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Haas School of Business – University of California, Berkeley

Haas School of Business is one of 14 schools and colleges at the University of California, Berkeley and is located on the eastern side of Berkeley’s campus.  In addition to its full-time MBA program, Haas offers an Executive MBA program and an Evening and Weekend MBA program.  Haas’s MBA curriculum is centered on Berkeley Innovative Leader Development, an approach to business education that emphasizes experiential learning and problem-solving in order to help students become innovative leaders.  Haas also helps students shape their education by offering students the chance to design courses in conjunction with a faculty member.

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Haas employs 85 tenure-track faculty members across its seven academic departments. These scholars and practitioners help lead Haas’s seven research institutes and centers, and participate in six multidisciplinary programs, which cover topics ranging from business innovation to nonprofit and public leadership. The Program in Open Innovation, for example, enables faculty to publish articles, create teach­ing materials and lead research projects on “open innovation,” a more dispersed industry innovation model.

Professors at Haas make use of a variety of teaching methods, including case studies, seminars, simulations, group projects and guest speakers. Haas places an emphasis on hands-on learning, with certain courses providing students the opportunity to gain consulting experience by working in Silicon Valley firms.

Haas operates on a two-semester schedule, with MBA classes running from late August through early December and from mid-January through May; commencement takes place shortly thereafter. For first-year students, each semester is further divided into two quarters. Within the academic year, all students have short breaks for Thanksgiving and other holidays, as well as a one-month break between the fall and spring semesters.

During the first year, Haas students are required to take 12 core courses which account for roughly 25 percent of the 51 semester units needed to graduate.  The core covers founda-tional business principles in accounting, finance, economics, marketing, operations, strategy, leadership, decision-making and management.  Each of the required courses places an emphasis on team learning, with students working in small groups on projects and assignments.  A core course may be waived if a student passes a waiver examination, and these are available for eight of the 12 core courses.  These examinations are akin to the course’s final examination and are given the week before the start of each semester.  All students must also fulfill an experiential learning requirement by completing at least one of over a dozen programs.  These include working in small teams on projects for both nonprofit and for-profit organizations, as well as developing socially responsible strategies for large corporations.

MBA students may begin taking elective courses in the spring semester of their first year. Haas provides a broad range of elective courses from which to choose, and students may even design their own courses together with members of the faculty. The school offers specialties in seven areas of general management fundamentals, namely accounting, business and public policy, economic analysis and public policy, finance, management of organizations, marketing, and operations and information technology man­agement. Haas also provides students with 11 Areas of Emphasis, which are high-level recommendations of courses, extracurricular activities and summer internships that stu­dents can follow to prepare for entry into related careers.

Other MBA Degree Options
In addition to the 21-month full-time MBA program, Haas offers a four-year JD/MBA program with either UC Berkeley’s School of Law or UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. Also available are an MBA/MPH program with the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and an MBA/MA program in International and Area Studies with various UC Berkeley Schools. Part-time options include an evening and weekend MBA program.

Areas of Emphasis at Haas

  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Strategy/Consulting
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Energy and Clean Technology
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Global Management
  • Health Management
  • Nonprofit and Public Leadership
  • Real Estate
  • Technology

Concurrent Degrees at Haas
Full-time MBA Programs

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Clubs, Conferences & Competitions
Haas offers its students many opportunities for extracurricular involvement, including nearly 50 student organizations to choose from, with a wide array of professional, athletic and cultural groups on hand. Many MBA students become involved in Challenge for Charity events such as competitions, shows and auctions geared at raising money for the Special Olympics and other charitable organizations. In addition, a large portion of MBA students volunteer their time to the Young Entrepreneurs at Haas program, where they act as mentors for underprivileged high school students.

Approximately ten conferences are regularly hosted by Haas faculty and students. These comprise both industry- and affiliation-related events, such as the Berkeley Finance Conference and Women in Leadership Conference. Haas also sponsors the Education Leadership Case Competition, the UC Berkeley Startup Competition and the Global Social Venture Competition.

Campus Spaces
Designed by architect Charles Moore, Haas’s campus is comprised of three buildings—one each for classrooms, student services and faculty—linked together that face a main courtyard. Among the school’s facilities are a career center, a high-tech computer lab, a café and an economics and business library.

