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*Schedules may vary for immersions and some elective choices.


Application Deadlines

    One (Early)
    November 15, 2016
    Rolling Basis
    January 3, 2017
    February 3, 2017
    February 8, 2017
    March 24, 2017

We are no longer accepting applications for May 2017 review.

Application Requirements at a Glance

The Berkeley EMBA Application

Applying begins with our secure online application. You begin by creating an account where you can save your work, hitting "submit" once you have the requirements completed.

  • You may enter, revise, and update your application at any time prior to submission.
  • The application is compatible with Mozilla Firefox 1.0 and higher and with Microsoft Internet Explorer versions 6.0 and higher.
  • Your application must be submitted by 11:59 p.m., Pacific Time on the day of the deadline.
  • We confirm receipt of applications and supplemental materials via email.
Reapplying to the Berkeley MBA Program

If you've previously applied to any Berkeley MBA program, including the MBA for Executives Program, you still need to create a new application. See our information For Reapplicants.

International Applicants

If you received your undergraduate degree outside of the U.S. and/or are not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, see our information For International Applicants.

Make it manageable. In just five minutes, you can create your login, input your basic information, upload your resume, or jot down some essay ideas.

Application Fee

  • $200
  • Non-refundable
  • Fee waiver for eligible U.S. Military service members
  • Fee waiver for prospective students who work in nonprofit or public service

The non-refundable $200 application fee is payable online by credit card (preferred) or by mailing a check or money order made payable to "UC Regents" along with your supplemental materials.

Application Fee Waiver for U.S. Military Service Members

U.S. Military service members (active duty and veterans) may be eligible to waive the $200 application fee. Before submitting your application, please complete our Application Fee Waiver Request. We will get back to you within two business days with eligibility confirmation and next steps.

Application Fee Waiver for Prospective Students in Nonprofit or Public Service

Prospective executive MBA students who work in nonprofit or public service may apply for free. Complete our Application Fee Waiver Request. We will get back to you within two business days with eligibility confirmation and next steps.

Essay Questions

We’re looking for honest, thoughtful responses that help us get to know you. While you should answer each question thoroughly, you should not exceed the specified lengths.

Please be aware that our online application does not allow you to format the text of your responses. If you like, you can copy and paste your responses from a text-based application (e.g. Notepad or Microsoft Word).

May 2017 Essay Questions
  1. What are your future career goals, and how will the Berkeley MBA for Executives Program help you achieve them? Why is this the right time for you to undertake this program? (250 words max)
  2. At Berkeley-Haas, the following four Defining Principles describe our unique culture and are exemplified in our student body. Please select one of the principles and give a brief explanation of how you have exemplified this in your life. (250 words max)
    • Question the Status Quo
    • Confidence Without Attitude
    • Students Always
    • Beyond Yourself
  3. Please tell us about yourself. You may include information about your family, where you grew up, your interests, or any other people or experiences that have influenced you. The goal of this essay is to get a sense of who you are, rather than what you have achieved professionally. In fact, we discourage you from spending much, if any, time on your education or professional background in this essay. (1,000 words max)

For essay questions, there truly is no one "right" answer. We just want to get to know you better.

University Transcripts

  • Required only from institutions attended in pursuit of a degree
  • Must arrive in a sealed envelope as issued by the school

You must submit one official transcript from every college/university/graduate institution you have attended since secondary/high school graduation, toward the issuance of a degree. You must also list each of these schools in the education section of the application.

Do not list or send transcripts for seminars, ESL classes, professional development courses, computer certification, etc. unless relevant to the application.

U.S. Transcript Submission

Transcripts must arrive in a sealed envelope as issued by the school. Transcripts may be sent directly by the issuing institution or by the applicant, together with other supplemental materials to the following address:

Berkeley MBA for Executives Program Admissions
Haas School of Business
430 Student Services Bldg. #1910
Berkeley, CA 94720-1910

Non-U.S. Transcript Submission

Please see our information for international applicants.

Ask Ahead. It can take schools two to three weeks to mail a transcript.

GMAT or GRE Exam

  • All applicants must furnish results from either the GMAT or the GRE.
  • We keep test score reports on file for two years.

