UC Berkeley Essays 2023-2024

UC Berkeley Essays 2023-2024

Essay 1 – Personal Story

To help admissions get to know you please share something about yourself that may not be evident in other parts of your application. Examples might include information about your family, culture, hobbies, and lived experiences. Please avoid professional topics. (300 word limit)

Essay 2 – Professional Statement

Please summarize your primary area of professional expertise or knowledge. What do you do, and what are you known for? (150 words)

Short Essays in the Online Application:

Optional Essays

We invite you to help us better understand the context of your opportunities and achievements.

If you were raised in one of the following household types, please indicate.

 Raised by a single parent

 Raised by an extended family member (grandparent, aunt/uncle, niece/nephew, cousin)

 Raised in a multi-generational home

 Raised in foster care

Are you responsible for providing significant and continuing financial or supervisory support for someone else? Please indicate below:





 Extended family member (grandparent, aunt/uncle, niece/nephew, cousin)

Other Essay

Please use this opportunity to expand on hardships or unusual life circumstances that may help us understand the context of your opportunities, achievements, and impact.

Supplementary Data

1. Please provide an account of any gaps in your employment since earning your undergraduate degree.  350 words.

2. Please list the name and title of your current direct supervisor. If you are not providing a letter from this person, please explain.  350 words.

3. If not clearly evident, please discuss ways in which you have demonstrated strong quantitative abilities or plan to strengthen your quantitative abilities. 250 words.

4. If you have ever been subject to academic discipline, placed on probation, suspended, or required to withdraw from any college or university, please explain. (An affirmative response to this question does not disqualify you from admission.)  250 words.

5. Berkeley Haas highly values going Beyond Yourself through involvement in activities designed to benefit the larger community in which you live or work. Please list those activities during or after university studies in which you have made an ongoing commitment and/or made a significant impact. Include the following information for each using the format below. 500 words

•         Name of organization or activity

•         Nature of organization or activity

•         Dates of involvement

•         Average number of hours spent per month

•         Impact achieved

Please check the online application form for this school to ensure the accuracy of the above questions and word limits.