Earlier this summer UC Berkeley’s Haas School of business released its MBA admissions essays and deadlines for the Class of 2017. Like other business schools, Haas has chopped an essay yet again, dropping down to three required essays (although we should note that the school’s word limit for each essay actually increased). The Haas MBA admissions team has also made significant changes to the questions that it asks in its essay prompts, so we have plenty of new advice for applicants this year.
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UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business has released its MBA application essays and deadlines for the Class of 2016. Haas has not only dropped an essay this year (as many other top-ranked MBA programs have done), but it has also dropped a whole admissions round! Beyond that, the content of Haas’s application has actually changed very little this year, at least compared to the more radical changes we have seen in other business schools’ applications.
Back in March we reported that UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and Columbia Business School would end their joint EMBA program. Now, three months after Columbia announced its own program, Haas has unveiled its own new EMBA program.
Starting in May, 2013, the new program will span 19 months and will meet every three weeks on Thursday through Saturday in a schedule designed to be very doable for working professionals. While most classes will be taught on the Haas campus, some sessions will held in other global locations depending on the market and the subject matter covered.
UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business has released its MBA application essays and deadlines for the Class of 2015. As has been the case with nearly every other top-ranked MBA program this year, Haas has trimmed down its essays, going from six to five required essays in this year’s application, and shortening one from 1,000 to 750 words. Outside of that, there haven’t been too many dramatic changes this year, although the school’s new Essay #1 is an eye opener!
Here are Haas’s application deadlines and essays, followed by our comments in italics:
Just in the past week two top-ranked business schools announced new plans to add online learning components to their MBA programs. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, Dartmouth’s Tuck school will deliver some of its introductory prerequisite classes online, helping students prepare for the school’s core curriculum on their own time, at their own pace.
At the same time, UC Berkeley’s Haas School has announced plans to launch three digital classroom pilots. Haas is also using its first foray into online learning as a way to deliver prerequisite courses for its Evening & Weekend MBA Program.
They say breaking up is hard to do. Don’t tell that to Columbia Business School and UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, which announced that they will exit the Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA Program in February 2013, when the current EMBA class graduates. In a joint announcement, the deans of the two schools said that the breakup was mutual, and was made in recognition of each program’s future plans.
The joint program, which has been around since 2002, was originally hailed as the ultimate “East Meets West” power combination, with Wall Street smart combining with Silicon Valley brains to create the next big thing in executive education. While the program has been a success by virtually any measure, one big thing has changed over the past decade: Both schools have announced or introduced their own in-house executive MBA options, leaving little room for the joint program.
Last week UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business announced plans for a new building and extensive renovations of its existing facilities. The entire plan, which will possibly allow for the growth of the school’s MBA program, is expected to cost a total of $70 million.
According to an article in UC Berkeley’s Daily Californian, the school’s new construction plans will total approximately $50 million, with renovations of existing facilities costing another $20 million. $25 million of the total has already been raised as part of a large fundraising effort the school kicked off early last year. Just as the school’s current three buildings were completed with 100% donor funding (i.e., no money came from Berkeley), the new construction program is expected to be fully supported with donations from alumni and other sponsors.
We are big fans of the UC Berkeley MBA program here at Veritas Prep. The school’s “Confidence Without Attitude” thrust is one we can really get behind, and it’s that ethos (among others) that makes Haas grads so popular among hiring companies. Haas is also popular among Veritas Prep clients, which is no surprise given the school’s location in the Bay Area and progressive reputation. We know other applicants agree — Haas actually has one of the lowest acceptance rates among all MBA programs in the United States.
Are you thinking about applying to Haas? How do you know if the school really is a good fit for you? Today we present six reasons why UC Berkeley may be the perfect school for you to target for your MBA experience:
UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business has released its MBA application essays and deadlines for the Class of 2014. Haas made some big changes to its essays (lots of short ones!) this year’s so let’s dig in. Here are the school’s application deadlines and essays, followed by our comments in italics:
Berkeley (Haas) Application Deadlines
Round 1: October 12, 2011
Round 2: December 1, 2011
Round 3: January 18, 2012
Round 4: March 7, 2012
UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business needs no introduction. In fact, only Stanford GSB and Harvard Business School had lower acceptance rates than Haas did last year. Given the school’s intimate learning environment and strong ties to Silicon Valley, it’s no surprise that so many applicants apply to Haas every year. What does surprise us, though, is that so few of those applicants really know the school beyond its obvious strengths. We always urge these applicants to go back and do their homework a bit more before they start crafting their Haas applications.
In a move that (sort of) matches Wharton’s recent pledge to provide ongoing executive education to its alumni, UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business has announced that its new alumni will be eligible to attend any open-enrollment offering at Haas’s executive education center, within five years of graduation. This offer applies to all Haas graduates from the Class of 2011 and later.
