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Starting early for the 2010 applicants for Berkeley-Haas!

Fall 2010 Application Deadline & Decision Schedule

Round: Online Application submitted by, Decision by
One: October 20, 2009, Decision by January 27, 2010
Two: December 10, 2009, Decision by March 17, 2010
Three: February 2, 2009, Decision by April 28, 2010
Four: March 10, 2009, Decision by May 19, 2010

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http://mba.haas.berkeley.edu/fall.html

2009 Haas Total Stats: (as of 12/11/2009)

R1 - 34? FT submitted, 6 Interviews (19%), 3 admits (9?%),0 Matriculating, 6 W/L , 13 Dinged, 20 Unknown, 0 withdrew.
R2 - 50? FT submitted, 0 Interviews (0%), 10 admits (20?%),0 Matriculating, 0 W/L , 0 Dinged, 0 Unknown, 0 withdrew.
R3 - 5? FT submitted, 0 Interviews (0%), 2 admits (40??%),0 Matriculating, 0 W/L , 0 Dinged, 0 Unknown, 0 withdrew.

*not including withdrawn apps

dr2005 - ADMITTED 1/26 (submitted 10/20 | interview 11/25)
stopper5 - ADMITTED 1/26 (submitted 10/20 | interview 11/20)
jjmba* - ADMITTED 1/27
Demonic11 - submitted 12/10, ADMITTED 3/15
cheetahfish - ADMITTED 3/15
RuthlessCA - ADMITTED 3/16
jawz2112 - ADMITTED 3/17
Milie - ADMITTED 3/17
anonymousinsf - ADMITTED 3/17
Arsalanmu - ADMITTD $$ 3/17
dovedolphin - ADMITTED 3/17
CanuckQ* - ADMITTED 1/27
ltinsf - ADMITTED
designstory - ADMITTED 4/27
rtm47 - ADMITTED $$ 4/22


KatUT11* - WL w/ Super Saturday INT 1/27
rain16 - WL w/ Super Saturday INT 1/27
Looking4MBA (reapp) -2X WL w/ INT 1/27 (interview 12/15)
creampuff - WL W/O INT 1/27 (submitted 10/20)
duckpond - WL W/O INT 1/27

[color=#FF0000]gossipguy - ding w/ SS Int 1/27
aj1545 - ding w/o Int 1/27
albyman32 - ding w/o Int 1/27
bpr81 - ding w/o Int 1/27
chrsc13981 - ding w/o Int 1/27
hankpunk - ding w/o Int 1/27
hokiegenius - ding w/o Int 1/27
krsone - ding w/o Int 1/27
mbaTime - ding w/o Int 1/27
nikheel - ding w/o Int 1/27 (submitted 10/20)
stler645 - ding w/o Int 1/27
topa (reapp) - 2X WL w INT 1/27 (submitted 10/20 | interview 12/16) - DING
tuck20xx - WL W/O INT 1/27 (submitted 10/20)

ultraeasy - ding w/o Int 1/27
unhedged - ding w/o Int 1/27(submitted 10/20)[/color]


vate - submitted | interview 11/20


R1 -
bennymoto - submitted 10/20
bhy - submitted
brass20y - submitted 10/20
BrooklynMBApply - submitted
gboi - submitted 10/20
ElectricMessiah - submitted
Gelopwez - submitted 10/14
inkubus04 - submitted
JTech - submitted
MeowCat - submitted
mindgame - submitted 10/20
polarscare - submitted
Pook - submitted
varunprabh - submitted
TL - ?
gammacad - ?
swbluedevil - ?
clair84 - ?
cul3s - ?


R2 -

brewin_vaz - submitted 12/10
BrooklynMBA - submitted 12/08
chrishelt - submitted
DiverJ - submitted 12/10
eekthecat - submitted 12/10
fall2010mba - submitted
go2bizSkool - ?
GradBoy - ?
gregarious - submitted 12/10
hellopalo - ?
hogann - submitted 12/10
javaexe - submitted 12/10
miccarlo - ?
nutmba - ?
ounce - submitted 12/10
radionowhere - submitted 12/9
serenityprayer - submitted 12/10
tandra_b - ?
whirlwind - ?
woncosmo - ?

boogs - ding
coastryder - ding
cyrez8 - ding w/o interview
dcdevil - ding
drew031482 - ding
madbubbles - ding
nq108 - ding w/ interview
theDreamChaser - submitted 12/10, ding
WaitingOn6 - ding
WithHopesToWin - ding w/o interview
Zakle - ding w/ interview


R3 -
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GoBruins
co2012

2009 Haas Total Stats:
Applicants: 89 FT
Admitted: 15 (16.9%)
Waitlisted: 9
Dinged: 17
Unknown: 15
Withdrawn: 3
GMATClubbers Matriculating: 5?
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2010 Applicants [#permalink] New post 14 Dec 2009, 19:42
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No need to panic everyone. LOTS of interviews to still be sent out.

