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# Berkeley Haas School of Business

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20 May 2010, 02:41
mysteryman wrote:
Hi everyone and thanks for your help.

I visited a class about 2 months ago and I found that it was not very interactive. In fact, it felt more like a lecture than a discussion. Is this true for most classes or did I come on an uncommon day?

...I'm thinking about visiting a second time just to make sure!

Because there is a mix of classes that use lecture, case study, and experiential learning, you might have sat in on a lecture-based class. Which class did you sit on, if you don't mind telling us?

I would go again and sit in on a more interactive class. If you are choosing between a few, post here and maybe we can help you.

Cheers!
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20 May 2010, 07:48
Thanks for the prompt reply! I sat in on a Hedge Fund class. Class visits are done for the year, so I can't see what classes are upcoming. But I'm very open. I'm much more interested in the format and people of the class than about the content. If any class stood out to you as a student, please let me know and I'll find a way to sit in

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21 May 2010, 05:20
Hi,

I am 33 and planning to take MBA. My GPA used to be 3.6. I would not delve into stupid questions like whether I would get admissions but I would like to understand how the schools view the admission applicants who are in the 30-35 age range. Especially Haas.

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22 May 2010, 04:12
mysteryman: when classes start again in September, post here and one of us will give you some recommendations. I generally would recommend a marketing class as they have more discussions. International Marketing, Channels of Distribution, Marketing Strategy are all good classes to try.

medusa101: Haas has probably one of the highest average ages, with many people over 30. It all depends on your career progression, what you want to do after the MBA, and what you've done so far in your life. Each case is unique and there is no way to generalize. But compared to many top schools out there, you are probably not at a disadvantage because of your age.
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09 Jun 2010, 16:45
Kryzak, you're a heck of an ambassador...Haas wasn't even on my radar before reading this thread and now I think it's one of my top choices. I'm not sure why I haven't looked at it before but it fits really well with what I'm seeking in a program.

Also: first post! Hi, GC!

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15 Jun 2010, 21:49
Thank you very much for all the post you've written here. They have provided me with a lot of useful information about Haas.

From what I have read, Haas provides with quite a few resources for sustainability.
I'm very interested in that field but from an IT point of view. I'd like to center my career in Green IT direction and I was wondering whether the sustainability courses provide with insights about that specific subject or whether there are any other courses outside Haas I could take.

As for the short term goals, I was thinking of joining a tech consulting firm such as Accenture or Deloitte since they provide with some Green IT consulting. Do you know other
companies that recruit at companies focused on Green IT? My long term goal is to become a CIO.

Thank you very much in advanced.

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16 Jun 2010, 20:14
I forgot to ask how important do you think is to visit the school. I live in Europe and I was thinking visiting the schools I'm interested in MIT, Kellogg, and Haas but I can only take two weeks holiday and it will be a lot of traveling just to visit the schools. Would you say that visiting the school increases your opportunities?

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16 Jun 2010, 23:42
mikeCoolBoy wrote:
I forgot to ask how important do you think is to visit the school. I live in Europe and I was thinking visiting the schools I'm interested in MIT, Kellogg, and Haas but I can only take two weeks holiday and it will be a lot of traveling just to visit the schools. Would you say that visiting the school increases your opportunities?

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21 Jul 2010, 21:43
Been on travel, sorry for the late replies.

As for visiting, there is no requirement to visit. There is an essay to talk about how you learned about the school, which you can do by visiting in person or contacting students through the club websites or alumni in your local area.

As for Green IT, it's not an area I'm familiar with unfortunately...
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02 Oct 2010, 00:58
Hi Lauren,Kryzak ,

Can you tell me more about the compulsory Experiential course? Which one did you take and how did you find it ?
Specifically , can you help provide what you have heard about the following 3 experiential courses :
->HAAS@ work
->Managing new product development

@Lauren - you mentioned that you were involved in Marketing club. Can you tell more about the events and activities organised by marketing club ? Are there case competitions focused on marketing ? I am aiming to switch to marketing from operations within my current industry (mobile phones). Do you know of alumni working in marketing function in the mobile phone industry ?

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21 Oct 2010, 20:36
Is it difficult to get into the S3 class?

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22 Oct 2010, 13:09
Hi Haas ppl,

I am an international student and planning to apply for Round 3 (Deadline - Jan 20th 2011) for fall 2011 admissions. I thought that there are only 3 rounds of admission.

I have heard like International students should submit their applications in Round 2 itself and chances are very less in Round 3. i am not aware of 4 rounds of admission.

Can you please clarify what are my chances if i apply in Round 3( deadline - Jan 20th ).

