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Berkeley Haas Essay Tips

Berkeley Haas 2017-2018 essays see a more changes from last year's application. The song essay is gone and replaced by a brand new essay! And to add to the surprise, Haas changes the other two essays as well. This year sees several changes to the essay packs across the schools. It is a good trend and will bring out the best in the students. Make the most of the opportunity!

Berkeley Haas Essay 1.

Tell us a six-word story that reflects a memorable experience in your life-to-date. Elaborate on why it is meaningful to you. (250 words maximum)
Tip: A successful six-word story will pique the readerís interest in the forthcoming explanation. Together, the story and explanation will share a specific and personal experience that helps the reader get to know you better, giving insight into your character, values, or how you would uniquely contribute to the Berkeley-Haas community. View sample six-word stories and video tips from the admissions committee.

Berkeley Haas Essay 1 Tips

The principal focus should be on what YOU are: what story you select and why that is memorable for you speaks a lot about you. So what do you want to communicate to the adcom? What kind of person you would like to come across as? There might be many memorable experiences in your life, pick one that is interesting, unique and positions your strengths and impressive attributes.
Like EVERY other MBA essay that you will ever write, if you can demonstrate genuine wow! level passion, 50% of your work is done. Write a full throated essay!

Go for it!

Berkeley Haas Essay 2.

Please respond to ONE of the following prompts: (250 words maximum)

Berkeley Haas Essay 2. Tips

- Describe a significant obstacle you have encountered and how it has impacted you.

Haas wants to know your core values, the fundamental principles by which you live your life. This essay is asking you to reveal to adcom your unique and personal outlook on life in face of difficulty and challenge.

When choosing an experience for this essay, you can pick a work or non-work related story. Whichever story you pick, make sure the you clearly describe the context, the exact circumstances of the obstacle, how you handled and its affect on you.

Approach this essay in three parts: Before, Change, and After. It would be helpful to set a context of the original situation, and then talk about the obstacle and why it was a significant one. When talking about the actions you took, show the reader your thought process, show how you struggled, what steps you took and why. Involve the reader and take them through your mental and emotional journey. The impact on you could be in several ways - perhaps the experience helped you become a more positive, realistic, practical, grounded, or humble person?

Again treat this as part of the whole brand you are planning to showcase, so use this opportunity to showcase your key strengths that you want Haas adcom to notice. And if you find an overlap with Haasí key principles- donít hesitate to show them why you are a good fit for Haas and vice versa. Like all other essays, this one is also your self-marketing opportunity!

- Describe how you have cultivated a diverse and inclusive culture.

Haas keeps the focus on understand how you deal with diversity. Till last year they used to ask "Describe a time when you were challenged by perspectives different from your own and how you responded."
Although this year the phrasing is changed, the essence remains the same. Haas adcom wants to know how you have handle diversity of perspectives and cultures and how you have built within yourself an open-minded, mature, inclusive culture. You can either talk about themes in your life or focus on specific examples to build a convincing narrative.

- Describe a leadership experience and how you made a positive and lasting impact.

 

Recollect and write about an experience that witnessed you in a leadership position and which ideally reflects different facets of your leadership style and leadership strengths. Select the example based on the extent of your contribution to the team's success and what the story tells about your leadership skills. Choose an experience that helps you highlight your leadership achievement, while effectively underlining your leadership skills.

Preferably seek out a story that does not go too far back in time - typically a leadership achievement that occurred in the last 2-3 years would be ideal.

Berkeley Haas Essay 3.

Briefly describe your immediate post-MBA career goals. (50 words maximum)
How have prior experiences motivated and prepared you to pursue these goals? (250 words maximum)
Tip: You are encouraged to reflect on both what you want to do professionally after business school and why this path interests you.

Berkeley Haas Essay 3 Tips.

Drastically cutting down the word limit on the goals essay, Haas wants you to be very clear and focused in your answer.
Your task here is to delineate clearly your professional journey in the context of your short-term and long-term goals, while also linking how your past experience lead to your future. Finding and expressing a logical, credible link between the three phases is the key to this essay.

Goals, even more than other essay topics, are more a matter of credibility and logic than anything else. If you can add passion as well, you have the recipe for a beautiful and effective essay.

Berkeley Haas Optional/Reapplicant Essay

 

Use this essay to share information that is not presented elsewhere in the application, for example:

- Explanation of employment gaps or academic aberrations

- Quantitative abilities

- For re-applicants, improvements to your candidacy

 

Berkeley Haas Optional Essay Tips.

The first question to answer in any optional essay is to decide whether you need to write it at all. Attempt the Berkeley Haas optional essay only if you feel that it will improve the factual and material strength of your application.

Do not submit your Berkeley Haas optional essay as an addendum to any of your essays. Do not submit your Berkeley Haas optional essay because you feel the quality of your earlier essays is improvable - in which case redouble your efforts in the earlier essays and leave the optional essay alone.

Use the Berkeley Haas optional essay if you need to detail certain impressive contributions or qualities that CANNOT be accommodated in the other essays. If this aspect of your personality, career or life adds to the value of your Haas application, you can consider writing the optional essay. Alternately, use this essay to explain shortfalls in your application which you feel are truly detrimental to your candidature. Areas of underperformance (academic or professional) or events which stick out (gaps in your resumes or second MBA) or application issues (reapplications) can be commented on if you have explanations that are intelligent and credible.

In case you find any of the above applicable, and if you are sure that this is a constructive addition to your application, start working on the essay. Whether you decide to showcase your strengths or address your weakness, it might be better to not do both of these in the same space. Pick one aspect that you think will truly help your application.

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Essay archives and tips from past years

   

Berkeley Haas MBA Essays and Tips 2015-2016

Berkeley Haas MBA Essays and Tips 2014-2015

Berkeley Haas MBA Essays and Tips 2013-2014

Berkeley Haas MBA Essays and Tips 2011-2012

Berkeley Haas MBA Essays and Tips 2010-2011

Berkeley Haas MBA Essays and Tips 2009-2010

Berkeley Haas MBA Essays and Tips 2008-2009

Berkeley Haas MBA Essays and Tips 2007-2008

Berkeley Haas MBA Essays and Tips 2006-2007

   

Berkeley Haas MBA Essays and Tips 2015-2016, 2016-2017

Berkeley Haas Essay 1.

If you could choose one song that expresses who you are, what is it and why? (250 words maximum)

Berkeley Haas Essay 1 Tips

The principal focus should be on what YOU are: the song choice and the reasons behind it become almost automatic after that. Choose aspects of the song based on what is tells about you: it could be the cultural/personal associations of the song, the meaningful and relevant lyrics, the singer's passion/style or anything at all connected with the song as long it connects emotionally and personally to the kind of human being you are.