Admissions office closes 12/23 I believe, BUT interviews can still go out while the office is closed. I got mine 12/28 2 years ago.

I know how hard it is to wait for that interview, trust me, I still remember the stress and agony vividly. But to save your sanity, I highly recommend trying to relax and just not worry about it until the decision deadline date in late January. :) I know no one will listen to me, but at least I had to try! :P

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Bay Area applicant, got an interview invite on January 8th. I've already accepted Stanford, so I will withdraw.
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An interesting article by an Economist journalist that came to Haas last semester for 3 days and did many interviews and class visits.

http://www.economist.com/research/artic ... extfeature

the poem at the end of the comments section is kinda funny (and cynical). :)
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2010 Applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Jul 2009, 18:51
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essays for 2010 applicants are up!
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Re: Haas and Yellow Ribbon Program [#permalink] New post 09 Aug 2009, 21:06
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Sorry for the lateness, but here's the update:

gregarious: yes, I definitely love the weather here and the small class size is one of the major decision points for me to pick Haas.

swbluedevil: I got your answer for you. First of all, Haas is participating this fall, and the official word is provided below. Second, Stern and Sloan are two top schools that are not in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

I also want to point out that you should look at the tuition based on what you're going to pay out of pocket in the end. I have compiled a list below for people to see the complete picture (including how many of these grants are given out) for most of the top schools.

this chart goes as: top schools, # of grants they're giving, amount per student, annual tuition (not including health insurance), total 2 year cost under program (I doubled the commitment of each school per year per student and subtracted it from each year's tuition to get the total)

Sorted by total tuition cost over 2 years, decreasing (for 2010-11 and 2011-12)
Sloan - N/A - $49K/year - Total Cost: $98K
Columbia - 30 - $2500 - $52K/year - Total Cost: $94K
Stanford - 50 - $3000 - $51K/year - Total Cost: $90K
Stern - N/A - $45K/year - Total Cost: $90K
Harvard - 30 - $5000 - $51K/year - Total Cost: $82K
Wharton - 15 - $10K - $52K/year - Total Cost: $64K
Booth - 5 - $10K - $50K/year - Total Cost: $60K
Kellogg - 50 - $10K/each - $49K/year - Total Cost:$58K
Anderson - 6 - $8600 - $44K/1st year, $36K/2nd year - Total Cost: $45.6K (assuming you're out of state 1st year)
Haas - unlimited - $10K/each - $45K/1st year, $36K/2nd year - Total Cost: $41K (assuming you're out of state 1st year)
Tuck - unlimited - $19,223 - $48K/year - Total Cost: $19K

Finally, I like to point out that Berkeley provides special funding in other ways for military as well. For example, it provides in-state tuition for active duty military stationed in California (see http://registrar.berkeley.edu/Default.a ... itary.html) and for the children and spouses of active-duty military personnel stationed in California, which has a value of $10K per year.

Conclusion?
Tuck is super cheap for Vets with unlimited grants. Haas and Anderson are the next two cheapest schools to attend. Wharton/Kellogg/Booth you save $40K over 2 years, but still pay up in the $60K range, with Wharton and Booth only offering less than 2% of their class the Yellow Ribbon Program. Kellogg is good offering 8% of their class the program. Stanford/Harvard/Columbia don't really help much, costing you more than $80-90K over the 2 years in tuition. And finally, Sloan and Stern do not offer the program, at least on the website. I would inquire with their ambassadors to see if they just missed the website deadline like Haas did.

Finally, I understand that cost is a big decision factor for many MBA applicants/students in choosing schools, but in my humble opinion, it shouldn't be the only reason. While many people will go to the school that gives them the best scholarship package, many others forgo the money to go to a school that fits them better in terms of geographical location, culture, intended career, alumni, and a variety of reasons.

Hopefully all this information will help you make your decision on which school fits your needs and your budget the best this fall.

Official Word from Haas (will be on our webpage soon):


The Haas School of Business was unable to participate in the Yellow Ribbon program for 2009-2010, although we have already notified the Veteran’s Administration of our intent to participate in 2010-2011. We will be providing grants to graduate student veterans who are eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program in the amount of $10,000 per student. Those eligible veterans who enrolled in fall 2009 may receive this funding from the Haas School, but would not receive the matching funds from the VA until the 2010-2011 cycle. Berkeley provides a variety of other benefits to enlisted men and women, including in-state tuition benefits for active duty service members and a designated Veteran’s Benefit coordinator.

