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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 05 Dec 2012, 23:30
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thanks packet. I'll be scheduling mine probably a week after yours. Goodluck to you. Maybe I'll see you on campus later on.

as for the 44% acceptance, I fear it may not be 44% this year. I read an article that Haas has already received 10% more applications this year than last and if that trend maintains for the entire application period, then the acceptance rate will fall slightly. Apparently most of the new applicants are out of state and potentially out of the country.

Are you applying elsewhere? I also considered the Booth and Kellogg part-time programs.

What's your industry?


I settled on only applying to Haas. The fit with the school seems perfect for me and if I'm going through the time and effort, it might as well be at a place I want to be. If I don't get in, I'll probably reevaluate from there, but for now this is it. Aside from Haas, I looked at Booth, Kellogg, and UCLA.

I'm in consulting. Thankfully Haas doesn't seem to be overrun with consultants. So, I might actually have a decent shot. Good luck everyone else on your interviews.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2012, 09:11
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thanks packet. I'll be scheduling mine probably a week after yours. Goodluck to you. Maybe I'll see you on campus later on.

as for the 44% acceptance, I fear it may not be 44% this year. I read an article that Haas has already received 10% more applications this year than last and if that trend maintains for the entire application period, then the acceptance rate will fall slightly. Apparently most of the new applicants are out of state and potentially out of the country.

Are you applying elsewhere? I also considered the Booth and Kellogg part-time programs.

What's your industry?


I settled on only applying to Haas. The fit with the school seems perfect for me and if I'm going through the time and effort, it might as well be at a place I want to be. If I don't get in, I'll probably reevaluate from there, but for now this is it. Aside from Haas, I looked at Booth, Kellogg, and UCLA.

I'm in consulting. Thankfully Haas doesn't seem to be overrun with consultants. So, I might actually have a decent shot. Good luck everyone else on your interviews.


I agree as a consultant you'll probably have a much better shot than say an engineer. My hope is that there aren't a flood of candidates for 2013 matriculation, making it harder for even qualified candidates to be accepted!

much is in the bag now I suppose. perhaps blowing them away during the interview might help, but I've heard it's somewhat of a sanity check. hopefully it'll be a way to differentiate myself from the engineering applicant pool
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2012, 09:22
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I agree as a consultant you'll probably have a much better shot than say an engineer. My hope is that there aren't a flood of candidates for 2013 matriculation, making it harder for even qualified candidates to be accepted!

much is in the bag now I suppose. perhaps blowing them away during the interview might help, but I've heard it's somewhat of a sanity check. hopefully it'll be a way to differentiate myself from the engineering applicant pool


Yeah, Haas is one of the few schools that consulting may work in my favor. It seems every other program out there is overrun with us. I was a bit surprised to see Haas was only at 6%. I guess it makes sense since it's the Bay Area though.

I'd imagine most of the interview process is to account for admissions consultants. If you're a poor candidate that's been professionally polished, it should show in the interview. All you can do at this point is be yourself and try not to over think the questions they ask.

With the new exec program at Haas, I'd imagine this is a pretty good year for us to apply though. I had considered applying to the exec program, but the weekend one fit my schedule better.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2012, 10:03
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I agree as a consultant you'll probably have a much better shot than say an engineer. My hope is that there aren't a flood of candidates for 2013 matriculation, making it harder for even qualified candidates to be accepted!

much is in the bag now I suppose. perhaps blowing them away during the interview might help, but I've heard it's somewhat of a sanity check. hopefully it'll be a way to differentiate myself from the engineering applicant pool


Yeah, Haas is one of the few schools that consulting may work in my favor. It seems every other program out there is overrun with us. I was a bit surprised to see Haas was only at 6%. I guess it makes sense since it's the Bay Area though.

I'd imagine most of the interview process is to account for admissions consultants. If you're a poor candidate that's been professionally polished, it should show in the interview. All you can do at this point is be yourself and try not to over think the questions they ask.

With the new exec program at Haas, I'd imagine this is a pretty good year for us to apply though. I had considered applying to the exec program, but the weekend one fit my schedule better.


can you elaborate on how the exec program makes it better for us part-timers? i figured now that the prestigious columbia name was dropped, more local folks would want to go to the part-time program because at least they end up with the same degree as the full-time folks. are the # of seats in the new haas exec program going to be larger perhaps?

speaking of which, are the seats increasing for the part-time program?
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2012, 10:14
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can you elaborate on how the exec program makes it better for us part-timers? i figured now that the prestigious columbia name was dropped, more local folks would want to go to the part-time program because at least they end up with the same degree as the full-time folks. are the # of seats in the new haas exec program going to be larger perhaps?

speaking of which, are the seats increasing for the part-time program?



