Haas Essays 2017-18

Application Deadlines:
Round 1: September 21, 2017
Round 2: January 4, 2018
Round 3: April 5, 2018
Application to be submitted by:  11.59 PM Pacific Time

Required Essays for 2017-18 (Class of 2020, matriculating Fall 2018):

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. (250 words maximum)

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, values, or how you would uniquely contribute to the Berkeley Haas community. View sample six-word stories and video tips from the admissions committee.

Essay 2
Respond to one of the following prompts: (250 words maximum)

Describe a significant obstacle you have encountered and how it has impacted you.
Describe how you have cultivated a diverse and inclusive culture.
Describe a leadership experience and how you made a positive and lasting impact.

Tip: Responses can draw from professional or personal experiences. Through your response, the admissions committee hopes to gain insight into your achievements, involvement, and leadership footprint.

Essay 3
Briefly describe your immediate post-MBA career goals. (50 words maximum)
How have prior experiences motivated and prepared you to pursue these goals? (250 words maximum)

Tip: You are encouraged to reflect on both what you want to do professionally after business school and why this path interests you.

Optional Essay
Use this essay to share information that is not presented elsewhere in the application, for example:

Explanation of employment gaps or academic aberrations
Quantitative abilities
For re-applicants, improvements to your candidacy