International Applicants

For reporting purposes, international applicants are those who, at the time they submit an application, either:

  1. Received their undergraduate degrees outside the U.S.
  2. Are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents

Please note that since the Berkeley Haas Evening & Weekend MBA Program is a part-time program, we are unable to assist with student visas. Typically, our students work with their employers to assist with their visas. The common visa types that we see are: L1 and H1B. We cannot issue an F-1 student visa.

International applicants should follow the standard procedures for applying, as well as those listed below.

Learn about loan options for international students

Minimum Academic Requirements for International Applicants

The minimum graduate admission requirement includes a bachelor's degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution. Graduates of recognized academic institutions outside the United States should have completed degree programs representing a minimum of 16 years of schooling, with at least 12 years at the primary and secondary levels.

Required Academic Records

Applicants are required to submit unofficial records from each academic institution attended after secondary/high school. All academic records must be issued in the original language and accompanied by English translations prepared by the issuing institution or translated by an Individual that is ATA Certified.

We only require official or original transcripts from the institution where you were awarded your bachelor's degree. If your institution was outside of the United States, we also require your official or original Degree Certificate/Diploma. 

Learn more about submitting transcripts, including international and non-English transcripts. 

English Language Proficiency

Per UC Berkeley requirements, all students who received their undergraduate degrees in countries other than the US, regardless of the language of instruction, must take a language proficiency test, with the following exceptions:

  • Your undergraduate degree was from the UK, Australia, English-speaking Canada, or Singapore. 
  • You have completed at least one year of full-time academic coursework with grades of “B” or better in residence at a recognized US institution at your time of application. You must submit an official transcript from the US 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

Language Proficiency Exams: TOEFL/IELTS

TOEFL Institution Code: 4833-02

IELTS Institution Code: N/A

Taken on or After: June 1, 2022

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) assessment. Unless you are exempt from the standardized English language proficiency test requirement per above, you must take the TOEFL or IELTS assessment. No exceptions will be granted.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

We accept TOEFL scores from tests administered by the Educational Testing Service and sent to us directly by the TOEFL office. Tests taken before June 2022 will not be accepted even if your score was reported to Berkeley. Your most recent score must be at least 90 for the Internet-based TOEFL.

TOEFL is administered by the Education Testing Service. You can obtain detailed information from the TOEFL website. To schedule an appointment for the computer-based test in the United States or Canada, call 1-800-GO-TOEFL.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

As an alternative, you can submit scores from the Academic Modules of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) administered by the British Council worldwide. You are responsible for providing us with an official paper Test Report Form (TRF) of your IELTS. Remember to order the TRF when you register to take the test. Tests taken before June 2022 will not be accepted. Your most recent overall BAND score must be at least 7 on a 9-point scale.

To register for the IELTS, consult the IELTS website or contact the office of the test center where you plan to take the test.