Betsy Massar

Master Admissions

Berkeley, California

United States

Consultant Bio

I’m Betsy Massar, founder of Master Admissions. Right out of Harvard Business School I worked for Goldman Sachs and have spent most of my professional career in and around the financial industry. I worked on both the sell and buy sides (Barclays Global Investors, now Blackrock), and have worked on Wall Street (in the 80’s), Asia (in the 90’s), and San Francisco (in the new millennium!)

You might think I am partial to HBS, but I’m actually quite fond of Stanford Graduate School of Business, as a communications and resume coach, and an editor of GSB professors’ academic papers. I am also a writer and editor with Institutional Investor journals.

My partner, Frances Hochschild, bio here, offers her counsel, especially on resumes, interviewing, and on anything related to consulting. Frances, a former Bain consultant, was head of west coast recruiting for the firm, and continues to work as a recruiter for private equity firms.

Lately I’ve been doing pro-bono work for the Forte Foundation, which has amazing resources for women, and for Service2School.org, which offers free application counseling to military vets.

Company Information

Master Admissions’ number-one goal is to help you get into the business administration program of your choice. Certainly the applicant pool is competitive, but I also know that you have a compelling story that draws upon your achievements and unique personal qualities.

I help you map your strategy out so that you will succeed. So that your MBA essays stand out. Together we review your work and life experiences and carefully elicit the tangible and measurable accomplishments that you may not have seen yourself.

My goal is to get you to think creatively about your life history and where you have shown signs of outstanding personal leadership. Where you add value. Where you’ve taken the road not traveled. It’s about your authentic personal excellence – its vibrancy and its distinction.
Using supportive techniques and modern management tools, Master Admissions helps YOU make your campaign plan a reality.

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Menu of Services and Associated Costs
Master Admissions is a high-touch, highly involved practice. The work is hard, and it’s not for everyone.
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Location: Berkeley, California, United States

