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PROFILE

PROGRAM

PEOPLE

VIEWS

DATES

APPLICATION COURSE CAREER ALLIANCES FINANCE

Application Deadlines

Notification Dates

Evaluation Criteria

Application Form

Essay Questions

Recommendation

Required

Electives

Specialties

Experiential Learning

Compensation by Industry

Compensation by Function

Joint Degree Programs

Exchange Programs

Tuition Fees

Expenses

Scholarships

Loans

 

DATES

 Application Deadlines

Round 1

November 04, 2008

Round 2

December 09, 2008

Round 3

January 30, 2009

Round 4

March 11, 2009

* Application due by 11:59 PM EST

 Decision Dates

Round 1

Jan 28, 2009

Round 2

Mar 18, 2009

Round 3

Apr 28, 2009

Round 4

May 19, 2009

 

APPLICATION

 Evaluation Criteria

Professional experience evaluated by progression and achievements in career and recommendations; most students have at least 2 years of experience

Good academic performance; a GPA score of 3.0 would be good; candidates should not have obtained an MBA or equivalent from other institutions

Quantitative Proficiency: candidates should have completed a college-level mathematics or statistics course

APPLICATION MATERIALS

Online application

GMAT Score Report [institution code: N2VPT47]

TOEFL Score Report if applicable [institution code: 4833]

Current Resume

Essays

Two Professional Letters of Recommendations

Transcripts

Application Fee: $175

 

 Application Form

https://ssl.haas.berkeley.edu/admissions/application/

 Essay Questions

Supplemental Questions:

1. If you have not provided a letter of recommendation from your current supervisor, please explain; otherwise, enter N/A.

2. List in order of importance all community & professional organizations and extracurricular activities in which you have been involved during or after university studies. Indicate the nature of the activity or organization, dates of involvement, offices held, & average number of hours spent per month.

3. List full-time and part-time jobs held during undergraduate or graduate studies, indicating the employer, job title, employment dates, location, and the number of hours worked per week for each position held prior to the completion of your degree.

4. Please explain all gaps in your employment since earning your university degree.

5. Please identify the course(s) you have taken or intend to take to demonstrate quantitative proficiency. Provide the course name, date, grade if any, and institution at which the course was or will be taken. If you wish, you may discuss other ways in which you have demonstrated strong quantitative abilities.

6. If you have ever been subject to academic discipline, placed on probation, suspended or required to withdraw from any college or university, please explain. If not, please enter N/A. (An affirmative response to this question does not automatically disqualify you from admission.)

Short Answer:

1. If you could change one thing you've done in your life, what would it be, and how would you do it differently? (250 word maximum)

2. Tell us about your most significant accomplishment. (250 word maximum)

3. At Haas, we value innovation and creativity. Describe an innovative solution you have created to address a specific challenge. (250 word maximum)

4. What steps have you taken to learn about the Berkeley MBA program, and what factors have influenced your decision to apply? (250 word maximum)

Required Essays:

1. Give us an example of a situation in which you displayed leadership. (500 word maximum)

2. What are your short-term and long-term career goals? How do your professional experiences relate to these goals? Why do you want an MBA from Berkeley at this point in your career? (1000 word maximum)

Optional Essays:

1. (Optional) Please feel free to provide a statement concerning any information you would like to add to your application that you haven’t addressed elsewhere. (500 word maximum)

2. (Optional) If you wish to be considered for the Haas Achievement Award (for individuals who have achieved success in spite of significant economic, educational, health-related and/or other obstacles), please use this space to address the obstacles you have overcome. (750 word maximum)

DATES

APPLICATION COURSE CAREER ALLIANCES FINANCE

 Recommendation

Recommendation Form

Recommenders may submit letters of recommendation either by paper or electronically.

Note from Haas to Recommender: "It is important both to the applicant and to the Haas School that we know as much as possible about the applicant’s leadership potential and capacity for graduate business study. We encourage you to be completely candid and to provide specific examples wherever possible. It is helpful to the applicant if you answer the specific questions that we ask. Generic recommendations that do not address our questions typically do not strengthen an application. We appreciate your assistance and cooperation."

We are particularly interested in the answers to the following questions, but welcome any information you think appropriate. We encourage you to provide specific examples wherever possible. Please provide your responses on your company letterhead or stationery, but use this form to mark your responses to question 9 (see grid below).

