Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to some of our most commonly asked questions:

About the Evening & Weekend MBA Program

General Questions

Admissions Criteria

General Questions
Test Scores and Quantitative Readiness

Application Process

General Questions
GMAT, GRE, and TOEFL

Cost and Financing

General Questions


About the Program

What is the duration of the Evening & Weekend Program, and when does it start?
The program begins in late July and is designed to be a three-year, six-semester (fall and spring) program. Students can accelerate the program by one semester by taking a heavier load of courses and/or by taking a summer course, and complete the program in two and a half years. Once enrolled, students occasionally find they need more time, or even a little less, and can partner with the program office on designing a schedule that meets their needs.
When are classes for the Evening & Weekend MBA Program?

Students attend core classes either two evenings a week (from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays) or on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  (from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. when taking elective coursework). Both schedule options include all required core courses and a selection of pertinent and popular electives.

When and how do I choose my schedule?

You select an evening or weekend schedule when you apply, and we are generally able to accommodate requests made as part of the original MBA application. Because we establish study groups and cohorts based on these applicant responses, we cannot always ensure that change requests or preferences submitted after the application process can be accommodated.

What if I need to change my schedule?

Once you begin the program, you have one opportunity to switch between the Evening and Weekend cohorts during your first three semesters of Core courses. After the third semester in the program, you are able to enroll in both Evening and Weekend electives.

How is the curriculum structured?

The curriculum is anchored by 13 required core courses, completed in the first three semesters and making up slightly more than half of a typical student’s course of study. Electives make up the remainder of the program, allowing students to customize their studies early in the second year.

How many hours do students spend on school work outside of class?

Students can expect to spend 2 hours per week outside the classroom on reading, homework, and team projects for every hour spent in class. For the first two semesters of core, that equates to about 16 hours a week of work outside the classroom.

Where are classes held?

All classes are held at the Haas School of Business on the University of California, Berkeley campus.

How many students do you enroll each year?

For the Class of 2021, we enrolled 275 students.

What is the difference between the Evening & Weekend and the Full-time or MBA for Executives Programs?

All programs award the same Berkeley MBA degree. Aside from program schedule and duration, the main difference between the three Berkeley MBA Programs is the profile of students. Students in the Full-time Program generally have about 5 years of work experience, while students in the Evening & Weekend Program have an average of 7, and students in the MBA for Executives have about 12.

What is the best way to learn more about the program?

In addition to reviewing our website, we recommend that you join us for an event—be it online or in person. The best way to get a feel for our on-campus experience, curriculum, and culture is to visit, sit in on a class, and attend an information session.


Admissions Criteria

General Questions

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 in which you can submit your strongest possible application. Possible advantages of applying early are:

  • Greater likelihood of receiving your cohort preference

  • A better chance of receiving a scholarship award

  • More time to prepare before the start of the program and ensure quantitative readiness



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 weekend cohort. If you are admitted to the Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA Program, we will try to accommodate your request as much as possible.

Should I apply to the Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA Program?

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! The only way to be part of the strong and diverse class we put together each year is to apply.

Submit your application when it is the strongest, regardless of the round. Drawing upon historical data and experience, the admissions committee ensures there is space to admit candidates in each round.

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 to request a consultation.



Do you offer student visas for international students?

Since the Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA Program is a part-time program, we are unable to assist with or issue an F-1 student visa. Typically, our students work with their employers to assist with their visas, the most common of which are L1 and H1B.

Test Scores and Quantitative Readiness

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

There is no minimum GMAT, GRE, or EA score requirement — admitted students have a range of scores. For the Evening  & Weekend Program, the mid-80% range of GMAT scores was between 640 - 740 for students who started in Fall 2018. If you are not happy with your  GMAT/GRE/EA test results, we encourage you to take the exam again in an effort to improve your results.

What if my GMAT/GRE/EA score is lower than your range?

The GMAT/GRE/EA is an important component of your application, but it is one of many. Every aspect of the application is used in making an admissions decision, and the final decision is based on a holistic review of all materials submitted.

What is the average GRE/EA score?

Since the GRE path towards an MBA at this point is relatively new for most top MBA programs, there are not yet precise statistics on scores at particular business schools. Successful candidates have typically had scores in the 70th percentile or higher in the quantitative and verbal sections. To determine how to appropriately interpret your GRE scores in the context of GMAT scores, please use the GRE comparison tool.

As this is the first year we are accepting the Executive Assessment (EA) test, we are not able to provide statistics on scores.



I’ve taken the GMAT/GRE/EA 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 test scores.

Please keep in mind, you may only take the Executive Assessment (EA) up to two times.



How do I know if I am ready for the quantitative rigor of the program? 

Specifically, here are the expectations for your first Fall Semester courses:

For Microeconomics:

  • Solving equations – quadratic, simultaneous, two unknowns
  • Linear equations and graphing
  • Simple derivatives, including derivatives of quadratic equations
  • Probability and probabilistic events
  • Discounting

For Data & Decisions (statistics) - Material from the first 12 Chapters of the Data & Decisions textbook:

  • Describing categorical and numerical data
  • Mean, median, variance, standard deviation
  • Distributions, histograms, boxplots
  • Scatterplots, correlation, lurking variables
  • Probability
  • Conditional probability, law of large numbers, Bayes’ rule
  • Random variables, expected values, independence
  • Association between random variables and covariance
  • Normal probability model
  • Central limit theorem, sums of independent random variables
  • Using a normal table, standardizing, z-scores

For Excel:

  • Data manipulation
  • Formulas and functions
  • Graphing
  • Formatting data and spreadsheets

 

Are there any resources that will help prepare me for the EWMBA program? 

