Harvard | Mr. Healthcare Fanatic
GMAT 770, GPA 3.46
Harvard | Mr. MacGruber
GRE 313, GPA 3.7
Kellogg | Mr. Real Estate Finance
GMAT 710, GPA 3.0
Emory Goizueta | Mr. Multimedia
GRE 308, GPA 3.4
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Poet At Heart
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
Yale | Mr. Ukrainian Biz Man
GRE 310, GPA 4.75 out of 5
Darden | Mr. Former Scientist
GMAT 680, GPA 3.65
Stanford GSB | Mr. Sustainable Business
GRE 331, GPA 3.86
Wharton | Mr. Microsoft Consultant
GMAT N/A, GPA 2.31
Yale | Ms. Impact Investing
GRE 323, GPA 3.8
Cornell Johnson | Ms. Food Waste Warrior
GMAT Not written yet (around 680), GPA 3.27
Stanford GSB | Ms. Future Tech Exec
GMAT 750, GPA 3.4
Georgetown McDonough | Ms. Air Force
GMAT 610, GPA 3.8
Kellogg | Mr. Finance To Education
GMAT 730, GPA 3.4
Rice Jones | Mr. Back To School
GRE 315, GPA 3.0
Columbia | Mr. Aussie Military Man
GMAT 710, GPA 3.0 (rough conversion from Weighted Average Mark)
Harvard | Mr. Hopeful Philanthropist
GMAT 710, GPA 3.74
Stanford GSB | Mr. FinTech
GMAT Not Taken Yet, GPA 3.5
UCLA Anderson | Mr. Analytics Man
GMAT 740, GPA 3.1
Cornell Johnson | Mr. FinTech Startup
GMAT 570, GPA 3.4
Darden | Ms. Teaching-To-Tech
GRE 326, GPA 3.47
Chicago Booth | Mr. Future Angel Investor
GMAT 620, GPA 3.1
Wharton | Ms. Software Engineer
GMAT 760, GPA 3.84
Harvard | Mr. PE Strategist
GRE 326, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Mr. FBI To MBB
GMAT 710, GPA 3.85
Harvard | Mr. MBB Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.9
Chicago Booth | Mr. Cal Poly
GRE 317, GPA 3.2

Poets&Quants Top Business Schools

University of California Berkeley’s Haas School of Business

#8

Contact our general manager with any questions. Profile updated: April 1, 2020.

Contact Information

Location:
430 Student Services Building
#1902
Berkeley, CA 94720
Admissions Office:
+ 1 510-642-1405

School Data

Annual Tuition: $96,142

Acceptance Rate: 12%

Full-Time Enrollment: 575

International: 34%

Minority: 32%

Average Age: 28

Female: 43%

Male: 57%

Application Deadlines: Round 1: September 26, 2019; Round 2: January 9, 2020; Round 3: April 2, 2020

The Berkeley Haas MBA: What You Need To Know

The insider’s joke that Berkeley’s Haas School is the business school for hippies. Truth is, that’s never been true, but it’s a nearly quaint way to refer to one of the hardest schools in the world to get into. If you’re interested in tech, entrepreneurship, and innovation, Haas is one of the best schools in the world for an MBA.

The highly selective program, which enrolls a small class of 240 full-time MBAs each fall, is anchored by 12 required courses that promote a general-management perspective and that provide a framework for the more function-specific courses that follow. The first year of the program is divided into four quarters. The core curriculum is rooted in business fundamentals — including marketing, finance, and accounting.

Two years ago, however, the school put through significant curriculum changes to focus more on innovative leadership. In the overhaul, a pair of existing core courses, Leading People and Leadership Communications, had been restructured to offer additional leadership skills, such as the ability to influence others. And then a new and highly innovative course called “Problem Finding, Problem Solving” was added to the core to address what the school considers “underlying skill sets that are missing in a typical MBA education.” All of these various pieces fall under something dubbed Berkeley Innovative Leader Development (BILD), the connective theme that runs through the entire MBA curriculum to ensure that every student develops the skills required of innovative leaders.

The Problem Finding course is a prerequisite to Haas’ required experiential learning module. MBAs can choose one or more of these experiential courses from among ten programs, including Haas@Work, which assigns student teams to innovation challenges at a select group of companies that have included Cisco, Walt Disney, Visa, Virgin America, and Yahoo!

Haas Dean Richard Lyons had been instrumental in getting the course to be a required part of the MBA curriculum. “It is really not very helpful to tell people to think outside the box,” he says. “People don’t know where the box is. An important element of this course is developing a capacity in our students to be explicit about the typically implicit assumptions that frame opportunities and problems. That shows you where the box is and allows you to move one side or the other to see solutions you wouldn’t have seen. We believe society needs more people with this skill.”

Berkeley Haas MBA Rankings Data

Berkeley Haas MBA Employment Stats

Haas School of Business has not published in its employment report its top employers, preferring to list all of the firms that hired the school’s graduates.


Watch
The Four Guiding Principles of Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.

 

B-School SmackDown Reports:

Berkeley vs. Stanford Graduate School of Business

Berkeley vs. MIT’s Sloan School of Management

 

Student Perspectives:

My Story: From West Point to Berkeley

My Story: From Sesame Street to Berkeley

 

MBA Program Consideration Set:

Stretch SchoolsHarvardStanford, Chicago, Wharton

Match Schools: ColumbiaDartmouthNorthwestern’s Kellogg SchoolMIT Sloan, DukeVirginia, Michigan, Yale

Safety Schools: Cornell, Carnegie Mellon, UCLA, North Carolina

Note: MBA Program Consideration Set: If you believe you’re a close match to this school–based on your GMAT and GPA scores,  your age and work experience, you should look at these other competitive full-time MBA programs as well. We list them by stretch, match, and safety. These options are presented on the basis of brand image and ranking status as a general guideline.


Related Stories:

How Spaghetti & Marshmallows Are Being Used To Teach Creative Problem Framing at Haas

An Interview with Dean Rich Lyons of the Haas School

The Four Guiding Principles of the Haas School (video)

Haas Plans Major Campus Expansion

Haas Recruits Tenured Profs from Harvard, Brown, MIT

Berkeley Offers MBAs Free Exec Ed Courses