1. Are you, or have you been, the applicant’s direct supervisor? If not, what is the nature of your relationship?

2. How long have you known the applicant? How frequent is (was) your interaction with the applicant?

3. How does the applicant’s performance compare with that of his or her peers?

4. How effective are the applicant’s interpersonal skills?

5. What are the applicant’s three greatest strengths? Cite specific examples.

6. What are the applicant’s three greatest weaknesses or areas in need of improvement? Cite specific examples.

7. What significant contribution has the applicant made to your organization?

8. Please comment on the applicant’s potential for leading an organization.

9. Please give us your appraisal of the applicant in terms of the traits listed below. Compare the applicant with others whom you know have applied to business school or with individuals who are being groomed for leadership positions within your organization. It should be extremely rare for any candidate to receive “truly exceptional” in all areas, and unusual for a candidate to receive either “superior” or “truly exceptional” in all areas.
  Truly Exceptional

Top 1%

Superior

Top 2%

Outstanding

Top 5%

Very Good

Top 10%

Good

Top 25%

Average

Top 50%

Below Average

Bottom 50%

No opportunity to observe

Leadership Ability

               

Innovation and creativity

               

Intellectual Ability

               

Analytical Ability

               
Quantitative Ability                
Professional Poise                
Interpersonal Skills                

Self confidence

               
Personal Integrity/Ethics                
Maturity                
Initiative                
Ability to accept constructive feedback                
Respect for different viewpoints                
Oral Communication Skills                
Written Communication Skills                
Career Focus                
Overall Impression                

 

COURSE

 Required Courses

Essential Skills of Management and Leadership: from Accounting and Finance to Marketing and Strategy

Scientific Disciplines: Economics, Mathematics, Social sciences like Psychology and Sociology

 Electives

Economic Analysis and Policy

Accounting

Finance

Operations and Information Technology Management

Organizational Behavior/Industrial Relations

Marketing

Business and Public Policy

Real Estate

Management of Technology

 Top Specialties   as ranked by U. S. News & World Report 2008

Entrepreneurship

Finance

International

Management

Marketing

Nonprofit

 Experiential Learning

Applied Innovation

Corporate Responsibility

Entrepreneurship

International Business Development

Nonprofit Leadership

 

CAREER

 

 Compensation  by Industry

in USD

  Mean Salary Median Salary Mean Signing Bonus

Bio/Pharma/Healthcare/Med Services

5.2% 105001 100000 20286

Consulting

17.5% 112264 118000 22439

CPG/Retail

6.6% 87264 90000 14401

Educ/Government/Non Profit

4.7% 68677 68500 -

Energy/Environment/Resources

3.8% 100503 100000 26750

Financial Services

23.1% 99325 95000 29633

Media/Entertainment

2.8% 93500 92500 12450

Real Estate

6.6% 103286 107500 14444

Technology

28.3% 103941 100000 14656

Other

0.5% - - -

 Compensation by Function

in USD

Mean Salary Median Salary Mean Signing Bonus

Consulting

18% 112348 115000 23236

Finance

36% 99529 98400 24369

General Management

18% 104497 105000 16103

Marketing

23% 98315 100000 16063

Other

6% 90000 90000 12500

 

ALLIANCES

 Joint Degree Programs

MBA/MPH Program in Health Management

JD/MBA Program

MBA/MA Program in International and Area Studies

DATES

APPLICATION COURSE CAREER ALLIANCES FINANCE

 Exchange Programs

An exchange program with Columbia Business School is offered in the fall of the second year whereby students can leverage on Columbia’s proximity to Wall Street and the media and entertainment industries in New York. Three students are selected for the program..

 

FINANCE

 Tuition Fees  for 2008-2009 (nine month academic year)

 

CA Resident

Non Resident

UC Registration Fees

29227.50 26662.50

Non Resident Tuition

NA

12245

Health Insurance

1698 1698

Total Fees

30925.50 40605.50

 Expenses

 

CA Resident

Rent and Utilities

10240

Food

5130

Transportation

2680

Personal

2338

Total Living Costs

20388

Books & Supplies

2500

 Scholarships

FOR ENTERING STUDENTS

Haas Merit Scholarships: amounts ranging from partial to full tuition and fees for both years of study based on exceptional merit and career potential.

Haas Achievement Awards: amounts ranging from partial to full tuition and fees for both years of study to "individuals who have achieved tremendous success in spite of significant economic, educational, health-related, or other obstacles".

GENERAL SCHOLARSHIP SITES

fastweb.com

collegeanswer.com

studentloan.com

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR SPECIFIC GROUPS

www.uncf.org: African-American Students

www.aigcs.org: American Indian

www.hsf.net: Hispanic-American

www.aauw.org: Women

www.washburn.edu/sobu/broach/glbt-scholar.html: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender

www.iie.org: International Students

www.edupass.org/finaid: International Students

 Loans

FEDERAL LOAN OPTIONS

Federal Direct Subsidized Student Loans: need-based loans, students can receive a maximum of $8,500 in a Subsidized Loan each year.

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Student Loans: non-need-based loans, students typically receive up to $12,500 in an Unsubsidized Loan each year, however a student could receive up to $20,500 depending on her/his eligibility for the Subsidized Loan.

Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loans: credit-based loans requiring credit check, students can can borrow up to the remaining total cost of education each year, minus any other expected financial aid.

 

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