There's going to be some cannibalization from the part-time program for the exec program. The Berkeley-Columbia program required people to split their time between CA and NY. You don't have that with the new Exec program. Add that to the fact that exec programs are typically easier to get in to and this is the first year, there should be fewer applications to the part-time program. If I had the option with my schedule, I'd probably opt for the exec program since it'd theoretically be the easiest to get in to.

Yeah, the Columbia name being dropped may change things a bit, but Berkeley can certainly hold its own. Haas is a top program in its own right.

As far as I know, they're still planning on doing 4 cohorts of 60 people : Blue, Gold, Axe, and Oski. So, same number of spots as last year. The main difference is there's going to be more capacity in the Exec program.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 07 Dec 2012, 09:24
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pinchharmonic wrote:

can you elaborate on how the exec program makes it better for us part-timers? i figured now that the prestigious columbia name was dropped, more local folks would want to go to the part-time program because at least they end up with the same degree as the full-time folks. are the # of seats in the new haas exec program going to be larger perhaps?

speaking of which, are the seats increasing for the part-time program?



There's going to be some cannibalization from the part-time program for the exec program. The Berkeley-Columbia program required people to split their time between CA and NY. You don't have that with the new Exec program. Add that to the fact that exec programs are typically easier to get in to and this is the first year, there should be fewer applications to the part-time program. If I had the option with my schedule, I'd probably opt for the exec program since it'd theoretically be the easiest to get in to.

Yeah, the Columbia name being dropped may change things a bit, but Berkeley can certainly hold its own. Haas is a top program in its own right.

As far as I know, they're still planning on doing 4 cohorts of 60 people : Blue, Gold, Axe, and Oski. So, same number of spots as last year. The main difference is there's going to be more capacity in the Exec program.


Thanks great info. I'd be interested to know if students are allowed to apply to both the exec and part-time programs at the same time. And if so, will the adcom review these applications differently? Perhaps giving the students a choice? I do recall a question on our EWMBA application that asked us to check if the EMBA would be a program we're interested in (or something to that effect).

I'm sure there are folks in my camp -- absolutely set on the EWMBA flavor -- and some who would be willing to go to either or maybe even favoring EMBA.

In any case, I'm a bit disappointed they didn't increase the seats for the EWMBA program. I went through the 2012 thread for EWMBA and it appears so many qualified folks (practically all from engineering) were waitlisted and then denied.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 07 Dec 2012, 10:19
Pinch,

I don't think you can apply to more than one program at Berkeley (be it FT or Exec. or EWMBA) at the same time.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 07 Dec 2012, 10:21
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Pinch,

I don't think you can apply to more than one program at Berkeley (be it FT or Exec. or EWMBA) at the same time.



thanks Kenny, are you a silicon valley software guy? just a guess =)
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 07 Dec 2012, 10:22
Someone asked about that at an information session I went to. You can only officially apply to one of the programs per year. They will advise you on which program is the best fit for you though.

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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 07 Dec 2012, 10:26
Yes. No points for guessing though. :) I am actually a hardware guy! However, whoever interviews may not know the difference I suppose. :)
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 07 Dec 2012, 11:29
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Yes. No points for guessing though. :) I am actually a hardware guy! However, whoever interviews may not know the difference I suppose. :)
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thanks Kenny, are you a silicon valley software guy? just a guess =)


Kenny

just curious, what kind of hardware do you deal with? I am in hardware too.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 07 Dec 2012, 15:19
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I'm sure there are folks in my camp -- absolutely set on the EWMBA flavor -- and some who would be willing to go to either or maybe even favoring EMBA.

In any case, I'm a bit disappointed they didn't increase the seats for the EWMBA program. I went through the 2012 thread for EWMBA and it appears so many qualified folks (practically all from engineering) were waitlisted and then denied.


From what I understand, they can't increase the seats (at least for the weekend sections). Their south bay location is pretty much full. One of the reasons I like the school is that it isn't a huge program.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 07 Dec 2012, 15:41
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pinchharmonic wrote:
I'm sure there are folks in my camp -- absolutely set on the EWMBA flavor -- and some who would be willing to go to either or maybe even favoring EMBA.

