Essays

    Essays help us get to know you as a person and help us understand how you will fit with our community. We seek candidates from a broad range of industries, backgrounds, and cultures.

    We encourage you to reflect on your experiences, values, and passions so that you may craft thoughtful and authentic responses that demonstrate your fit with our program—professionally, academically, and culturally.

    Below are the required essays, supplemental essays, and optional essays for Fall 2020.

    Required Essay #1

    Describe a facet of your identity, background, or story that is essential to who you are.

    (350 word limit) 

    Required Essay #2

    At Berkeley Haas, we believe that bringing together students with diverse backgrounds, mindsets, and life experiences fosters new and creative thinking. Welcoming these different ways of thinking is the heart of inclusion. Tell us about how you will contribute to our diverse and inclusive community.

    (250 word limit)

    Optional Essay

    We invite you to help us better understand the context of your opportunities and achievements.

    What is the highest level of education completed by your parent(s) or guardian(s)?

    • Did not complete high school
    • High school diploma or equivalency (GED)
    • Associate's degree (junior college) or vocational degree/license
    • Bachelor's degree (BA, BS)
    • Master's degree (MA, MS)
    • Doctorate or professional degree (MD, JD, DDS)

    If you were raised in one of the following household types, please indicate.

    • Raised by a single parent
    • Raised by an extended family member (grandparent, aunt/uncle, niece/nephew, cousin)
    • Raised in a multi-generational home
    • Raised in foster care

    Are you responsible for providing significant and continuing financial or supervisory support for someone else? Please indicate below:

    • Child
    • Spouse
    • Sibling
    • Parent
    • Extended family member (grandparent, aunt/uncle, niece/nephew, cousin)
    • Other
    Please use this opportunity to expand on hardships or unusual life circumstances that may help us understand the context of your opportunities, achievements, and impact.

    Supplemental Essay

    This section should only be used to convey relevant information not addressed elsewhere in your application. This may include explanation of academic aberrations, supplemental coursework, etc. If you are applying from outside the Bay Area, please help us understand how you plan to attend the program. Include information on your employment plans, and whether you will relocate or commute. You are encouraged to use bullet points where appropriate.