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I'm curious how people are handling the 250-word short answer essays. Does anyone have room to really write a compelling "story" for these, or are you pretty much diving right into the response?

I'm having a hard time keeping things within the word limit while still including a standard intro & conclusion. Thoughts or feedback would be much appreciated, thanks!

The 250-word short essays are definitely a big challenge. But after I was done with them, I realized that the size makes for a short and crisp message which is probably more impactful. 250 words is not thaaat short either. Kellogg for example asks for leadership examples in a 600-word essay. That's about 200-300 words per experience, not including the introduction/conclusion. I had more problems with the Kellogg's leadership essay frankly (trying to fit 3 examples in 600words!).

FWIW, I approached essay 2&3 with a STAR approach (Situation and/or Task, Action, Result). For e.g. one of my essays had this breakdown:

Situation - 51 words
Task - 64 words
Action - 88 words
Result - 46 words

Total = 249 words

In a couple of the essays I also tried to weave a short sentence (20-30 words) to explain how this relates to what I aim to get out of a Haas MBA. It's not asked, and I guess if there's a word shortage, this may be the first thing off the list.

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Thanks kryzak! That's a really helpful post. I shall figure out how to give kudos and use it :).

Product management sounds like a very fun but equally tough job.. even though it does not have the grueling working hours like IB or the insane travelling schedules like MC, but you really need to come up with new & interesting ideas, convince people to accept your idea and go out of your way to get engineers to deliver it, and then make sure people use and like your product -- I think in this case you must have tons of passion for the product/technology itself in order to follow through. Btw, is there a so-called "career path" for product manager? (e.g. within x years you are expected to become "senior product manager"??).

I am now half way through writing the essays. I think it's gonna be too rushed to make it for round 2. So I will submit in Round 3. It's also better because I will have a chance to meet up with adcom and Haas students/alumni on the 10 Dec for an information session. Hope I can have more material to write in the "What have you done to learn about Haas" essay.

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I'm a R1 Haas applicant and my focus is product management for my short my short terms goals. This are my views on the product management track in the high-tech sector.

Product Management can broadly be classified as two tracks. Kryzak puts it across really well - Internal and External. External is the product marketing, consumer behaviour and market research aspects of product management. These areas of product management are more academic and well set and courses in Marketing will teach you these business functions.

The most interesting part of product management (IMO) is the internal aspects. This role really depends on the product company. In the case of a well established company like Microsoft, product management is similar to project management and the product manager will have to deliver incremental updates to existing products. Very rarely will new product managers be handed new products to develop from scratch. Of course in a company like Google, you can always utilize your 20% time to come up with great new products but Google is an outlier.

When it comes to (internal) product management in startups, its a totally different ball game. A product manager's role is more entrepreneurial in this case. Not only is he going to be involved in every aspect of product management but he might also have to roll up and his sleeves and get his hands dirty with engineering (which is more fun!). The engineering work here could be evaluation of technology or validating the architecture and design of a system engineering comes up with. In this case, the role is also more strategic in terms of defining the product roadmap, identifying consumer patterns and even financial planning. A mixture of marketing and strategy courses would be the right mix for such a product manager.

A product manager role is a good path to get into Venture Capital or the first step to be an entrepreneur in the high-tech sector. If you are interested in the VC career path, product managers would normally function as subject matter experts within a VC firm helping out budding entrepreneurs with their product and market strategy. For budding entrepreneurs, product management experience teaches you how to create a product that has "market fit".

Haas is perfect for product managers. A general management MBA combined with the MoT program gives the right flexibility for a product manger to either function as a program/project manager in a large company or take an entrepreneurial route to product management. Not to mention the location.
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Ok I have figurred out what is the career path for product manager. In Microsoft it is a typical corporate ladder path:
Program Manager (PM) >> PM2 >> Senior PM >> Principle PM >> Architect >> Partner >> Director >> VP >> President. 6 levels to make Partners.. Quite a long winded path!!

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I know each organization has its own corporate structure, and having worked for a Tech MNC for last 4 years, i would like to post my view of Product Management. This is based upon my company which is a Global manufacturing company.

The path of a Product Manager is more Technical, and the corporate ladder to it is something like this

Engineer-> Technical Lead-> Technical Manager-> Product Manager -> Director-> VP-> CEO

So as you can see, you need to build a lot of credibility in the company to move along this track and definitely need to work for many number of years to rise to the top. ( Each step is not only related to performance, but also the number of years you have put in at the company. This is corporate culture- Loyalty is always valued)

The Product Manager role in my company is more related to the Business side of the issue, i.e with respect to Business Development and Strategy. As like kryzak said, the External Track of this role.

The internal track is indeed Project Management, but if you really want to progress in your company all the way to the upper Executive level, i would advise anyone, to not to pursue the Internal path and instead to take the External Track.

