Berkeley Haas MBA Essays

Essay Writing Tips and Application Deadlines


Round Application Deadline
R123 September 2021
R26 January 2022
R37 April 2022

Required Essays

Essay 1 What makes you feel alive when you are doing it, and why? (300 words maximum)

EssayLever Tips:

Figure out what you want to write - What do you love to do? What do you do that you can do effortlessly?

Support what you want to say with examples.

Answer the why question.

Essay 2 The definition of successful leadership has evolved over the last decade and will continue to change. What do you need to develop to become a successful leader? (300 words max)

EssayLever Tips:

Identify the leadership traits that you would need as you progress in your career, divide these into those that you have already developed and those that you need to develop, and show how the Haas MBA will help you develop the desired traits.


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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