Admissions Criteria

The Berkeley-Haas PhD doctoral program is a four-year, full-time program resulting in a PhD in Business Administration. The annual admissions cycle attracts over 500 applications for entry into the Fall semester, with 14-16 applicants accepted into the program each year. Qualified students from any discipline may be admitted. Previous graduate work or completion of an MBA is not required.

Applicants are selected on evidence of:

  • 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

If you are unable to apply online, please write to


There are no special instructions for applicants who have previously applied to the Berkeley-Haas PhD Program. All applicants need to fill out the online application and upload the required documentation.


Ron Berman

Ron Berman, PhD '14

Assistant Professor

The Wharton School
University of Pennsylvania

"It was very important to me to study in a large public university. Berkeley has unrivalled diversity among the students and the faculty."