Application Requirements

Please note our application for fall 2016 will be available starting September 2015.

Online Application

The application is online and is submitted through the UC Berkeley Graduate Division. To start an application for the Berkeley-Haas PhD Program please select Business Administration - PhD from the options made available to you. Later in the application you will have the opportunity to select the area of specialization within business administration. This is where you will indicate one of the following: accounting, business and public policy, finance, marketing, management of organizations, or real estate.

Your online application is official only if you have received the payment confirmation email message from the Graduate Division. If you need help submitting the online application, contact

Note: applicants may only apply to one degree program at UC Berkeley per admissions cycle.

Application Fee

$90 for US citizens or current Permanent Residents; $110 for all other applicants. Instructions for fee submission are found in the UC Berkeley Graduate Application. The non-refundable fee must be paid by credit card.

Application Fee Waiver: U.S. Citizens or current permanent residents may be qualify for an application fee waiver. See guidelines to request an application fee waiver.

Statement of Purpose and Personal History Statement

All applicants are required to submit two essays with their application. These are the Statement of Purpose and Personal History Statement. When you start your online application you will see the two prompts that should be answered in their entirety. For each essay please include your full name and "Statement of Purpose" or "Personal History Statement" as the title. Although there is no minimum or maximum page limit responses should be reasonable in length.

For more information regarding the statement of purpose please click HERE.

For more information regarding the personal history statement please click HERE.

University Transcripts

Upload unofficial transcripts - one from each college-level institution you attended - with the application for the departmental initial review. The name of the university must appear on the transcript. Scanned copies of transcripts may be too dark and difficult to read so please adjust your scanner settings accordingly. Photographs of transcripts are not acceptable. Please note that if you have already graduated your transcript must show the degree conferrered and date. If this information is not included, then a copy of your diploma/degree certificate will be required. Official transcripts of all college-level work must be submitted to the Berkeley-Haas PhD Program Office if admitted by May 1, 2015.

If your transcript is in a language other than English, then you must provide an official translation issued from your university or by certified members of the American Translators Association.

Three Letters of Recommendation

We only accept three letters of recommendation. Including more than three letters of recommendation will result in a delay with your application review.

Recommenders may be either academic or professional and should be able to evaluate your potential for graduate study and can comment on your academic potential for graduate work. Letters of recommendation are submitted online. We are not accepting paper letters of recommendation. If this presents a problem for one of your recommenders please contact us.

GRE and GMAT Official Score Report

All applicants are required to submit an official GRE or GMAT score, although we prefer the GRE we will accept the GMAT. The institutional code for the GRE is 4833. The institutional code for the GMAT is N2V-PT-06. There is NO department code. The test must be taken no earlier than October 2009. Arrange to have official score reports sent directly to UC Berkeley by the December admissions deadline. Photocopies and/or examinee copies of score reports uploaded to applications are not acceptable. Applicants must submit a GRE or GMAT score, with no exceptions or waivers. This includes applicants who have Masters and PhD degrees.

The writing section is required of all applicants. Your application will not be reviewed if this section is missing.


All international applicants from countries in which the official language is not English are required to take an English proficiency test. You may take the TOEFL or the IELTS to satisfy this requirement. You must take the TOEFL or IELTS even if some or all of your classes were taught in English. Please review the UC Berkeley policy on language proficiency for the minimum scores necessary to apply.

The test must have been taken within one year of application, no earlier than June 1, 2013. Our TOEFL institution code is 4833.

Arrange to have official score reports sent directly to UC Berkeley by the December admissions deadline. The Berkeley-Haas 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.

If you choose to take the IELTS test your most recent band score must be at least a 7 on a 9-point scale.

Curriculum Vitae

You will need to upload a copy of your CV or resume as part of the application process.

We do not accept any supplemental materials such as research papers, books, conference presentations, etc.