Due to the rigorous nature of the MBA curriculum, students in the Full-Time MBA program are not able to work off-campus during their first year. In some cases, second-year students have worked up to 10 hours per week, usually by continuing to work for the company at which they held their summer internship. More common is the opportunity for second-year students to serve as (GSIs). Nearly 30% of our Full-Time MBA students serve in this role, which partially reduces their rate of tuition and also provides them with a small monthly stipend.
Each year, the Berkeley MBA program admits people from a wide variety of backgrounds. When making offers of admission, the Admissions Committee does not follow quotas. The number of people admitted from a certain country, industry, educational background, etc., each year depends on the number of people who apply, and the strength of the applicant pool.
In addition to classmates from every continent, you will also find lots of support among the GSB student-run clubs, many of which focus on specific geographic areas including Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe, Latin America, and even Texas.
Let me also quote Eric Abrams, Director of Outreach: "The Stanford GSB strives to build an intellectually diverse student body. We enroll talented leaders--and talent knows no borders."
If you are unable to visit the campus, we encourage you to take advantage of our online resources, including our as well as our to learn more about the Berkeley MBA program.
Applicants to the JD/MBA program can be (1) a current first or second year student at or OR (2) an applicant applying to both the MBA and JD program at the same time (applicants can apply to one or both of the law schools).
Applications to the Full-Time MBA and Evening & Weekend MBA programs are processed separately - the programs are independent of one another. Applicants may only apply to one program per admissions cycle as outlined by our Graduate Division requirements.
We do not accept transfer credits from other universities into the MBA program. You may waive out of core courses at the discretion of the faculty, but you must replace the waived course with another class.
We admit candidates with solid professional experience who come from a wide variety of industries and backgrounds. Our provides a list of previous industries prior to beginning the Berkeley MBA program. Preference is not given to a particular field or fields.
Any student who seeks admission to the MBA program will need to complete a new admissions application, regardless of whether or not they are currently enrolled or completed a degree program at UC Berkeley.
The quality of an MBA program is immeasurably enhanced by the real-world business experience that students bring to the classroom. Most of our students have two or more years of full-time professional work experience following the completion of their undergrad degree. The average years of post-university work experience is 5 years.
More important than quantity, however, is the quality of that experience. When reviewing applications, we are particularly interested in the progression and milestones of your career, as well as your supervisor's assessment of your value as an employee and potential as a leader. See our for more information.
2. Think Cardinal. Each of you has a unique set of achievements and goals, and these inform your desire to attend Stanford in different ways. Be sure to present a thoughtful account of why you are interested in Stanford and what role the GSB will play in preparing you for the future.
While the questions appear straightforward, they seem to cause some angst and a bit of confusion amongst applicants. Essentially we want to know what your hopes and dreams are for the future, and then how an MBA at Stanford will play a role in helping you achieve these. In other words, what do you want to be when you grow up and how can the GSB help you make that a reality?
Full-Time MBA Admissions
Haas School of Business
University of California, Berkeley
430 Student Services Bldg #1902
Berkeley, CA 94720-1902