apply?

If you hope to pursue the Berkeley MBA and build a strong network of peers and contacts in the bay area, while continuing to work, then yes! Each year, we strive to put together the strongest, most diverse class. To help you get an understanding of the typical class profile please visit: http://ewmba.haas.berkeley.edu/community/students/classprofile.html.

We encourage you to submit your application when it is the strongest, regardless of the round. From historical data and experience, the admissions committee is very careful about not over-admitting in any one round. Applying in an earlier round will guarantee assignment of your preferred cohort, may give you a better chance of being awarded a scholarship, and will give you more time to prepare for the start of the program and complete your math requirement.

While we cannot evaluate your specific application materials prior to submission, we are happy to answer general questions about the application process. Please feel free to contact our office for assistance. If you are denied admission, and plan to submit a future reapplication, we are able to offer targeted application feedback.

 

Please feel free to call us at (510) 642-0292 or send an email to ewmbaadm@haas.berkeley.edu if you have any further questions.