It’s a very busy time of year for the Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA admissions office, as our first round application deadline for Fall 2014 is this Wednesday, November 20th. For those of you thinking about submitting an application this year, I’d like to share some advice and tips. I hope they help!
When we evaluate applications, we take a holistic approach. We carefully review each part of your application to get a sense of who you are and the value you would add to the classroom. We do not admit numbers, we admit people! There are, however, a few key things we look for:
1) Academic performance
The EWMBA Program is rigorous, and we want to make sure that you’ll be able to succeed academically. To get a sense of this, we’ll evaluate your undergrad and graduate performance, your GMAT or GRE test scores, and other coursework you’ve pursued (to a lesser degree). And, because our program is highly quantitative, we’ll pay close attention to your quantitative experience.
2) Professional accomplishments
We also want to make sure that you have strong, credible, and diverse work experience that will add value to the classroom. So, be sure that in the employment section of your application you highlight key accomplishments and ways you’ve made an impact at your workplace. Also, clearly lay out your work progression – this progression is one piece of evidence that you’ve been successful in your career. Finally, because diverse perspectives are important to the quality of program, make sure that if you have a more common background, you are able to differentiate yourself. Some ways to stand out are through your personal qualities, your breadth of work experience, and your leadership potential. In addition to the employment details you provide, we’ll also look to your letters of recommendation to evaluate your work success.
3) Personal qualities
We’ll assess your personal qualities through your essays and interview. So, it’s important to be authentic (see below)! Your work experience is important, but so are your life experiences; they will give you additional and unique insights to share with your classmates.
Here are a few other things to keep in mind as you complete your application:
4) Be authentic
In every piece of your application, try to be as honest, genuine, and authentic as possible. This will not only help you differentiate yourself from other applicants, but it will help us get to know you better. Please don’t include information just because you think it’s something we want to hear (because, in that case, most likely it’s not)!
5) Culture fit is important to us
The only way to maintain our unique culture here at Haas is to continue to make sure staff, faculty, and students all value and embody it. So, take a look at our defining principles, make sure they resonate with you, and make sure this gets across in your essays (mainly short answer #2), your interview, and your interactions with the admissions office.
Do you have more questions about the EWMBA application and our review process? If so, please join us online for an Application Tips webinar on January 8th, attend an admissions event in your area, or email or call us (510-642-0292). We welcome any questions and look forward to getting to know you through the application process!