Students Say

The Haas School of Business at the University of California—Berkeley is a “top school for academics and recruitment opportunities,” especially “on the West Coast.” Students here note that the MBA program is “Outstanding on all levels: professionally, academically, and socially.” Thanks to an environment that encourages student involvement and input, most here “feel like they have a real role in shaping their own academic experiences.” As one student explains, there are “a million ways to get involved and really make a difference. Experiential learning opportunities everywhere you turn.”

Overview

Applicants
3,389
Acceptance Rate
Average Undergrad GPA
3.60
Years Work Experience
5
Average Age
29

Test Scores

GMAT
700 - 730
GPA
3.50 - 3.75

Deadlines


Round 1
October 16

Round 2
January 8

Round 3
March 12

Overall

Students Say

The Haas School of Business at the University of California—Berkeley is a “top school for academics and recruitment opportunities,” especially “on the West Coast.” Students here note that the MBA program is “Outstanding on all levels: professionally, academically, and socially.” Thanks to an environment that encourages student involvement and input, most here “feel like they have a real role in shaping their own academic experiences.” As one student explains, there are “a million ways to get involved and really make a difference. Experiential learning opportunities everywhere you turn.” Things “move fast here” thanks to the structure of the courses, but students find themselves supported by “fantastic” and “accessible” professors who “sincerely care” about these future entrepreneurs. “We learn from professors who not only are recognized as top academics in their respective fields, but also professionals who shape the direction of the industry,” explains one student. Additionally, Haas’ administration “seems to have a singular focus on improving the experience for students.” According to students, “They go to great lengths to take in, process, and change the program per student recommendations.”

Students praise the “small, intimate program” for being exactly that: “small” and “intimate.” “We only have 240 students per class (at least officially...sometimes one or two more get added),” says one student. This “tight-knit” environment creates a distinctly “collaborative culture” that forges lasting connections (which come in handy after graduation). The “caliber of students, faculty, administration, and career services staff” are all “top-notch,” which provides a solid base for development. “Haas excels at entrepreneurship (not just social entrepreneurship),” explains one student. “Its heavy involvement and leadership in the Berkeley Energy Resources Collaborative (BERC) provides great opportunities in alternative/green energy entrepreneurship.” The school also offers a “health care and international business focus.” Another key component of the program is its “close ties” and proximity “to Silicon Valley.” Students also single out their “excellent” dean, Richard Lyons, for praise. As one student says, “He’s an energetic, reputable professor who spent time in the real world on Wall Street.”


Faculty Information

Total Faculty
216

64
Part-time
36
Full-time
22
Female


Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
Yes

Sustainability course is
Optional

Description
The Haas MBA Program offers both courses that focus explicitly on sustainability and courses that weave aspects of sustainability into more traditional subjects. Courses on sustainability include the Metrics of Sustainability, Strategic CSR & Sustainability, the Power of Social Technology for Good, Energy and Environmental Markets, Social Investing, and more. Other, more traditional courses weave sustainability issues into coursework: Game Theory, Investment Strategies and Styles, International Business, and Business Model Innovation. The Center for Responsible Business sponsors many of Haas’ sustainability-related classes and offers extracurricular courses and workshops including Designing for Sustainability, Life Cycle Analysis for Business Leaders, Sustainability and Finance, and more.

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
Yes

Description
The school’s Center for Responsible Business pioneered the "Strategic CSR & Projects" course connecting students to executives at Apple, Hewlett-Packard, Levi Strauss, eBay, etc. to develop strategies that create competitive advantage through positive social impact. The CSR Scholars Program and the LifeScan Community Relations Graduate Fellows Program take students into leading companies to apply CSR theories and frameworks in innovative strategy work. And the multidisciplinary Dow Sustainable Products and Solutions Program funds and supports student research that promises to make a tangible difference. The Haas Socially Responsible Investment Fund is the first SRI fund at a leading business school, and the Moskowitz Prize for Socially Responsible Investing is the first and only global award recognizing outstanding quantitative work on socially responsible investing.

School's environmental commitment 1:
Berkeley-Haas has created a culture of thinking broadly about challenges to society, including sustainability; Haas’ defining principles as set out by Dean Rich Lyons include “Beyond Yourself” and “Question the Status Quo.”

School's environmental commitment 2:
Berkeley-Haas offers students a variety of extracurricular opportunities to engage on topics of sustainability, including speaker series, student clubs, case competitions, conferences, workshops, and consulting engagements. The Global Social Venture Competition, Haas Socially Responsible Investment Fund, International Business Development, Global Initiatives at Haas, Net Impact, and the Corporate Responsibility Fellows Program are just a few examples. Many of these are offered through related centers, including the Center for Responsible Business and the energy Institute at Haas.

