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University of California-Berkeley Haas School of Business

Haas students appreciate the diversity their MBA program provides. When asked to name the field of study that attracted them to Berkeley, students reel off a virtual laundry list of subjects. Some come for the nationally renowned Real Estate Development program, administered in conjunction with the Department of City and Regional Planning and the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Politics. Others cite the certificate program in technology offered by Haas and Berkeley's School of Engineering. Still others appreciate the availability of numerous courses in public and nonprofit management. Haas's entrepreneurship program is also well regarded. For those willing to exert the Herculean effort necessary, Haas also offers a joint JD/MBA, an MBA/MA in Asian Studies, a combined MBA/Masters in Public Health Services Management, and an MBA/MIAS (International Studies).
Such diversity is one of the benefits a program at a large university can provide. Typically at large schools the downside is that students feel lost in the enormity of their program, ignored by professors, administrators, and even fellow classmates. Not so at Haas, however. Professors here receive high marks for being very accessible and helpful. They use a lot of cross-referencing to integrate concepts taught in other disciplines (i.e., finance will refer to an economic theory). "One student notes, "I knew the professors at Berkeley would be top notch, but I didn't realize how personable they would be. I talk to my professors outside of class all the time." Administrators are "extremely responsive" and "put a lot of energy into protecting us from the UC bureaucracy."

Like most b-schools, Haas fills its first year with requirements, allowing students only a single elective. Students appreciate the integrated core: "Some of the top faculty teach the core, which dramatically impacts the quality of the first-year experience. Core courses are very well integrated, ensuring one receives each component as part of the big picture." Courses are "challenging and demanding without being too high pressure. Emphasis is on learning, not grades." One respondent concludes, "My only complaints is that the outside world does not know the quality of education and students at Haas."

Ranking: University of California--Berkeley (Haas)

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Score 89
Peer assessment score (5.0 highest) 4.6
Acceptance rate (full-time) 11.7%
Recruiter assessment score (5.0 highest) 4.0
Average starting salary and bonus (full-time) $126,886
Average undergraduate GPA (full-time) 3.56
Average GMAT score (full-time) 714
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Graduates employed at graduation (full-time) 85.1%
Graduates employed three months after graduation (full-time) 91.2%
Total graduate business enrollment (full-time) 500

University of California-Berkeley Haas School of Business

Tuition and Financial Aid: University of California--Berkeley (Haas)

Financial Aid Contact Information  
Financial aid director Debi Fidler
Financial aid phone (510) 643-0183
Financial Aid Availability  
Is college-funded aid (fellowships, assistantships, grants, or scholarships) available? Yes
Fellowships available 122
Teaching assistantships available 89
Research assistantships available N/A
Are international students eligible for college-funded aid? Yes
2008-2009 Expenses  
Tuition In-state, full-time: $30,925 per year, part-time: $36,465 per year; Out-of-state, full-time: $40,605 per year, part-time: $36,465 per year
Required fees N/A
Room and board, books, and miscellaneous expenses $22,888
Average indebtedness of 2008 graduating class $55,204

MBA Career and Salary Statistics: University of California--Berkeley (Haas)

School has submitted its most recent career data in accordance with the MBA Career Services Council Standards for Reporting MBA Employment Statistics and has granted permission to the Graduate Management Admission Council to send an independent third party to review for accuracy and compliance.

