Early MBA pathways program targeting the Latinx/Hispanic community.
The benefits of earning an MBA from a top-ranked business school are profound—it allows students to future-ready their careers, explore new industries or functions, accelerate their career path, and expand and diversify their networks. Yet fewer and fewer students from underrepresented racial groups are applying to MBA programs around the country. This year, only 8.5% of Berkeley Haas MBA students identified as Hispanic or Latino.
UC Berkeley is committed to becoming a Hispanic Serving Institution by 2028. As a public institution, Berkeley Haas has an obligation to work against systemic racism and build more justice into our society, reflecting the demographics of our state and country. And as business leaders, we believe that more representation in business by Latinx MBA graduates will change the world by strengthening our business cases and decisions. New discoveries won't be found on the same well-worn paths—we need new ideas, perspectives and approaches. We are excited to develop a pathways program to bring Berkeley Haas in alignment with the UC Berkeley Latinx-thriving Initiative.
The purpose of this program is to educate, prepare and motivate individuals to apply and succeed at a top business school and support their career advancement. We hope to reverse the trend in declining applications from underrepresented racial groups by making it easier for students to apply to graduate school and by offering information on the benefits of pursuing graduate education. This experience will help rising college seniors through those completing their second year of employment expand their network and build their leadership skills. Participants will attend in-person and virtual sessions hosted by Berkeley Haas which will include various activities and services.
The program is designed to be a one-year program meeting monthly with an opportunity for additional engagement over time.
The program will offer curriculum on:
- Admissions to graduate school in business
- Financial aid
- GMAT/GRE preparation
- Building a personal brand
- Networking skills
- Exploring career options and opportunities
It will include:
- Guest speakers from the corporate community
- Graduate-level discussions and case studies led by faculty
- Networking opportunities with industry professionals and the Haas community
- Mentorship opportunities
- Free GMAT or GRE test preparation and test sitting
- Application fee waiver for Haas graduate programs
Progress to date
We just accepted the first cohort of 2023 Haas Thrive Fellows and launched the first session of this intensive program.
One student wrote: "Today marks the first day of our monthly sessions at the Haas School of Business for the first cohort of Haas Thrive Fellows (a pre-MBA pipeline geared toward LatinX students). It is such an honor to hold space with inspiring individuals and I cannot wait to see what the next 9 months will look like. ✨ Oh, and my husband got to come support and live like a bear. What a special day filled with a sense of belonging, community, and love!"
The transformative opportunity of attending Haas should be an accessible, compelling choice for students from all backgrounds. We ask you to support our goal of increasing representation for Latinx students at Haas and creating a pathway for more equitable representation in business.