Like EVERY other MBA essay that you will ever write, if you can demonstrate genuine wow! level passion, 50% of your work is done. Write a full throated essay!

Go for it!

Berkeley Haas Essay 2.

Please respond to ONE of the following prompts: (250 words maximum)

Berkeley Haas Essay 2. Tips

1. Describe an experience that has fundamentally changed the way you see the world and how it transformed you.

Haas wants to know your core values, the fundamental principles by which you live your life. This essay is asking you to reveal to adcom your unique and personal outlook on life.

When choosing an experience for this essay, you can pick a work or non-work related story. Whichever story you pick, make sure the impact and transformation you talk about is something very deep. This experience could be one of the defining moments of your life.

Approach this essay in three parts: Before, Change, and After. It would be helpful to set a context of the original situation, and then talk about a catalyst or trigger that initiated the change and forced you to think differently. While talking about the change, show the reader your thought process, show how you struggled, what challenges you faced, and why you decided to change your outlook. Involve the reader and take them through your mental and emotional journey. The After picture would be most likely a better version of you: perhaps a more positive, realistic, practical, grounded, or humble you.

If possible also use this opportunity to showcase your key strengths that you want Haas adcom to notice. And if you find an overlap with Haasí key principles- donít hesitate to show them why you are a good fit for Haas and vice versa. Like all other essays, this one is also your self-marketing opportunity!

2. Describe a significant accomplishment and why it makes you proud.

Berkeley aims to understand what you value as important and also gauge your potential for success at Haas and beyond. While you describe the accomplishment, you should make it explicit why this particular incident/ achievement makes you proud of yourself.

Though the essay asks you what is your accomplishment, it is very important for you to also show how you achieved this success. So pick something challenging, pick something recent and possibly where you can highlight your leadership and team working skills. You could start by describing the context and the challenges that you had to overcome. Remember a conflict /challenge makes the impact of an accomplishment stand out, so always clearly describe the challenges and how you conquered them.

If you can, also show the reader how this particular incident impacted people around you such as your family, your team, your client, your organization. Show them the stakes were high and the clock was ticking. And how YOU- the hero/heroine of the story- saved the world! Show with clear examples what you did and briefly mention why that was important and useful. Finally mention the outcome of the situation and specifically outcome for you. How did the experience transform you? And how did others see you? Showing that others also recognized your efforts adds a more objective point of view and makes your story stronger and more believable.

3. Describe a difficult decision you have made and why it was challenging.

One key element of writing this type of essay is the main challenge or dilemma. The entire impact of the essay hinges on the magnitude of your difficulty. So pick a time when the stakes were high and you had to make an extremely difficult choice. This could be about professional or personal setting.

Berkeley Haas Essay 3.

Tell us about your path to business school and your future plans. How will the Berkeley-Haas experience help you along this journey? (500 words maximum)

Berkeley Haas Essay 3 Tips.

This is a straightforward career progression, career goals and "why this Business School" essay.
Your task here is to delineate clearly your professional journey in the context of your short-term and long-term goals, while also linking the Berkeley Haas MBA with your past, present and future. Finding and expressing a logical, credible link between the three phases is the key to this essay.

"Why Haas" is an important part of the question which will require you to show your fit with Berkeley Haas. Remember that you can blend in non-career aspects that are relevant to your story since your career is intricately connected to your personal life and personal goals. Goals, even more than other essay topics, are more a matter of credibility and logic than anything else. If you can add passion as well, you have the recipe for a beautiful and effective essay.

Before you start answering the 2nd part of the question, if you can answer the following questions in your mind, it will greatly help with your writing. How serious are you about seeking admission at Berkeley Haas? What kind of online and offline research have you done so far about Haas? Have you talked to current Berkeley Haas students or alumni? Have you visited Haas or any of the fairs or receptions hosted by them? How can you show that your Berkeley Haas application is a reflection of your specific interest in Haas and not just another application made for bettering the odds?

Berkeley Haas Optional/Reapplicant Essay 1. Please feel free to provide a statement concerning any information you would like to add to your application that you haven't addressed elsewhere. (Reapplicant Essay. We strongly recommend that you submit a statement outlining how you have improved your candidacy since your last application, as the Admissions Committee will be looking for substantive change in your qualifications. You can use the optional essay question to provide this information.) (500 words maximum) 

Berkeley Haas MBA Essays and Tips 2014-2015

Berkeley Haas Essay 1

Describe an experience that has fundamentally changed the way you see the world. How did this transform you? (400-500 word maximum)

Berkeley Haas Essay 1 Tips

Haas wants to know your core values, the key principles by which you live your life. This essay is asking you to reveal to adcom your unique and personal outlook on life.

When choosing an experience for this essay, you can pick a work or non-work related story. Since Essay 2 is explicitly asking for a professional story, for this one you might want to show your personal side. Whichever story you pick, make sure the impact and transformation you talk about is something very deep. This experience could possibly be one of the defining moments of your life.

Approach this essay in three parts: Before, Change and After. It would be helpful to set a context of the original situation, then talk about a catalyst or trigger that initiated the change and forced you to think differently. While talking about the change, show the reader your thought process, show how you struggled, what challenges you faced, and why you decided to change your outlook. Involve the reader and take them through your mental and emotional journey.

The After picture would be most likely a better version of you: perhaps a more positive, realistic, practical, grounded, or humble you.

If possible also use this opportunity to showcase your key strengths that you want Haas adcom to notice. And if you find an overlap with Haasí key principles- donít hesitate to show them why you are a good fit for Haas and vice versa. Like all other essays this one is also your self-marketing opportunity!

Berkeley Haas Essay 2

What is your most significant professional accomplishment? (200-300 word maximum)

Berkeley Haas Essay 2 Tips

Berkeley aims to understand what you value as important and also gauge your potential for success at Haas and beyond. Though the essay asks you what is your accomplishment, it is very important for you to also show how you achieved this success.

Pick something challenging, pick something recent and possibly where you can highlight your leadership and team working skills.

You could start by describing the context and the challenges that you had to overcome. Remember a conflict /challenge makes the impact of an accomplishment stand out, so always clearly describe the challenges and how you conquered them.