In any case, I'm a bit disappointed they didn't increase the seats for the EWMBA program. I went through the 2012 thread for EWMBA and it appears so many qualified folks (practically all from engineering) were waitlisted and then denied.


From what I understand, they can't increase the seats (at least for the weekend sections). Their south bay location is pretty much full. One of the reasons I like the school is that it isn't a huge program.


good point. when i was visiting the class in south bay there were so many people. If all goes well, I actually love the idea of the weekday cohort. The fact they actually have a bus that takes you to campus and back is really fantastic. no driving in traffic.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 07 Dec 2012, 18:07
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I'm sure there are folks in my camp -- absolutely set on the EWMBA flavor -- and some who would be willing to go to either or maybe even favoring EMBA.

In any case, I'm a bit disappointed they didn't increase the seats for the EWMBA program. I went through the 2012 thread for EWMBA and it appears so many qualified folks (practically all from engineering) were waitlisted and then denied.


From what I understand, they can't increase the seats (at least for the weekend sections). Their south bay location is pretty much full. One of the reasons I like the school is that it isn't a huge program.


good point. when i was visiting the class in south bay there were so many people. If all goes well, I actually love the idea of the weekday cohort. The fact they actually have a bus that takes you to campus and back is really fantastic. no driving in traffic.


i would like to get with weekday cohort but i would likely have hard time catching the bus on time.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 08 Dec 2012, 20:50
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i would like to get with weekday cohort but i would likely have hard time catching the bus on time.


In the class I visited, it seemed like most people drove in. The ones that worked on the peninsula said they left work around 4:30 to get to class on time.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2012, 00:41
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i would like to get with weekday cohort but i would likely have hard time catching the bus on time.


In the class I visited, it seemed like most people drove in. The ones that worked on the peninsula said they left work around 4:30 to get to class on time.


I heard that many folks use the wifi on the bus to continue working during that rush hour commute, which may last anywhere from 1-1.5 hours. If like me you can easily VPN into work, you can effectively continue working until 5-5:30pm thereby not affecting your normal work hours.

Haas has a really well thought out plan for the weekday folks. The only tradeoff is the lack of time to network and hang out with other students after class, something the weekend folks do regularly (go to bars after for instance).
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2012, 11:03
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I heard that many folks use the wifi on the bus to continue working during that rush hour commute, which may last anywhere from 1-1.5 hours. If like me you can easily VPN into work, you can effectively continue working until 5-5:30pm thereby not affecting your normal work hours.

Haas has a really well thought out plan for the weekday folks. The only tradeoff is the lack of time to network and hang out with other students after class, something the weekend folks do regularly (go to bars after for instance).


That's also the downside to commuting in via plane. It doesn't look like there's going to be a ton of free time for extracurriculars unless I fly in friday night instead of saturday morning.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2012, 12:06
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I heard that many folks use the wifi on the bus to continue working during that rush hour commute, which may last anywhere from 1-1.5 hours. If like me you can easily VPN into work, you can effectively continue working until 5-5:30pm thereby not affecting your normal work hours.

Haas has a really well thought out plan for the weekday folks. The only tradeoff is the lack of time to network and hang out with other students after class, something the weekend folks do regularly (go to bars after for instance).


That's also the downside to commuting in via plane. It doesn't look like there's going to be a ton of free time for extracurriculars unless I fly in friday night instead of saturday morning.


yea precisely. I have a strong interest in entrepreneurship and outside of class experiences, clubs and competitions for example, are tremendous at Haas.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2012, 18:14
Just had my interview in the afternoon. Like many previously suggested, it was a blind interview. The questions are all fairly standard questions like walk through resume, why mba, what can you bring to haas, etc. I am a software engineer in Bay Area with some entrepreneurial experience and I don't think that has impressed my interviewer enough. EWMBA will have 250 seats this year, and only a portion will be filled in round 1.

but now it is all done. all i do is just to wait.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2012, 18:19
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Just had my interview in the afternoon. Like many previously suggested, it was a blind interview. The questions are all fairly standard questions like walk through resume, why mba, what can you bring to haas, etc. I am a software engineer in Bay Area with some entrepreneurial experience and I don't think that has impressed my interviewer enough. EWMBA will have 250 seats this year, and only a portion will be filled in round 1.

but now it is all done. all i do is just to wait.


best of luck there. unless you mind mentioning, who interviewed you? Were you expecting him/her to be more impressed by your entrepreneurial background? or perhaps something you did at work?

I would imagine there's still something about a software engineer that can wow the interviewer. It'd be sad if they simply see another engineer and already typecast us.
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