Berkeley Haas MBA Essays

Essay Writing Tips and Application Deadlines


Round Application Deadline
R121 September 2017
R24 January 2018
R35 April 2018

Required Essays

Essay #1 Tell us a six-word story that reflects a memorable experience in your life-to-date. Elaborate on why it is meaningful to you. (250 words maximum)

EssayLever Tips:

Share a story that is important to you and reveals an important aspect of your life, personality or values. Explain why the story is important to you. Write the six word story as the last step.

Essay #2 Respond to one of the following prompts: (250 words maximum)

Describe a significant obstacle you have encountered and how it has impacted you.
Describe how you have cultivated a diverse and inclusive culture.
Describe a leadership experience and how you made a positive and lasting impact.

EssayLever Tips:

Choose the prompt that best provides the opportunity to reveal your most significant professional strengths: problem solving, team building or leadership?

Essay #3 Briefly describe your immediate post-MBA career goals. (50 words maximum)
How have prior experiences motivated and prepared you to pursue these goals? (250 words maximum)

EssayLever Tips:

Logically connect your past experience with the short-term goals and the short-term goals with long-term goals. Show how your professional strengths, abilities and interests are ideally suited for the career you have chosen. Identify the skills and experiences you need to build up in order to achieve the goals and show how Haas will help you acquire them.


Optional Essay: Use this essay to share information that is not presented elsewhere in the application, for example:
• Explanation of employment gaps or academic aberrations
• Quantitative abilities
• For re-applicants, improvements to your candidacy


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