While most Haas students choose to live off campus, a fair number of students take advantage of Haas’s on-campus housing options. These include university residence halls as well as several apartment complexes devoted to housing UC Berkeley graduate students. The university also provides a housing service called Cal Rentals, through which students can receive counseling about their housing options. Students who wish to live off campus can refer to Cal Rentals for a listing of off-campus rental opportunities.

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Career Services
The Haas Career Management Group provides extensive support for MBA students by hosting on-campus interviews, corporate presentations and electronic job postings through CareerNet. The Career Management Group also offers students informal ways to meet employers year-round through career panels, alumni mixers, industry firm nights, job fairs and corporate visits. In addition, individual career advisors are available to aid students in developing their job search skills and tackling the recruiting process. Full-time recruiting for second-year students takes places in the fall and spring semesters, and internship recruiting for first-year students occurs in the spring.

Career Statistics
The mean base annual salary of 2014 Haas graduates was just above $121,816, with an average signing bonus of about $26,865. Twenty-seven percent of the Class of 2014 went on to work in consulting positions, with marketing as the second most popular function at 26%. Meanwhile, 16% of Haas’s 2014 graduates accepted positions in business development/strategy, 13% opted for finance roles, and 9% of students entered general management.

Forty-three percent of students in the Class of 2014 found jobs in the technology industry after graduating. This is not surprising given that the top recruiters in 2014 included technology firms such as Google, Apple, Autodesk, SolarCity, and Zynga. The next most chosen industry was consulting, at nearly 27% of the class, and 11.5% of students accepted positions in financial services. Large numbers of students also went into consumer products, energy, pharma/biotech/healthcare and real estate. Four percent of students entered the energy industry and another 3.8% went into pharma/biotech/healthcare. The remainder of the class secured employment in nonprofits and social enterprises, media/entertainment and government.

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The Class Profile
Admission to Haas is competitive, with the school receiving 3,550 applications and enrolling 241 students in 2014. The middle 80% of first-year Haas students scored between 680 and 750 on the GMAT, and the average GMAT score for the class was 717. The average undergraduate GPA for the group was 3.62, with the middle 80% having no lower than a 3.36 GPA.

While 67% of the Class of 2016 studied business, economics or engineering as undergraduates, just under a fifth of the class majored in the social sciences and humanities, and about 8% majored in the natural and computer sciences. The median age of first-year students at the time of matriculation was 28, and the group had a median of five years of work experience. Forty-three percent of first-year MBA candidates are international, with the group representing 38 countries, and women make up 43% of the Class of 2016. Finally, 41% of first-year students identify as members of a U.S. minority group, which comprises students of African American, Hispanic American, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Island­er, Asian American and East Indian/Pakistani heritage.

Application Procedures
Applicants can elect to apply to Haas during one of three admissions rounds, which usually occur in October, January and March. Haas requires applicants to submit their completed online application along with a résumé, GMAT and TOEFL or IELTS scores from students who received degrees from countries whose official language is not English, transcripts from all collegiate and post-collegiate academic institutions attended, and two professional letters of recommendation. Interviews are conducted on an invitation-only basis and are required for admission to the MBA program.

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The tuition and fees for the 2015-2016 academic year is $57,495.50 for California residents and $59,556.50 for non-residents. However, Haas estimates that with additional expenses such as living expenses and textbooks, students will pay up to $82,981.50 as residents or $85,042.50 as non-residents in that time. Haas offers both merit- and need-based scholarships to help students with the program’s cost. While some merit-based scholarships are awarded to applicants at the time of admission, others require the completion of separate applications. Both two-year and one-year scholarships are available, and Haas requires that the recipients of two-year grants maintain at least a 3.0 GPA throughout business school. Students also have an array of loan options at their disposal, including federal loan offerings for U.S. citizens and permanent residents. In addition, students can apply for lines of credit with the Eli Lilly Credit Union; these credit lines do not require credit history or a U.S. cosigner, which is particularly useful for international students.

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Haas’s Round 1 deadline has passed.  The final decision will be posted on December 17, 2015.  The round 2 deadline is January 7, 2016.


Class Size241
% Female43%

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