UPDATE: The tips for the UC Berkeley Haas 2010 MBA Application are now available online. Please post questions or comments to the new post.
Deadline Notification Date
Round 1 Nov. 4, 2008 Jan. 28, 2009
Round 2 Dec. 9, 2008 Mar. 18, 2009
Round 3 Jan. 30, 2009 Apr. 28, 2009
Round 4 Mar. 11, 2009 May 19, 2009
My comments are in red. This year’s Haas application is almost identical to last year’s and so are my comments.
Listed below are the supplemental questions, short answer questions, required essays, and optional essays for the fall 2009 application.
4. Please explain all gaps in your employment since earning your university degree.
Provide the explanation, but again, be succinct. If you were laid off for three months as part of a restructuring, say so. No harm, no foul. If the layoff was much longer, try to also indicate how you spent your time, other than job-searching. Community involvement or extra-curricular activity, if true, would be great to mention here.
5. Please identify the course(s) you have taken or intend to take to demonstrate quantitative proficiency. Provide the course name, date, grade if any, and institution at which the course was or will be taken. If you wish, you may discuss other ways in which you have demonstrated strong quantitative abilities.
This is particularly important if you are a “poet.” Clearly Haas expects you to prepare quantitatively for b-school. You engineers should have an easy time providing the requested information.
6. If you have ever been subject to academic discipline, placed on probation, suspended or required to withdraw from any college or university, please explain. If not, please enter N/A. (An affirmative response to this question does not automatically disqualify you from admission.)
Please, please, please don’t “forget” to respond to this question if it applies to you. It’s far worse to omit, than to answer it.
2. Tell us about your most significant accomplishment. (250 word maximum)
3. At Haas, we value innovation and creativity. Describe an innovative solution you have created to address a specific challenge. (250 word maximum)
4. What steps have you taken to learn about the Berkeley MBA program, and what factors have influenced your decision to apply? (250 word maximum)
2. What are your short-term and long-term career goals? How do your professional experiences relate to these goals? Why do you want an MBA from Berkeley at this point in your career? (1000 word maximum)
(Optional) If you wish to be considered for the Haas Achievement Award (for individuals who have achieved success in spite of significant economic, educational, health-related and/or other obstacles), please use this space to address the obstacles you have overcome. (750 word maximum)
Include enough description of the obstacle so the reader understands its magnitude, but then focus on how well you have overcome and achieved despite the challenge.
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