In the External Track, you would be able to interact with client, plan marketing strategies, develop the overall Business Growth, and this is more visible to the Company and considered more valuable in the eyes of the upper management, rather than just Project Management ( I myself do some Project Management activities, apart from been a Technical Lead ). I would guess this is true for most Engineering companies. I am not saying it's not possible to become CEO, by taking the internal Track, but its just that, its takes more time, and also your contributions are taken as of lesser business value to the company.

And as a side note, Engineers, Technical Managers, etc don't have much respect to Project Management, since they are seen as Generalists and have no knowledge about the Product details. Thus when you take this role, you are in-charge of cross-functional teams while completing projects, but would never be actually involved in the Business Decisions which take place in any of the major functional groups, i.e Engineering, Marketing and HR. I would like to stress this point once again, as this is very important. In a Matrix organization, it is the Functional Group Managers ( i.e Tech, Marketing etc), who make the decisions ( which are implemented by the Project Manager in their various Projects), and these Functional Managers ultimately are the ones to progress to the Executive levels, by taking the Product Manager-External Track.

My views may not be applicable to a Software-only based Company where the boundary between a Project Manager and a Product Manager may not even exist.
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Applied R2 with sub 3.0 gpa, already segregated into 10% of the class by gpa is not good when the class is 250 people =/


Hey, I am in the same situation but R3 applicant. Goodluck to you!
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Is it Ok to reach 550-560 words for an essay with 500 word limit? How does the adcom consider this?

I brought down my Goals essay from 800 words to 560 and now I can not compress it further.\

Any thoughts?

R2 Applicant for EWMBA. 5 days for deadline. Please help guys!!

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Applied R2 with sub 3.0 gpa, already segregated into 10% of the class by gpa is not good when the class is 250 people =/


Hey, I am in the same situation but R3 applicant. Goodluck to you!


I can't say you can get into Haas with a sub 3.0 because I had not been accepted yet.
But I was accepted to Kellogg and was invited to interview for Haas(R1) with a extremely sub 3.0 GPA this year.

I hope this kindles some hope to the sub 3.0'ers out there.

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Thanks kryzak. I am applying for R2 for EWMBA which is due on 5th Jan. I called the adcom but they are on vacation till 4th.


Ahh, in that case, I don't know enough about the EWMBA requirements to comment. I would try the AdCom on 1/4 when they get back into the office.
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To those of you (us) still waiting for R1 interview invitations, I found it extremely useful to check this topic's thread from last year and also to compare the % of gmatclubbers who have received interview invitations from schools with similar acceptance rates (not many as low as Haas, unfortunately).

If you check the thread from last year, you will see that a handful of invitations went out the week after the holiday, January 3-8 or so. In addition, in 2008 R1 about 50% of gmatclub Haas applicants received interviews and in 2009 R1 that went down to about 30%. Also useful, on threads of schools with similar acceptance rates, at least 30% of applicants have been receiving interviews (that number hovers around 50% for highly ranked schools with higher acceptance rates).

However, on this thread, only 6 out of 27 applicants have received interview invitations, below 25%. Therefore, I would like to make the highly scientific conclusion that 4 or 5 more gmatclubbers will receive invitations this week.

*The numbers also reveal that about 5 or 6 of us will be put on the waitlist, with 2 or 3 eventually getting in.
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2010 Applicants [#permalink] New post 08 Jan 2010, 05:53
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Hey everyone, don't y'all give up hope yet.

Many speculations and rumors running wild right now, and it's completely understandable. All I can do is keep on emphasizing that there are more interviews (both SS and non-SS) will go out now that the office is back from break, and that the interview is the FINAL piece of information used for the admissions decision, which is why offers can be determined in 2 weeks while it takes 3 months to send out all the interviews. If you think about it, the AdCom has to consider your:

- GMAT/GPA
- Rec Letters
- Essays (this is a biggie)
- Work Experience (resume, other supplemental questions)

before extending an invite, which will take time especially since Haas prides itself on having at least 2 people on the Adcom read through your application before making any decision (invite or ding). Then the interview results will be added in for a final decision.

interview invites can go out all the way until almost the R1 deadline, so it's not just for Super Saturday.

Hope that clarifies things.

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polarscare wrote:
In the bay area. Just received my invite to interview.


Congrats!
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My work didn't let me access the chat page due to java. If anyone here joined in where there any questions about R1 interview invites?

Any other takeaways?
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2010 Applicants [#permalink] New post 11 Jan 2010, 20:03
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i attended the chat - peter johnson said interview invites are still being released and will continue to be up until the notification date. also, they said SS invites are still being extended (my guess is that it will be to bay area applicants since it's this wknd). looks like there are invites still to come!
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