Recently Wharton made waves when it announced that all of its alumni will be able to attend “enrichment classes” every seven years, free of charge. We loved when that news hit in December, and we’ve been hoping that other top MBA programs would follow. It looks like Haas was the first one to make a move.
UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business has published its MBA admissions deadlines for the coming year. We’ll dig into the school’s admissions essays shortly, but first, here are the Haas deadlines, followed by our comments in italics:
The third round deadline for UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business is still a few weeks away, but there’s still plenty of time for you to craft a winning application. Continuing our series of admissions insights clipped from Veritas Prep’s Annual Reports, our in-depth guides to 15 of the world’s top business schools, this week we look at a few of Haas’s distinguishing characteristics. (Our Annual reports are absolutely free — all you have to do is register to access all of them — but we thought we’d share some snippets here to help get you started in your Haas research.)
- The Haas Culture: An emphasis on collaboration inside and outside of the classroom is the cornerstone of the Haas experience. Small groups are formed in practically all classes, allowing students to exercise different team roles based on their interests and areas of expertise. Versatility is often a prized attribute of Haas students in the eyes of employers, and is one reason why the school tends to enjoy such success placing graduates into a broad range of industries and functions.
- Technology: One of Haas’ truly distinctive elements is the school’s focus on technology and its ability to place students into the tech industry. Haas sends 30% of each graduating class into the tech sector, which is not only the highest percentage among elite business schools, but is also twice that of the next closest programs (Ross and MIT Sloan). This emphasis, combined with Berkeley’s tradition for innovation, leads to truly unique programs such as the school’s latest push for the commercialization of clean technology. Student members of the Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative have teamed up with scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) to create a program called Cleantech to Market (C2M) which sends five student teams out each year to study the commercial opportunities that might arise out of the various clean energy technologies under development at LBNL.
- Leading Through Innovation: One of the principles that a visiting student is likely to encounter at Haas is the idea of “Leading Through Innovation.” Born out of current dean Rich Lyon’s time as the Chief Learning Officer at Goldman Sachs, the Haas approach to developing leadership is to establish confidence without breeding attitude. The school accomplishes this by providing a combination of theoretical and experiential learning opportunities that develops strong confidence and judgment for real-life situations. The experiential learning offerings at Haas range from the “Haas@Work” program, which puts student groups into actual company projects, to the International Business Development (IBD) program, a global management consulting initiative. Overall, Haas provides students with two overlapping skill sets: an ongoing emphasis on leadership and a toolkit of knowledge and relationships that provide the foundation for effective decision making.
- Social Responsibility: Haas prides itself on being the preeminent educational institution for research, teaching, experiential learning, and community outreach in areas of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Woven into the core curriculum, Haas offers more than a dozen different programs and initiatives around social responsibility and business sustainability.
- Global Reach: Nearly every business school currently espouses a “global perspective,” but Haas is one of the few that combines its international focus with its emphasis on experiential learning. IBD places students (the number of spaces in the program is set to double, from 80 to 160 per year) in all corners of the world for a three-week consulting project. This program allows students to confront and solve business challenges in unknown business settings, forcing the students to apply innovative thinking and problem solving skills while developing a global business mindset.
This advice was clipped from our Haas Annual Report, one of 15 guides to the world’s top business schools, available for purchase on our site. If you’re ready to start building your own application for Haas or other top MBA programs, call us at 1-800-925-7737 and speak with an MBA admissions expert today!
The Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley recently released its application deadlines for the 2009-2010 admissions season. Haas has not yet released its essays for the coming year, although you can review the Haas site to see last year’s essays and get a feel for what the school looks for in its applicants. Our comments follow in italics:
On November 7, the American Bar Association Journal posted an entry about a very interesting study being conducted at the UC-Berkeley School of Law. According to the ABA post, the study is being conducted by “researchers” and has unearthed tests that measure legal skills such as negotiation and problem solving (in addition to the rather ridiculous “skill” of stress management). The biggest news of all? Berkeley’s law school dean, Christopher Edley has announced that two professors have validated the test and is now pushing to take the study to a national level. The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) is taking a look and plans to help fund the research. Amazing!
The Haas admissions team just released a great new podcast detailing what they look for when evaluating MBA applicants. Peter Johnson (Director of Admissions) and Stephanie Fujii (Associate Director of Admissions) shared a few important insights into how Haas evaluates every Haas applicant.
Yesterday, the UC Regents approved the appointment of Richard K. Lyons to the position of Dean at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. Prior to his appointment, Lyons served as a professor at the school, and as the chief learning officer of Goldman Sachs, New York. As the chief learning officer, he directed the group in charge of developing leadership in Goldman Sach’s managing directors and partners.
The Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley has just released its application deadlines and admissions essays for the 2008-2009 season. Note that as of 7/16/08 Haas still notes on its web site that these are subject to change for the 2008-2009 application season. Our comments are in italics:
Haas Application Deadlines