Tag Archives: UC Berkeley Haas

UC Berkeley Haas MBA Essays for Fall 2014

The UC Berkeley Haas School of Business has announced the required and optional essays that form a part of the 2013-2014 MBA application for admission. Although Haas School hasn’t reduced the number of essays quite …

The UC Berkeley Haas School of Business has announced the required and optional essays that form a part of the 2013-2014 MBA application for admission. Although Haas School hasn’t reduced the number of essays quite as dramatically as other programs have this year, the school is now posing four instead of five required essay questions.

Haas essays

Required Essays

  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.)

Optional Essays

  1. 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)
  2. 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)

Check here for a reminder of the Haas MBA application deadlines, and for more information, check the Haas School admissions website.

Posted in School News | Tagged , ,

UC Berkeley Haas MBA Application Deadlines

The Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley has released the application deadlines for the 2013-2014 MBA admissions cycle.  The three round deadlines are: Round 1 Deadline: October 16, 2013 Notification: January 15, 2014 Round …

Berkeley Haas MBA deadlinesThe Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley has released the application deadlines for the 2013-2014 MBA admissions cycle.  The three round deadlines are:

Round 1

Deadline: October 16, 2013

Notification: January 15, 2014

Round 2

Deadline: January 8, 2014

Notification: March 26, 2014

Round 3

Deadline: March 12, 2014

Notification: May 15, 2014

 

The new fall 2014 application will be available in August. For more information, visit the UC Berkeley Haas School admissions website.

Posted in General | Tagged , , , ,

UC Berkeley-Haas Debuts EMBA Focused on Innovative Leadership

UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business formally launched its new Berkeley MBA for Executives Program yesterday, which will fast-track working professionals by teaching them how to generate fresh ideas that drive their businesses forward. The …

UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business formally launched its new Berkeley MBA for Executives Program yesterday, which will fast-track working professionals by teaching them how to generate fresh ideas that drive their businesses forward.

The new program—tailored for executives averaging 12 years of professional experience—stresses a convenient, business-friendly schedule, with classes meeting every three weeks on Thursdays through Saturdays over the course of 19 months.

Students stay at a nearby hotel while attending classes, and most meals are provided.  The majority of sessions will be taught on the Berkeley-Haas campus, but other sessions–each with a special focus–will be held overseas and in various locations.

The program will include a campus-based lecture series;  study trips to Washington, D.C., and the entrepreneurial San Francisco/ Silicon Valley area; as well as a week-long, required international trip to Asia that will further deepen familiarity with problem framing tools and the innovation process applied to an international challenge.

“Our strength lies in teaching students how to bring fresh thinking and new ideas to every facet of the organization, and to motivate others to do so as well,” says Haas School Dean Rich Lyons.

“We do so by providing them with a set of tools that empowers them to enter any situation ”“ no matter how ambiguous ”“ and to find a way to frame the challenge and develop creative solutions from it.”

Students of the Berkeley MBA for Executives Program will be able to network with alumni of the Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA, as well as the larger Berkeley-Haas alumni network of 40,000 undergraduate, MBA, financial engineering and PhD students around the world.

 Recruiting for the first class begins with information sessions in Berkeley on August 30th and in San Francisco on September 13th. The program will enroll its first class in May 2013.

Posted in General, School News | Tagged , , , , ,

How To Get Into Berkeley

We hope the following is of help to applicants wondering how to get into Berkeley. The set of essays for admission to UC Berkeley Haas School of Business covers a variety of topics ”“ from …

We hope the following is of help to applicants wondering how to get into Berkeley. The set of essays for admission to UC Berkeley Haas School of Business covers a variety of topics ”“ from the song that expresses you to your quantitative skills. In approaching these varied questions it will be important to remain focused on what you want to communicate to the admissions committee. A clear understanding of your application strategy, particularly your career goals and strengths/weaknesses, will be key to put together a cohesive application. While challenging, this is also an opportunity to demonstrate several different aspects of your personality to the admissions committee. Remember when thinking about how to get into Berkeley, to not underestimate the importance of these essays in your application.

