UC Berkeley Haas School of Business | Groups

We are thrilled you are considering Berkeley Haas!

Below, we've put together a few FAQs we've heard from our LGBTQ applicants. For more general application questions, check out the MBA Admissions FAQ. If you have any additional questions, please reach out to our Q@Haas VP of Admissions, Caroline.

What is Haas' stance on diversity? 

Diversity is a strength of the Berkeley MBA program, and Haas believes that the diversity of our program should mirror the global makeup of today's business world; in fact, Haas students represent more than 40 countries! Our community also includes students from a variety of ethnic backgrounds, religious affiliations, and sexual orientations. 

Haas is has many formal resources to support diversity and inclusion, including our own full-time Director of Diversity and Inclusion and a dedicated Vice President role in our student government. You can learn more about diversity at Haas here.

Should I be "out" in my application?

Because Haas values diversity, the application asks you directly if you identify as LGBTQ. However, this information is NOT seen by the admissions committee; that information is shared only after admissions decisions are made, so Q@Haas can proacticely reach out and welcome you to Haas!

When it comes to the application essays, we encourage you to be yourself, and that may or may not include references to your sexual orientation and gender identity. Our admissions team just wants to get to know the real you. Haas is an open, inclusive, and affirming community, where the experiences and perspectives of all people are valued, so you should have no concern that being out in your application would negatively influence your candidacy. Of course, we understand that being out is a personal choice, and you should do whatever makes you the most comfortable.

If I am out in my application, do I need to be out to the Haas community?

No. You can always opt out of Q@Haas! However, many students not out prior to starting Haas have found the environment so welcoming that they choose to come out during their time on campus. 

Are there admissions events specifically for LGBT applicants?

Yes! For information about our on-campus Diversity Symposium and other diversity events, please click here.

As a prospective student, how can I learn more about being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender at Haas and at UC Berkeley?

We'd love to hear from you! Please reach out to our Q@Haas VP of Admissions, Caroline, who can either answer your questions directly or put you in touch with someone who can.

You can also learn more about resources for LGBT students through the Queer at Berkeley portal site and the Gender Equity Resource Center.