Show the reader why this particular incident was so important to you, to your team, your client, your organization. Show them the stakes were high and clock was ticking. And how YOU- the hero/heroine of the story- saved the world! Show with clear examples what you did and briefly mention why that was important and useful. Finally mention the outcome of the situation and specifically outcome for you. How did the experience transform you? And how did other see you-did you receive a promotion, a raise, or maybe a special thanks from the CEO?! Showing that others also recognized your efforts adds a more objective point of view and makes your story stronger and more believable.

Berkeley Haas Essay 3

What is your desired post-MBA role and at what company or organization? In your response, please specifically address sub-questions a., b., and c. (500-600 word maximum for 3a, 3b, and 3c combined)

Berkeley Haas Essay 3 Tips

A very unique and somewhat daunting essay question. Good part about this question though is that it forces you to clarify your short-term goals to nuts and bolts and makes you really think hard on why you will be successful in achieving your goal. If you canít clearly articulate an answer to this questions, perhaps you should go back and think about your goals and need for an MBA.

When explaining your post-MBA goal, specify what function and what industry you will like to pursue and then name an organization. Haas knows this might not turn out to be your post-MBA job, but they want to see your focus, clarity, and the credibility of your goals. If the company you want to write about, doesn't come to Haas campus for recruiting, at some point mentioning your understanding of this fact will be helpful.

a) In case you are planning to stay in the same industry/function- talk about how your past experience, domain expertise and industry knowledge will make you an attractive candidate for this company. One the other hand if you are an aspiring career changer, then draw on your transferable skills as a means to show how you will add value to this company. 

b) Speak about 1-2 strengths you believe are unique to you that will help you make an impact that possibly other employees can not. If you have already done that in past- show with examples. Explain that among people with similar qualifications and skill sets, you were able to outshine because of your attitude, perspectives, visions and you will bring the same traits to this company.

c) This is your chance to talk about Haas MBA. Showcase the key aspects of the Berkeley Haas program, community and setting that will take you nearer your goals. The objective is to implicitly and explicitly demonstrate that your Berkeley Haas application is a reflection of your serious and specific interest in Haas: so please ensure that the points you mention do not apply equally to other major b-schools as well! Show them you have done research and Haas MBA is your only means to succeed at this dream job!

Berkeley Haas Optional Essay 1

Please feel free to provide a statement concerning any information you would like to add to your application that you have not addressed elsewhere. (500 words maximum)

Berkeley Haas Optional Essay 1 Tips

The first question to answer in any optional essay is to decide whether you need to write it at all. Attempt the Berkeley Haas optional essay only if you feel that it will improve the factual and material strength of your application.

Do not submit your Berkeley Haas optional essay as an addendum to any of your essays. Do not submit your Berkeley Haas optional essay because you feel the quality of your earlier essays is improvable - in which case redouble your efforts in the earlier essays and leave the optional essay alone.

Use the Berkeley Haas optional essay if you need to detail certain impressive contributions or qualities that CANNOT be accommodated in the other essays. If this aspect of your personality, career or life adds to the value of your Haas application, you can consider writing the optional essay. Alternately, use this essay to explain shortfalls in your application which you feel are truly detrimental to your candidature. Areas of underperformance (academic or professional) or events which stick out (gaps in your resumes or second MBA) or application issues (reapplications) can be commented on if you have explanations that are intelligent and credible.

In case you find any of the above applicable, and if you are sure that this is a constructive addition to your application, start working on the essay. Whether you decide to showcase your strengths or address your weakness, it might be better to not do both of these in the same space. Pick one aspect that you think will truly help your application.

Berkeley Haas Re-applicant Essay Please note that this optional essay is also the Haas Reapplicant Essay. "We strongly recommend that you submit a statement outlining how you have improved your candidacy since your last application, as the Admissions Committee will be looking for substantive change in your qualifications. You can use the optional essay question to provide this information."

Berkeley Haas Optional Essay 2

If not clearly evident, please discuss ways in which you have demonstrated strong quantitative abilities, or plan to strengthen quantitative abilities. You do not need to list courses that appear on your transcript. (250 words maximum)

Berkeley Haas Optional Essay 2 Tips

Quantitative proficiency is a prerequisite for admission to Haas. "All applicants should have completed, at a minimum, a college-level mathematics or statistics course. Haas faculty who teach quantitative courses will assume you have mastered the basic material. Therefore, the Admissions Committee looks carefully at quantitative proficiency when making its admissions decisions."

Engineering, Mathematics and (most) science graduates could give this a miss. However if your undergraduate degree and/or work experience indicates a shortfall in quantitative skills please use this essay to exhibit your strong quantitative abilities. Examples to showcase how you use quantitative and numerical skills at work would be the best way to illustrate this. Courses/certifications you have undertaken to enhance your quantitative abilities are also welcome.

Go for it!

Berkeley Haas MBA Essays and Tips 2013-2014

Berkeley Haas Essay 1: If you could choose one song that expresses who you are, what is it and why? (250 words maximum)

While this is not an exact rephrasing of either the 2010-2011 question "What are you most passionate about? Why?" or of the 2011-2012 prompt "What brings you the greatest joy? How does this make you distinctive?", the objective might be very similar. The principal focus should be on what YOU are: the song choice and the reasons behind it become almost automatic after that.

Choose aspects of the song based on what is tells about you: it could be the cultural/personal associations of the song, the meaningful and relevant lyrics, the singer's passion/style or anything at all connected with the song as long it connects emotionally and personally to the kind of human being you are.

Like EVERY other MBA essay that you will ever write, if you can demonstrate genuine wow! level passion, 50% of your work is done.

Write a full throated essay!

Go for it!

Berkeley Haas Essay 2: What is your most significant accomplishment? (250 words maximum)

A mainstay of the Berkeley Haas essay pack, this prompt is being repeated almost without change for the fourth year now.

You have several accomplishments in your roster - personal, professional and academic. The choice of which achievement to choose for this Haas essay should be based on the general importance of the achievement, the extent of your contribution to its success and what the story tells about you. Your leadership skills, initiative and teamwork are just some of the qualities that the incident could reflect on.

As usual keep in mind that this essay is part of a bigger package. Write accordingly. For example, there is a bigger leadership essay that shortly follows, so choose the achievement carefully. Also, within the context of your Berkeley Haas essay package this should be "your most significant accomplishment" - ensure that there are no contradictions there.

Go for it!

Berkeley Haas Essay 3: Describe a time in the last three years when you overcame a failure. What specific insight from this experience has shaped your development? (250 words maximum)

A simpler phrasing of this prompt would be "Describe a failure that has helped shape your development". The three year limitation is new - urging you to find more recent events and give the essay a more topical flavor.