Class of 2008  
Total full-time graduates 230
Total full-time graduates known to be seeking employment 194
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Graduates employed at graduation (full-time) 85.1%
Graduates employed three months after graduation (full-time) 91.2%
Total Base Salary  
Total reporting base salary 151
Low base salary $60,000
Average base salary $108,967
High base salary $167,389
Base Salary: U.S. Citizens  
Low base salary: U.S. citizens $60,000
Average base salary: U.S. citizens $106,570
High base salary: U.S citizen $160,000
Base Salary: Foreign Nationals  
Low base salary: Foreign nationals $88,000
Average base salary: Foreign nationals $117,217
High base salary: Foreign nationals $167,389
Total Signing Bonus  
Total reporting signing bonus 119
Low signing bonus $2,000
Average signing bonus $22,737
High signing bonus $60,000
Signing Bonus: U.S. Citizens  
Low signing bonus: U.S. citizens $2,000
Average signing bonus: U.S. citizens $20,918
High signing bonus: U.S. citizens $60,000
Signing Bonus: Foreign Nationals  
Low signing bonus: Foreign nationals $10,000
Average signing bonus: Foreign nationals $28,379
High signing bonus: Foreign nationals $56,000
Total Other Compensation  
Total reporting other compensation 83
Low other compensation $2,120
Average other compensation $29,662
High other compensation $273,000
Other Compensation: U.S. Citizens  
Low other compensation: U.S. citizens $2,120
Average other compensation: U.S. citizens $24,166
High other compensation: U.S. citizens $175,000
Other Compensation: Foreign Nationals  
Low other compensation: Foreign nationals $2,500
Average other compensation: Foreign nationals $51,003
High other compensation: Foreign nationals $273,000
Base Salary by Occupation  
Numbers for employment by occupation are based on those graduates who reported base salary information by three months after graduation.
Number reporting marketing / sales jobs 44
marketing / sales low salary $75,000
marketing / sales average salary $103,780
marketing / sales high salary $125,000
Number reporting Operations / production jobs 3
Operations / production low salary $105,000
Operations / production average salary $111,000
Operations / production high salary $118,000
Number reporting general management jobs 37
General management low salary $74,000
General management average salary $108,122
General management high salary $156,000
Number reporting finance / accounting jobs 50
Finance low salary $60,000
Finance average salary $110,980
Finance high salary $167,389
Number reporting management information systems jobs 1
Management information systems (MIS) low salary N/A
Management information systems (MIS) average salary N/A
Management information systems (MIS) high salary N/A
Number reporting consulting jobs 31
Consulting low salary $60,000
Consulting average salary $118,148
Consulting high salary $150,000
Number reporting human resources jobs 3
Human resources low salary $80,000
Human resources average salary $85,000
Human resources high salary $90,000
Number reporting having jobs in other areas 5
Other occupations low salary $70,000
Other occupations average salary $95,000
Other occupations high salary $120,000
Base Salary by Industry  
Numbers for employment by industry are based on those graduates who reported base salary information by three months after graduation.
Number reporting manufacturing industry jobs 3
Manufacturing industry low salary N/A
Manufacturing industry average salary N/A
Manufacturing industry high salary N/A
Number reporting service industry jobs N/A
Service industry low salary N/A
Service industry average salary N/A
Service industry high salary N/A
Number reporting non-profit jobs 5
Non-profit low salary $60,000
Non-profit average salary $76,000
Non-profit high salary $90,000
Number reporting government jobs 0
Government low salary N/A
Government average salary N/A
Government high salary N/A
Base Salary by Geographic Region  
Numbers for employment by location are based on those graduates who reported base salary information by three months after graduation.
Number reporting jobs in the Northeast (CT, MA, ME NH, NJ, NY, RI, VT) 5
Northeast low salary $95,000
Northeast average salary $105,000
Northeast high salary $125,000
Number reporting jobs in the Middle Atlantic (DC, DE, MD, PA, VA, WV) 4
Middle Atlantic low salary $60,000
Middle Atlantic average salary $105,000
Middle Atlantic high salary $150,000
Number reporting jobs in the South (AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN) 3
South low salary $110,000
South average salary $128,333
South high salary $150,000
Number reporting jobs in the Midwest (IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, SD, WI) 4
Midwest low salary $90,000
Midwest average salary $113,850
Midwest high salary $125,000
Number reporting jobs in the Southwest (AZ, CO, NM, OK, TX) 1
Southwest low salary N/A
Southwest average salary N/A
Southwest high salary N/A
Number reporting jobs in the West (AK, CA, HI, ID,MT, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY) 121
West low salary $60,000
West average salary $107,763
West high salary $160,000
Number reporting jobs located internationally 12
International low salary $88,000
International average salary $116,199
International high salary $167,389

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