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Haas Essay Questions 2012

Haas MBA Class of 2016 Admissions Essays: The Song Remains the Same

Jul, 08, 2013


This is my post on the UC Berkeley Haas MBA Essays for Class of 2016 admission. You can find my post on Haas interviews here. This is how I started my Haas essay analysis last year: “Haas always asks weird questions. Years ago, they asked who the applicant would invite to dinner and why. Last year, it […]


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What Kind of MBA Do You Need?

May, 21, 2013


This is the second of a three part series of posts on the overal topic of “Do you really need an MBA?” In the first post in this series, I discussed that overall question directly. I suggest reading that post,  “Do You Really an MBA,” before proceeding to the post below.   What Kind of MBA […]


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Haas MBA Class of 2015 Admissions Essays: The Song Remains the Same

Oct, 28, 2012


Haas always asks weird questions. Years ago, they asked who the applicant would invite to dinner and why. Last year, it was “What brings you the greatest joy? How does this make you distinctive? ” Each year brings some new weirdness. Hence their song remains the same.     I had a dream. Crazy dream. Anything […]


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UC Berkeley Haas MBA Interviews

Jan, 30, 2012


My post on Haas MBA admissions essays can be found here.  Before reading this post on UC Berkeley Haas MBA’s admissions interviews, I suggest reviewing the former Director of Admissions for the Full-time MBA Program’s excellent Tips for Acing the Admissions Interview. I also suggest that you listen to the short podcast on interviewing found at http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/haas/podcast/audio/haas_mba_interview_tips1.mp3. The advice is […]


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Haas MBA Fall 2012 Online Application’s Stupid Word Counter

Dec, 02, 2011


It has been brought to my attention that the essay word counter on the Haas application for admission to Fall 2012 full-time MBA program is TOTALLY F%C&ED. I suggest ignoring said word counter and letting common sense be your guide. Unlike schools that allow for simple document upload, Haas has form for pasting in essays.    […]


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Oh Joy! UC Berkeley Haas MBA Essays for Fall 2012

Oct, 26, 2011


“Oh Joy!” alludes to the subject of the most interesting of UC Berkeley Haas MBA essay questions for Fall 2012 admission. You can find my joyful take on that essay question along with the rest in this post.  The  University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business is one of the hardest MBA programs to […]


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UC Berkeley Haas MBA Essays for Fall 2011 Admission

Nov, 15, 2010


The University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business is along with HBS, MIT Sloan, and Stanford GSB, one of the hardest programs to get into. The program is small and attracts a very diverse group of students. The objective of Haas admissions is to find the best applicants in order to put together a diverse […]


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UC Berkeley Haas MBA Interviews

Nov, 11, 2009


I have made a few minor changes to this year’s version of this post. Before reading this post on UC Berkeley Haas MBA, I suggest reviewing the Director of Admissions for the Full-time MBA Program’s excellent Tips for Acing the Admissions Interview. I also suggest that you listen to the short podcast on interviewing found […]


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UC Berkeley Haas MBA Essays for Fall 2010 Admission

Jul, 29, 2009


The University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business is along with HBS and Stanford GSB, one of the hardest programs to get into. The program is small and attracts a very diverse group of students. The objective of Haas admissions is to find the best applicants in order to put together a diverse group […]


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Interview with Haas Class of 2010 MBA Student

Jul, 13, 2009


One of the Japanese members of Class of 2010 at the University of California Berkeley’s Haas School of Business was kind enough to answer my questions. Prior to starting Haas in Fall 2008, he worked as a management consultant for five years. He is married with no kids and has both an undergraduate and graduate […]


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Berkeley Haas 2017-18 Application Essays

Essays help us learn about who you are as a person and how you will fit with our community. We seek candidates from a broad range of industries, backgrounds, and cultures. Our distinctive culture is defined by four key principles - Question the Status Quo, Confidence Without Attitude, Students Always, and Beyond Yourself. 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 - culturally, academically, and professionally.

Below are the required essays, supplemental essays, and optional essays for Fall 2018.

Required Essays

Essay #1

Tell us a six-word story that reflects a memorable experience in your life-to-date. Elaborate on why it is meaningful to you. (250 words maximum)

Tip: A successful six-word story will pique the reader’s interest in the forthcoming explanation. Together, the story and explanation will share a specific and personal experience that helps the reader get to know you better, giving insight into your character, values, or how you would uniquely contribute to the Berkeley Haas community. View sample six-word stories and video tips from the admissions committee.

Essay #2

Respond to one of the following prompts: (250 words maximum)

  • Describe a significant obstacle you have encountered and how it has impacted you.
  • Describe how you have cultivated a diverse and inclusive culture.
  • Describe a leadership experience and how you made a positive and lasting impact.

Tip: Responses can draw from professional or personal experiences. Through your response, the admissions committee hopes to gain insight into your achievements, involvement, and leadership footprint.

Essay #3

  1. Briefly describe your immediate post-MBA career goals. (50 words maximum)
  2. How have prior experiences motivated and prepared you to pursue these goals? (250 words maximum)

Tip: You are encouraged to reflect on both what you want to do professionally after business school and why this path interests you.

Supplemental Information

  1. If you have not provided a letter of recommendation from your current supervisor, please explain. If not applicable, enter N/A.
  2. List, in order of importance, significant community and professional organizations and extracurricular activities in which you have been involved during or after university studies. Include the following information for each using the format below:

    • Name of organization or activity
    • Nature of organization or activity
    • Size of organization
    • Dates of involvement
    • Offices held
    • Average number of hours spent per month
  3. List full-time and part-time jobs held during undergraduate or graduate studies indicating the employer, job title, employment dates, location, and the number of hours worked per week for each position held prior to the completion of your degree.
  4. If you have ever been subject to academic discipline, placed on probation, suspended, or required to withdraw from any college or university, please explain. If not, please enter N/A (An affirmative response to this question does not automatically disqualify you from admission).

Optional Essay

Use this essay to share information that is not presented elsewhere in the application, for example:

  • Explanation of employment gaps or academic aberrations
  • Quantitative abilities
  • For re-applicants, improvements to your candidacy

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