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Am I Ineligible to Apply to Haas & MIT if I never took Calc or Stats?

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I heard that Haas automatically rejects applicants from a non-quant background, if they haven't taken college level calc and stats. Is this true and still the case? Also, do any other MBA programs enforce this rule?

I graduated from Cornell with a 3.83 GPA in History, worked at Deloitte Consulting for 3 years, and got a 740 GMAT with 49Q. But I never took any real math in college, no calc or stats. I just took precalc senior year of HS first sem, and Calc second sem (although I blew it off and got like a C- lol).

If I want to apply to Haas, do I HAVE TO take calc and stats at a local community college or at an extension course? Or will I be good? Similarly, do any other top 16 MBA programs have this rule saying you can't apply if you haven't taken stats or calc? I'd assume MIT might have a similar rule.

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I heard that Haas automatically rejects applicants from a non-quant background, if they haven't taken college level calc and stats. Is this true and still the case? Also, do any other MBA programs enforce this rule?

I graduated from Cornell with a 3.83 GPA in History, worked at Deloitte Consulting for 3 years, and got a 740 GMAT with 49Q. But I never took any real math in college, no calc or stats. I just took precalc senior year of HS first sem, and Calc second sem (although I blew it off and got like a C- lol).

If I want to apply to Haas, do I HAVE TO take calc and stats at a local community college or at an extension course? Or will I be good? Similarly, do any other top 16 MBA programs have this rule saying you can't apply if you haven't taken stats or calc? I'd assume MIT might have a similar rule.

Thanks!!



Sometimes opening a communication with the adcom would be helpful in addressing those concerns. Even if it is true, they might suggest you some solution to overcome your concerns. You will get short and direct answer.

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I agree with Mo2men. Here is what is written on the Haas wesbite.

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Admissions Criteria
Professional Experience
The quality of an MBA program is immeasurably enhanced by the real-world business experience that students bring to the classroom. For this reason, most of our students have two or more years of full-time professional work experience following the completion of their undergraduate degree. More important, however, is the richness of that experience.

When reviewing applications, we are interested in the progression and milestones of your career, as well as your supervisor's assessment of your value as an employee and potential as a leader.

Academic Aptitude
Your past academic performance provides us with an indication as to whether you will be able to handle the academic rigor of our program. Candidates may apply to the program if they hold the equivalent of a four-year U.S. bachelor's degree and have not obtained an MBA or comparable degree from another institution. In reviewing your transcripts, we take into account your choice of coursework, the rigor of your undergraduate major, the competitiveness of your academic institutions, and your grade point average (GPA).

Although we do not have a minimum requirement, a GPA of B (3.0) or better is generally the standard for serious consideration. We also evaluate your performance on the GMAT (preferred) or GRE, and if required, the TOEFL or IELTS, to assess your ability to succeed academically in our program.

Quantitative Proficiency
The curriculum at Haas includes courses that have a qualitative focus and others that are more analytical and quantitative. All applicants should have completed, at a minimum, a college-level mathematics or statistics course. Haas faculty who teach quantitative courses will assume you have mastered the basic material. Therefore, the Admissions Committee looks carefully at quantitative proficiency when making its admissions decisions.


I do not think calculus or stats will be mandatory for any MBA program. I personally know someone who got into Haas with a Dean's fellowship with a social impact background and a development masters degree (I am not sure about her undergrad but was probably not super mathy). She did have a great GMAT and she was doing the mbaMath course.

So it is all about negating their woes about your quantitative abilities. Offset that with the GMAT and you should be good to go. Haas adcoms are terrific in their student outreach initiatives, so you should absolutely reach out with your specific case.

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Re: Am I Ineligible to Apply to Haas & MIT if I never took Calc or Stats? [#permalink]

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jayaliya333 wrote:
I heard that Haas automatically rejects applicants from a non-quant background, if they haven't taken college level calc and stats. Is this true and still the case? Also, do any other MBA programs enforce this rule?

I graduated from Cornell with a 3.83 GPA in History, worked at Deloitte Consulting for 3 years, and got a 740 GMAT with 49Q. But I never took any real math in college, no calc or stats. I just took precalc senior year of HS first sem, and Calc second sem (although I blew it off and got like a C- lol).

If I want to apply to Haas, do I HAVE TO take calc and stats at a local community college or at an extension course? Or will I be good? Similarly, do any other top 16 MBA programs have this rule saying you can't apply if you haven't taken stats or calc? I'd assume MIT might have a similar rule.

Thanks!!


Hello there!

I don't think this is true, and would be interested to hear where you got this from. Like most B-schools a good portion of Haas' incoming class (at least 1/3rd) is from non-STEM and non-Business backgrounds, and I would be very surprised if all these people took calc and stats.

From what I have seen, if there are good candidates from the humanities who lack the math background, sometimes the Adcom will ask a pre-req to starting the MBA program to accomplish a certain number of courses. But I haven't seen anything that would indicate you get an automatic KO if you haven't taken these courses.
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Re: Am I Ineligible to Apply to Haas & MIT if I never took Calc or Stats? [#permalink]

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Thanks everyone for the responses. I took psych stats in undergrad and got an A-. I figure that could count as a statistics course? Obviously I should reach out to the adcoms directly as well.

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Great advice above...don't think this is an official requirement. Adsmissions aside it will probably help you to at least take an MBA Math or an online class in calc or stats prior to matriculating or even prior to applying. First year in b-school is fairly quant heavy so this would help you on multiple fronts. Also given you have strong academic and GMAT performance they will probably assume you will be able to handle the work
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