One of the schools I considered.
- Name: University of California at Berkeley Walter A. Haas School
- Website: https://mba.haas.berkeley.edu/
- Application Fee: $175
- Deadline, Round 1: November 4
- GMAC Code: N2V-PT-47
Essay Questions (Fall 2009)
- If you have not provided a letter of recommendation from your
current supervisor, please explain; otherwise, enter N/A.
- Projectized work environment: Manager is secondary to projects.
- Recommenders work daily with me.
- 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.
- LambdaMOO and JHCore Development — (January 1997 to Present)
Approximately 10 hours/month. Free software used for virtual
collaboration and education.
- Habitat for Humanity — (April 2003 to Present) Approxmately 2
hours/month. Have assisted with two build days per year through
- 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.
- Hewlett-Packard, Account Support Engineer, Jan 2003 to Jan 2005,
Overland Park, Kansas, approximately 40 hours/week
- Hewlett-Packard, Technical Consultant, Jan 2005 to Jan 2007,
Overland Park, Kansas, approximately 45 hours/week
- Please explain all gaps in your employment since earning your
- 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.
- Discrete Mathematics, ??-200?, A, Baker College
- GMAT Quant
- Programming algorithms
- 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.)
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)
When I was a junior in high school, my parents agreed to let a
friend of a relative stay with us on his way from Chicago to Texas;
I was only told that Mr. John Horton would be with us for the night.
He arrived in a mid-80’s Honda Civic that lacked even air
conditioning as evidenced by the sweat beading on his brow from the
hot Kansas summer. I gave him a brief tour to help him settle in.
Upon seeing the computer network I had cobbled together from parts
donated in payment for work I did during the past couple school
years, he asked me to help him with his computer. After I fixed the
problems, we spoke for a couple hours about technology and other
interests. He encouraged me to attend Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute and offered to fully sponsor my undergraduate degree if I
would work for his company afterward.
Looking back now, I realize that I missed a fantastic opportunity.
Instead I focused on the work that I loved. My father had always
taught me that hard work leads to success, so I started working
part-time at 14 years-old as a network administrator. By my junior
year, I had even earned enough credits in high school to leave at
noon and work full time until 9 P.M. In the end, my dedication to
work presented opportunities that otherwise would have gone
unexplored: from acting as a senior team lead at 19 to international
consulting with Hewlett-Packard.
Tell us about your most significant accomplishment. (250 word
At Haas, we value innovation and creativity. Describe an innovative
solution you have created to address a specific challenge. (250 word
What steps have you taken to learn about the Berkeley MBA program,
and what factors have influenced your decision to apply? (250 word
- Give us an example of a situation in which you displayed leadership.
(500 word maximum)
- 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) 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)
- (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)
Recommender Questions (Fall 2009)
- Are you, or have you been, the applicant’s direct supervisor? If
not, what is the nature of your relationship?
- How long have you known the applicant? How frequent is (was) your
interaction with the applicant?
- How does the applicant’s performance compare with that of his or her
- How effective are the applicant’s interpersonal skills?
- What are the applicant’s three greatest strengths? Cite specific
- What are the applicant’s three greatest weaknesses or areas in need
of improvement? Cite specific examples.
- What significant contribution has the applicant made to your
- Please comment on the applicant’s potential for leading an
- 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.