Applying

Our students demonstrate professional achievement, academic aptitude, and leadership potential and come from a wide variety of industries and backgrounds.

The Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA admissions team takes a holistic approach to reviewing applications, seeking to understand all aspects of a candidate’s character, qualifications, and experiences.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply.

The Berkeley MBA Application

Applying begins with our secure online application. You begin by creating an account where you can save your work, hitting "submit" once you have completed the requirements. 

  • You may enter, revise, and update your application at any time prior to submission.
  • The application is compatible with Mozilla Firefox 1.0 and higher and with Microsoft Internet Explorer versions 6.0 and higher.
  • Your application must be submitted by 11:59 p.m., Pacific Time on the day of the deadline.
  • We confirm receipt of applications and supplemental materials via email.
Reapplying to the Berkeley MBA Program

If you've previously applied to any Berkeley MBA program, including the Evening & Weekend MBA Program, you still need to create a new application. See our information for Reapplicants.

International Applicants

If you received your undergraduate degree outside of the U.S. and/or are not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, see our information for International Applicants.

University Transcripts

  • Required from all institutions you have attended or are currently attending
  • Must arrive in a sealed envelope as issued by the school
  • If the institution provides official electronic transcripts, they can be emailed directly from the institution to: ewmbaadm@haas.berkeley.edu

You must submit transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate programs you have attended or are currently attending.  You must also list each of these schools in the Academic History section of the application.

You can also learn more about how to provide transcripts and about the academic performance review process

Resume

To review the progression and milestones of your career, we ask that you upload a current resume through the online application. We prefer chronological resumes no longer than 2 pages, in PDF format. Learn more about how we review your professional experience. 

GMAT, GRE, or EA Score Report

All applicants are required to take the GMAT, GRE, or EA* exam. We will accept official scores for GMAT, GRE, or EA exams taken as early as October 2015 for 2021 applicants. Berkeley Haas keeps test score reports on file for two years, and there is no minimum acceptable score. Learn more about how we review your test score

*Executive Assessment (EA) is a new exam option that we accept for applicants with 8 or more years of work experience.

Essays

We’re looking for honest, thoughtful responses that help us get to know you; there truly is no one “right” answer to our MBA essay questions. While you should answer each question thoroughly, you should not exceed the specified lengths.

Essay 1

A person’s identity is shaped by many different aspects, including family, culture, personal interests, and surrounding environments. Please share a facet of your identity or story that is essential to who you are. (300 word limit)

Essay 2

The definition of successful leadership has evolved over the last decade and will continue to change. What do you need to develop to become a successful leader? (300 word limit)

Learn more about what we look for in your essays.  

Letters of Recommendation

  • Two letters required
  • One from your current direct supervisor
  • Both addressing your management and leadership potential
  • Submitted through our online system

We require two letters of recommendation, and strongly encourage you to submit one from your current direct supervisor. Recommendations are submitted through our online system, and they help provide us with qualitative accounts of your leadership potential and of the impact you’ve made at work.

Learn more about what we look for in your letters of recommendation

Video Interview

  • Two video interview questions, 1-2 minutes of response time each
  • Completed after submitting your application
  • Required for an offer of admission

Applicants will complete two short video questions in lieu of in-person interviews.

Our video interview provides the opportunity to ensure each candidate receives a very similar interview experience, which aids us in reducing unconscious bias in our admissions process. We are using the video interview to get to know you better outside of a written essay template. We also hope it is more convenient for those candidates who are applying from outside of the Bay Area.

For each question, you will have 1-2 minutes of response time. One question will be based on your desire to attend Haas and the other one will focus on leadership. You will complete the video interview post submission of your application. We will provide a link to the video interview in 1-2 days after you have submitted your application.

Learn more about the video interview process and review our Frequently Asked Questions

Non-Refundable Application Fee

A $200 non-refundable application fee is required and payable by credit card within the online application. Application fee waivers are available for U.S. military service members and for nonprofit and public service employees. More information on obtaining an application fee waiver can be found here

English Language Proficiency Requirement (If applicable)

Applicants who received their degrees from countries in which the official language is not English must submit official evidence of English language proficiency. Learn more about requirements for international applicants.