Remember to check your deadlines before you start your application.

1. If you could choose one song that expresses who you are, what is it and why? (250 word maximum)

This sort of essay can be intimidating because it calls for creativity, and the topic is entirely open ended. When approaching a question like this, consider what your personal qualities are that may be interesting to the Haas MBA program, and then consider a song you like that can express that quality. Try to focus on personal, rather than professional, aspects. Whatever song you choose,  make sure you do have an emotional connection with that song and can relate it to your own personal experiences. For example, perhaps you have a favorite song from childhood that your parents played for you, and it reminds you to believe in yourself.

2. What is your most significant accomplishment. (250 word maximum)

Your accomplishment can be big or small, but it should be significant to you. While you have limited space, this is an opportunity to demonstrate what matters to you and to showcase one of your proudest moments.

While you are asked only about the accomplishment, the best essays will use this limited space to demonstrate clearly what the accomplishment was (be specific!) as well as commenting upon the significance of the accomplishment.


3. Describe a time when you questioned an established practice or thought within an organization. How did your actions create positive change? (250 word maximum)

To answer this question effectively you will be revealing how you tend to approach conflict and accomplish change. While that’s an intense subject, you can use topics that are not necessarily huge in scope. For example, while you may not have changed recruiting practices at your investment bank, maybe you did change the way your volunteer alumni committee organized a recent reunion.

Questions like this one call for a specific situation that you can explain concisely while demonstrating how you tend to approach problem solving and working with others. This type of question is one that seeks to understand your future behavior by how you have behaved in the past, so make sure you use a concrete example and explain what you thought, felt and did during the situation so the reader is clear on your approach and behavior.

4. Describe a time when you were a student of your own failure. What specific insight from this experience has shaped your development? (250 word maximum)

This question asks you to think about a time you failed, and a time you learned from that failure. This essay is your opportunity to demonstrate your maturity, flexibility and leadership qualities. Leaders are not people who are always successful, rather they are people who are willing to admit to failure and learn from difficulty.

As you recount your failure it will be crucial to demonstrate what you have learned as concretely as possible. As a thought experiment, try thinking about a recent triumph. Trace your life events backwards until you find a failure, and think about how that failure directly led to your success. For example, perhaps you took a job immediately after college that was not a good fit for you. You may have felt like the job was a failure, but instead of despairing you took the time to think about what you really wanted, and subsequently found a job that led you success in your career. Perhaps your story isn’t career oriented but showcases learning from extracurricular or volunteer involvement.

5.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 5a. and 5b.)

This is a fairly typical career goals essay that asks for both short- and long-term goals and the background that led you to this juncture in your career. Think about what you hope to achieve with your MBA and the career opportunities it will reveal for you. You don’t need to recite your resume here ”“ rather highlight the key experiences that will be relevant in your future career.

Be specific about why the Haas School of Business is the right program to pursue your goals as well. As you consider your past experiences and your future goals you will be able to see what you want to gain from the Haas experience to fill any gaps. If you have an advertising background and want to become a brand manager you’ll likely need classes in operations and finance to understand the analytical side of brand management. Other goals will require other skills and your own unique background will inform how you take advantage of the Haas experience. Make sure you have determined exactly what courses make sense for your career goals and the programs and clubs that you will participate in to reach your personal and professional goals. To those wondering how to get into Berkeley, it is important to know how important each of these essays are to your application.

Optional Essays
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)

This question is entirely open ended, so you can either use it to explain anything you need to in your application, or add another aspect to your overall profile. If you need to explain something in your application like a low GPA or a recommender that is not your current supervisor, keep the explanation brief and factual. Focus on explanations, not excuses. If you felt that there are stories in your work, extracurricular, or personal profile that you did not have the opportunity to express in the prior essays, this is an opportunity to add that information.

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)

If you have a strong quantitative background like an engineering or hard sciences degree, or you work in a quantitative field like finance, this may not be a necessary essay. Otherwise, you may want to take one or two examples to demonstrate that you have an analytical mind and can take a quantitative approach to problem solving and evaluating data. As the question specifically asks you not to focus on the grades on your transcript, use this space to describe projects at work, additional post-graduate coursework, or your plans to strengthen your quant skills before you enroll at Haas.