School's environmental commitment 3:
Berkeley-Haas has integrated sustainability into its curriculum both through classes focused on sustainability topics and by weaving sustainability themes into more traditional business classes.

Career overview

Career Rating
99
Average Starting Salary
$117,738

Finding Jobs & Internships

Source Of Full-Time Job Acceptances
51%
School Facilitiated
42%
Graduate Facilitated
7%
Unknown

Source Of Internship Acceptances
51%
School Facilitiated
42%
Graduate Facilitated
7%
Unknown

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

29%
General Management
24%
Consulting
22%
Marketing
20%
Finance/Accounting
4%
Other

Graduates Employed by Region

65%
West
23%
International
6%
Northeast
4%
Southwest
2%
Mid-Atlantic

Job Function

Job Function % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
General Management 29% $118,750 $114,317 $60,000 $140,000
Consulting 24% $135,000 $128,166 $75,000 $160,000
Marketing / Sales 22% $120,000 $118,746 $75,000 $195,000
Finance / Accounting 20% $107,000 $107,892 $70,000 $175,000
Other 4% $106,000 $103,750 $85,000 $118,000
Human Resources 1%

Industries

Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Technology 31% $120,000 $119,173 $75,000 $145,000
Consulting 23% $135,000 $130,949 $95,000 $160,000
Financial Services 16% $110,000 $109,650 $70,000 $165,000
Petroleum / Energy 10% $115,000 $113,233 $90,000 $135,000
Pharmaceutical / Biotechnology / Healthcare 7% $122,500 $128,889 $91,000 $195,000
Non-profit 6%
Consumer Products 5% $100,000 $102,080 $100,000 $110,400
Real Estate 3% $98,000 $94,000 $70,000 $110,000
Government 1%

Dates

Application Deadlines
Jun 12

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Aid Package
$45,433

Average Scholarship / Grant Aid Package
$23,974

Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
71%

All Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
44%

New Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
65%

New Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
40%

New Students Receiving Loans
43%

Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$0
Tuition (Out-State)
$12,245
Fees (In-State)
$51,411
Fees (Out-State)
$41,713

Tuition Part-Time (per credit hour)

Fees (In-State)
$2,790
Fees (Out-State)
$2,790

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board Off-Campus
$21,608
Academic Expenses
$2,500

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
1,293
Out of State
33%

In State
100%
Foreign Countries Represented
114

Demographics

9.00%
Minorities
37.00%
International

31% female
69% male

Campus Life

Students Say

According to students, life at Haas is “extremely busy and involved.” “Beyond schoolwork—which is the focus—almost every student is involved in at least one if not two or three extracurricular activities, most of which are student-run,” says one student. “There are often symposiums, speakers, new clubs forming, and conferences to attend.” The extracurricular activities, just like the school, are largely “student-driven,” meaning that “if a student can dream of an activity, club, or academic venture...it can be done, and in fairly easy fashion.” “Life at school is a whirlwind,” explains one student. “There are so many clubs, speakers, and events to check out—but never enough time in the day. Last week, I was involved in organizing a panel on sustainable design with speakers from IDEO, Patagonia, and Nike, while also participating in a chili cook-off!”

Needless to say, “Life at Haas is rich and very intensive.” Despite being “very active and busy between academic and social opportunities,” students find time for the “important things in life.” “Dodgeball on Mondays, softball on Tuesdays, and bar of the week on Thursdays—I love b-school!” says one student. Berkeley is “a great college town” with “amazing access to San Francisco, Napa Valley, and Lake Tahoe” (no surprise that the student body reports an “overall appreciation for the outdoors). In addition, the location in the Bay Area “provides a wealth of opportunity for networking.”

Thanks to the school’s “small class size” Haas has “a very strong sense of community.” “People are trustworthy and helpful,” says one student. “Friendly,” “easygoing,” and “international” are all words that could be used to describe the student body here. The “collaborative” environment means that there “isn’t the typical cutthroat competition apparent at other business schools.” The “diverse” and “welcoming” students here are “keen to support each other.” As one student explains, “Life at Haas is unique to every individual, and yet there are so many opportunities for shared experiences.”


More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Stephanie Fujii
Executive Director of Admissions, Full-time MBA Prog

Address
430 Student Services Building #1902
Berkeley, CA 94720-1902

Phone
510-642-1405

Email
mbaadm@haas.berkeley.edu
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Key Stats

3,389
Applicants
1,293
Size
Acceptance Rate

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