This is a "failure" essay - and as in all failure essays the objective is to demonstrate how you learned, adapted and improved yourself through this experience. Begin your thought process from the second part of the question and the first will be made much easier for you.

As a first step, find a failure you experienced that has created a difference in your thought process, behavior or value system. Try to demonstrate the value of the "development" by quoting later successes using the learning  from the failure.

The Berkeley Haas failure essay is in reality meant to be a success story where you learnt, improved and readied yourself for a future success. Let that show.

Go for it!

Berkeley Haas Essay 4

a) What are your post-MBA short-term and long-term career goals? How have your professional experiences prepared you to achieve these goals? b) How will an MBA from Haas help you achieve these goals? (750 words maximum for 4a and 4b)

This is a straightforward goals essays - with career goals, career progression and "why Haas" components. While shorter than last year's goals essay by 250 words it still offers ample scope and space for doing a thorough job. As we keep saying in our mba essay tips the recommended length of the essay can be an important guide to its importance, and 750 words is pretty long.

The task here is to clearly delineate your career development in the context of your short-term and long-term goals, while also linking the Berkeley Haas MBA with your past, present and future. Finding and expressing a logical, credible link between the three phases is the key to this essay.

a) Clearly mention your post-Haas short-term and long-term career goals. Think deeply about your goals and be realistic and passionate while detailing your post-Haas goals. Be specific, both about the industry and the role you are seeking, and why. This essay is a test of the credibility, practicality and achievability of your dreams and you better construct a error-proof narrative that leaves no loose ends. In the second section of the essay underline how your professional experiences so far - and the qualities, skills, knowledge, exposure etc that you gained from it - will help you achieve your goals. The 2010-2011 question "How do your professional experiences relate to these goals?" might help.

b) Convincingly explain why the Haas MBA is critical to you. Showcase the key aspects of the Berkeley Haas program, community and setting that will take you nearer your goals. The objective is to implicitly and explicitly demonstrate that your Berkeley Haas application is a reflection of your serious and specific interest in Haas: so please ensure that the points you mention do not apply equally to other major b-schools as well! A short response to last year's question, omitted this time around, "what steps have you taken to learn about the Berkeley MBA?" is apt here.

Goals, even more than other essay topics, are more a matter of credibility and logic than anything else. If you can add passion as well, you have the recipe for a beautiful and effective essay.

Go for it!

Berkeley Haas Optional Essay 1: Please feel free to provide a statement concerning any information you would like to add to your application that you have not addressed elsewhere. (500 words maximum)

The first question to answer in any optional essay is to decide whether you need to write it at all. Attempt the Berkeley Haas optional essay only if you feel that it will improve the factual and material strength of your application.

Do not submit your Berkeley Haas optional essay as an addendum to any of your essays. Do not submit your Berkeley Haas optional essay because you feel the quality of your earlier essays is improvable - in which case redouble your efforts in the earlier essays and leave the optional essay alone.

Use the Berkeley Haas optional essay if you need to detail certain impressive contributions or qualities that CANNOT be accommodated in the other essays. If this aspect of your personality, career or life adds to the value of your Haas application, you can consider writing the optional essay. Alternately, use this essay to explain shortfalls in your application which you feel are truly detrimental to your candidature. Areas of underperformance (academic or professional) or events which stick out (gaps in your resumes or second MBA) or application issues (reapplications) can be commented on if you have explanations that are intelligent and credible.

In case you find any of the above applicable, and if you are sure that this is a constructive addition to your application, start working on the essay.

Berkeley Haas Re-applicant Essay Please note that this optional essay is also the Haas Reapplicant Essay. "We strongly recommend that you submit a statement outlining how you have improved your candidacy since your last application, as the Admissions Committee will be looking for substantive change in your qualifications. You can use the optional essay question to provide this information."

Berkeley Haas Optional Essay 2

If not clearly evident, please discuss ways in which you have demonstrated strong quantitative abilities, or plan to strengthen quantitative abilities. You do not need to list courses that appear on your transcript. (250 words maximum)

Berkeley Haas Optional Essay 2 Tips

Quantitative proficiency is a prerequisite for admission to Haas. "All applicants should have completed, at a minimum, a college-level mathematics or statistics course. Haas faculty who teach quantitative courses will assume you have mastered the basic material. Therefore, the Admissions Committee looks carefully at quantitative proficiency when making its admissions decisions."

Engineering, Mathematics and (most) science graduates could give this a miss. However if your undergraduate degree and/or work experience indicates a shortfall in quantitative skills please use this essay to exhibit your strong quantitative abilities. Examples to showcase how you use quantitative and numerical skills at work would be the best way to illustrate this. Courses/certifications you have undertaken to enhance your quantitative abilities are also welcome.

Go for it!

Berkeley Haas MBA Essays and Tips 2011-2012

Berkeley Haas Short Essay 1: What are you most passionate about? Why? (250 word maximum)

There are two approaches you can take.

First: Let your passion dovetail with the second required "goals essay" such that this essay automatically explains why you would choose that particular goal in the "goals essay". Mention why the arena in which you would be spending the rest of your career/life excites you. What is it about the work that you want to do post-MBA that tugs at your heart? If you choose this approach, reduce the "motivation for goals" portions of the goals essay and shift the more prosaic industry/statistics driven reasons for your future career choices to that essay.

Second: Choose an outside-of-work passion/hobby that you pursue with zest. Write about your passion for that activity. How you started, how you contribute to it and perhaps too how you are impacted and bettered by it.

Either way the worst thing you can do in this essay is to write impersonally. If this essay does not reveal the person with a ticking heart behind this application, write again!

Like EVERY other MBA essay that you will ever write if you can demonstrate genuine wow! level passion 50% of your work is done.

Simple?

Berkeley Haas Short Essay 2: Tell us about your most significant accomplishment. (250 word maximum)

You have several accomplishments in your roster - personal, professional and academic.

The choice of achievement for writing this Berkeley Haas essay should be based on the general importance of the achievement, the extent of your contribution to its success and what the story tells about you. Your leadership skills, initiative and teamwork are three qualities that the incident could reflect on.

As usual keep in mind that this essay is part of a bigger package. Write accordingly. For example, there is a bigger leadership essay that shortly follows, so choose the achievement carefully. Also, within the context of your Berkeley Haas essay package this should be "your most significant accomplishment" - see that there are no contradictions there.

