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?

If attending on campus, 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 5:00 p.m. when taking elective coursework). Both schedule options include all required core courses and a selection of pertinent and popular electives.

If a member of the Flex cohort, students attend core classes online two evenings a week (from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays). When students begin taking elective courses, they can either continue to attend online or come to campus for in-person instruction. Click here to learn more about Flex.

When and how do I choose my schedule?

You select an on-campus evening or weekend schedule or the flexible online + on-campus format 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, weekend, and flex 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?

For students in our evening or weekend cohorts, classes are held at the Haas School of Business on the University of California, Berkeley campus. Our new flexible format allows for students in our flex cohort to take core courses online in their first three semesters. Flex students can choose to come to campus for electives or take courses online for the second half of their program.

How many students do you enroll each year?

For the Class of 2024, we enrolled 283 students.

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

In all programs, you can take advantage of Berkeley Haas' vast resources, and you will earn the same Berkeley MBA degree.

The key differences are the experience level of the students,  the program structure, the residency aspect (EMBA), the class size, and some of the programmatic elements, such as EMBA field immersions vs EW Signature Events.

For more detailed information, please view our program comparison website

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 schedule 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 schedule preference (a preference for evening vs. weekend vs. flex classes) affect my chance of admission?

No, the admission decision will be made independently of your stated preference for either the evening, weekend, or flex cohorts. If you are admitted to the Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA Program, we will try to accommodate your request as much as possible.

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 660 - 740 for students who started in Fall 2021. 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 of students admitted to the Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA Program?

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. 

As the Executive Assessment (EA) is a newer test option, 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.

I'm not a strong standardized test taker. Is there another way to demonstrate quantitative proficiency in my application?

We are looking for evidence of quantitative skills to assess your readiness for MBA study. If you do not feel comfortable with your standardized test quantitative score and have not had significant evidence in either your academic or professional background, we would suggest that you pursue additional coursework.We highly recommend taking one or more of the following courses, either in-person or online at a community college or other institution. Course(s) should be taken for a letter grade.

In cases where there is very little evidence of quantitative proficiency in your application, we would encourage you to take two of the courses mentioned or similar quantitative-heavy coursework for a letter grade.

While these suggestions will help bolster your application and prepare you for MBA study, they are not a substitute for taking a standardized test.


Application Process

General Questions

What are the application deadlines?

The application will go live in early September

Round 1

Application submitted by: November 9, 2021

Decision posted on: January 28, 2022

Round 2

Application submitted by: January 7, 2022

Decision posted on: March 29, 2022

Round 3

Application submitted by: March 8, 2022

Decision posted on: May 17, 2022

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, procuring two letters of recommendation, and completing a video interview

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

Is an interview a required component of the application process?

Yes, the interview is a required component of the application. 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.

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

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 email the admissions office at ewmbaadm@haas.berkeley.edu if you are interested in submitting the Application Fee Waiver Request form. 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, unless otherwise specified below: 

Essays

You do not need to respond to Essay #1. Instead, please answer the Haas Reapplicant Essay and Essay #2.

Haas Reapplicant Essay:
Please submit a statement explaining how you have improved your candidacy since your last application to the Berkeley Evening & Weekend MBA Program. If you have previously applied to one of our other Berkeley MBA Programs, please help us understand why you are now interested in attending the EWMBA Program. (350 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)

Recommendations

You will need to include one new or updated letter of recommendation. In Recommender 1 box, you will provide your additional recommender information.

To complete this section, you will need to input information for Recommender 2, regardless of whether you are submitting a second reference. If you are only submitting one new letter of recommendation, please follow these steps:

1. Click "To be mailed by the recommender."
2. Input Haas EWMBA as the first name and Reapplicant as the last name in the Recommender 2 box.
3. Input ewmbaadm@haas.berkeley.edu for the email address.

Test Scores

If your previous application’s exams are still valid, we do not require you to re-order official score reports unless you are submitting new test results.

Transcripts

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, as we process special requests for additional time on a case-by-case basis.

If you are planning to take the exam after you have submitted your application (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?

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. This includes applicants with degrees 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. Residence in the US does not waive this requirement.

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). 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 2021-2022 academic year*, each unit is priced at $3,533. 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 may 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?

Scholarships

For scholarships, we encourage all prospective Evening & Weekend MBA students to complete their scholarship application in the same round for which they are applying for admission. Please note, funding is limited, and funding strategies are subject to change annually.

If scholarship funding is a major factor in your decision-making process, we recommend that students apply sooner rather than later in the admission cycle to ensure that you are considered for all available scholarship opportunities.

Federal Loans

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.

Private Loans

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.



Campus Safety

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the University of California, Berkeley publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. This report includes current security policies plus crime and fire statistics for the previous three calendar years. The body of the report also contains contact information for various campus and community resources related to crime prevention and survivor assistance. A digital copy of the report can be accessed via the link below, or paper copies are available free of charge at 1 Sproul Hall.

UC Berkeley Annual Security and Fire Safety Report