Business Administration: Full-time MBA

University of California, Berkeley

About the Program

The Berkeley Haas Full-time MBA Program offers a rigorous general management curriculum that gives you the knowledge and skills to be a leader in any type of organization. Our career services support you in gaining access to the best jobs at the world’s most selective firms, furthering your career or launching a new one.

You learn from faculty members recognized worldwide for their research and thought leadership,  and you join a diverse and talented student community embodying the core values of Berkeley-Haas: Question the Status Quo, Confidence Without Attitude, Students Always, and Beyond Yourself. Living these Defining Principles, you become a leader who redefines the way we do business.

Concurrent Degrees

In addition to the regular MBA curriculum, students can also apply for one of three concurrent degrees: the MBA/MPH (Masters of Public Health) degree, the MBA/MCS (Master of Climate Solutions) degree, the MBA/MEng (Business Administration and Engineering) degree, or the JD/MBA (Law) degree. 

Certificate Programs

Three  certificate programs are available within the program, which can be earned by completing the appropriate elective courses. These include the Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Real Estate, the Certificate in Business Analytics, and the Michaels Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Business. Students also have the ability to complete graduate certificates offered in other departments, including the interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Food Systems.

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Admission to the University

Minimum Requirements for Admission

The following minimum requirements apply to all graduate programs and will be verified by the Graduate Division:

  1. A bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution;
  2. A grade point average of B or better (3.0);

  3. If the applicant comes from a country or political entity (e.g., Quebec) where English is not the official language, adequate proficiency in English to do graduate work, as evidenced by a TOEFL score of at least 90 on the iBT test, 570 on the paper-and-pencil test, 230 on the computer-based test, or an IELTS Band score of at least 7 (note that individual programs may set higher levels for any of these); and

  4. Sufficient undergraduate training to do graduate work in the given field.

Applicants Who Already Hold a Graduate Degree

The Graduate Council views academic degrees not as vocational training certificates but as evidence of broad training in research methods, independent study, and articulation of learning. Therefore, applicants who already have academic graduate degrees should be able to pursue new subject matter at an advanced level without need to enroll in a related or similar graduate program.

Programs may consider students for an additional academic master’s or professional master’s degree only if the additional degree is in a distinctly different field.

Applicants admitted to a doctoral program that requires a master’s degree to be earned at Berkeley as a prerequisite (even though the applicant already has a master’s degree from another institution in the same or a closely allied field of study) will be permitted to undertake the second master’s degree, despite the overlap in field.

Applicants may apply only to one single degree program or one concurrent degree program per admission cycle.

Any applicant who was previously registered at Berkeley as a graduate student, no matter how briefly, must apply for readmission, not admission, even if the new application is to a different program.

Required Documents for Applications

  1. Transcripts:  Applicants may upload unofficial transcripts with your application for the departmental initial review. If the applicant is admitted, then official transcripts of all college-level work will be required. Admitted applicants must request a current transcript from every post-secondary school attended, including community colleges, summer sessions, and extension programs. Official transcripts must be in sealed envelopes as issued by the school(s) attended.
    If you have attended Berkeley, upload your unofficial transcript with your application for the departmental initial review. If you are admitted, an official transcript with evidence of degree conferral will not be required.

  2. Letters of recommendation: Applicants may request online letters of recommendation through the online application system. Hard copies of recommendation letters must be sent directly to the program, not the Graduate Division.
  3. Evidence of English language proficiency: All applicants from countries or political entities in which the official language is not English are required to submit official evidence of English language proficiency. This applies to applicants from Bangladesh, Burma, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Latin America, the Middle East, the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, most European countries, and Quebec (Canada). However, applicants who, at the time of application, have already completed at least one year of full-time academic course work with grades of B or better at a US university may submit an official transcript from the US university to fulfill this requirement. The following courses will not fulfill this requirement: 1) courses in English as a Second Language, 2) courses conducted in a language other than English, 3) courses that will be completed after the application is submitted, and 4) courses of a non-academic nature. If applicants have previously been denied admission to Berkeley on the basis of their English language proficiency, they must submit new test scores that meet the current minimum from one of the standardized tests.

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Master's Degree Requirements

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MBA 200SData and Decisions2
MBA 201AEconomics for Business Decision Making2
MBA 201BMacroeconomics in the Global Economy2
MBA 202Financial Accounting2
MBA 203Introduction to Finance2
MBA 204Operations2
MBA 205Leading People2
MBA 205DBusiness Communication in Diverse Work Environments1
MBA 206Marketing2
MBA 207Ethics and Responsibility in Business1
MBA 209Strategic Leadership2
Applied Innovation Course Requirement (Experiential Learning)
Elective courses in Business Administration in general management fundamentals and the following areas of emphasis:
Finance, Marketing, Strategy/Consulting, Corporate Social Responsibility, Energy and Clean Technology, Entrepreneurship, Global Management, Health Management, Social Sector Leadership, Real Estate, Technology, Sustainability, Sustainable & Impact Finance.


Business Administration: Full-Time MBA

Contact Information

Haas School of Business

2220 Piedmont Avenue

Phone: 510-642-1405

Fax: 510-643-6659

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