The EWMBA Program organizes a Pre Term Assessment for Data & Decisions for all students, with optional online modules and several live online sessions to help you brush up on identified weak areas in your knowledge of the first 12 chapters of the Data & Decisions textbook.
If you would like additional resources, we recommend the following options for additional learning before the start of the Fall semester:

  • MBAMath – online learning platform (there is a fee) that provides course material, drill exercises and assessments in Finance, Accounting, Economics, Statistics and Excel. The platform is self-paced and the subscription is available for a year, allowing a user to continue to access the material if needed.
  • Lynda.com – online interactive learning platform (there is a fee for a monthly subscription) that provides course material on a variety of topics, including Excel and Statistics. If using Lynda.com, we recommend searching the extensive library for courses that cover the topics listed on the first page of this document.
  • Khan Academy – free online resource that has basic modules on most of the areas outlined above. Highly modular, it can be a good place to start if you’ve been away from quantitative analysis for a while.
  • Excel for Dummies – if you seldom or never work with Excel, this is a good place to start to get familiar with the program and its basic features. Data & Decisions assumes that you have a basic knowledge of Excel.

You can explore other course opportunities here.


Application Process

General Questions

What are the application deadlines?

Round 1

Application submitted by: November 15, 2018

Decision posted on: February 1, 2019

Round 2

Application submitted by: January 15, 2019

Decision posted on: April 5, 2019

Round 3

Application submitted by: March 7, 2019

Decision posted on: May 31, 2019

How do I apply to the Evening & Weekend MBA Program?

We encourage all interested applicants to review the application process and to apply. 

You begin with our secure online application, creating an account and being able to enter, update, and save information at any time.

Applying to the program also requires writing essays, submitting transcripts and a resume, taking the GMAT or GRE, and procuring two letters of recommendation.

Applicants who received their degrees from countries in which the official language is not English must also submit official evidence of English language proficiency.

The final part of the application process is to be invited for an interview.

How will I be notified of my admissions decision?

We communicate admissions decisions through email.  Decisions will be released on the notification deadline for each round. You will receive an email from our office at that time, instructing you to check your online application status.

Do you offer application fee waivers?

Yes, U.S. Military service members (active duty and veterans) and nonprofit/public service employees may be eligible to waive the $200 application fee. After you have started your online application, but before submitting it, 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. Please do not submit your application until you receive a response to your request.

What materials do I need to reapply to the Evening & Weekend MBA Program?

If you have submitted an application to a Berkeley MBA program within the last two years, you are considered a reapplicant. 

Reapplicants are required to complete and submit all portions of the online application with a few exceptions:

  • If your previous application’s exams are still valid, we do not require you to reorder official score reports unless you are submitting new test results. 
  • You will not need to re-submit any official transcripts previously submitted, but will need to submit transcripts for any new coursework completed since your prior application.

For more information on submitting test score reports and transcripts, please see our information for reapplicants.  

The GMAT, GRE, and TOEFL

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

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

The GMAT, GRE, or EA 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/EA 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 for the first time or as a retake), 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 new test scores and/or future exam dates for consideration.

For GMAT/GRE tips, download our free ebook Avoiding the GMAT Blues

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 as soon as possible.


Cost and Financing

How much does the Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA Program cost?

The Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA Program uses a per-unit pricing system. For the 2018-2019 academic year*, each unit is priced at $3,363. You must complete 42 units to earn the MBA degree.

* Fees typically increase each academic year.



What types of scholarships and financial aid are available for the Berkeley part-time MBA program?

Scholarships
More than 50 percent of students in the Evening & Weekend MBA program receive some form of financial assistance, which can include scholarships, loans, veterans benefits, and employer support or sponsorship. Scholarships are awarded to both entering and continuing students based on numerous criteria such as merit, industry, commitment to diversity, and financial need.

Loans
The University of California, Berkeley participates in the Federal Loan Program, which allows students enrolled at least half-time (6 units) to borrow money directly from the federal government at fixed interest rates.

A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be filed each year that a student intends to borrow a Federal Loan. The loans must be paid back beginning six months after graduation or dropping below half-time enrollment. The standard repayment term for these loans is 10 years. Students also pursue private loans and international loans

For more information, please visit the Financial Aid website. If you still have questions, you may contact the Financial Aid Office directly. 

Is financial aid available to non-U.S. citizens?

Berkeley Haas awards scholarships to both domestic and international students.

U.S. financial institutions almost exclusively require a credit-worthy U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident co-signer for international student applicants.

We have partnered with a lender to provide a no-cosigner option by assuming some of the risk on your behalf. For more information see the International Student Loans section of the Financial Aid website.

When should I apply for financial aid?

For scholarships, all prospective Evening & Weekend MBA students are evaluated for funding.

Unless otherwise noted in the scholarship section of the online application, applicants do not need to submit additional information to be considered for a scholarship or fellowship. Funding will be awarded to students at the time of admission based on the strength of the student's application.

To apply for Federal Loans, file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can complete the FAFSA any time after October 1st for the upcoming academic year in which you will begin your MBA studies. We encourage admitted students to apply for Federal Loans by the end of July. This allows time to complete any supplemental steps in time for the fall semester.

For private loans, you may begin the process as early as May with the lender. We encourage you to complete the private loan application process by the end of July to ensure funds are processed in time for the fall semester.

What is the FAFSA code for UC Berkeley?

When filling out the FAFSA, use UC Berkeley Federal Code 001312.

When requesting certification for private loans, use Haas' branch code: 001312-75.