Admissions

Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA Program

Application Requirements

PLEASE NOTE: 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.

The Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA Program accepts online applications for the fall semester only. To be considered for admission, an applicant must have successfully completed the following:

Application Fee

The $200 application fee is payable online by credit card (preferred) or by mailing a check or money order made payable to "UC Regents" along with your supplemental materials.

University Transcripts

    US Transcript Submission

    You must submit one official transcript from every college/university/graduate institution you have attended since secondary/high school graduation, toward the issuance of a degree. You must also list each of these schools in the education section of the application. Do not list or send transcripts for seminars, ESL classes, professional development courses, computer certification, etc. unless relevant to the application.

    All domestic transcripts must arrive in a sealed envelope as issued by the school. Transcripts may be sent directly by the issuing institution or by the applicant, together with other supplemental materials to the following address:

    Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA Admissions
    Haas School of Business
    430 Student Services Bldg. #1906
    Berkeley, CA 94720-1906

    Non-US Transcript Submission

    You must obtain one official transcript from every college/university/graduate institution you have attended since secondary/high school graduation, toward the issuance of a degree. You must also list each of these schools in the education section of the application. Do not list or send transcripts for seminars, ESL classes, professional development courses, computer certification, etc. unless relevant to the application.

    You may scan and upload copies of your Non-US transcripts and diploma certificates in the online application. Should you be recommended for admission, you will be required to provide our office with the original official records. Official records are original documents issued by the institution that bear the original stamp or embossed seal of the issuing institution and the stamped or signed signature of the appropriate authorizing official. All other documents are unofficial and will not be accepted.

    Non-English Transcripts: All official academic records must be issued in the original language and accompanied by English translations prepared by the issuing institution. If you are in the United States and have only an official copy of your academic records or diploma certificate in the original language, only translations prepared by the American Translators Association are acceptable. For more information and the directory of members, consult the ATA website. Credential evaluations prepared by other schools or private agencies cannot be submitted in place of original academic records and diploma certificates.

    Please use the following address when mailing materials to our office:

    Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA Admissions
    Haas School of Business
    430 Student Services Bldg. #1906
    Berkeley, CA 94720-1906

    If you attended an undergraduate program outside of the US, please visit the International Applicants section for additional requirements.

Current Resume (submitted online)

The admissions committee prefers to receive chronological resumes of 1-2 pages in length. Please upload your resume into the online application.

GMAT or GRE Exam

GMAT Institution Code: N2V-PT-16
GRE Institution Code: 7884
Taken on or After: October 1, 2009

Official Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) results are required of all applicants. All applicants must provide self-reported scores as part of the application. These are verified later in our process. We will accept official scores from GMATs or GREs taken as early as October 2009 for fall 2015 applicants. The Haas School keeps test score reports on file for two years only.

The GMAT or GRE should be taken on or before the deadline for which you are applying. It is in your best interest to submit a complete application by the posted application deadline which includes your GMAT/GRE score. However, if you are not able to include a GMAT/GRE score, you may still submit your application if:

  • you have registered for a future exam and you include this date in your application AND
  • the exam will be taken no later than two weeks prior to the posted decision date.
All applications without an unofficial test score will be considered incomplete. Please send us a copy of your score report as soon as possible after the exam. We cannot guarantee a decision by the posted notification deadline for incomplete applications.

If you are planning to retake the test during the application round, 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. In order to ensure consideration, new scores must be received no later that two weeks prior to the decision date of the round you applied in.

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.

Applicants must make arrangements directly with Pearson Vue to sit for the GMAT, or ETS for the GRE, or to have results of previous tests forwarded to the Haas School. To schedule a test date and for information regarding the GMAT, visit http://mba.com. For more information about the GRE, please visit www.ets.org/gre.

TOEFL or IELTS Exam

TOEFL Institution Code: 4833-02
IELTS Institution Code: N/A
Taken on or After: June 1, 2013

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 towards an advanced degree with grades of "B" or better at a US university, you do not need to take a standardized English language proficiency test. Instead, you must submit an official transcript from the US university. 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) assessment. 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 the TOEFL or IELTS assessment. No other waivers will be granted. For more information, please review the application instructions.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
We accept TOEFL tests administered by the Educational Testing Service and sent to us directly by the TOEFL office. Tests taken before June 2013 will not be accepted even if your score was reported to Berkeley. Your most recent score must be at least 90 for the Internet-based TOEFL.

TOEFL is administered by the Education Testing Service. You can obtain detailed information from the TOEFL website. To schedule an appointment for the computer-based test in the United States or Canada, call 1-800-GO-TOEFL.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
As an alternative, you can submit scores from the Academic Modules of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) administered by the British Council worldwide. You are responsible for providing us with an official paper Test Report Form (TRF) of your IELTS. Remember to order the TRF when you register to take the test. Tests taken before June 2013 will not be accepted. Your most recent overall BAND score must be at least 7 on a 9-point scale.

To register for the IELTS, consult the IELTS website or contact the office of the test center where you plan to take the test.

Online Application

The online application is designed so that you can enter and update your information at any time before you submit your application. Please note that we only accept online applications--paper applications are not available. This application is compatible with Mozilla Firefox 1.0 and higher and with Microsoft Internet Explorer versions 6.0 and higher. In addition to a compatible browser, you will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to access certain documents.

PDF of Application Instructions
Online Application

Essays

Our essay questions were created to provoke honest, thoughtful responses to help us get to know you. While we ask that you answer each question thoroughly, please do not exceed the specified lengths. Also keep in mind that our online application does not allow you to format the text of your responses. If you would like, you can copy and paste your responses from a text-based application (e.g., Notepad or Microsoft Word).

