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# Haas (Full Time MBA) Class of 2016 Calling all applicants

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Application Information for Class of 2016

 Application Deadlines Class of 2016 Round: Online application submitted by: Tests taken by: Decision posted/emailed by: One October 16, 2013 October 16, 2013 January 15, 2014 Two January 8, 2014 January 8, 2014 March 26, 2014 Three March 12, 2014 March 12, 2014 May 15, 2014

Essay Questions:

1.) If you could choose one song that expresses who you are, what is it and why? (250 word maximum)
2.) What is your most significant accomplishment? (250 word maximum)
3.) Describe a time in the last three years when you overcame a failure. What specific insight from this experience has shaped your development? (250 word maximum)
4.) a. What are your post-MBA short-term and long-term career goals? How have your professional experiences prepared you to achieve these goals?
b. How will an MBA from Haas help you achieve these goals? (750 word maximum for 4a. and 4b.)

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1.) If you have not provided a letter of recommendation from your current supervisor, please explain. If not applicable, enter N/A.
List in order of importance all community and professional organizations and extracurricular activities in which you have been involved during or after university studies. Indicate the nature of the activity or organization, size of the organization, dates of involvement, offices held, and average number of hours spent per month.

2.) List full-time and part-time jobs held during undergraduate or graduate studies, indicating the employer, job title, employment dates, location, and the number of hours worked per week for each position held prior to the completion of your degree.

3.) If you have ever been subject to academic discipline, placed on probation, suspended, or required to withdraw from any college or university, please explain. If not, please enter N/A. (An affirmative response to this question does not automatically disqualify you from admission.)

Optional Essays

(Optional) Please feel free to provide a statement concerning any information you would like to add to your application that you haven't addressed elsewhere. (500 word maximum)

(Optional) If not clearly evident, please discuss ways in which you have demonstrated strong quantitative abilities, or plan to strengthen quantitative abilities. You do not need to list courses that appear on your transcript. (250 word maximum)

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15 May 2013, 04:56

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15 May 2013, 06:11
Oooooh. It's that time of the year already, is it?

I can't wait.
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04 Jun 2013, 08:58

How can I start preparing for the application and when will the essay questions be released? -- The first step is creating a login on our website. This ensures that you receive our email updates about the program and application timing. In the meantime, you should review our essay questions from last year as we’re likely to repeat most of them – particularly the question about career goals, why MBA and why Haas. You should also think about whom you want to approach for your two letters of recommendation, preferably at least one is from a past or present supervisor. Lastly, now is a good time to take the GMAT, if you haven’t already, so that you can focus on the essays down the road.
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I was doing my random skimming through target school websites routine and to my surprise, noticed that Haas has released their essay questions. Wow!

Edit: Thank you! Thread has been updated with essay questions

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[quote="randomwalk"]I was doing my random skimming through target school websites routine and to my surprise, noticed that Haas has released their essay questions. Wow!

I have a question on the 'Song' essay. Does it have to be an English song only..?? any pointers will be really helpful.
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22 Jun 2013, 21:52
amitkpandey wrote:
randomwalk wrote:
I was doing my random skimming through target school websites routine and to my surprise, noticed that Haas has released their essay questions. Wow!

I have a question on the 'Song' essay. Does it have to be an English song only..?? any pointers will be really helpful.

This question was first asked last year. I agree with most opinions on the internet, which is that, this is a modified version of what matters most to you essay. Begin by introspecting who you really are and then go for the song that most aligns to what you want to say, and not the other way around. I think, because the focus should be on who you are, the origin of the song doesn't really matter. If I remember someone on the internet had mentioned you can even align yourselves to the feel of the song and the circumstances that the singer went through while writing the song etc.. and not just the lyrics.

I for one will not be choosing an English song, because I feel it will be lesser legwork for me to find a song in my native language.
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amitkpandey wrote:
randomwalk wrote:
I was doing my random skimming through target school websites routine and to my surprise, noticed that Haas has released their essay questions. Wow!

I have a question on the 'Song' essay. Does it have to be an English song only..?? any pointers will be really helpful.

This question was first asked last year. I agree with most opinions on the internet, which is that, this is a modified version of what matters most to you essay. Begin by introspecting who you really are and then go for the song that most aligns to what you want to say, and not the other way around. I think, because the focus should be on who you are, the origin of the song doesn't really matter. If I remember someone on the internet had mentioned you can even align yourselves to the feel of the song and the circumstances that the singer went through while writing the song etc.. and not just the lyrics.

I for one will not be choosing an English song, because I feel it will be lesser legwork for me to find a song in my native language.

I am also keen on choosing a song in my native language..but that will make communicating the song (its meaning) and my relationship(what I am, how i connect etc) to the song a very difficult job to do in 250 words..!!!
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22 Jun 2013, 22:11
amitkpandey wrote:
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amitkpandey wrote:

I have a question on the 'Song' essay. Does it have to be an English song only..?? any pointers will be really helpful.

This question was first asked last year. I agree with most opinions on the internet, which is that, this is a modified version of what matters most to you essay. Begin by introspecting who you really are and then go for the song that most aligns to what you want to say, and not the other way around. I think, because the focus should be on who you are, the origin of the song doesn't really matter. If I remember someone on the internet had mentioned you can even align yourselves to the feel of the song and the circumstances that the singer went through while writing the song etc.. and not just the lyrics.

I for one will not be choosing an English song, because I feel it will be lesser legwork for me to find a song in my native language.

I am also keen on choosing a song in my native language..but that will make communicating the song (its meaning) and my relationship(what I am, how i connect etc) to the song a very difficult job to do in 250 words..!!!

