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Application Deadlines

    December 5, 2017
    January 26, 2018
    February 6, 2018
    March 29, 2018

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 within the online application.

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. Once your application has been submitted, do not pay the application fee. Instead, please complete the 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. Once your application has been submitted, do not pay the application fee. Instead, 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).

Berkeley MBA student Brad Shervheim shares his insights on the the essay process in this conversation with Eileen Jacob of Admissions.

May 2018 Essay Questions
  1. What are your short term career goals (3 to 5 years)? What are your long term career goals (10+ years)? Describe your plan to meet these goals. Why is this the right time for you to undertake the program? (250 words max)
  2. At Berkeley-Haas, our unique culture is defined by our Four Defining Principles, which are integral to the education and development of innovative leaders of the future. Based on what you know of our culture, why is Berkeley-Haas the place for you? (250 words max)
    • Question the Status Quo
    • Confidence Without Attitude
    • Students Always
    • Beyond Yourself
  3. Tell us a six-word story that reflects a memorable experience in your life to date. Elaborate on why it is meaningful to you. Tip: A successful six-word story will pique the reader's interest in the forthcoming explanation. Together, the story and explanation will share a specific and personal experience that helps the reader get to know you better, giving insight into your character and values. (350 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.

Haas GMAT, GRE or EA 

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

As a way to evaluate potential success in the program, we require official results from one of the following standardized tests: Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Executive Assessment (EA). The Executive Assessment is specifically designed to evaluate the business school readiness of seasoned professionals. The assessment focuses on skills that are critical both at work and in an MBA for Executives program: higher order reasoning, critical thinking, analysis, and problem-solving. The test is administered by the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC), creators of the GMAT® exam. Learn more about the Executive Assessment by visiting

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 2012 for May 2018 applicants. The Haas School keeps test score reports on file for two years only. We do not offer waivers for the GMAT, GRE, or EA and there is no minimum score required to apply.

Applicants must make arrangements directly with GMAC to sit for the GMAT or EA, 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 or EA, and 0667 for the GRE.

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

If you require more time to take the GMAT, GRE, or EA, 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. And Berkeley EMBA student Manoj Thomas discusses his test prep experience in this podcast.

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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