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Last Updated Jun 20, 2017 by

Berkeley / Haas MBA Essay Topic Analysis 2017-2018

Now that the Haas MBA essay topics have been announced for the 2017-2018 season, we wanted to offer our thoughts on how to approach each of these prompts for business school applicants targeting the UC Berkeley MBA Class of 2020. The Haas admissions website notes that the adcom seeks “candidates from... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 8, 2016 by

Berkeley / Haas MBA Essay Topic Analysis 2016-2017

Now that the Haas MBA essay topics have been announced for the 2016-2017 season, we wanted to offer our thoughts on how to approach each of these prompts for business school applicants targeting the UC Berkeley MBA Class of 2019. Haas MBA applicants will respond to three required essays totaling 1,000... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 23, 2015 by

Berkeley / Haas 2015-2016 Essay Topic Analysis

Now that the topics for each of the Haas MBA essays have been announced for the 2015-2016 season, we wanted to offer our thoughts on how to approach each of these prompts for business school applicants targeting the UC Berkeley MBA Class of 2018. Haas MBA applicants will respond to... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 10, 2014 by

UC Berkeley / Haas Essay Topic Analysis 2014-2015

Haas has again reduced its number of required essays, down from four last year to just three for this admissions season. While the total length of the essay set has also been trimmed, this reduction isn’t quite as pronounced, with the total word count down from 1,500 last year to... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 8, 2013 by

Berkeley / Haas Essay Topic Analysis 2013-2014

The 2014-2015 UC Berkeley / Haas Essay Topic Analysis is now available.  While Berkeley / Haas has slightly altered its essay set for the 2013-2014 admissions season, the school begins its list of questions with the same reminder as in previous years: “At Berkeley-Haas, our distinctive culture is defined by... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 17, 2012 by

Berkeley / Haas Essay Topic Analysis 2012-2013

While Berkeley / Haas has made a few interesting changes to its essay set for the 2012-2013 admissions season, the school begins its list of questions with the same reminder as in previous years: “At Berkeley-Haas, our distinctive culture is defined by four key principles—Question the status quo; Confidence without... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 12, 2011 by

Clear Admit Provides Essay Analysis for Beat the GMAT’s “Write Like an Expert” Series

Clear Admit and Beat The GMAT (BTG) are working together to provide prospective applicants with detailed analysis of the essay questions from nine of the top business school programs as part of BTG’s 2011 “Write Like an Expert” series. The free series of online events debuts next Tuesday and Wednesday... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 7, 2011 by

Analysis of Berkeley / Haas Essay 5: Describe a time when you led by inspiring or motivating others toward a shared goal.

Describe a time when you led by inspiring or motivating others toward a shared goal. (250 words) While the wording of this prompt is new for this season, the Haas application has included an essay focused on leadership for several years running.  With an impressive story to tell within a... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 9, 2011 by

Berkeley / Haas Essay Topic Analysis 2011-2012

Haas has made some notable changes to its essay set for the coming admissions season.  First, the program has promoted the introduction to last year’s third essay, making it into a preamble for the entire set of prompts: At Berkeley-Haas, our distinctive culture is defined by four key principles —... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 8, 2011 by

Analysis of Berkeley / Haas Essay 6: What are your post-MBA short-term and long-term career goals? How have your professional experiences prepared you to achieve these goals? How will an MBA from Haas help you achieve these goals?

What are your post-MBA short-term and long-term career goals?  How have your professional experiences prepared you to achieve these goals?  How will an MBA from Haas help you achieve these goals? (1000 words) This is a fairly standard career goals essay asked by virtually all MBA programs, requiring applicants to... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 7, 2011 by

Analysis of Berkeley / Haas Essay 4: Describe a time when you were a student of your own failure. What specific insight from this experience has shaped your development?

Describe a time when you were a student of your own failure.  What specific insight from this experience has shaped your development? (250 words) This prompt about learning a valuable lesson from a failure represents a fairly conventional b-school essay topic, with the added challenge of conveying all of the... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 7, 2011 by

Analysis of Berkeley / Haas Essay 3: Describe a time when you questioned an established practice or thought within an organization. How did your actions create positive change?

Describe a time when you questioned an established practice or thought within an organization.  How did your actions create positive change? (250 words) A new question for this season, this prompt gets to the heart of Haas’s “question the status quo” principle, and could provide a nice opportunity to demonstrate... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 7, 2011 by

Analysis of Berkeley / Haas Essay 2: What is your most significant accomplishment?

What is your most significant accomplishment? (250 words) This is a very tall order for a 250 word essay, so brevity will be key. You’ll clearly want to select an impressive achievement to discuss – ideally one in which you had a positive impact on a person, group or organization... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 7, 2011 by

Analysis of Berkeley / Haas Essay 1: What brings you the greatest joy? How does this make you distinctive?

What brings you the greatest joy?  How does this make you distinctive? (250 words) Last year’s lead-off question about the applicant’s greatest passion has morphed somewhat, focused this year on pure pleasure rather than a deeper drive.  In asking this question, the adcom may be seeking to understand applicants on... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 2, 2010 by

UC Berkeley / Haas Essay Topic Analysis 2010-2011

Haas is sticking with its tried-and-true formula for its essays this admissions season, requiring applicants to respond to a series of prompts in just 250 words before exploring two further topics in more depth.  The third of these short answer topics is a new addition for this year, focusing on... Read more »

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