Berkeley Haas Short Essay 3: At Haas, our distinctive culture is defined by four key principles ó question the status quo; confidence without attitude; students always; and beyond yourself. Give an example of when you have demonstrated one of these principles. (250 words maximum)

Before everything else, check out Berkeley-Haasí Defining Principles of questioning the status quo through innovation, acting with confidence but without attitude or arrogance, being lifelong students always and leading ethically and responsibly, with larger interests beyond yourself. While you are about it, you could also read alumnus Sabrina Simmons' commencement address which should provide inspiration, if not content, for the essay.

Now, having comprehensively understood the question, shift the focus to the hero of the story - YOU. Identify an achievement/event/situation that focuses on your creativity/innovation or confident yet humble leadership or continuous learning skills or ethical leadership. Choose the story and thematic presentation of the same, based on the quality (among the ones given) that represents you most accurately.

Use this opportunity from Berkeley Haas to narrate a story that specifically highlights one of the attributes given above. Feel free to choose from your personal or professional life, but try to bring a personal tone to the essay.

Go get 'em!

Berkeley Haas Short Essay 4: There are many ways to learn about our program, what steps have you taken to learn about the Berkeley MBA? (250 word maximum)

Key Essay Tip: If possible, especially if you are based in USA, visit Haas. Berkeley Haas takes campus visits seriously and being in USA and not visiting, is in my book a straight 25% off for this essay.

Regardless of whether you visit Haas or not, this essay does require some investment of time and effort.

The Berkeley Haas essay seeks answers to these questions: How serious are you about seeking admission at Berkeley Haas? What kind of online and offline research have you done so far about Haas? Have you talked to current Berkeley Haas students or alumni? Have you visited Haas or any of the fairs or receptions hosted by them? How can you show that your Berkeley Haas application is a reflection of your specific interest in Haas and not just another application made for bettering the odds.

Berkeley Haas Required Essay 1: Give us an example of a situation in which you displayed leadership. (500 word maximum)

Recollect and write about an experience that witnessed you in a leadership position and which ideally reflects different facets of your leadership style and leadership strengths.

Select the example based on the extent of your contribution to the team's success and what the story tells about your leadership skills. Choose an experience that helps you highlight your leadership achievement, while effectively underlining your leadership skills.

Preferably seek out a story that does not go too far back in time - typically a leadership achievement that occurred in the last 2-3 years would be ideal.

Berkeley Haas Required Essay 2: What are your post-MBA short-term and long-term career goals? How do your professional experiences relate to these goals? How will an MBA from Berkeley help you achieve these specific career goals? (1000 word maximum)

This is a straightforward career progression, career goals and "why this Business School" essay.

And you cannot complain about lack of space either!  As we keep saying in our mba essay tips the recommended length of the essay is an important guide to its importance. The task here is to clearly delineate your career development in the context of your short-term and long-term goals, while also linking the Berkeley Haas MBA with your past, present and future. Finding and expressing a logical, credible link between the three phases is the key to this essay.

"Why Haas" is an important part of the question which will require you to show your fit with Berkeley Haas. Remember that you can blend in non-career aspects that are relevant to your story since your career is intricately connected to your personal life and personal goals.

Goals, even more than other essay topics, are more a matter of credibility and logic than anything else. If you can add passion as well, you have the recipe for a beautiful and effective essay.

Go for it!

Berkeley Haas Optional Essay 1: Please feel free to provide a statement concerning any information you would like to add to your application that you havenít addressed elsewhere. (500 word maximum)

We can be accused of taking a partisan role in the question of optional essays. We stand against optional essays in almost all cases. We feel that the first question in any optional essay is to decide whether you need to write it at all.

Attempt the Berkeley Haas optional essay only if you feel that it will improve the factual and material strength of your application.

Do not submit your Berkeley Haas optional essay as an addendum to any of your essays.

Do not submit your Berkeley Haas optional essay because you feel the quality of your earlier essays is improvable Ė in which case redouble your efforts in the earlier essays and leave the optional essay alone.

Use the Berkeley Haas optional essay if you need to describe at length an extraordinarily positive contribution or quality that CANNOT be accommodated in the other essays. Maybe there is a particularly important aspect of your personality, career or life that you want the Haas admissions committee to know about. In that case you can consider writing the optional essay.

Use the Berkeley Haas optional essay to explain shortfalls in your application which you feel are truly detrimental to your candidature. Areas of underperformance (academic or professional) or events which stick out (gaps in your resumes or second MBA) or application issues (reapplications) can be commented on if you have explanations that are intelligent and credible.

In case you find any of the above applicable, note down the options and then consider yet again if the optional essay is a strong constructive addition to your candidacy. If yes, then start working on the essay.

Berkeley Haas MBA Essays and Tips 2009-2010

Berkeley Haas Short Essay 1

What are you most passionate about? Why? (250 word maximum)

Berkeley Haas Short Essay 1 Tips

There are two approaches you can take.

First: Let your passion dovetail with the second required "goals essay" such that this essay automatically explains why you would choose that particular goal in the "goals essay". Mention why the arena in which you would be spending the rest of your career/life excites you. What is it about the work that you want to do post-MBA that tugs at your heart? If you choose this approach, reduce the "motivation for goals" portions of the goals essay and shift the more prosaic industry/statistics driven reasons for your future career choices to that essay.

Second: Choose an outside-of-work passion/hobby that you pursue with zest. Write about your passion for that activity. How you started, how you contribute to it and perhaps too how you are impacted and bettered by it.

Either way the worst thing you can do in this essay is to write impersonally. If this essay does not reveal the person with a ticking heart behind this application, write again!

Like EVERY other MBA essay that you will ever write if you can demonstrate genuine wow! level passion 50% of your work is done.

Simple?

Berkeley Haas Short Essay 2

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

Berkeley Haas Short Essay 2 Tips

You have several accomplishments in your roster - personal, professional and academic.

The choice of achievement for writing this Berkeley Haas essay should be based on the general importance of the achievement, the extent of your contribution to its success and what the story tells about you. Your leadership skills, initiative and teamwork are three qualities that the incident could reflect on.

As usual keep in mind that this essay is part of a bigger package. Write accordingly. For example, there is a bigger leadership essay that shortly follows, so choose the achievement carefully. Also, within the context of your Berkeley Haas essay package this should be "your most significant accomplishment" - see that there are no contradictions there.

Berkeley Haas Short Essay 3

At Haas, we value innovation and creativity. Describe a time when you created positive change in a group or an organization. (250 word maximum)

Berkeley Haas Short Essay 3 Tips

Good question!

This is a rare chance, since almost no other Business School application exclusively devotes an entire essay to your creativity and/or innovation.

