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Calling Haas(Berkeley) Applicants(2015 Intake) Class of 2017

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8 Reasons to Consider an MBA [#permalink]

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FROM Haas Admissions Blog: 8 Reasons to Consider an MBA
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Like many people who consider going to business school, you may want to advance your career, change roles or work in an entirely new field. You may want to build leadership skills and gain expertise in new areas, land your dream job, or launch your own venture. These are all excellent reasons to get an MBA.

But here at the Berkeley-Haas Full-time MBA Program, we believe there’s a lot more to business school than your next career move.

1. Reinvent yourself
Business school is the place to spend some time figuring out what you're good at—and to surprise yourself by discovering that you don't even yet know what some of those things might be. In business school, you'll find opportunities to seek and receive feedback necessary for growth. This is your chance to be inquisitive; learn from what others do and ask them how they got there.

2. Debate some really big issues
With the diversity of professional and personal backgrounds you find in business school, you and your peers can tackle some really big issues. What is the future of car sharing? What is the business case for hiring women? What is bitcoin, exactly? Engage in lively discussions with a diverse group of people that you can't find anywhere else.

3. Make friends with a few (future) CEOs
Two years at business school will solidify lifelong friendships with eople who are just as ambitious as you are. You could be on a winter break trek with the next John Hanke, MBA 96, creator of Google Earth; or you could be on a group project and find the co-founder of your future company, like Danae Ringelmann and Eric Schell, MBA 08 and creators of IndieGoGo. At business school, you can surround yourself with people that will inspire you both professionally and personally.

4. Get access to business leaders
Business school is your backstage pass to thought leaders across industries. You’d be surprised how often top executives take time out to share their wisdom with MBA students, as a guest speaker, competition judge, panelist or even mentor. When leaders come to campus, it presents a great opportunity to learn how to approach challenges you may face in your future career.

5. Gain an inside perspective on global cultures
When will you have another five-week winter vacation? Semester breaks give you the chance to join classmates in their home countries, to glean insights, both business and cultural, and even to catch a little rest and relaxation. Trust us, you will have earned it!

6. Fail without getting fired
While business school prepares you for the real world, it is not the real world—you won’t lose your job if you take a risk, even make a mistake. This makes it the optimal time to take on new leadership roles, try classes that seem challenging, and step outside your comfort zone.

7. Tackle business problems for big organizations
Business school gives you a chance to consult for world-renowned firms on real-life business problems. How do we expand into an emerging market? Which competitor should we acquire? How should we price our new product? Through classes, projects, and internships you will help firms answer these questions—and feel (almost) ready to do so (See #6).

8. Have the time of your life
Seriously. Most MBAs will tell you that business school was the best two years of their life. That’s a pretty bold statement, but speaks to the potential of this experience you are considering. Reflect on what is most important to you in a program, and go for it.

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Taming the Berkeley MBA Application [#permalink]

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FROM Haas Admissions Blog: Taming the Berkeley MBA Application
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It can feel overwhelming to face a b-school application. But, armed with a few tips on what adcoms are really looking for (and why), you’ll see that it’s not so daunting.

The most important thing to know is that when we evaluate applications, we review each part—but we consider each piece as part of a larger whole: You. We’re looking to see who you are and the value you would add to the classroom.

With that in mind, here are 5 things to know about the application process for our two part-time MBA programs: the
Berkeley MBA for Executives Program and Berkeley-Haas
Evening & Weekend MBA Program:

1. Underscore your impact at work.
We want to make sure that you have strong, credible, and diverse work experience that will add value to the classroom. So, be sure that in the employment section of your application you highlight key accomplishments and ways you’ve made an impact at work.

Clearly laying out your work progression provides further evidence that you’ve been successful in your career, and we'll also look to your letters of recommendation to evaluate your work success.

2. Consider your life experiences.
We’ll assess your personal qualities through your essays and interview, and this is a great opportunity to differentiate yourself, especially if your job title or industry may not do so. Your life experiences can reveal more about your perspective and your leadership potential.

3. Be authentic.
In every piece of your application, try to be as honest and genuine as possible. This will not only help you differentiate yourself from other applicants, but will help us get to know you better. Don't tell us what you think we want to hear, because...well, that's not actually what we want to hear.

4. Show how you fit with Berkeley-Haas culture.
We strengthen our unique Berkeley-Haas culture by making sure that staff, faculty, and students value and embody it. So, take a look at our Defining Principles, make sure they resonate with you, and make sure this gets across in your essays, your interview, and your interactions with the admissions office.

5. Assess (and shore up as needed) your quantitative strength.
Our part-time MBA programs are rigorous, and we want to make sure that you’ll be able to succeed academically. To get a sense of this, we’ll evaluate your academic performance, including your undergrad and graduate performance, your GMAT or GRE test scores, and other coursework you’ve pursued (to a lesser degree). Getting a jump on assessment tests will give you time to strengthen your scores as needed.

In the end, a top part-time MBA program admits people, not numbers. We look forward to learning more about who you are and invite you to learn more about what our top part-time MBA programs could do for you.

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