Haas Value of an MBA Contest – Now Live!

Enter the Haas Value of an MBA Contest to Win a Haas Modify Watch!

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The Berkeley-Haas students are the best and brightest from around the world, and must demonstrate a passion for innovative leadership in today’s global marketplace. Help us show the rich diversity and backgrounds of students.

Requirements: Write an essay about the following topic. “What is the value of an MBA?” Essays should not exceed 200 words in length.

Judging: Admissions staff will judge all entries and award 4 total prizes based on the quality of the response.

Prizes:

  • 1 Haas Modify Watch

Contest Rules: 

  • You may only submit one (1) entry per person
  • Plaigerized essays will be automatically disqualified
  • Limit your essay to 200 words. Essays longer than this length will be disqualified.
  • Contest submissions will be accepted starting Monday, July 29, 2013 through 11:59PM Sunday, August 11, 2013
  • Up to four (4) winners will be selected based on the quality of the response, creativity, and thoughtfulness of the description
  • Winners will be contacted via email by Monday, August 19, 2013
  • Contest is open to anyone, including students who do not intend to apply to Haas in this academic cycle.

How to enter: Submit your essay to us by email to mbaadm@haas.berkeley.edu. Please make sure to include your first name, last name, and essay response.

Disclaimer: By submitting an entry you acknowledge that you have read and agree to the contest rules, method of judging, and prize information as stated above. Furthermore, you assert that you have all rights to the distribution and use of the essay you submit. The first names and last name initial of all winners will be announced on the Berkeley Full-Time Admissions Facebook page the week of August 19th, 2013. Contest responses may be shared anonymously on the Facebook page. Winning the Haas Value of an MBA Contest does not guarantee a positive outcome in the admissions process. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, by, or associated with, Facebook. You understand that you are disclosing information to the owner of this Facebook page and not to Facebook. 

Contest Winners

In February we held the “What’s Your Defining Principles Contest” and received over 100 submissions from the prospective student community.  Thank you for sharing your values and inspiration with us!  The top five winning principles are listed below:

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All winners were contacted by email immediately following the contest close.  We will announce additional contest opportunities this summer as we transition into the next application cycle for the Class of 2016.

What’s Your Defining Principle(s) Contest!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enter the “What’s YOUR Defining Principle” Contest to Win

 

 a Call with Stephanie Fujii, a Mock Interview, or an Essay Review Session

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This contest is being run on our Full-time MBA Admissions Facebook Page.  However, we recognize not everyone is on Facebook so want to make sure all applicants have an opportunity to participate.  See below for complete details.

 

The Haas culture is rooted in four defining principles: Confidence Without Attitude, Question the Status Quo, Students Always and Beyond Yourself.  These principles are integral to shaping our students as they learn how to be innovative leaders in today’s global marketplace.  

As you reflect upon what these principles represent to the Haas community, consider what other principles best reflect you and your personality, MBA aspirations, career goals or outlook on life.  For this Facebook contest, we want you to hear about your personal defining principles.  What are they?  Why are they important to you?

Contest Rules:

  • You may submit up to four (4) principles.  Each principle will be considered a unique entry into the contest
  • Limit your explanation of each principle to 2-3 sentences.  This is not intended to be another essay question!
  • Contest submissions will be accepted starting Monday, February 18, 2013 through 11:59PM Friday, February 22, 2013
  • Up to five (5) winners will be selected based on the quality of the response, creativity, and thoughtfulness of the explanation
  • Winners will be contacted by Monday, February 25, 2013
  • Contest is open to all active applicants in Round 1-4
  • Submit responses by email to mbaadm@haas.berkeley.edu.  The email must include your principle(s) and short explanation for each, plus your name (as it appears on your application)

Prizes:

  • 15 minute call with Stephanie Fujii to discuss a topic of your choice
  • 15 minute essay review session with a member of the Admissions Committee (only for Round 4 candidates)
  • 15 minute mock interview with a member of the Admissions Committee
  • Prizes will be fulfilled Monday – Friday between 8:00AM – 5:00PM PT and no later than April 1, 2013

By participating, you agree to the following:

Submit responses by 11:59 PM Friday, February 22, 2013. Contest is open to all active full-time MBA applicants for the 2012-2013 season, including those who already applied in Round 1, Round 2, and Round 3. Applicants who have received a decision or have withdrawn are not eligible. Up to five (5) distinct winners will be selected by the Full Time MBA Admissions Team, and will be notified by email by Monday, February 25, 2013. The first names of all winners will be announced on the Haas Admissions Facebook Page the week of February 25, 2013. Contest responses may be shared anonymously on the Facebook Page. Prizes have no monetary value and are non-transferable. Winning the Haas Defining Principles Contest does not guarantee a positive outcome in the admissions process. Feedback given to winners is suggestive and for informational purposes only. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, WordPress. You understand that you are disclosing information to the owner of this WordPress Blog and not to WordPress

Haas Video Contest!