Use this opportunity from Berkeley Haas to specifically address your creative side with examples that highlight your out-of-the-box thinking. Since "a group or an organization" is explicitly mentioned highlight how your idea/initiative impacted the group/organization.  Try to bring a personal tone to the essay, especially in the part of the essay where you formulate the idea. Choose from your personal or professional life.

Berkeley Haas Short Essay 4

There are many ways to learn about our program, what steps have you taken to learn about the Berkeley MBA? (250 word maximum)

Berkeley Haas Short Essay 4 Tips

Key Essay Tip: If possible, especially if you are based in USA, visit Haas. Berkeley Haas takes campus visits seriously and being in USA and not visiting, is in my book a straight 25% off for this essay.

Regardless of whether you visit Haas or not, this essay does require some investment of time and effort.

The Berkeley Haas essay seeks answers to these questions: How serious are you about seeking admission at Berkeley Haas? What kind of online and offline research have you done so far about Haas? Have you talked to current Berkeley Haas students or alumni? Have you visited Haas or any of the fairs or receptions hosted by them? How can you show that your Berkeley Haas application is a reflection of your specific interest in Haas and not just another application made for bettering the odds.

Berkeley Haas Required Essay 1

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

Berkeley Haas Required Essay 1 Tips

Recollect and write about an experience that witnessed you in a leadership position and which ideally reflects different facets of your leadership style and leadership strengths.

Select the example based on the extent of your contribution to the team's success and what the story tells about your leadership skills. Choose an experience that helps you highlight your leadership achievement, while effectively underlining your leadership skills.

Preferably seek out a story that does not go too far back in time - typically a leadership achievement that occurred in the last 2-3 years would be ideal.

Berkeley Haas Required Essay 2

What are your post-MBA short-term and long-term career goals? How do your professional experiences relate to these goals? How will an MBA from Berkeley help you achieve these specific career goals? (1000 word maximum)

Berkeley Haas Required Essay 2 Tips

This is a straightforward career progression, career goals and "why this Business School" essay.

And you cannot complain about lack of space either!  As we keep saying in our mba essay tips the recommended length of the essay is an important guide to its importance. The task here is to clearly delineate your career development in the context of your short-term and long-term goals, while also linking the Berkeley Haas MBA with your past, present and future. Finding and expressing a logical, credible link between the three phases is the key to this essay.

"Why Haas" is an important part of the question which will require you to show your fit with Berkeley Haas. Remember that you can blend in non-career aspects that are relevant to your story since your career is intricately connected to your personal life and personal goals.

Goals, even more than other essay topics, are more a matter of credibility and logic than anything else. If you can add passion as well, you have the recipe for a beautiful and effective essay.

Go for it!

Berkeley Haas Optional Essay 1

Please feel free to provide a statement concerning any information you would like to add to your application that you havenít addressed elsewhere. (500 word maximum)

Berkeley Haas Optional Essay Tips

We can be accused of taking a partisan role in the question of optional essays. We stand against optional essays in almost all cases. We feel that the first question in any optional essay is to decide whether you need to write it at all.

Attempt the Berkeley Haas optional essay only if you feel that it will improve the factual and material strength of your application.

Do not submit your Berkeley Haas optional essay as an addendum to any of your essays.

Do not submit your Berkeley Haas optional essay because you feel the quality of your earlier essays is improvable Ė in which case redouble your efforts in the earlier essays and leave the optional essay alone.

Use the Berkeley Haas optional essay if you need to describe at length an extraordinarily positive contribution or quality that CANNOT be accommodated in the other essays. Maybe there is a particularly important aspect of your personality, career or life that you want the Haas admissions committee to know about. In that case you can consider writing the optional essay.

Use the Berkeley Haas optional essay to explain shortfalls in your application which you feel are truly detrimental to your candidature. Areas of underperformance (academic or professional) or events which stick out (gaps in your resumes or second MBA) or application issues (reapplications) can be commented on if you have explanations that are intelligent and credible.

In case you find any of the above applicable, note down the options and then consider yet again if the optional essay is a strong constructive addition to your candidacy. If yes, then start working on the essay.

Berkeley Haas MBA Essays and Tips 2008-2009

Berkeley Haas Short Essay 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)

Berkeley Haas Short Essay 1 Tips

OK. Easy approach: treat this as a "failure essay". Select a failure that has impacted your career/life critically. Choose a substantial episode as an inconsequential one would beg the question of why that is the one thing that you want to change. As in any failure essay, the learning from the episode would be the key aspect of the essay, not the failure as such. While some might be tempted to use this as a substitute for the optional essay explaining a low GMAT score or a gap in your resume, it is recommended that you avoid the temptation.

Another approach is to select any one aspect of your personality such as leadership, team skills, decision making etc. that you feel has developed significantly in the last few years. Having chosen the right episode/"thing" your main task in this essay would be to show how you would use your new skill set or improved abilities to achieve different and better results given the benefit of hindsight.

Berkeley Haas Short Essay 2

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

Berkeley Haas Short Essay 2 Tips

You have several accomplishments in your roster - personal, professional and academic.

The choice of achievement for writing this Berkeley Haas essay should be based on the general importance of the achievement, the extent of your contribution to its success and what the story tells about you. Your leadership skills, initiative and teamwork are three qualities that the incident could reflect on.

As usual keep in mind that this essay is part of a bigger package. Write accordingly. For example, there is a bigger leadership essay that shortly follows, so choose the achievement carefully. Also, within the context of your Berkeley Haas essay package this should be "your most significant accomplishment" - see that there are no contradictions there.

Berkeley Haas Short Essay 3

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

Berkeley Haas Short Essay 3 Tips

Good question!

This is a rare chance, since almost no other Business School application exclusively devotes an entire essay to your creativity-innovation.

Use this opportunity from Berkeley Haas to specifically address your creative side with examples that highlight your out-of-the-box thinking. The scenario of the "specific challenge" should be used to give a sense of urgency or a personal tone to the essay. Choose from your personal or professional life.

Berkeley Haas Short Essay 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)

Berkeley Haas Short Essay 4 Tips

Key Essay Tip: If possible, especially if you are based in USA, visit Haas. Berkeley Haas takes campus visits seriously and being in USA and not visiting, is in my book a straight 25% off for this essay.

Regardless of whether you visit Haas or not, this essay does require some investment of time and effort.

