Haas School of Business

Haas vs Ross MBAThe 24-month General Management MBA program offered at Haas School of Business is built on leadership as the foundational skills. The school is also among the few top Business Schools with defining guiding principles – Student Always, Confidence without Attitude, Question the Status Quo and Beyond Yourself.

On the other end, Ross 2-year Full-time MBA program at University of Michigan's Ross School of Business is among the few schools that believe in hands-on learning over traditional lectures and case study. The global initiative, especially through the MAP (Multidisciplinary Action Projects), is exemplary in the depth of the experience that an experiential learning module should provide.

Class Profile

Ross leads in accepting more women applicants – in percentage and numbers while on International front, Haas accepts a larger percentage from other countries. The entry level for Haas is much higher with the average GMAT for the latest class at 725 – close to 10 points higher and undergraduate GPA averaging at 3.71 – 0.2 points higher than Ross.


The Berkeley MBA Program at Haas School of Business is a 24-month General Management program with Leadership as a foundational focus. Students develop the skills to think strategically and make decisions at operational and organization levels. Haas is among a very few top Business Schools that has clearly defined their guiding principle.

In fact, the school has four: Question the Status Quo, Confidence without Attitude, Students Always and Beyond Yourself, with an emphasis on thinking creatively – a skill, management professionals need to excel in the new economy.


The curriculum is structured on building General Management skills in the core and the option to focus on functional skills in the electives.

Experiential Learning in International Business, Non-profit, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation will expose students to the challenges that come with solving a real Business problem. Electives support student's ambition to pursue multidisciplinary interests and leverage UC Berkeley's innovative culture.

Haas MBA Core CurriculumYear One

The first year starts...

The total salary (median) for Berkeley Full-time MBA program is $10,000 short of Stanford, but the salary for consulting is comparable to any top MBA programs. Despite the lower salary in Retail, the industry was the fourth favorite among Haas students. Technology – the strong point of California was also the strength of Berkeley with nearly 40% of the class entering the industry.

Haas MBA Salary by Industry
As a function, interestingly, Marketing was the clear winner (27.3%) followed by Consulting (20.8%) and General Management (18%). Berkeley Full-time MBA program is the few top programs still managing to offer General Management program.

Haas MBA Salary by Function

Most top Business Schools have picked Finance or Consulting as a popular specialization, based on the close network they have developed with recruiters. 

Reference: Berkeley MBA Employment Reports

Round     Deadline                   GMAT by                      Decision

One        October 01, 2014       October 01, 2014          January 15, 2015
Two        January 07, 2015      
January 07, 2015          March 26, 2015
Three      March 11, 2015         
March 11, 2015            May 14, 2015


The Essay Questions for Haas Full-time MBA Fall 2015 have been announced.

1) Describe an experience that has fundamentally changed the way you see the world. How did this transform you? (400-500 word maximum)

2) What is your most significant professional accomplishment? (200-300 word maximum)

3) What is your desired post-MBA role and at what company or organization? In your response, please specifically address sub-questions a., b., and c

a. How is your background compelling to this company?
b. What is something you would do better for this company than any other employee?
c. Why is an MBA necessary and how will Haas specifically help you succeed at this company?
(500-600 word maximum for 3a, 3b, and 3c combined)

(Optional) Please feel free to provide a statement concerning any information you would like to add to your application that you haven't addressed elsewhere. (500 word maximum)

If not clearly evident, please discuss ways in which you have demonstrated strong quantitative abilities, or plan to strengthen quantitative abilities. You do not need to...

Haas MBA Essay TipsHaas School of Business has published the MBA Application essays for 2013-14. In this article, we will cover tips and strategies to answer the MBA Application Essay questions. There are four mandatory and two optional essay questions. The fourth mandatory essay question is divided into two parts. The first three mandatory essay questions have 250-word limit each while the fourth has a total word limit of 750 words.


Q. 1) If you could choose one song that expresses who you are, what is it and why? (250 word maximum)

This essay is different from the traditional essays that you see in top Business Schools. To answer this question, here are some tips:

a) The song should preferably be in English
b) There is no requirement that the song should be a well-known title.
c) Rewrite the part of the lyrics of the song that represents you
d) Provide a context about why the song is a representation of your personality
e) Remember the word limit is just 250 words or half a page.
f)  If there is a history on how the song was created, mention that and connect it with your story.

Bob Dylan’s Blowin in the Wind is an...

Haas Institute of Business & Social ImpactHaas has launched the Institute of Business & Social Impact on Nov 6th 2013 with the generous donation of two Haas Alumni: Allan Holt & Wife ($1 million) & Margo Alexander ($100,000). Lara Tyson - former Dean at Haas School of Business, heads the Institute.

The focus of the institute will be primarily on creating an environment for an inclusive society across for-profit and non-profit sectors. The course work, projects, and research activities have been developed to fulfil this goal.


Although the institute has been launched in Nov 6th 2013, Social Impact was part of the MBA curriculum right from the 1960s. It all began with the effort of former Berkeley Executive Vice Chancellor, Earl F. Cheit, and late Professor Dow Votaw, who launched the first course in corporate social responsibility and business environment.

Later, Social and Political Environment of Business was introduced as a capstone course with the intention of providing insight on the complex social and policy issues facing Businesses in a public environment.



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