UC Berkeley - Haas School of Business

Essay Questions for 2018-2019 / Class of 2021

Below are the application deadlines and essay questions for the Haas School of Business' MBA program.   

Round 1 Deadline: September 27, 2018
Round 2 Deadline: January 10, 2019
Round 3 Deadline: April 4, 2019 

The UC Berkeley MBA admissions committee has announced the Haas essay topics for applicants targeting the Class of 2021. Haas MBA applicants will respond to three brief required essays of no more than 300 words (each).

2018-2019 Berkeley / Haas MBA Essay Questions

Essay #1

Tell us a six-word story that reflects a memorable experience in your life-to-date. Elaborate on why it is meaningful to you. (300 words maximum)

Essay #2

Briefly describe your immediate post-MBA career goal, and discuss how it will put you on a path to a meaningful and rewarding career. (300 words maximum)

Essay #3

Optional Information #1

We invite you to help us better understand the context of your opportunities and achievements.

  1. What is the highest level of education completed by your parent(s) or guardian(s)?
  • Did not complete high school
  • High school diploma or equivalency (GED)
  • Associate’s degree (junior college) or vocational degree/license
  • Bachelor’s degree (BA, BS)
  • Master’s degree (MA, MS)
  • Doctorate or professional degree (MD, JD, DDS)

2. What is the most recent occupation of your parent(s) or guardian(s)?

  • Unemployed
  • Homemaker
  • Laborer
  • Skilled worker
  • Professional

3. If you were raised in one of the following household types, please indicate.

  • Raised by a single parent
  • Raised by an extended family member (grandparent, aunt/uncle, niece/nephew, cousin)
  • Raised in a multi-generational home
  • Raised in foster care

4. What was the primary language spoken in your childhood home?

5. If you have you ever been responsible for providing significant and continuing financial or supervisory support for someone else,     please indicate.

  • Child
  • Spouse
  • Sibling
  • Parent
  • Extended family member (grandparent, aunt/uncle, niece/nephew, cousin)
  • Other

6. Please elaborate on any of your above responses. Alternatively, you may use this opportunity to expand on other hardships or unusual life circumstances that may help us understand the context of your opportunities, achievements, and impact.
(300 words maximum)

Optional Information #2

This section should only be used to convey relevant information not addressed elsewhere in your application. This may include explanation of employment gaps, academic aberrations, supplemental coursework, etc. You are encouraged to use bullet points where appropriate.

 
REAPPLICANTS 

 If you have submitted an application to the program within the past two years, but were not admitted or did not register, you are required to complete and submit the following portions of the online application: 
  • Test scores 
  • Employment section, including current resume 
  • Education section 
  • Applicant acknowledgement 
  • Application fee 
  • Transcript for any new coursework completed since your prior application 
  • Assuming that an application was complete at the time of submission, you will need to answer additional supplemental questions designated in the instructions. For fall 2014, you must submit new test scores if your test was taken before June 1, 2012 (TOEFL) or October 1, 2008 (GMAT).
Updating any other application materials is optional, although the Admissions Committee does note the effort that candidates put into their reapplication. We strongly recommend that you submit a statement outlining how you have improved your candidacy since your last application, as the Admissions Committee will be looking for substantive change in your qualifications. You can use the optional essay question to provide this information. In addition, you are encouraged to submit one or two new letters of recommendation. If you have taken the GMAT and TOEFL again, ask the Educational Testing Service to forward the new official scores to the Haas School and note your new score on the Test Score section of the application. Visit the Haas admissions website for more application information, as well as Supplemental and Optional essay promptsDisclaimer: the information provided on this page is for reference only. Applicants are strongly advised to visit the admissions website link provided above to confirm essay prompts, deadlines, and other application information.