Students interested in pursuing the Robinson Life Science, Business, and Entrepreneurship Program must be admitted to UC Berkeley as first-year students. Eligible candidates will apply to the Program during the fall semester of sophomore year.

The Program application is available each November, and admissions decisions will be available early February. Information sessions with additional details about the application process will typically be held in early spring. Students may only apply to the Program once.

Course planning for the program begins in the fall of a given student's first year, and all prerequisite courses for Molecular and Cell Biology and Haas should be completed by the end of the Spring Semester of sophomore year. You can learn more on our FAQ section as well.

The admissions committee selects individuals who demonstrate promise for academic success as well as excellence in non-academic endeavors. The goal of the admissions review process is to holistically evaluate an applicant’s overall fit for the program. Additionally, we seek applicants who embody the Berkeley Haas Defining Leadership Principles(link is external):

  • Question the Status Quo
  • Confidence Without Attitude
  • Students Always
  • Beyond Yourself

Characteristics of Successful Candidates

  • Ability to articulate interest in the program and why studying at the intersection of biology and business is important to you
  • Academic achievement including grades, course load, consistent academic excellence, and high academic performance in all required prerequisite courses for both Molecular and Cell Biology and Haas
  • Consistency and impact in extracurricular activities
  • Personal attributes and life experience suggesting leadership, maturity, ethical character, teamwork and goal orientation
  • Communication and analytical skills as demonstrated by responses to essay questions

We evaluate applicants based on the following factors:

  • Grades & Coursework
  • Essays
  • Resume
  • Recorded Interview

Admission Interviews

The information submitted as part of the written applications typically gives us the full picture of a student’s experience and aspirations. All applicants will have the opportunity to submit a video interview along with the application. The video interview is mandatory.

2024-2025 Timeline

Admissions Event Date
LSBE Applications Open* Nov 1, 2024 @12pm**
Admissions Info Session Early Nov 2024 (Date TBA)
LSBE Applications Close Dec 2, 2024 @4pm
Deadline to Withdraw Application Dec 16, 2024 @4pm
Fall Coursework Comments Form Due Jan 5, 2025
Conditional Admission Decisions Released Jan 27, 2025
Deadline to Confirm Conditional Acceptance Feb 10, 2025
Deadline to Declare Majors and Submit Simultaneous Degree Packet Jul 1, 2025
Haas New Student Welcome & LSBE Orientation Late Aug 2025

*All LSBE applicants will receive an email at the end of October which will contain instructions to create an account. Please do not create one independently. Email sends e-mail) if you have questions about this.

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