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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.
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

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  • Betsy Helped Me Refine My Story
    1 year 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!
    1 year 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!
    1 year 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!
    1 year 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
    1 year 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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  • Got In, & Wish I Could Apply Again To Work With Betsy More!
    1 year 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
    1 year 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
    1 year 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!
    2 years 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
    2 years 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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