betsy massar master admissionado

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.


Menu of Services and Associated Costs

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.
Contact us to see if we can help.

Location: Berkeley, California, United States

Phone: 510-852-9027

Email: betsy@masteradmissions.com

Website: http://MasterAdmissions.com


Provide a Candid Review

You must be logged in to leave a candid review for this consultant. Log in or Register. Note to reviewers: You must provide to Poets&Quants your full name and email for verification or your comment will not be accepted. Your name will appear publicly as first name, last initial unless you request anonymity.


P&Q Consultant Reviews

  • Not sure where I’d be without Betsy
    6 days ago
    "I have been admitted into my number one choice and couldn’t have imagined getting there without Betsy coaching me through the entire process. From the beginning, Betsy really challenged me to dig deep and think about each step of my life to date. She created a safe space where I was comfortable discussing some of the most challenging life moments and helped me think through how they all linked together. With her help, I learnt an incredible amount about myself that will have a profound impact on me, beyond just crafting my MBA story. As well, Betsy’s depth of experience helped me identify the schools that are the best fit for me and my goals and shepherded me through the entire application process, ensuring I ...Read the full review.
    Class of 2020, Admit
    All reviews are independently verified by Poets&Quants staff.
  • Betsy is a lifelong mentor
    1 week ago
    "I started with someone from a larger firm who was ok with whatever I said, never pushing to get more from me. I then met Betsy. I was seen. She knew exactly who I was, in fact, she figured me out better than some of my closest friends. After struggling with a theme for my HBS essay Betsy picked an aspect of me that put all pieces together. She even knew what my dream was, when I could hardly articulate it. Betsy did not sugarcoat anything. "This does NOT sound like you!" she would say. Betsy has no templates to fit you into a school. Her only template is who you are. I felt that I was not simply applying to schools. Rather, I was ...Read the full review.
    Class of 2020, Admit
    All reviews are independently verified by Poets&Quants staff.
  • HBS bound thanks to Betsy
    2 weeks ago
    "I can’t imagine a better person to help me through the MBA process than Betsy. I came into the application process a little late with a half-baked essay draft. Betsy went above and beyond to fit me into her schedule and get my application into shape. Whether through phone calls, emails, or facebook chats, she showed incredible patience and a great eye for punchy writing. She turned over essay drafts insanely fast, while also getting to know me as a person. Not to mention, she goes through the whole thing with a great sense of humor! The result were authentic essays that maintained my own voice while getting rid of the fluff and long-winded run-ons that filled my early drafts. And ultimately, by the measure ...Read the full review.
    Class of 2020, Admit
    All reviews are independently verified by Poets&Quants staff.
  • We Did It
    4 weeks ago
    "Above all, Betsy cared about learning my story. Her honest feedback helped me share a compelling narrative, which I initially did not see, across each application component. She provided invaluable direction in successfully addressing gaps in my candidacy, including a weak quantitative background, and pushed me to fine-tune my message through each iteration of drafts with actionable comments and suggestions. It made the difference. I would have been lost throughout this process without her guidance. Thank you, Betsy. We did it and it was a ton of fun."
    Class of 2020, Admit
    All reviews are independently verified by Poets&Quants staff.
  • Genuine and Passionate
    1 month ago
    "Betsy is very genuine and passionate about her job. She seemed to really care about my success in the MBA application process and gave me personalized instruction relevant to my application. I’m a nontraditional student coming from the entertainment industry and looking to go into marketing. I applied to Marshall, Anderson, Kellogg, Fisher and Ross. With Betsy’s expert guidance, I was received an interview at every school I applied. I received a scholarship to Fisher, was waitlisted at Kellogg, and accepted into USC. USC was my target school because of my entertainment focus. Betsy consulted with her large MBA network and did research to find out exactly what USC is looking for in application essays. She also helped improve my resume, and I received several ...Read the full review.
    Class of 2020, Admit
    All reviews are independently verified by Poets&Quants staff.
  • Betsy has experience, passion and talent!
    6 months ago
    "I got into Georgetown McDonough, one of my top schools, in Round 3. I also received a substantial scholarship. I was extremely pleased because I knew I had a strong application to have gotten accepted in Round 3. Betsy is super reliable. When she says she will get something back you by a certain time she does. In the rare instance she can’t she advises and gives a date as to when it will be turned back. Betsy also always turns in quality revisions. Her revisions really get you to think and in turn to produce quality work. She is also passionate for your story. She’s rooting for you. She doesn’t give compliments easy but when she does they are genuine. She truly does care ...Read the full review.
    - Korinne K
    All reviews are independently verified by Poets&Quants staff.
  • Betsy is Truly Priceless
    7 months ago
    "Betsy Massar was a godsend! I adored working with her and by the end of the process, I not only felt like she helped me make my application highly potent but I also came away from it with a lifelong friendship. Betsy did much more than help me deliver my best applications, she helped me find my voice. My background is very untraditional and my story seemed all over the place. I spoke with a number of consultants and chose Betsy because I could tell that she would push me to deliver my absolute best application. Her energy was boundless and she had me laughing every time we talked. The business school application process is trying particularly for me as a personal event left me ...Read the full review.
    Class of 2019, Admit
    All reviews are independently verified by Poets&Quants staff.
  • Would not have gotten into Sloan without Betsy!
    8 months ago
    "Betsy is phenomenal to work with. She has a lot of ideas and is very good at crafting personal experiences into impactful stories. She is also very efficient: I first approached her in June, without any preparation( not even gmat scores) She was instrumental in helping me get through my rd 1 apps to four top b-schs in less than 3 months. She also connected me with current students, and talking to them greatly helped with my interviews and understanding the sch cultures better. Without her help, I would not be able to get into MIT Sloan!"
    Class of 2019, Admit
    All reviews are independently verified by Poets&Quants staff.
  • Betsy helped me on my journey to Haas!
    8 months ago
    "I worked with Betsy on my applications this past year after a suggestion from a friend. Prior to working with her, I had applied to many schools in 2016 and was not admitted to any of them. Working with Betsy, I was admitted to 2 top programs this time, and also waitlisted at HBS. I found Betsy to be a tough but invaluable critic. She was extremely useful in helping focus my stories in my essays. I would recommend her to anyone applying!"
    Class of 2019, Admit
    All reviews are independently verified by Poets&Quants staff.
  • Waitlist Success!
    8 months ago
    "I reached out to Betsy after I was placed on the waiting list at Chicago Booth. Betsy quickly reviewed my application and shared her thoughts on specific ideas that would augment my profile. It was a pleasure to speak with her during brainstorming sessions, which were sincere, thought-provoking and very lively. She listened to my ideas and provided honest, but warm feedback on new themes to highlight in a supplemental video to the admissions committee. She pushed me to think outside the box and about the big picture to draw out new themes that resonate with the values of the school. It all paid off when I was offered a place at Booth earlier this month!"
    Class of 2017, Admit
    All reviews are independently verified by Poets&Quants staff.