PhD Program


Can I attend in the evening or part-time?

This is a full-time day program; we do not offer part-time studies.

How long does the doctoral program take?

The majority of our students finish the program in 5 years.

Do you offer a distance learning degree?

No. This is a full-time, in-residence program.

How do I start an application for your program?

All interested applicants for the Berkeley Haas PhD Program must apply through the Graduate Division website. The online application is available in early September each year. Our deadline for applying is 8:59 p.m. (PST) on December 4, 2017.

Can I be admitted for the spring semester?

No. We admit only for the fall semester.

Does the Berkeley Haas PhD Program offer financial aid?

To the extent of its resources, the Haas School of Business seeks to provide financial assistance to PhD students in the form of stipends, fellowships, tuition and fee remission, and/or research and teaching assistantships for the first five years of study.

What financial aid is available for foreign applicants?

All students admitted to our program are fully funded for five years with good academic standing. Foreign applicants may qualify for additional financial assistance offered by the Haas School or the Berkeley International Office. However, resources are limited.

If I already have a master's degree or PhD, do I still need to take the GRE or GMAT?

Yes, without exception, all applicants must have taken the GRE or GMAT within five years of application. Although we prefer the GRE, we will also accept the GMAT.

What kind of quantitative preparation is encouraged?

Applicants interested in Accounting, Business and Public Policy, Marketing Science, Real Estate, or Finance should have a strong background in quantitative content. Please review our Suggested Quantitative Preparation handout for more details. Please note that lack of experience in these specific subject areas should not preclude you from applying.

What resources are available to student parents in your program?

UC Berkeley is committed to offering support to student parents through policies, programs, and services to help graduate student parents meet their family care obligations while they pursue their academic goals.

May I give you my qualifications and be pre-assessed for admission?

We are unable to determine if an applicant will be admitted to the PhD Program in advance. There are too many variables involved, and we do not know the quality of the applicant pool.

I plan to reapply for the PhD Program. What are the procedures?

There are no special procedures for students who are reapplying. You will complete the online application the same as any other applicant. Please note that applicants may not reuse documents that were previous submitted.

Is an interview part of the admissions process?

We do not have a formal interview process, although all applicants being considered for admission will be contacted, usually by phone, for additional information and to learn more about your research interests.

Is there a minimum GPA required for admission?

Although there is no specific requirement imposed by our department, Graduate Division does have a minimum GPA requirement of 3.0. Applicants offered admission in recent years averaged a 3.8 GPA for undergraduate and 4.0 for graduate work.

Can I defer admission?

An offer of admission and financial aid is made for the upcoming academic year only. Acceptance of the offer cannot be deferred. You would need to reapply for the following year without a guarantee of admission.

Who must take the TOEFL or IELTS?

International students from countries in which the official language is not English are required to take the TOEFL or IELTS. Your most recent score must be at least a minimum aggregate score of 90 if you take the iBT. The Haas School of Business PhD Program also reviews your scores in each of the four scored sections of the iBT (Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing). To be competitive, your scores should be in the Intermediate-High or Fair-Good range. TOEFL and IELTS scores must be taken no earlier than June 1, 2015.

When entering your TOEFL score through the online application please be sure to use your registration number, not your ETS ID number.

Is it possible to waive the English proficiency requirement?

No, all international students are required to take TOEFL or IELTS. All applicants from countries in which the official language is not English are required to submit official evidence of English language proficiency. There are very few exceptions to this requirement.

If you feel that you might qualify for a waiver after reviewing the strict exemption qualifications, please contact the Graduate Division at:

I have completed graduate coursework at another school. Will my credits transfer or make the program be any shorter?

UC Berkeley does not accept transfer credits from other schools. All students are required to take the full two years of coursework. However, you may be eligible to waive several core courses and take more advanced work.

I'm from a foreign country. Will my degree be acceptable?

Most four-year degrees are recognized. A three-year degree coupled with a recognized graduate degree (e.g. a BComm and PGDM from India or a Vordiplom and a Diplom from Germany) is generally accepted. Please contact the Graduate Division with other questions.

Do you offer a concentration in international business?

No, we do not. However, there are faculty whose research has an international focus. We recommend that you look at faculty webpages and faculty bios on the PhD fields of specialization webpages to identify faculty working in this area. Also, students may take pertinent coursework both at the Haas School and in other departments at the university.

Am I allowed to take classes in other departments on campus?

Yes. Students can take electives in other departments at both undergraduate and graduate levels.

Where can I learn more about Berkeley Haas faculty?

Review our complete faculty directory, including research interests and publications.

Where can I find more information about PhD courses?

Review our complete course descriptions.

Curriculum information can also be found under PhD Program Overview on the PhD Program website.

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Because the faculty and administration of the Haas School of Business are continually reviewing the PhD program to give its students the best possible educational experience, the school reserves the right to change at any time any of its provisions, statements, policies, curricula, procedures, regulations, or fees.