Phone: 510-852-9027

Email: betsy@masteradmissions.com

Website: http://MasterAdmissions.com

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  • You Are Beyond Awesome, Betsy!
    2 months ago
    I was extremely anxious when I started the application process last year and ended up speaking to many admissions consultants. While some of them promised me admission into any school, some advised me against applying to an MBA program altogether! Betsy gave me the most genuine and realistic feedback and I just knew I had to work with her right after our first call. Betsy not only helped me with the applications but was kind enough to calm my nerves whenever I was overwhelmed by the whole process. Her positivity and support made the application process so much fun for me. She was never just a consultant but a true mentor and genuinely wanted me to succeed. She helped me keep up with strict deadlines ...
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  • Simply The Best
    2 months ago
    Betsy was absolutely instrumental in my application process. From helping my refine my story, communicating my passions, or simply giving me someone to vent to when I was worried about getting everything done in time, she was there every step of the way. When it came time to interview for HBS and GSB, Betsy dipped into her network and offered genuinely mock interviews that helped me prepare for the real thing. I am not sure I would be heading off to Cambridge without her guidance!
    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Six Stars For Betsy
    2 months ago
    Working with Betsy was truly a highlight of the application process. I was blown away by how quickly – and accurately – she was able to assess and articulate what makes me tick. She helped me formulate and clarify my career goals, as well as weave together various parts of my background into compelling narratives that ‘fit’ with the schools I applied to. I am so grateful that Betsy encouraged me to consider joint MPP/MBA programs which were more aligned with my goals than the JD/MBA programs I was originally interested in when I first spoke to her! I decided to apply to Harvard Kennedy School and 7 MBA programs. I was invited to interview at all 7 MBA programs I applied to, and was ...
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  • Couldn't Have Done It Without Betsy!
    2 months ago
    Betsy was referred to me by a friend who had gotten into her dream program the year prior. I was pretty clueless at the beginning of this process and could not have been accepted into the programs I did without Betsy's guidance. She does not beat around the bush, is very candid with her feedback, and had an uncanny ability to pinpoint and draw out the unique story in my background. Betsy was incredibly generous with her time and was always available via phone or email throughout this process. I applied to five programs and ended up getting into Chicago Booth, Yale SOM, and Duke Fuqua. I am thrilled with the results and could not have done this without Betsy.
    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Betsy Got Me Into My Dream School!
    2 months ago
    Betsy is as great a person as she is admissions consultant. I learned about Betsy from a former colleague who told me “Betsy will help you find the story in yourself.” He couldn’t have been more correct. I am a white male from the suburbs who went to private high school, a state college and took a job at a bank. On the surface, I am just another suit in a sea of suits. Betsy didn’t see me that way and she tirelessly worked through my life story to help me find interconnections I never knew existed. Then, once my unique angle was found, she pushed me to express myself in a way that was clear and effective and showed how I would make a ...
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  • Betsy Helped Me Refine My Story
    2 months ago
    I went into the application process honestly quite unprepared (although I did not know it at the time) and with a very average GMAT score. I met Betsy at an essay workshop, and we started working together shortly thereafter. I only had her help me with two schools (out of five total), but we started at first by focusing less-so on any specific essay and moreso on carving & refining my story. Betsy is to the point and doesn't leave room for you to water down your story with flowery language, which I needed to make sure I was using every word effectively. I also was coming from a somewhat atypical background, and I have long-term goals that aren't very typical of MBA applicants. Betsy ...
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  • Thank You, Betsy!
    2 months ago
    If you’re ready to stretch yourself and come out the other end of the MBA app process with not only very well-articulated applications but also a better understanding of who you are as a person, Betsy is the best person to help you navigate through this stressful period. With Betsy’s help I applied to H/S/W in R2 and was invited to interview at 2 of the 3 schools. I will be attending Wharton in the fall. Prior to locking in with Betsy, I had initial consultations with ~10 other admissions consultants – all of them seemed to emphasize either (a) the value of paying $XXXX for consulting packages, focusing on the financials before anything else, or (b) demonstrating that they have a “tried and tested” template to ...
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  • Couldn't Have Done It Without You, Betsy!
    2 months ago
    Betsy was fantastic to work with. Towards the beginning, she took time to get to know me and make sure my application checklist was on track. For me, the biggest value she added was helping me articulate my story (and stories) for the essays: she helped me hone my narrative, drives, accomplishments, strengths and career goals in a way I could not do alone. At one point, with a deadline looming, we were G-chatting late into the night, getting the right message for an essay. She was also always very responsive with one-off questions (I tried to collect them so I wasn't too annoying...) and advice throughout the process. Lastly, Betsy was no BS. She cut through the clutter of the whole b-school application online ...
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  • Thank you, Betsy!
    2 months ago
    Betsy has been a tremendous help during my application process. Working on multiple applications was overwhelming, especially with an investment banking job, but Betsy made everything so easy and straightforward. Her approach was extremely personal - she spent quite some time getting to know me, understanding my motivations, and guiding me to connect the dots in life. She pushed me hard and really challenged me so I am clear with my career goal. She is extremely knowledgable in the styles and leadership qualities that different schools are looking for. When I was preparing for my HBS interview, Betsy pointed out a couple of areas that might be the focus of my interview and those were right on point. This application season, I applied for ...
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  • Great Experience Working With Betsy
    3 months ago
    I had a wonderful experience to work with Betsy. I am very impressed with her professional knowledge, good patience and humorous style of communication. Due to the intensive work schedule, I have to travel to different counties almost every 2 weeks. It was a big challenge for me to allocate my time to apply to an MBA, especially to write essays. Betsy provided great suggestions to help me understand how to best articulate my argument and express my thoughts to make high-quality essays. I found the application process was very enjoyable as I can use my time much more efficient than I thought, I strongly recommend Betsy to other applications and I am sure you will enjoy your time working with her as well. ...
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