You are considered an international applicant if you received your undergraduate degree outside of the U.S. and/or are not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
Because the Berkeley MBA for Executives Program is a part-time program, we are unable to assist with student visas. Typically, our students work with their employer to assist with a visa. The common visa types that we see are L1 and H1B. We cannot issue an F-1 student visa.
In addition to the application requirements outlined in Applying to the Berkeley EMBA Program, international applicants should also note the following:
The minimum graduate admission requirement includes a bachelor's degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution. Graduates of recognized academic institutions outside the United States should have completed degree programs representing a minimum of 16 years of schooling with at least 12 years at the primary and secondary levels. Please feel free to contact our office to discuss your educational background if you are unsure about your eligibility.
Applicants who received their degrees outside of the U.S., from a country in which the official language is not English* (for example, India, Russia, China), are required to demonstrate English Language Proficiency.
To satisfy the University English Language Proficiency requirement, you must:
Have a basic degree from a recognized institution in a country where the official language is English.*
Have completed a basic or advanced degree at an institution, in the United States or abroad, where the language of instruction is English and the institution is accredited by one of the United States’ regional accrediting agencies.
Have completed at least one year of full-time academic course work** with a 3.0 GPA or better at a regionally accredited institution within the United States.
Score 90 or better on the Internet-based TOEFL or 7 or better on the Academic Modules of the IELTS. Our TOEFL Institution code is 4833-02. Tests taken before June 1, 2015 will not be accepted.
No exceptions will be granted. If you are not sure if the requirement applies to you, please contact us. Your application is considered incomplete until you submit official evidence of English Language Proficiency and your admissions decision may be delayed.
*This requirement applies, but is not limited to applicants from Bangladesh, Burma, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Latin America, the Middle East, North Africa, the People's Republic of China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, and most European countries.
**The following courses will not satisfy the requirement:
- Courses in English as a Second Language
- Courses conducted in a language other than English
- Courses that will be completed after you apply
- Courses of a non-degree or non-academic nature.
You may scan and upload copies of your non-U.S. transcripts and degree certificates in the online application. If your institution awards a provisional degree certificate, we ask that you please provide only the final degree certificate, as provisional degree certificates will not be accepted.
Should you be recommended for admission, you will be required to provide our office with the original official records within one week of your application decision.
Official records are original documents issued by the institution that bear the original stamp or embossed seal of the issuing institution and the stamped or signed signature of the appropriate authorizing official. All other documents are unofficial and will not be accepted.
All official academic records must be issued in the original language and accompanied by English translation prepared by the issuing institution.
If you are in the United States and have only an official copy of your academic records or diploma certificate in the original language, only translations prepared by the American Translators Association are acceptable. For more information and the directory of members, consult the ATA website.
Credential evaluations prepared by other schools or private agencies cannot be submitted in place of original academic records and diploma certificates.
If you completed an undergraduate program outside of the U.S., please review the English Language Proficiency Requirement.
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