Applying

Our students demonstrate professional achievement, academic aptitude, and leadership potential and come from a wide variety of industries and backgrounds.

The Berkeley Haas MBA for Executives admissions team takes a holistic approach to reviewing applications, seeking to understand all aspects of a candidate’s character, qualifications, and experiences.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply.

Berkeley MBA for Executives 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.

Application Fee

A $200 non-refundable application fee is required and payable by credit card within the online application.

Application Fee Waiver for U.S. Military Service Members & Nonprofit/Public Service Employees

U.S. Military service members (active duty and veterans) and Nonprofit or public service employees may be eligible to waive the $200 application fee.

After you have started your online application, but before submitting it, please submit the Application Fee Waiver Request. We will process your request and get back to you within two business days with eligibility confirmation and next steps. Please do not submit your application until you receive a response to your request.

Essay Questions

Essays help us learn about who you are as a person and how you will fit with our community. We seek candidates from a broad range of industries, backgrounds, and cultures. 

We encourage you to reflect on your experiences, values, and passions so that you may craft thoughtful and authentic responses that demonstrate your fit with our program—professionally, academically, and culturally.

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). Please do not exceed the specified lengths.

Essay 1

A person’s identity is shaped by many different aspects, including family, culture, personal interests, and surrounding environments. Please share a facet of your identity or story that is essential to who you are. (300 word limit)

Essay 2

The definition of successful leadership has evolved over the last decade and will continue to change. What do you need to develop to become a successful leader? (300 word limit)

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 Information 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.

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).

All applicants must provide self-reported scores as part of the application, in addition to ordering your official score report with our institution codes. 

Score Cutoff Dates & Institution Codes

We will accept official scores for GMAT, EA, or GRE exams taken as early as October 2015 for 2021 applicants. We do not offer waivers for any exam and there is no minimum score required to apply.

Please send us your exam results using the following institution codes:

  • EA institution code: N2V-PT-85
  • GMAT Institution Code: N2V-PT-85
  • GRE Institution Code: 0667

If you require more time to take an exam, please contact the admissions office to discuss your situation.

Resume

Professional Experience

The quality of our MBA program is immeasurably enriched by the real-world business experience that students bring to the classroom from a variety of industries and functions. In general, the majority of our students have 12-15 years of full-time professional work experience following the completion of their undergraduate degree. More important than years of work experience is the richness of that experience.

Your resume is often one of the first things the admissions committee reviews, because it provides a snapshot of a candidate’s professional journey. The resume is your chance to highlight the impact you’ve had at each company. You can also use your resume to note any professional and community organizations you’ve been a part of, how you’ve demonstrated leadership within each role, and the overall progression of your career.

Submitting Your Resume

Please upload a current resume through the online application. We prefer chronological resumes of no more than 2 pages, in PDF format. 

University Transcripts

  • Required from all institutions you have attended or are currently attending
  • Must arrive in a sealed envelope as issued by the school
  • If the institution provides official electronic transcripts, they can be emailed directly from the institution to: mbaforexecs@haas.berkeley.edu

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

Do not send transcripts for seminars, ESL classes, professional development courses, computer certifications, etc.

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 (still sealed), 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.

Interview

  • Required for an offer of admission
  • 30 minutes long

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

The interview is approximately 30 minutes long and will be with a member of the Admissions Committee. During the interview you will have the opportunity to ask specific questions as well as help us better understand your career, background and interests. 

Scheduling your Interview

For your convenience, you can choose to schedule your interview before or after you submit your application. We do not have a preference for when you choose to interview and it will have no impact on your admission decision.

You can find information about scheduling your interview in the Interview section of the application. You will need to have completed the personal data section of your application and have your current resume uploaded before you interview. We have found it beneficial when candidates plan a visit that includes both an interview and a classroom visit. If you are interested in signing up for a class visit, please check our events page for available slots.

Application Tips

Application

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.

Essays

There truly is no one "right" answer. We just want to get to know you better. Hear how a student in one of our Working Professionals programs approached his essays in this admissions tips podcast.

Transcripts

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

Entrance Exams

Prepare well for the GMAT, GRE, or EA. 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.

Letters of Recommendation

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

Download the Recommendation Form

Amber Jones

Amber Jones

CFO
Human Investing
Portland, Oregon

"I am humbled to be among my EMBA classmates. They are smart, driven, and funny. They challenge, inspire, and support me. The EMBA program puts me on a bigger stage, with players from top companies in a variety of fields.