The Berkeley Haas essay seeks answers to these questions: How serious are you about seeking admission at Berkeley Haas? What kind of online and offline research have you done so far about Haas? Have you talked to current Berkeley Haas students or alumni? Have you visited Haas or any of the fairs or receptions hosted by them? How can you show that your Berkeley Haas application is a reflection of your specific interest in Haas and not just another application made for bettering the odds.

Berkeley Haas Required Essay 1

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

Berkeley Haas Required Essay 1 Tips

Recollect and write about an experience that witnessed you in a leadership position. Select the example based on the extent of your contribution to the team's success and what the story tells about your leadership skills. Choose an experience that is not only a definite success in the context of team objectives but also helps in effectively underlining your leadership skills. The incident can go back in time but should preferably have occurred in the last 2-3 years.

Berkeley Haas Required Essay 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)

Berkeley Haas Required Essay 2 Tips

This is a straightforward career progression, career goals and "why this Business School" essay.

And you cannot complain about lack of space either!  As we keep saying in our mba essay tips the recommended length of the essay is an important guide to its importance. The task here is to clearly delineate your career development in the context of your short-term and long-term goals, while also linking the Berkeley Haas MBA with your past, present and future. Finding and expressing a logical, credible link between the three phases is the key to this essay.

"Why Haas" is an important part of the question and so is "Why Haas now"; answer both parts of the question. Usually "Why Now" is much easier to handle if you try to think of why not 1-2 years earlier or 1-2 years later. Remember that you can blend in non-career aspects that are relevant to your story since your career is intricately connected to your personal life and personal goals.

Goals, even more than other essay topics, are more a matter of credibility, logic and realism than anything else. If you can add passion as well, you have the recipe for a beautiful and effective essay.

Go for it!

Berkeley Haas Optional Essay 1

Please feel free to provide a statement concerning any information you would like to add to your application that you havenít addressed elsewhere. (500 word maximum)

Berkeley Haas Optional Essay Tips

We can be accused of taking a partisan role in the question of optional essays. We stand against optional essays in almost all cases. We feel that the first question in any optional essay is to decide whether you need to write it at all.

Attempt the Berkeley Haas optional essay only if you feel that it will improve the factual and material strength of your application.

Do not submit your Berkeley Haas optional essay as an addendum to any of your essays.

Do not submit your Berkeley Haas optional essay because you feel the quality of your earlier essays is improvable Ė in which case redouble your efforts in the earlier essays and leave the optional essay alone.

Use the Berkeley Haas optional essay if you need to describe at length an extraordinarily positive contribution or quality that CANNOT be accommodated in the other essays. Maybe there is a particularly important aspect of your personality, career or life that you want the Haas admissions committee to know about. In that case you can consider writing the optional essay.

Use the Berkeley Haas optional essay to explain shortfalls in your application which you feel are truly detrimental to your candidature. Areas of underperformance (academic or professional) or events which stick out (gaps in your resumes or second MBA) or application issues (reapplications) can be commented on if you have explanations that are intelligent and credible.

In case you find any of the above applicable, note down the options and then consider yet again if the optional essay is a strong constructive addition to your candidacy. If yes, then start working on the essay.

Berkeley Haas Optional Essay 2 [Scholarship]

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. (500 word maximum)

Berkeley Haas Optional Essay [Scholarship] Tips

Applying for a scholarship is almost always advisable (you have little to lose and something to gain). Write a scholarship essay that ties in with your application and essay package, without contradicting any part of what you have already written about yourself. Since the scholarship process is separate from the admissions process in most schools do not be afraid of repeating information that defines your strong candidature.

Please present an honest, believable and robust picture of your economic, educational, health-related or other handicaps and tell them how you have triumphed over them so far.

Go for it!

Berkeley Haas MBA Essays and Tips 2007-2008

Berkeley Haas Short Essay 1

If you could have dinner with one individual in the past, present, or future, who would it be and why? (250 word maximum)

Berkeley Haas Short Essay 1 Tips

I am certain that you do not lack for people whom you admire or whose position you covet: a famous personality from any field of human  endeavor from any time in history, or even a lesser known personality whom you have good reasons to admire. Given the multitude of choices, the decision making process about who to choose would be crucial.

Choose an interesting person who is relevant to your value system and/or career goals. Choose a person who might be recognizable by the Haas admissions committee. Choose a person whose life and work can be used to highlight your own best traits and your qualities. There are millions of beautiful people who have lived in this world. If you choose the right one, 30% of your work for this essay is done. Simple?

Extremely critical is the last word of the question - WHY? The "why" hides the truth about why you are writing this essay in the first place. It can reveal your personality, passions, vision and strengths, in ways that can make the Berkeley admissions committee sit up and take notice of you (in a good way!). Do not forget that the ultimate hero of the story in this essays as well is actually YOU. Consider the essay package as a whole and use elements in this essay that complement stories, examples and ideas elsewhere in your Berkeley Haas application package.

Berkeley Haas Short Essay 2

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

Berkeley Haas Short Essay 2 Tips

You have several accomplishments in your roster - personal, professional and academic.

The choice of achievement for writing this Berkeley Haas essay should be based on the general importance of the achievement, the extent of your contribution to its success and what the story tells about you. Your leadership skills, initiative and teamwork are three qualities that the incident could reflect on.

As usual keep in mind that this essay is part of a bigger package. Write accordingly. For example, there is a bigger leadership essay that shortly follows, so choose the achievement carefully. Also, within the context of your Berkeley Haas essay package this should be "your most significant accomplishment" - see that there are no contradictions there.

Berkeley Haas Short Essay 3

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

Berkeley Haas Short Essay 3 Tips

Good question!

This is a rare chance, since almost no other Business School application exclusively devotes an entire essay to your creativity and innovation.

Use this opportunity from Berkeley Haas to specifically address your creative side with examples that highlight your out-of-the-box thinking. The scenario of the "specific challenge" should be used to give a sense of urgency or a personal tone to the essay. Choose from your personal or professional life.

Berkeley Haas Short Essay 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)

Berkeley Haas Short Essay 4 Tips

Key Essay Tip: If possible, especially if you are based in USA, visit Haas. Berkeley Haas takes campus visits seriously and being in USA and not visiting, is in my book a straight 25% off for this essay.

Regardless of whether you visit Haas or not, this essay does require some investment of time and effort.

The Berkeley Haas essay seeks answers to these questions: How serious are you about seeking admission at Berkeley Haas? What kind of online and offline research have you done so far about Haas? Have you talked to current Berkeley Haas students or alumni? Have you visited Haas or any of the fairs or receptions hosted by them? How can you show that your Berkeley Haas application a reflection of your specific interest in Haas and not just another applications to lower the odds.