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25 Oct 2010, 23:20
method wrote:
Is it difficult to get into the S3 class?

not quite sure, but it is an application process and you can email hsa@haas.berkeley.edu to see if you can talk to a student who is in S3.
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28 Oct 2010, 05:37
Hi Kryzak,

Could you please explain about 'Student-initiated elective courses' at Haas? Are these courses similar to the courses tought by profs? Does the list of these courses change every semester and how does new courses get into this list?

Thanks.

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31 Oct 2010, 05:24
Hi kryzak
I am an Indian applicant. I need to find out if I can get a TOEFL waiver. I have posted my question on the adcom message board but have not heard back yet. Can you suggest some other way to request a waiver? Moreover, I am extremely interested in Haas but because I started the application process pretty late, I was not able to go beyond website for information on Haas. So, I decided to wait till R2. I am interested in entrepreneurship and sustainability. Can you please tell me about relevant courses or projects for these areas?

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03 Nov 2010, 21:39
ballubalraj wrote:
Hi Kryzak,

Could you please explain about 'Student-initiated elective courses' at Haas? Are these courses similar to the courses tought by profs? Does the list of these courses change every semester and how does new courses get into this list?

Thanks.

Can you send me a link where you read that? I could think of different things that fit that description and want to make sure I'm answering the right question.
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03 Nov 2010, 21:40
rkn wrote:
Hi kryzak
I am an Indian applicant. I need to find out if I can get a TOEFL waiver. I have posted my question on the adcom message board but have not heard back yet. Can you suggest some other way to request a waiver? Moreover, I am extremely interested in Haas but because I started the application process pretty late, I was not able to go beyond website for information on Haas. So, I decided to wait till R2. I am interested in entrepreneurship and sustainability. Can you please tell me about relevant courses or projects for these areas?

Best way is to call them. The phone number is here:

I believe it's pretty strict about who can get the TOEFL waiver.

Hope that helps!
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04 Nov 2010, 01:08
kryzak wrote:
rkn wrote:
Hi kryzak
I am an Indian applicant. I need to find out if I can get a TOEFL waiver. I have posted my question on the adcom message board but have not heard back yet. Can you suggest some other way to request a waiver? Moreover, I am extremely interested in Haas but because I started the application process pretty late, I was not able to go beyond website for information on Haas. So, I decided to wait till R2. I am interested in entrepreneurship and sustainability. Can you please tell me about relevant courses or projects for these areas?

Best way is to call them. The phone number is here:

I believe it's pretty strict about who can get the TOEFL waiver.

Hope that helps!

Hey rkn, I did ask the AdCom about this in a chat. TOEFL cannot be waived for Indian applicants as it is required by the University of California - Berkeley. Haas School of Business has to comply to that policy.

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07 Nov 2010, 22:06
kryzak wrote:
ballubalraj wrote:
Hi Kryzak,

Could you please explain about 'Student-initiated elective courses' at Haas? Are these courses similar to the courses tought by profs? Does the list of these courses change every semester and how does new courses get into this list?

Thanks.

Can you send me a link where you read that? I could think of different things that fit that description and want to make sure I'm answering the right question.

I read that in Veritas Prep annual report of Haas. The report says:
Quote:
Elective Courses Initiated by Haas Students
Student-initiated elective courses are a tradition at Haas. Every semester, Haas
offers several courses that are initiated and run by students with faculty guidance.
Typically, such courses focus on a specific theme or industry. Recent studentinitiated
courses include:
• Social Entrepreneurship
• Life as an Entrepreneur
• The Private Equity Deal
• Real Estate Speaker Series
• Microfinance
• Careers in Marketing
• Wine Industry
• Investment Speaker Series
• Careers in Sports
• Careers in Consulting
• Product Management
• Topics in Technology
• Private Philanthropy
• Alternative Energy Speaker Series

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03 Mar 2011, 14:46
Hi kryzak

I applied R2 this year and just learned that I am waitlisted. As I didn't get an interview invite yet, I take this as very good news! Another chance to prove Haas that I am a good fit with the school's culture

Did you enter Haas through waitlist? If you did, or even if you didn't, I would love to have your advice on my WL strategy...

Here's my profile high level:
Female / 26 yrs / 730 GMAT / 3 yrs work exp in France travel industry sales and marketing roles / 3 yrs work exp in UK financial industry marketing roles / decent leadership experiences / goal post MBA: get into sustainability area through consulting initially

I obviously first need to schedule my interview and prepare very well for it. Do you think it would help my application if I travelled to Berkeley for the interview?

Then, I have a few people in mind to write one or two additional recommendation letters (from peers, including someone who went to Haas 2 yrs ago).
I also want to write a note about my recent professional changes, I was promoted and joined the organizing committee of an internal network.

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