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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  • Got In, & Wish I Could Apply Again To Work With Betsy More!
    5 months ago
    Working with Betsy was by far the highlight of my application process. Both a true professional and a genuinely wonderful person, she not only coached me into making the right decisions about where to apply but also made every step easier by laying out in a simple and actionable way everything I needed to know or think about. Her approach of first getting to know what makes her clients tick is highly effective and by our second call, she felt like a relative who'd known me my whole life. Her positivity and upbeat attitude made the exercise of working on a highly stressful task fun, and I always looked forward to our calls. She helped me to articulate my story in a way I would ...
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  • Great Experience Working With Betsy
    6 months ago
    I had a great experience working with Betsy. She is experienced in a way that not only helped me develop a thorough application package but also led me to explore my passion, drive and career ambition. We had extensive talks about my life experience, my career adventures, and my family backgrounds. She was able to help me uncover my true callings and weave my stories together. She also provided me with extensive guidance in selecting the school that fits best with my career goal and personality. I received 5 school offers this year including MIT Sloan, Berkeley Haas, Dartmouth Tuck, Columbia, and NYU Stern. I am so excited that I will be joining Columbia this coming August. Even after the acceptance, Betsy was sweet enough ...
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  • Couldn’t Have Done It Without Her
    6 months ago
    I come from an atypical background and knew I had some weaknesses that needed to be addressed, so I felt like I would benefit from some outside help as I put together my business school applications. I spoke with a handful of other companies before finding Betsy, and every single one felt more like a sales pitch than anything else. Talking to Betsy was different. From the very first time we spoke, she wanted to get to know me to see if working together would even be beneficial. She took the time to push me to reflect on why it is I really want to go back to school, and help me connect the dots from where I’ve been to where I want to go. ...
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  • Thank you Betsy!
    1 year ago
    Working with Betsy was terrific. I benefited from her personal approach because business school applications are not Excel models with magic formulas. Throughout the application process, Betsy was more like a friend and a mentor than a consultant. She helped me connect the right dots to build my personal story. This way, not only was I able to stay true to myself in all of my applications, but I also distinguished myself from other candidates. I'm heading to Yale SOM this year, but Betsy will always be a friend and a mentor to me.
    Class of 2020 Admit
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  • Amazing Experience with Betsy
    1 year ago
    Working with Betsy was an incredible experience. She really took the time to get to know my story, my goals, and what I wanted to accomplish with business school. Perhaps most significantly, by asking probing questions and analyzing my past decisions, she actually made me realize what I wanted to do with my life and what my long-term goals were! Betsy is not your typical admissions consultant – she doesn’t treat her service like a business. She doesn’t use formulas or templates – she uses a very personal approach that forced me to be introspective and think about my story, about what I had to offer to an MBA program, and about what I had to gain. I continually felt as though she truly cared ...
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    Class of 2019 Admit
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  • Thank you Besty
    1 year ago
    I reached out to Betsy in a short period right before the application deadline. At that time, it seemed impossible to complete my application not alone my unusual educational and career path. Betsy, has been a tremendous help in making my experience relevant and possible especially with her excellent coaching service and timely response. She transformed a potentially overwhelming application process to a truly rewarding experience as she spent a lot of time getting to know me. Not only I delivered on time but the result of my application was beyond my expectation. Such result has helped me to get accepted for a master degree at Harvard Kennedy School which I could only have dreamed about getting into.
    Class of 2020 Applicant
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  • Lucky to have worked with Betsy
    1 year ago
    Working with Betsy made all the difference in my applications this year. Before we spoke, I wasn't sure how to best portray myself or even which degree to get, but she helped me navigate this decision and had a depth of knowledge for each business and policy program I was considering. From our very first phone call, she was instrumental in helping me define and express my story, making the connections between my past experiences and future goals. Without Betsy, I would not have been able to create a cohesive and interesting application - she was great at highlighting the most relevant pieces of my background. I also found our essay brainstorming sessions and her comments on my writing incredibly helpful. She was exceptional at refining ...
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  • Amazing experience with Betsy!
    1 year ago
    As a former consultant who is currently working in financial services, I was worried I wouldn’t find a way to make my story sound special and differentiated from other applicants. Betsy was the answer! Betsy was recommended to me by former colleagues and I am very happy they did. Betsy’s recipe boils down to two key things: (1) Betsy asks the tough questions, and really challenges you. She is honest with her feedback and doesn’t sugar coat anything. This is critical to push your ideas from good to great. (2) Betsy takes the time to really get to know you. She helps steer, and connect your experiences and achievements into a cohesive theme. At the same time she makes sure you own all of the ideas, ...
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  • Good Vibes
    1 year ago
    My career background is in architecture and real estate. The criteria of applying to architecture school is very different from business school. Betsy created a clear preparation roadmap for me. Under her guidance, I avoided many detours and was able to spend the limited available time on the key parts of MBA application. When she gave me guidance towards my target schools, her guidance varies and is customized based on each school's own criteria and culture. MBA consulting is Betsy's full-time job and Betsy is clearly passionate about it. She is well connected in the field and introduced me to a current student and a former admission officer at Berkeley Haas, who provided me with valuable information. When I received ...
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    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • With Betsy's help, I'm heading to the Kennedy School!
    1 year ago
    The Harvard Kennedy School admissions process is designed to tease out your motivations and ambitions in order to evaluate your potential as a leader. Going into it, I did not have a clear sense of how to tell my story, and I doubted my ability to "stand out" from the many other talented applicants. Betsy was instrumental in helping me put together a compelling application that emphasized my unique strengths and experiences in ways I would have never thought of otherwise. She has unrivaled insight into how the HKS adcoms think and knows exactly what it takes for an application to be successful. HKS was my dream school and I was absolutely thrilled to be accepted -- I can say confidently that I would not ...
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