Berkeley Haas Required Essay 1

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

Berkeley Haas Required Essay 1 Tips

Recollect and write about an experience that witnessed you in a leadership position. Select the example based on the extent of your contribution to the team's success and what the story tells about your leadership skills. Choose an experience that is not only a definite success in the context of team objectives but also effectively underlines your leadership skills. The incident can go back in time but should preferably have occurred in the last 2-3 years.

Berkeley Haas Required Essay 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)

Berkeley Haas Required Essay 2 Tips

This is a straightforward career progression, career goals and "why this Business School" essay.

And you cannot complain about lack of space either!  As we keep saying in our mba essay tips the recommended length of the essay is an important guide to its importance. The task here is to clearly delineate your career development in the context of your short-term and long-term goals, while also linking the Berkeley Haas MBA with your past, present and future. Finding and expressing a logical, credible link between the three phases is the key to this essay.

"Why Haas" is an important part of the question and so is "Why Haas now"; answer both parts of the question. Usually "Why Now" is much easier to handle if you try to think of why not 1-2 years earlier or 1-2 years later. Remember that you can blend in non-career aspects that are relevant to your story since your career is intricately connected to your personal life and personal goals.

Goals, even more than other essay topics, are more a matter of credibility, logic and realism than anything else. If you can add passion as well, you have the recipe for a beautiful and effective essay.

Go for it!

Berkeley Haas Optional Essay 1

Please feel free to provide a statement concerning any information you would like to add to your application that you havenít addressed elsewhere. (500 word maximum)

Berkeley Haas Optional Essay Tips

Use the Berkeley Haas optional essay if you need to describe at length an extraordinarily positive contribution or quality that CANNOT be accommodated in the other essays. Maybe there in as a particularly important aspect of your personality, career or life that you want the Haas admissions committee to know about. In that case you can consider writing the optional essay.

Use the Berkeley Haas optional essay to explain shortfalls in your application which you feel are truly detrimental to your candidature. Areas of underperformance (academic or professional) or events which stick out (gaps in your resumes or second MBA) or application issues (reapplications) can be commented on if you have explanations that are intelligent, interesting and credible.

Berkeley Haas Optional Essay 2

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. (500 word maximum)

Berkeley Haas Optional Essay Tips

While applying for a scholarship is almost always advisable (you have little to lose and something to gain), writing the Scholarship essay is not. Write a scholarship essay that ties in with your application and essay package, without contradicting any part of what you have already written about yourself. Since the scholarship process is separate from the admissions process in most schools do not be afraid of repeating information that defines your strong candidature.

Please present an honest, believable and robust picture of your economic, educational, health-related or other handicaps and tell them how you have triumphed over them so far.

Go for it!

Berkeley Haas MBA Essays and Tips 2006-2007

Berkeley Haas Short Essay 1

What is your favorite quote, and why is it meaningful to you? (250 word maximum)

Berkeley Haas Short Essay 1 Tips

A quote is often the favorite essay kickoff mode for many applicants. Berkeley Haas has probably received too many irrelevant quotes and now wants a change!

Choose an interesting quote that is relevant to your value system and/or career goals. Choose the quote of a person who might be recognizable by the Haas admissions committee. Choose a quote that can highlight your best traits and your personality/career development. Preferably choose a quote that is not directly or negatively comparative - any negativity in your essays, especially those of individual or specific groups, rubs off on you.

There are millions of beautiful quotes just a click or a look away. If you choose the right one, 30% of your work for this essay is done. Simple?

Berkeley Haas Short Essay 2

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

Berkeley Haas Short Essay 2 Tips

As usual keep in mind that this essay is part of a bigger package. Write accordingly. For example, there is a bigger leadership essay that will follow, so choose the achievement carefully. Also, within the context of your Berkeley Haas essay package this should be "your most significant accomplishment" - see that there are no contradictions there.

Berkeley Haas Short Essay 3

At Haas, we value innovation and creativity. How have you demonstrated these qualities in your professional or personal life? (250 word maximum)

Berkeley Haas Short Essay 3 Tips

Good question!

This is a rare chance, since (in my knowledge) no other B School is willing to exclusively devote an entire essay to your creativity and innovation.

Berkeley Haas Short Essay 4

If you have visited Haas, please let us know what about your visit made the most lasting impression on you. If you have not visited Haas, what steps have you taken to familiarize yourself with our MBA program? (250 word maximum)

Berkeley Haas Short Essay 4 Tips

Key Essay Tip: If possible, especially if you are based in USA, visit Haas. Being in USA and not visiting, is in my book a straight 25% off for this essay.

Regardless of whether you visit Haas or not, this essay does require some investment of time and effort.

The Berkeley Haas essay seeks answers to these questions: How serious are you about seeking admission at Berkeley Haas? What kind of online and offline research have you done so far about Haas? Have you talked to current Berkeley Haas students or alumni? Have you visited Haas or any of the fairs or receptions hosted by them? How can you show that your Berkeley Haas application a reflection of your specific interest in Haas and not just another applications to lower the odds.

Berkeley Haas Required Essay 1

Give us an example of a time when you displayed leadership. (500 word maximum)

Berkeley Haas Required Essay 1 Tips

As we keep saying in our mba essay tips the recommended length of the essay is an important guide to its importance. On that score this Berkeley Haas essay is definitely important.

Recollect and write about an experience that witnessed you in a leadership position. Select the example based on the extent of your contribution to the team's success and what the story tells about your leadership skills. Choose an experience that is not only a definite success in the context of team objectives but also effectively underlines your leadership skills.

The incident can go back in time but should preferably have occurred in the last 2-3 years.

Berkeley Haas Required Essay 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)

Berkeley Haas Required Essay 2 Tips

This is a straightforward career progression, career goals and "why this B School" essay.

And you cannot complain about lack of space either!

"Why Haas" is an important part of the question and so is "Why Haas now"; answer both parts of the question.

Remember that you can blend in non-career aspects that are relevant to your story since your career is intricately connected to your personal life and personal goals.

Go for it!

Berkeley Haas Optional Essay

(Optional) Please feel free to provide a statement concerning any information you would like to add to your application that you havenít addressed elsewhere. (500 word maximum)

Berkeley Haas Optional Essay Tips

Use the Berkeley Haas optional essay to explain shortfalls in your application which you feel are truly detrimental to your candidature. In case you find any of the above applicable, note down the options and then consider yet again if the optional essay is a strong constructive addition to your candidacy. If yes, then start working on the essay.

Go for it!

           
           
 

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