 

HAAS VIDEO CONTEST IS LIVE!

Enter the Haas Video Contest to Win

 a Call with Stephanie Fujii, a Mock Interview, or an Essay Review Session


Video Contest


Play:

  • Answer any or all of the above four (4) prompts by 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) 12/31/2012
  • Please do not exceed 5 minutes in length for any single video submission
  • All submissions must be in the form of a Youtube video (You can keep it public or private at your own discretion)
  • Submit your responses to the email below. If you are submitting for multiple categories, please label each video separately.
  • Four(4) distinct winners, one from each category, will be selected and notified by email on Friday, January 4th, 2013
Selection: The Haas Full-Time MBA Admissions Office will judge entries and select the winners based on the following criteria:
  • Creativity – 50%
  • Quality of response – 50%

Win:

  • Winners may select from one of the following three (3) prizes:
  • 15 minute phone discussion with Full-time MBA Admissions Executive Director, Stephanie Fujii, on a topic of your choosing
  • 15 minute essay review session with a member of the Admissions Committee to discuss one (1) short or long essay from the Full-time MBA application
  • 15 minute mock interview with either a Haas Student Ambassador or a member of the Admissions Committee, to include a 10-minute mock interview and 5 minute feedback session

To Enter:

SUBMIT YOUR YOUTUBE VIDEO LINK IN AN EMAIL TO: MBAADM@HAAS.BERKELEY.EDU
Please also indicate your name and which of the 4 prompts you are answering

PROMOTION RULES AND TERMS: Submit responses by 12:59 PM Monday, December 31st, 2012. Sweepstakes is open to all full-time MBA applicants for the 2012-2013 season, including those who already applied in Round 1 and Round 2. You may submit responses to one (1) or all four (4) prompts, but only one (1) response per prompt will be accepted. Four (4) distinct winners (one (1) for each prompt) will be selected by the Full Time MBA Admissions Team, and will be notified by email on Friday, January 4th, 2013. The first names of all winners will be announced on the Haas Admissions Facebook Page the week of January 7th, 2013. Prizes have no monetary value and are non-transferable. Participating in the Haas Video Contest will not affect an applicant’s chances of admission to Haas. Feedback given to winners is suggestive and for informational purposes only. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You understand that you are disclosing information to the owner of this Facebook page and not to Facebook

Berkeley MBA Admissions is on Facebook!

We are excited to announce the launch of the Full-time MBA Admissions page on Facebook.  “Like” us to get weekly updates from the admissions committee and students, plus important news about all things Haas.  The page is also a great channel to ask questions directly of the Admissions Committee.  If it’s on your mind, another candidate is probably thinking the same thing!  Did you hear that we recruited three top faculty members from Harvard, Brown and MIT in entrepreneurship and finance?  Do you want to virtually meet current students and members of the admissions committee?  Curious about how to approach our new “song” essay?  All of this and more will be discussed on our page.

Plus, our Executive Director, Stephanie Fujii, will personally share application tips and announce a new scholarship format for 2013.  You’ll want to be the first to know, exclusively on our Facebook page.

Going forward, we will leverage the page as our primary method of outbound communication for prospective applicants.  While we will continue to maintain the Admissions Blog, it will be updated less frequently.  We strongly recommend you also connect with us on Facebook for the most timely updates.

— Morgan

Fall 2012 Berkeley-Haas Essays

Our essay questions are now available!  Our application goes live in August, but it’s never too early to start crafting your essays.  You’ll notice a continued focus on our Defining Principles (Question the status quo, Confidence without attitude, Students always, and Beyond yourself), with a few changes from last year.

We replaced our question about “greatest joy” with: “If you could choose one song that expresses who you are, what is it and why?”  Why are we asking this question? It’s not a test.  We  hope your answer will reveal something about what makes you who you are.  A piece of advice — your song doesn’t have to be a popular or well-known song, or even a song with lyrics — pick the song that has meaning for you and make sure we understand why.  Last year  a number of applicants over-thought the joy question instead of answering from the heart. This year, we’re trying something new.

