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Haas School of Business

University of California, Berkeley

Overview

UC Berkeley, founded in 1868, is a public university with a reputation for activism and social responsibility. For prospective MBAs interested in health, science, and technology, Haas offers unique opportunities to study cleantech, renewable energy, biotechnology, nanotechnology and more as electives. Berkeley is also renowned for its joint degree program in which students earn an MBA and Master of Public health. Not to mention,of all the top tier business schools, Haas graduates demonstrate the strongest bent toward the sciences with almost 40% pursuing a career in the tech or health spaces.

Academics

Berkeley’s required core curriculum prepares students for general management during their first year, then offers an extensive selection of electives as students progress. Haas’s emphasis on innovation is reflected in the innovation requirement of the core curriculum, along with a bevvy of related electives. Haas helps students satisfy their intellectual curiosity with its tradition of student initiated electives, created and run by students with the support of the faculty. Students gravitate to Berkeley-Haas for its renowned professors— the school has had five Nobel Prize–winning economists on its faculty. Each year, students vote whether to have a grade non-disclosure policy, usually opting in favor.

Employment

Since Haas is near Silicon Valley, technology companies hold a strong presence on the top recruiter list, and many graduates pursue roles in this space. Many Berkeley-Haas grads also pursue product management or marketing roles. Relative to other top-tier business schools, Haas sends the fewest amount of grads into finance related roles, with only 15% of the class entering these positions. For graduates interested in pursuing their own business ventures, Haas offers resources and accelerators that help students generate new business ideas and pursue entrepreneurial endeavors.

Culture

Incoming Haas students will be able to enjoy the new North Academic Building, expected to open in 2017. This space will offer students study rooms, classrooms, dining opportunities, and an event space with bay views. Berkeley’s commitment to community service and involvement is present in Haas’s culture, as many students pursue extracurricular endeavors that strengthen the community. For example, Haas students have the opportunity to get involved with the local community with the Young Entrepreneurs at Haas program, in which a MBA students mentor a middle or high school student from a neighboring community and supports their ambitions to pursue business.

Admissions

Since the class size is so small, Haas often tops the list of most selective MBA programs in the world. The school requires work experience of their applicants, and entering students have on average 5 years of experience. Accepted students tend to demonstrate activism and community involvement. While there’s good news for GMAT-averse applicants— Berkeley-Haas now also accepts GRE scores — There’s bad news for some students who have studied in countries outside the US — Haas doesn’t accept three-year degrees from many international universities. The application requires three essays, and gives applicants the opportunity to complete a fourth, optional essay to give students an opportunity to share information that’s not presented elsewhere in the application.