PhD Program

Bridges to UC Berkeley

In addition to attending one of the premier business schools in the world, Berkeley Haas students join the larger community at one of the most esteemed universities. The mission of the University of California is to excel in research, teaching, and public service. Over the decades, this mission has developed a culture at UC Berkeley that stimulates greatness.

UC Berkeley's global flavor and close proximity to Silicon Valley and downtown San Francisco — the finance capital of the West Coast — provide unmatched opportunities.

The Haas School encourages you to take advantage of all the university has to offer. With the Haas PhD program, you earn a degree from a university whose name and reputation open doors around the globe.

A University Second to None

The Berkeley Haas PhD program draws on the incredible breadth and depth of the University of California, Berkeley, whose graduate programs are consistently ranked among the best in the world. The proof is in the university's distinguished record of Nobel-level scholarship, constant innovation, a concern for the betterment of our world, and consistently high rankings of its schools and departments - the Berkeley Haas School among them.

The strength of the faculty in all academic departments and the breadth of course offerings throughout the university confer lifelong advantages on students in the doctoral program. Integral to the Berkeley Haas School PhD Program experience is the opportunity for students to take courses and study with faculty members in other departments. Through coursework with the departments of economics, statistics, and mathematics, students enrich their knowledge of economic theory and build skills in quantitative methodology. The ability to conduct integrated investigation of basic and applied theory in the social sciences is honed through study within such disciplines as political science and psychology. Berkeley Haas School PhD students also enjoy access to employment opportunities through the network of research institutes across the Berkeley campus.

Renowned as one of the world's preeminent research universities, Berkeley has been educating business leaders since 1868. According to the National Research Council, UC Berkeley ranks first nationally in the number of graduate programs in the top 10 in their fields. (In fact, 97% of the university's programs made the top 10 list.) Berkeley's faculty - including six current Nobel laureates, 20 total Nobel laureates, 132 members of the National Academy of Sciences, and 230 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences - has made the university a leader in understanding and explaining the economic, political, technological, and social forces driving today's business environment.

Since its founding, UC Berkeley has grown with the rapidly expanding population of California and responded to the educational needs of the developing state. The business school was founded in 1898, making it the second oldest collegiate business school in the United States, and the first at a public university. By the 1930s, research at UC Berkeley burgeoned in nuclear physics, chemistry, and biology, leading to the development of the first cyclotron, the isolation of the human poliovirus, and the discovery of all the artificial elements heavier than uranium, including Berkelium and Californium.

UC Berkeley Facts and Figures

  • Founded in 1868
  • Flagship campus of the University of California
  • 35,843 students from 101 countries
  • 25,530 undergraduate students
  • 10,313 graduate students
  • 2,131 faculty
  • Nearly 350 degree programs
  • Over 458,000 alumni worldwide
  • 1,232 acre campus

UC Berkeley Academic and Faculty Distinctions

  • Ranks first nationally in the number of graduate programs in the top 10 in their fields (National Research Council)
  • Ranked the #1 public university in the US for the tenth year in a row by US News & World Report
  • Ranked #1 in the nation in the 2009 Washington Monthly College Rankings, based on three main criteria: performance as an engine of social mobility, research output, and promotion of a service ethic
  • The leading institution in awarding doctoral degrees to minorities and women
  • 21 Nobel Prize laureates (including Haas Professor Emeritus Oliver Williamson and the late Haas Professor John Harsanyi)
  • 213 American Association for the Advancement of Science Awards
  • 222 American Academy of Arts and Sciences Awards
  • 74 Fulbright Scholars
  • 362 Guggenheim Fellows
  • 30 MacArthur Fellows
  • 87 National Academy of Engineering Awards
  • 135 National Academy of Sciences Awards
  • 12 National Medal of Science Awards
  • 110 Sloan Fellows
  • 4 Wolf Prizes
  • 4 Pulitzer Prizes
  • 1 National Poet Laureate

UC Berkeley Graduate Departments

Berkeley Haas PhD students have the opportunity to take electives at any of Berkeley's renowned graduate departments.

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