Business Administration: PhD

University of California, Berkeley

About the Program

The Berkeley Haas PhD Program offers six fields of academic study, for a curriculum of unusual richness and breadth. Since the program enrolls only 14 to 16 new PhD students each year, you will work very closely with the faculty members in their chosen specialties. This close partnership, coupled with the diverse academic and cultural backgrounds of our PhD students, fosters an atmosphere of close collaboration and intellectual curiosity.

The Berkeley Haas PhD Program is strongly oriented toward discipline and research. Emphasis is placed on preparing you to evaluate the state of knowledge in your particular field and to advance it through the application of theory from the social sciences, mathematics, or statistics.

Upon applying to the program, you are required to choose a field of study, which will not only determine your course work but also focus your future employment opportunities. You may choose from the following six fields:

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Admission to the University

Applying for Graduate Admission

Thank you for considering UC Berkeley for graduate study! UC Berkeley offers more than 120 graduate programs representing the breadth and depth of interdisciplinary scholarship. The Graduate Division hosts a complete list of graduate academic programs, departments, degrees offered, and application deadlines can be found on the Graduate Division website.

Prospective students must submit an online application to be considered for admission, in addition to any supplemental materials specific to the program for which they are applying. The online application and steps to take to apply can be found on the Graduate Division website.

Admission Requirements

The minimum graduate admission requirements are:

  1. A bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution;

  2. A satisfactory scholastic average, usually a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) on a 4.0 scale; and

  3. Enough undergraduate training to do graduate work in your chosen field.

For a list of requirements to complete your graduate application, please see the Graduate Division’s Admissions Requirements page. It is also important to check with the program or department of interest, as they may have additional requirements specific to their program of study and degree. Department contact information can be found here.

Where to apply?

Visit the Berkeley Graduate Division application page.

Admission to the Program

Review the Program Criteria and Application Instructions before applying. Some of the factors that are taken into account during our admissions process are:

  • A high level of scholarly ability, involving both quantitative and qualitative skills
  • The motivation to complete a challenging and strenuous academic program
  • Career objectives consistent with the PhD degree
  • Unique experience, perspective, or research interests

Applicants are not required to have:

  • Previous graduate work or completion of an MBA degree
  • A minimum score on the GMAT/GRE exam
  • A specific academic or professional background

Doctoral Degree Requirements

Accounting Field

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Business and Public Policy Field 

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Finance Field

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Management of Organizations Field 

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Marketing Field

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Real Estate Field

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Business Administration: PhD

Contact Information

Haas School of Business

545 Student Services Building

Phone: 510-642-1409 or 510-642-3944

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Executive Director

Melissa Hacker

Associate Director, Student Affairs

Lisa Sanders Villalba

Faculty Director, PhD Program

Francesco Trebbi

Associate Director, Student Affairs

Tyrell Williams

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