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 start an application.

The Berkeley MBA Application

Applying begins by creating your Portal through our secure online application system. Your Portal will be your guide through the admissions process from the time you begin your application through the time you submit your enrollment deposit. 

  • You will complete the application, upload all required documents, monitor the status of your application, and receive your application decision through your Portal.
  • You may enter, update, and save information in your application any time until you’ve submitted your application.
  • Your application must be submitted by 11:59 PM Pacific Time on the date of the application deadline. After that time, you will not be able to make changes to your application, but be sure to monitor your Portal for updates on your application status.
  • We will send you a confirmation email upon receipt of your application and supplemental materials.
  • Be sure to remember the email address you use to create your account, you will need to use this address for all communications regarding your application.
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 2017 for 2023 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 an additional 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

As a working professional, you have developed unique skills, knowledge or experience in your career. Please summarize your primary area of professional expertise or knowledge. Highlight any aspect(s) that makes you unique or sets you apart from your peers. (150 words)

Learn more about what we look for in your essays.  

Letters of Recommendation

We require two letters of recommendation that address your management and leadership potential. Letters of recommendation provide the admissions committee with outside perspectives on your leadership to date and of the impact you've made at work. 
  • It is recommended, but not required, that one letter be from your current direct supervisor.
  • The letters will be submitted through our online system.

Learn more about what we look for in Letters of Recommendation.

Video Interview

Our video interview allows us to get to know you beyond your written application. The video format provides the opportunity to ensure each candidate receives a similar interview experience, which aids us in reducing unconscious bias.

Applicants will complete two short video questions. One question will be based on your desire to attend Haas and the other will give us a chance to get to know you better. For each question, you will have 1-2 minutes of response time.

After you submit your application, you will receive a link to complete the video interview within 48 hours. After you receive the link you have SEVEN days to complete the video interview.

Learn more about our 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.

Fee waivers are available for:

  • Nonprofit / Public Service Employees. Employees of nonprofit and public service are eligible for a fee waiver.
  • U.S. military service members. U.S military service members (active, veteran, or honorably discharged). Please include documentation of service or certificate of eligibility. (Do not submit a copy of your military ID.)
  • Participants in the Summer Institute for Emerging Managers & Leaders (SIEML) program.
  • Citizenship in a country on the African Continent.

You will apply for a fee waiver within the application. Requests for a fee waiver must be received at least three (3) business days prior to the application deadline for which you are applying.

English Language Proficiency Requirement (If applicable)

Applicants who received their degrees in countries other than the U.S., UK, Australia, English-speaking Canada, or Singapore are required to take the TOEFL exam or the IELTS exam.

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