For all of your essays, take time to reflect.  What story are you telling us about yourself?  Remember, we’re trying to get to know you.  We really want to learn about what motivates you, what has shaped you, what you’ve learned about yourself.  Be genuine.  Answer the question.  Essays that stand out allow us to hear your voice and understand where you’ve come from and where you want to go.  Know your story….and don’t be afraid to dream big.

Here are a few ways you can learn more about our distinctive culture and Defining Principles:

  • Meet us at one of our admissions events around the world this fall.  Erin and I are headed to South America in August.  We hope you’ll join us if you’re in Lima, Santiago, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Sao Paulo, or Rio.  I’ll also be on the East Coast in September, and in Europe and Asia in October.  Make sure to introduce yourself —I’d love to meet you!
  • Visit us on campus.  During the school year we offer student-led information sessions, lunch with current students, and class visits. The program is coordinated by the Haas Student Ambassadors (HSAs). Learn more about the HSA team!
  • Join us for an online chat for prospective MBA students on August 7 at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time.

Best wishes for a successful application!  We look forward to getting to know you, and hope to meet you in person this fall.

– Stephanie

Women in Leadership Club hosts annual conference

On March 3, 2012 the Berkeley-Haas Women in Leadership (WIL) Club will host its 16th annual Women in Leadership Conference—Beyond Mentorship: Women Championing Women. You’re invited!

The conference features prominent keynote speakers, panelists, and typically draws hundreds of attendees.  This year’s keynote speakers will include Jessica Steel, Executive Vice-President of Business and Corporate Development at Pandora.  The conference also features interactive workshops and a Closing Reception to help enhance your professional network.

The Women in Leadership Conference is the longest running student-organized conference at the Haas School of Business. It attracts over 400 attendees, including current students, alumni and professionals from the greater Bay Area and around the world.

Hope to see you there!

– Erin

Demystifying the Wait

To all candidates who have already submitted an application, we know you have questions about what happens next.  Below I have tried to shed some light on the most frequently asked questions of our Round 1 and 2 candidates.  I hope this helps demystify the wait.

  • Are Round 1 interview invites still going out?  

In short, yes.  Although the majority of our invitations will be communicated by the end of the year, we will continue to invite Round 1 candidates to interview up until the January 12, 2012 decision date. Interview invitations are extended in the order in which applications are processed and reviewed.  The timing of your invite does not correlate to the relative strength of your application.

  • Is it possible to get admitted without an interview?

All admitted students must conduct an interview.  Candidates who are placed directly on the waitlist without an interview are encouraged to schedule an interview at their earliest convenience to further support their candidacy. 

  • I have received interview invitations and/or decisions from other business schools.  Should I provide an update to Haas?

The   Admissions Committee is unable to expedite an admissions decision or grant an extension based on the status of your candidacy at another program.  

  • When will Round 1 candidates receive a final decision?

Our Round 1 notification deadline is January 12, 2012.  All candidates will receive notification on or before that date.

  • When will Round 2 interview invitations start?

We are in the early stages of reviewing Round 2 applications.  Interview invitations will start going out the first week of January, and will continue through the Round 2 decision deadline of March 1, 2012.

  • Why does it take 4-5 weeks for invitations to go out?

The Admissions Committee reviews every single application that is submitted.  We do not employ any minimum criteria to be considered for admission.  We appreciate the effort that candidates put into creating their applications and want to ensure a thorough review for every individual.

Thank you for your interest and continued patience.  Happy holidays!

– Morgan

Holiday Closure

The Full-time MBA Admissions Office will close for the winter break on Friday, December 23 at noon and will re-open at 9:00 am on Monday, January 2.

The Visitation Program for this semester has ended, however on-campus Information Sessions will resume Monday, January 23, 2012. Class visits and lunch with students will resume Monday, February 13, 2012. The Spring 2012 class visit schedule will be posted by early February 2012. For more details, please visit our website: http://mba.haas.berkeley.edu/admissions/visitation.html

During the campus winter break, Berkeley MBA students will host informal coffee chat gatherings in cities around the world. You can also follow us on Twitter @UCBerkeley_Haas for impromptu in-person #haastweetmeets during winter break.

Happy holidays and all the best for 2012!

– Stephanie