Fall 2015 Short Answer Essay Questions
1. a. What are your short term career goals (3 to 5 years)? b. What are your long term career goals (10 + years)? c. Describe your plan to meet these goals. (250 word maximum).

2. At Berkeley-Haas, the following four Defining Principles describe our unique culture and are exemplified in our student body. Please select one of the Defining Principles and give a brief explanation of how you have exemplified this in your life. (250 word maximum)  Please refer to the Haas website for more detailed descriptions of these Defining Principles: 

A.  Question the Status Quo
B.  Confidence Without Attitude
C.  Students Always
D.  Beyond Yourself

Fall 2015 Main Essay Question
Please tell us about yourself and your background. Include information about your family, where you grew up, your interests, or any other people or experiences that have influenced you. The goal of this essay is to get a sense of who you are, rather than what you have achieved professionally. (1,000 word maximum)

Two Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation provide the admissions committee with third party, qualitative accounts of your potential for leadership and management.

We require two letters of recommendation. You should obtain one of the recommendations from your current direct supervisor. If you do not provide a letter from your current direct supervisor, you are required to include an explanation in the Supplementary Data section of the online application. You are responsible for ensuring that both recommendations are submitted prior to the application deadline. Please do not draft or write your own letter of recommendation, even if asked to do so by your recommender. Such an action can result in denial of your application or withdrawal of your offer of admission. We strongly discourage you from submitting more than two letters of recommendation.

Choosing a Recommender
We strongly prefer that both letters of recommendation come from a current direct supervisor, former direct supervisor, or other individuals with whom you have had significant professional interaction. Select individuals that know you well and who will take the time to write thorough and thoughtful letters on your behalf. The title or status of those you select is not important. What does matter is how closely your letter writers have worked with you and whether they can attest to your value as an employee, your professional accomplishments, and your personal qualities. We have found the most helpful letters to be recent, relevant, and written specifically for this application. We discourage letters of recommendation from co-workers, subordinates, professors, family or friends.

Letter Submission
We encourage your recommenders to submit letters through our online format. When completing the online application, you will enter the email address of your recommender and click the appropriate box to have the recommender complete an online recommendation. Your recommender receives an automated email with instructions to log in to the online recommendation form with questions identical to those in our PDF form. After your recommender submits the recommendation, both you and your recommender will receive an email confirmation. If you wish to give your recommenders hard copy forms, you may download the recommendation form (PDF). Please review the submission instructions on the top portion of the form prior to sending to your recommender.

Interviews

The Admissions Committee conducts interviews of applicants by invitation only, and we ask that you please refrain from contacting us to request an interview. Receiving an invitation to interview should be taken as a sign of interest on the part of the Admissions Committee, and few applicants will be admitted without an interview.

All interviews are held on campus at the Haas School of Business in Berkeley, California. The interview is approximately 30 minutes long and will be with a member of the Admissions Committee. Please bring photo identification (passport or driver's license) with you for check-in. The interviewer will have only reviewed your resume, as our policy is to conduct interviews prior to a complete evaluation of your application. You do not need to bring your resume as the interviewer will have a copy.

Please come dressed in professional business attire.

Quantitative Proficiency Requirement

In addition to a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, applicants are required to demonstrate quantitative proficiency. This is a requirement to enroll in, not apply to, the Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA Program.

Quantitative proficiency will be evaluated by the admissions committee during the application process. Applicants with strong quantitative skills, as demonstrated through academic performance (including GMAT/GRE, GPA, undergraduate and graduate degrees and quantitative coursework) and/or work experience, will be waived from this requirement.  Applicants can automatically satisfy this requirement by scoring 75% or higher on the quantitative portion of the GMAT or GRE.

For those applicants who are admitted but have not demonstrated sufficient quantitative proficiency as determined by the admissions committee, enrollment in the program will be conditional upon completion of a math course or math waiver exam. The deadline to fulfill the quantitative proficiency requirement for students enrolling fall 2015, including official transcripts received at our office, is July 27, 2015. Please note, round three applicants are strongly encouraged to take the math waiver exam and/or begin coursework, if needed, prior to receiving an admissions decision.

  • Math Waiver Exam - We offer the waiver exam to applicants who may have taken formal courses in mathematics previously or who have gained the skills through work experience or self-study. Waiver exams will be available for registration from February to June.  We will post the schedule and registration link for waiver exams in January 2015.  View a PDF of exam topics.

  • Online Math for Management Course - UC Berkeley Extension offers an online Math for Management class specifically designed for Berkeley-Haas students.  In addition to fulfilling the quantitative proficiency requirement, we recommend this course to all entering EWMBA students as a means to prepare for topics covered in the first year core classes. Successful completion of the course with a grade of “B” or better will fulfill the quantitative proficiency requirement. The minimum amount of time to complete the course is 8 weeks.  The course must be completed and official transcripts received at our office by July 27, 2015. If you plan on taking this course to fulfill your requirement, you may need to enroll prior to receiving your admissions decision. For more information about the course and to enroll, please go to the UC Berkeley Extension online catalog.

  • College-level Mathematics Class - Applicants can complete a college-level calculus mathematics course.  Only classes taken within five years of August 2015 will satisfy the quantitative proficiency requirement. The course must be at least three semester or five quarter units.  Applicants must earn a grade of “B” or better (no pass/fail grade will be accepted). The course must be completed and official transcripts received at our office by July 27, 2015. View a PDF of approved courses.

Detailed instructions are provided with the fall 2015 online application.
We only accept online applications; paper applications are not available.

Mail supplemental materials to:
Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA Admissions
Haas School of Business
430 Student Services Bldg #1906
Berkeley, CA 94720-1906

International applicants and reapplicants should read the information provided on their respective pages.