We hope the above is of help to those wondering how to get into Berkeley. Struggling with your UC Berkeley application? Contact us to learn how Stacy Blackman Consulting can help.

Posted in Application Tips, UC Berkeley Haas Advice | Tagged , , , , , , , ,

New Spring Courses at UC Berkeley-Haas

To further its mission of creating “pathbending” leaders, UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business has introduced new courses this spring that reflect recent attitude shifts on issues ranging from social and environmental challenges to marketing, …

To further its mission of creating “pathbending” leaders, UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business has introduced new courses this spring that reflect recent attitude shifts on issues ranging from social and environmental challenges to marketing, innovation, and more.

For full-time MBA students, professor David Vogel‘s two-unit course on Environmental Management and Policy will explore how corporations can both cause and improve environmental problems, and how public policy can both facilitate and constrain improvements.

A one-unit seminar on Ethics and Decision Making in Green Product Design, taught by Associate Professor Christine Rosen, will examine the social, political, legal and business issues raised by our increasing awareness of impacts on human health and the environment.

Students of both the full-time MBA and Evening & Weekend MBA programs may choose professor Jennifer Chatman‘s new elective on Leadership.  The course will feature a series of live cases run by high-profile executives, and includes self-assessments that give students a better understanding of their strengths and challenges as developing leaders.

For students in the Evening & Weekend MBA program and the Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA program, the school will offer a semester-long immersion into the roles and responsibilities of innovation managers in Bill Pearce‘s Design and Marketing New Products.

Students entrepreneurs can make their big idea a reality in The Lean LaunchPad, taught by serial entrepreneur Steve Blank. A proponent of agile development and lean startups, Blank will guide students in building and launching a company in one semester.

Finally, professor David Teece will lay out a new approach to management based on his “dynamic capabilities” theory in the two-unit course, Strategic Management and Innovation: Knowledge, Intellectual Capital & Competitive Advantage.

With six new courses available to full-time MBA, Evening & Weekend MBA, and Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA students, plus five additional courses and two workshops introduced at the undergraduate level, UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business appears dedicated to providing tomorrow’s leaders with the tools they will need to solve the thorniest management challenges.

Posted in School News | Tagged , , , , , , , ,

UC Berkeley Haas School Adds New Fall Courses

UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business recently announced the addition of new fall courses designed to teach forward-thinking management skills while providing hands-on learning to apply them. Students in the full-time MBA program have four new …

UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business recently announced the addition of new fall courses designed to teach forward-thinking management skills while providing hands-on learning to apply them. Students in the full-time MBA program have four new elective options covering sustainability, fixed income, brand management and social media marketing.

Brand Manger Bootcamp offers hands-on immersion aimed at entry-level through senior brand managers. Instructor Bill Pearce brings real-world experience from his career as chief marketing officer for Taco Bell and Del Monte Foods, which he left in August, as well as marketing positions at Proctor & Gamble.

Driving Sustainability Through Business aims to give students the skills to make sustainability part of their career in any position or role””whether it’s part of their official job description or not. The course will be taught by Executive-in-Residence Tony Kingsbury of Dow Chemical, who leads the Sustainable Products and Solutions Program and is an expert on sustainability.

Fixed Income is tailored for finance students and taught by Randy Wedding, senior managing director of fixed income in the UC Regents Office of the Treasurer. It will cover the basics of security types, debt markets, and the mathematics of yield curves.

Social Media Marketing will delve into opportunities and challenges of social networks, social media platforms, and online advertising. Taught by Assistant Professor Zsolt Katona, the class features a computer simulation that lets student teams see what it’s like to run an actual marketing department and formulate and implement its social media strategy.

Click on the link above for additional information on new course offerings available to EMBA and part-time MBA students. For more news related to the Haas School of Business, including MBA application essay tips, follow the link to our section on UC Berkeley Haas Advice.

Posted in School News | Tagged , , ,