Official Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) results are required of all applicants. All applicants must provide self-reported scores as part of the application; these are verified later in our process.

We will accept official scores from GMATs or GREs taken as early as October 2011 for May 2017 applicants. The Haas School keeps test score reports on file for two years only. We do not offer waivers for the GMAT or GRE, and there is no minimum score required to apply.

Applicants must make arrangements directly with Pearson Vue to sit for the GMAT, or ETS for the GRE, or to have results of previous tests forwarded to the Haas School. The Haas School's institution code for the Berkeley MBA for Executives Program is N2V-PT-85 for the GMAT and 0667 for the GRE.

To schedule a test date and for information regarding the GMAT, visit the GMAT website. For more information about the GRE, visit the ETS website.

If you require more time to take the GMAT or GRE, please contact the admissions office to discuss your situation; we are happy to offer alternate deadlines for the exam portion of the application.

Prepare well. Our ebook on Avoiding the GMAT/GRE Blues shares tips on minimizing the pain of entrance exam test prep.

Sponsorship Letter

  • A signed document from your firm
  • Required of all applicants
  • Financial sponsorship is not required

All applicants must submit a signed sponsorship letter on company letterhead from an authorized representative of their firm.

Financial sponsorship is not required, but the organization must agree to keep the applicant's travel time to a minimum and completely release him or her from all job responsibilities on class days.

Applicants who work for themselves are asked to write their own letter. You are welcome to use our sample sponsorship letter.

Letters of Recommendation

  • Two letters required
  • One from your current direct supervisor
  • Both addressing your management and leadership potential
  • Submitted through our online system

Letters of recommendation provide the admissions committee with third party, qualitative accounts of your potential for leadership and management.

We require two letters of recommendation. You should obtain one of the recommendations from your current direct supervisor. If you do not provide a letter from your current direct supervisor, you are required to include an explanation in the Supplementary Data section of the online application.

You are responsible for ensuring that both recommendations are submitted prior to the application deadline. Please do not draft or write your own letter of recommendation, even if asked to do so by your recommender. Such an action can result in denial of your application or withdrawal of your offer of admission. We strongly discourage you from submitting more than two letters of recommendation.

Choosing a Recommender

We strongly prefer that both letters of recommendation come from a current direct supervisor, former direct supervisor, or other individuals with whom you have had significant professional interaction.

Select individuals who know you well and who will take the time to write thorough and thoughtful letters on your behalf. The title or status of those you select is not important. What does matter is how closely your letter-writers have worked with you and whether they can attest to your value as an employee, your professional accomplishments, and your personal qualities.

We have found the most helpful letters to be recent, relevant, and written specifically for this application. We discourage letters of recommendation from co-workers, subordinates, professors, family or friends.

Letter Submission

We encourage your recommenders to submit letters through our online format. When completing the online application, you will enter the email address of your recommender and click the appropriate box to have the recommender complete an online recommendation.

Your recommender receives an automated email with instructions to log in to the online recommendation form with questions identical to those in our PDF form. After your recommender submits the recommendation, both you and your recommender will receive an email confirmation.

If you wish to give your recommenders hard-copy forms, you may download the recommendation form (PDF). Please review the submission instructions on the top portion of the form prior to sharing with your recommender.

Give your recommenders enough time. As a professional courtesy, you should aim to request your letters 3-5 weeks ahead of the application deadline.


  • Required for an offer of admission
  • Held on campus, in most cases
  • 30 minutes long

An interview with the Admissions Committee is required of applicants before admission to the program can be offered.

In certain cases, we can accommodate an interview request prior to submitting an application. Please contact the admissions office if you wish to schedule an early interview.

Upon applying, receiving an invitation to interview should be taken as a sign of interest on the part of the Admissions Committee. Most interviews are held on campus at the Haas School of Business in Berkeley, California; we can accommodate Skype interviews for out-of-town applicants.

The interview is approximately 30 minutes long and will be with a member of the Admissions Committee. If you are participating in an in-person interview, please bring photo identification (passport or driver's license) with you for check-in. You do not need to bring your resume as the interviewer will have reviewed your resume and will have a copy.

Professional polish please; please dress in business attire.

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