There are three rounds of applications to Haas School of Business' Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA, which can lead to some confusion among applicants. With our first deadline just one week away, we often get questions from prospective students asking, “Do I have to apply in Round 1 to get an offer of admission?” or “When should I submit my application to have the best chances?”
I recommend that you apply when you are able to submit the best application possible. In other words, if you need more time to revise your essays or retake the GMAT/GRE, you should take that time and apply in a later round.
We do not reserve a set number of places in the class for each application round. Although the number of offers we make in each round varies from year to year, chances of admission are about the same in all three rounds. You can even feel comfortable applying in our final Round 3, as many applicants will receive offers in this round.
With that said, if you are applying for any of our EWMBA scholarships, it is important to note that your chances of receiving a scholarship are much better if you apply in Round 1 or Round 2. Most of our Non-Profit/Public Service, Ronald Shapansky, and Dean's Scholarships will be given to applicants who apply in Rounds 1 and 2, although we may have some scholarship money left to award to Round 3 applicants.
Whether you apply in Round 1 or Round 3, providing a complete and honest picture of your experience, academic preparation, professional and personal goals, and achievements will give you the best chances of success in the application process.