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Haas School of Business – UC Berkeley - Full-Time MBA

Berkeley Haas Full-Time MBA Program Structure

The Berkeley Haas full-time MBA is a two-year daytime program. There is one intake of students each year, and classes begin in the fall semester, in August. A cohort structure helps to optimize learning. During the course of the full-time MBA, students fulfill the applied innovation requirement, participating in a team performance module.


The Berkeley Haas full-time MBA program requires completion of 51 semester units of coursework: 12 core courses, an applied innovation requirement, and elective courses. The 12 required core courses (21 units) that all full-time MBA students take in the first year of study provide the analytical tools and essential knowledge to lead effectively. Each class spans a semester, allowing students time to engage in the experience and reflect on their learning.

In the spring term and throughout the second year, students select electives to develop specialized knowledge and focus on specific industries. Students can tailor the curriculum to meet their goals with student-initiated elective courses, designing courses of their own in conjunction with a faculty member. Electives can be selected from seven areas of general management fundamentals, including: Accounting, Business & Public Policy, Economic Analysis & Public Policy, Finance, Management of Organizations, Marketing, and Operations & Information Technology Management.

Berkeley Haas full-time MBA students can choose to focus their elective studies on an expanded number of in-depth academic areas. The Areas of Elective Emphasis currently include: Finance, Marketing, Strategy/Consulting, Corporate Social Responsibility, Energy and Clean Technology, Entrepreneurship, Global Management, Health Management, Social Sector Leadership, Real Estate, and Technology.

A required applied innovation course that enables students to hone leadership skills in a real-life setting may be taken as early as the spring semester. The applied innovation course requirement is taken in conjunction with a teamwork module, designed to make the experience as meaningful as possible. Students choose one or more from more than a dozen programs.

Students are encouraged to take advantage of international opportunities, such as spending a semester abroad, planning study trips to other countries during breaks, or serving as consultants through the school’s acclaimed International Business Development program.

Full-Time MBA Rankings

• U.S. News & World Report: 7
• Bloomberg: 8
• Forbes: 11
• Financial Times: 12
• The Economist: 7

Class Profile

The current  Haas School of Business full-time MBA class features 331 students. This group has, on average, 5.3 years of previous professional work experience, a 3.65undergraduate GPA, and a GMAT average of 727. About 39percent of the class is comprised of female students, with 61 percent male students. Among the group, about 17percent are U.S. underrepresented minority students, and 21 percent hold an international passport.

Career Statistics

The 2019 full-time MBA class from Haas featured 280 students that earned an average postgraduate salary of $137,819 and an average signing bonus of $29,141  The majority of this class earned positions in the technology industry (32.9 percent), followed by consulting (25.1 percent), and financial services (15 percent).

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

The estimated 2020-2021 cost of tuition for Berkeley Haas full-time MBA program is $62,246 for California residents, and $68,444 for non-CA residents.

Additional expenses may include living allowance, books and supplies, instructional materials, transportation, medical insurance and orientation costs. Total costs for California residents are estimated at $102,150 and $106,348 for non-residents.

In general, there are two types of scholarships: institutional scholarships from Haas and outside scholarships from other organizations. Some of those awards include:

The Maxwell Fellowship of $80,000 is awarded to individuals who have demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit and a drive to create and implement innovative projects, products and ideas.

Berkeley Haas Scholarships of $10,000 to $120,000 are awarded based on proven ability to promote diversity, gender equity, industry, leadership, LGBTQ equity, or personal achievement.

The Marketing Scholarship of $50,000 is awarded to MBA students pursuing careers in Marketing.

The Berkeley MBA Grant for up to $80,000 is awarded to students based primarily on significant financial need.

Provided by the generosity of Dr. Dato’ Sri Tahir, the Dr. Tahir Fellowship for $40,000 is awarded to international students with a preference for those who completed their undergraduate education in Asia.

Most student loans are based on either financial need or creditworthiness and are available only to US citizens and permanent residents. Haas students commonly use the Federal Stafford Loan Program, Alternative Education Loans, and the ACCESS Loan Program. Private loans may also be available.

Berkeley Haas Estimated Tuition and Fees for 2020-2021

CategoryCalifornia ResidentNon-California Resident
Tuition and Fees$64,246$68,444
Housing and Food$25,658$25,658
Books and Supplies$634$634
Health Insurance $5,682$5,682
Personal Expenses$2,744$2,744
Total Budget$102,150$106,348


Applicants to the MBA programs must have completed a Baccalaureate degree or recognized qualifications equivalent to a degree. Most students enrolled in the program have a minimum of two years of professional work experience.

To apply to the Berkeley Haas full-time MBA program, applicants must submit a completed application form, official copies of transcripts from each institution attended, current résumé and two letters of recommendation. The school also requires applicants to submit three essays and one additional optional essay. Students wishing to provide a statement concerning any information they like to add to the application that has not been addressed elsewhere can do so in an optional essay. Official GMAT score OR GRE scores must also be sent in by applicants, along with a $200 application fee. Non-native English speaking applicants must also provide proof of English fluency. This can be completed by submitted TOEFL or IELTS test scores.

Once the application is submitted, students may be contacted to schedule an evaluative interview.

2021-2022 Haas Berkeley Full-Time MBA Deadlines

Round 1: September 23, 2021

Round 2: January 6, 2022

Round 3: April 7, 2022

FAQ for the Haas Berkeley Full-Time MBA

How long is the Full-Time MBA Program?

The 51 unit program is completed in 2 years.

Does the school have a fully remote option for students in response to Covid?

Yes, this is available to all students.

Is there a difference in cost for California residents vs. non-residents?

Yes, the cost for residents is $64,2466, $68,444 for non-residents before cost of living is added.

Working on your Berkeley Haas full-time MBA application? Check out the Clear Admit Haas Essay Topic Analysis for advice on how to approach your essays.

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