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University of California Berkeley’s Haas School of Business

MBA Program Stats

Annual Tuition: $65,360

Annual Tuition Non-Resident: $71,817

Acceptance Rate: 23%

Full-Time Enrollment: 538

Average GPA: 3.64

Median GMAT: 730

Median GRE: 162V 163Q

International: 41%

Minority: 17%

Female: 46%

Male: 54%

What You Need To Know

The Berkeley Haas MBA: What You Need To Know

Founded in 1898, the Haas School of Business is the second-oldest business school in the United States. The insider’s joke is that Berkeley’s Haas School is the business school for hippies, but the truth is, that’s never been true, and it’s a silly way to refer to one of the hardest schools in the world to get into.

For a prospective MBA interested in innovation, entrepreneurship, inclusion, and sustainability, Berkeley is one of the best places to be. Their location in the San Francisco Bay Area also puts them at the epicenter of the innovation and entrepreneurial companies.

The highly selective 2-year program has over 500 MBAs enrolled at any given time and is anchored by 14 required courses in the core curriculum built on one another to foster essential analytical and leadership skills, including marketing, finance, and accounting.

The full-time MBA program recently introduced a revised core curriculum, which includes new courses in Data Analytics, Presenting with Data, and Business Communication in Diverse Work Environments. Each of these reflects input from students, faculty, and hiring organizations about critical skill sets for leadership success.

The Data Analytics core course aims to ensure that all students coming through the program have a foundation in analytics, the Presenting with Data course builds on the Leadership Communications course and helps develop the ability to effectively communicate with data, and the Business Communication in Diverse Work Environments prepares students to increase diversity and inclusion in the modern workplace.

The first year of the program is divided into four quarters and beyond the core, students have the freedom to tailor the majority of their MBA to achieve their career goals. In addition, full-time MBA students also have the option to enroll in several dual degree programs, including an MBA/MPH (Public Health), MBA/MEng (Engineering), MBA/JD (law), as well as earn a Michaels Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Business or a Certificate in Business Analytics.

There is no lack of co-curricular opportunities at Haas, with over 40 student-led organizations at Haas surrounding marketing, finance, tech, startups, outdoor adventure, etc. Not surprisingly the Haas Finance Club, which serves students interested in corporate finance, asset management, and investment banking, is as popular as the Consulting and the Tech Club.

Affinity organizations such as the LatinX Club, Black Business Students Association (BBSA), Latin American/Hispanic Business Association, Asian-Americans@Haas and Asia Business Club provide space to explore inclusion, along with the Women in Leadership (WIL) and Q@Haas (LGBTQ+), both of which were founded more than 25 years ago when such organizations were rare at US business schools.

Haas students also have several opportunities to interact with other grad students across campus through organizations such as BERC, the student-run Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative, and Startup@BerkeleyLaw, which hosts legal workshops for entrepreneurs.

“Berkeley Haas is far and away the best business school for preparing people to work in organizations and careers geared toward social impact. It offers everything from coursework to extracurriculars to the best network in the field,” says MBA Stephanie Solove Chou on Berkeley’s website.

Rankings Data For Berkeley Haas

Berkeley Haas MBA Rankings

Ranking Poets&Quants
2023-2024 15
2022-2023 10
2021-2022 9
2020-2021 9
2019-2020 8

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Career Stats

Haas MBA Compensation

MBA Compensation 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016
Median Base Salary $ 140,000 $ 140,000 $ 125,000 $ 125,000 $ 125,000
Average Signing Bonus $31,164 $21,141 $29,212 $27,926

Haas MBA Graduate Employment Offers

Job Offers Within 3 Months 2020 2019 2018
Received An Offer 95% 96% 90%

Industry Choice of Haas MBAs

% of MBA grads employed by industry sector over three years

Industry Sector 2020 2019 2018
Technology 32% 33% 32%
Consulting 25% 25% 24%
Financial Services 15% 15% 14%
Consumer Products/Retail 5% 9% 8%
Health/Biotech/Pharma 12% 7% 4%
Manufacturing 1% 1% 4%
Nonprofit/Public Sector 3% 2% 4%
Transportation & Logistics 0% 1% 3%
Energy 2% 2% 2%
Media/Entertainment 1% 2% 2%

Where Haas MBAs Went to Work

2020 2019
Adobe Systems Inc. Adobe Systems Inc.
Amazon.com, Inc. Amazon.com, Inc.
Bain & Company Bain & Company
Boston Consulting Group Boston Consulting Group
Cisco Systems, Inc. Cisco Systems, Inc.
Deloitte Consulting LLP Deloitte Consulting LLP
EY-Parthenon EY (Ernst & Young)
Genentech Inc. EY-Parthenon
Goldman Sachs Google
Google L.E.K. Consulting
L.E.K. Consulting McKinsey & Company
McKinsey & Company PwC
Visa Inc. The Clorox Company
Visa Inc.

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Had back-to-back tragic events in the family throughout undergrad and became a borderline nihilist.

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I became an education entrepreneur a few months before graduation in 2011.

Mr. Looking To Learn

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News Coverage For Berkeley Haas

2024 Best 40-Under-40 MBA Professors: Solène Delecourt, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business

Congrats to Solène Delecourt of UC Berkeley Haas School of Business for being named a 2024 Best 40 Under 40 MBA Professor.

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How Berkeley Haas Is Leading In The Battle Against Climate Change (Again)

Berkeley announces new MBA-Master of Climate Solutions double-degree to produce leaders ready to fight against climate change

Berkeley Haas MBAs Got A Big Boost In Pay & Bigger Bonuses In 2023

Haas Class of 2023 saw a greater rate of pay growth even as placement slipped

Berkeley Haas Sets School Records For International Enrollment, GMAT Average

MBA Class of 2025 reports a GMAT average of 733, up 4 points in one year; foreign student enrollment jumps 6 points to 47%

Acceptance Rates & Yield At The Top 50 U.S. MBA Programs

Acceptance rates rose at elite U.S. B-schools in 2022, but across all 50 P&Q-ranked schools the average rate was similar to 2021 — and some schools got much more selective

Congrats to Ricardo Perez-Truglia of UC Berkeley Haas School of Business for being named a 2023 Best 40-Under-40 MBA Professor.

2023 Best 40-Under-40 MBA Professors: Ricardo Perez-Truglia, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business

Congrats to Ricardo Perez-Truglia of UC Berkeley Haas School of Business for being named a 2023 Best 40-Under-40 MBA Professor.

Congrats to Anastassia Fedyk of the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business for being named a 2023 Best 40-Under-40 MBA Professor.

2023 Best 40-Under-40 MBA Professors: Anastassia Fedyk, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business

Congrats to Anastassia Fedyk of the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business for being named a 2023 Best 40-Under-40 MBA Professor.