Haas Part-time MBA Recommendation

I Letter of Recommendation
II Notbale Recommendation Questions
III Assessment Grid

You can download a PDF of the exact form your recommender will see below.

Download Berkeley Haas Part-time MBA Recommendation 2016-17

This recommendation form is for the Berkeley Haas MBA 2016-17 application season. Generally speaking recommendation forms do not change from year to year so it’s a safe bet to assume that the same recommendation form will be used during the 2017-18 application season. When the 2017-18 application goes live (summer 2017) the download file and this page will be updated.

Berkeley Haas requires that MBA applicants submit two recommendations. The school allows you to submit a third recommendation but strongly discourages it. Your recommenders will need to copy and paste his/her answers to the recommendation questions directly into Haas’s online form.

We require two letters of recommendation. You should obtain one of the recommendations from your current direct supervisor. If you do not provide a letter from your current direct supervisor, you are required to include an explanation in the Supplementary Data section of the online application. We strongly discourage you from submitting more than two letters of recommendation.

We strongly prefer that both letters of recommendation come from a current direct supervisor, former direct supervisor, or other individuals with whom you have had significant professional interaction. Select individuals that know you well and who will take the time to write thorough and thoughtful letters on your behalf. The title or status of those you select is not important. What does matter is how closely your letter writers have worked with you and whether they can attest to your value as an employee, your professional accomplishments, and your personal qualities. We have found the most helpful letters to be recent, relevant, and written specifically for this application. We discourage letters of recommendation from co-workers, subordinates, professors, family or friends.
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A common myth is to have the most senior individual at an organization complete the recommendation. In reality, obtaining a recommendation from someone who can share broad themes coupled with specific work examples is most advantageous.

After you input your recommender’s name and email inside the Berkeley Haas application, he/she will receive an email directing him/her to Haas’s online recommendation form.

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I Berkeley Haas Part-time (Evening & Weekend) MBA Letter of Recommendation

Please describe your relationship to the applicant. 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 and how frequent is/was your interaction with him/her?

Rather than upload a document, Haas asks recommenders to copy and paste their letter/answers directly into the online application form. There is no word limit.

  1. To what degree do you recommend this applicant be admitted to the Berkeley Full-time MBA Program? (no word limit)

    • Enthusiastically recommend
    • Recommend
    • Recommend with reservations
    • Do not recommend
  2. Please describe your relationship to the applicant. 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 and how frequent is/was your interaction with him/her? (no word limit)

  3. How does the applicant’s performance compare with that of his/her peers? Please give context to who the applicant’s peers are. (no word limit)

  4. How effective are the applicant’s interpersonal skills? How would you describe his/her personality? (no word limit)

  5. What are the applicant’s two greatest strengths? Please cite specific examples. (no word limit)

  6. What constructive feedback have you offered the candidate in a professional capacity? (no word limit)

  7. In the Berkeley MBA program, we develop leaders who embody our distinctive culture’s four key principles one of which is ‘confidence without attitude’ or ‘confidence with humility’. Please comment on how the applicant reflects this Berkeley-Haas value. (no word limit)

  8. How would you rate the applicant’s career progression, using the applicant’s peers as your reference group: (drop down: Fast / On Track / Slow). Recommenders are then provided with a text box and the prompt: Please explain (no word limit)

  9. Please comment on the applicant’s potential for further professional advancement. (no word limit)


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II Notable Berkeley Haas Part-time (Evening & Weekend) MBA Recommendation Questions

Aside from the typical questions Haas asks recommenders (Name, Address, Phone etc.) here are some notable short answer questions you should be aware of.

  • You may/may not contact me at work regarding this applicant
  • To what degree do you recommend this applicant be admitted to the Berkeley Full-time MBA Program?
    • Enthusiastically recommend
    • Recommend
    • Recommend with reservations
    • Do not recommend
  • I certify that this recommendation was written entirely by me using my own words. The applicant was not involved in crafting any portion of this written recommendation. Yes/No


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III Berkeley Haas Part-time (Evening & Weekend) MBA Recommendation Assessment Grid

Please rate the applicant on the qualities listed below, using the applicant’s peers as your reference group.

The Haas assessment grid includes a number of qualities. Recommenders are asked to rate the applicant using one of the following five responses:

  • Not Specified
  • Truly Exceptional (top 2%)
  • Outstanding (top 10%)
  • Very Good (top 20%)
  • Good (top third)
  • Average (middle third)
  • Below Average (bottom third)
  • No Opportunity to Observe

The Qualities in the assessment grid are as follows:

  • Interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work well with other
  • Verbal communication skills
  • Written communication skills
  • Maturity
  • Professionalism
  • Initiative
  • Ability to question the status quo
  • Self-confidence
  • Leadership/career potential

Please feel free to add any additional comments or explain your rating on the grid (text box with now word limit)

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