MBA admissions process continues remotely during COVID-19 measures

By Haas School of Business

Updated April 15, 2020 - With current health and safety recommendations designed to slow the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) and to protect the health and well-being of students, faculty, staff, and guests, UC Berkeley has moved all instruction and other functions to remote operations.

At Berkeley Haas, community means everything to us, whether it’s coffee before class in our courtyard, hiking in the hills just behind campus, or having Dialogues over Dinner to discuss identity and inclusion.

Unfortunately, in light of the public health situation, we are taking steps to shift how we approach community-building until public health leaders tell us it's safe to bring people together again physically.

All admissions events, class visits, and in-person new admit events are canceled for the time being. We will be working over the coming days to convert as many in-person events as possible into online events. Once those plans have been finalized, we will share the details with you.

Employees in the admissions offices for all MBA programs are now working remotely. Despite the changing circumstances, we’re here for you and continue to be available virtually for any of your questions.

The Educational Testing Service announced that an online version of the GRE and TOEFL is now available in the United States, Canada, Colombia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Hong Kong (China) and Macau (China), and will likely be extended to other areas soon. The Graduate Management Admissions Council has also announced that an online version of the GMAT exam is now available. Berkeley Haas will accept the online version of either exam.

Given the worldwide disruptions caused by COVID-19, we know that it has been a challenging time for everyone. Please know that all of us remain available and look forward to staying in contact with you. Thank you for your patience and flexibility as everyone adapts to a rapidly changing environment. Take care of yourself and your own communities — it's the Haas way.

Read below for program specific updates. We'll be posting updates here as the situation evolves and we have more information to share. We will also be sharing updates via email.

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Full-time MBA

Application review continues for fall 2020, and we are on schedule to receive Round 3 applications. Admissions interviews have been transitioned to virtual formats.

We are opening a new extended deadline of June 1, 2020 to assist candidates who have been delayed in completing their application due to their inability to take the GMAT/GRE or difficulty in obtaining letters of recommendation, etc. 

Our Round 3 deadline will remain on April 2 with decisions released on May 7.  Candidates submitting applications for the June 1 extended application deadline will receive decisions on July 2.

Throughout this time, we are available to connect with you virtually:

Evening & Weekend MBA

Application review and processing continues on schedule for all application rounds. Round 2 applicants can still expect a decision on April 10. Round 3 and 4 applicants will receive decisions on June 5.

Round 5: In light of ongoing events, we are opening a new deadline of May 26, 2020 to assist candidates who have been delayed in completing their application due to issues such as inability to take the GMAT/GRE/EA/TOEFL, difficulty in obtaining letters of recommendation, or other setbacks arising during this uncertain time. Candidates submitting applications for the May 26 deadline will receive decisions on June 24.

In addition to the online options for the GRE, TOEFL and GMAT mentioned at the start of this post, the Graduate Management Admissions Council has also announced that an online version of the Executive Assessment exam is now available. You must have 8 years of work experience by August 2020 to submit the Executive Assessment exam for the Evening & Weekend program.

Throughout this time, we are available to connect with you virtually:

  • Email: We will continue to monitor and promptly respond to all emails sent to ewmbaadm@haas.berkeley.edu.
  • Phone Consultations: We will continue offering phone consultations with our admissions team to discuss any aspect of the application process.
  • Recorded Webinars: Browse our library of recorded webinars to learn more about the application process and MBA experience.

Executive MBA

The EMBA start date has been moved from May 2020 to August 2020 to ensure an on-campus experience for our students. We're also monitoring the situation and will be able to make adjustments accordingly.

Application review and processing continues on schedule. Round 2 applicants can still expect a decision on March 26. We are still accepting applications on a case by case basis so please contact our office to set up a consultation or request an extension.

Throughout this time, we are available to connect with you virtually:

Accelerated Access

Accelerated Access, a new Berkeley Haas program, will give undergraduates the option of applying early for a coveted spot in the full-time MBA program and deferring for two to five years to gain the required professional experience. The program is initially open only to UC Berkeley undergraduate and graduate students in their final year of study, with a plan to expand to students throughout the University of California system and then more broadly in the future.

Deadlines remain unchanged and are April 2 for Round 1 and June 11 for Round 2.

Standardized Tests: We acknowledge that many standardized test centers are closed. If you plan to apply in the first round and have completed all other application elements, you may still submit by April 2 and complete the exam at the earliest possible date in the future, but no later than May 21. You're encouraged to register now while dates are still available. On the application, add a "0" as the score received. This will alert us to watch for your test scores to arrive. Also please email us with your unofficial scores once you have completed the test. The unofficial score will be added to your application while we wait for your official score to arrive.

If you plan to apply in the second round, the timeline is unchanged and the standardized test must be completed on or before June 11.

Letters of Recommendation (LORs): The letters of recommendation provide valuable insight into your character and achievements and are an important part of our evaluation. Please encourage your recommenders to submit their LORs as close to the April 2 or June 11 deadline as possible. Although we will accept your application without the recommendations, a review of your candidacy will be delayed until both LORs have been received. It is your responsibility to follow-up with your recommender.

Throughout this time, we are available to connect with you virtually. We will continue to monitor and promptly respond to all emails sent to accelerate@haas.berkeley.edu.

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