Berkeley Haas MBA Essays

Essay Writing Tips and Application Deadlines


Round Application Deadline
R127 September 2018
R210 January 2019
R34 April 2019

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. (300 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 Briefly describe your immediate post-MBA career goal, and discuss how it will put you on a path to a meaningful and rewarding career. (300 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 1: Please elaborate on any hardships or unusual life circumstances you have experienced that may help us understand the context of your opportunities, achievements, and impact. (300 words maximum)


Optional Essay 2: This section should only be used to convey relevant information not addressed elsewhere in your application. This may include explanation of employment gaps, academic aberrations, supplemental coursework, etc. You are encouraged to use bullet points where appropriate.


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