Yep, that's the challenge. But I do not believe that choosing an English song will get you the needed leeway to write lesser about the song. I am yet to choose the song and the theme, but I know I am only going to be paraphrasing the lyrics and the background. So it does not make a difference to me even if I choose an English song.
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24 Jun 2013, 02:52
amitkpandey wrote:
randomwalk wrote:
I was doing my random skimming through target school websites routine and to my surprise, noticed that Haas has released their essay questions. Wow!

I have a question on the 'Song' essay. Does it have to be an English song only..?? any pointers will be really helpful.

Nope. From last year's blog: The song may or may not be in English and may not have lyrics. Just show how it connects to you.
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24 Jun 2013, 14:47
Some news out of Haas today:

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The graduating classes at Berkeley-Haas this year are enjoying strong employment opportunities, with salaries and job postings increasing for MBA students and internships proving ever more important in launching Haas undergraduate careers.

MBA Employment

Graduates from the MBA class of 2013 are landing positions with some of the world’s top companies as well as pursuing jobs in startups and impact investing.

Top hiring companies for new graduates so far include McKinsey & Co., Google, JPMorgan, Kaiser, and Amazon. Early employment data show that salaries and signing bonuses are continuing to trend up slightly and that the already robust job market remains strong. Additional top hiring firms include Deloitte Consulting, Samsung, Autodesk, Bain, Visa, Adobe, Microsoft, Zynga, and Prophet.

While strong hiring continues in traditional MBA areas, Lisa Feldman, executive director of the Career Management Group, notes some additional trends. “Real estate is a strong area for us this year, and we are also seeing a strong class of entrepreneurs,” she says. “In addition to the entrepreneurs themselves, we have a growing number of students exploring the impact they might have in smaller organizations and seeking experience with early-stage startups.”

Gilad Bonjack, MBA 13, is one such student. He’s joined Voxer, developer of a walkie-talkie application for smartphones, as product manager and one of the first 50 employees. "I love the ever-evolving tech industry and especially work that allows me to change the way people communicate,” says Bonjack, who originally hails from Israel. “Working in the Bay Area is the dream of every tech enthusiast, and I'm grateful that my experience at Haas led me here.”

Another growing area of interest for Berkeley MBA students is impact investing. Rakesh Apte, MBA 14, will join the investment team at the Eleos Foundation, a social venture capital organization based in Santa Barbara. “I’m passionate about promoting social entrepreneurs who are using market forces to solve some of the world’s toughest problems,” Apte says. Apte notes that Haas’ commitment to the social venture community was “instrumental in helping me attain this dream job.”

MBA Internships

Most members of the class of 2014 have begun their summer internships. Top hiring companies for internships include Deloitte, Google, Samsung, McKinsey, Visa, and Adobe.

Bernice Wong, MBA 14, used contacts in the Haas Alumni Network to land a business development internship with The RealReal,, a startup that resells luxury-brand clothing and other goods. “To me, the fashion industry is a great intersection of artistry and business,” says Wong. “I see The RealReal as the leader of an up-and-coming generation of resale online platforms that promote more sustainable consumption in fashion.”
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26 Jun 2013, 14:23
Hi All,

I am 95% in for R1 at this point. Love what I've hear about the school and looking forward to visiting.

I have a quick question for everybody. I have heard that it is harder to get in here as a non Ca resident. I am actually an international so not sure if it applies to me or not but does anybody have an opinion on whether this is true or false?

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Hi All,

I am 95% in for R1 at this point. Love what I've hear about the school and looking forward to visiting.

I have a quick question for everybody. I have heard that it is harder to get in here as a non Ca resident. I am actually an international so not sure if it applies to me or not but does anybody have an opinion on whether this is true or false?

Thanks!

It's hard to get in. Period. (Ca or no Ca)

Also, can't do much about it. Can you?
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I am 95% in for R1 at this point. Love what I've hear about the school and looking forward to visiting.

I have a quick question for everybody. I have heard that it is harder to get in here as a non Ca resident. I am actually an international so not sure if it applies to me or not but does anybody have an opinion on whether this is true or false?

Thanks!

For undergrad admissions this is generally true for top public schools like Berkeley and UVA -- to receive state funding schools must maintain an in-state enrollment of something like 2/3 of all students, which means slots for out-of-state students are fewer and more competitive. As an MBA program, however, Haas acts more private than public (in-state students pay only \$2,000 less in tuition than out-of-state), so Haas does not have these restrictions. About 35% of students each year are international, so you won't be at a disadvantage. Good luck!
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27 Jun 2013, 11:25
Yaye! its the time of year to rack your brains and answer some difficult questions! All the best folks!
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07 Jul 2013, 17:25
I believe I will choose a non-English song too. Haas is so competitive...
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23 Jul 2013, 06:42
Likely in for R1.
I'm happy to see that more business schools are accepting GRE this year - I think Haas didn't last year which was why I didn't apply.
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31 Jul 2013, 12:59
Likely in for R2 (debating doing R1 but I want to put my best application in for Haas! )
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07 Aug 2013, 02:25
Good way to start the Haas admission cycle. Do Warm up and respond to the value of an MBA contest: http://berkeleyhaasmba.wordpress.com/20 ... -now-live/
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Good way to start the Haas admission cycle. Do Warm up and respond to the value of an MBA contest: http://berkeleyhaasmba.wordpress.com/20 ... -now-live/

Sounds more like an early ding letter - I kid.

To people who are doing this: just ensure you don't pick and drop the majority of this thing in your actual goals essay.
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