Fall 2016 Application Requirements

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. Once you start an 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 from the Graduate Division. If you need help submitting the online application, contact phdadms@haas.berkeley.edu.

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. The non-refundable fee must be paid by credit card.

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

Deadline and Decisions

We are no longer accepting applications for fall 2016. Our application for fall 2017 will be available during the first week of September. The deadline for fall 2017 admissions will be December 1, 2016. We guarantee the review of only those applications that are complete by our deadline.

Decisions are based on a comprehensive evaluation of each application. All applicants will receive notice of their admissions status no later than April 15th.

We recognize that applicants may want to discuss admissions decisions with members of our admissions committee. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide individual feedback and all decisions are final.

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 heading. 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

We require that you scan and upload a transcript from each university you attended. The institution's name and expected or conferred degree must be visible on the transcript. If you already graduated then the conferral date must appear on the transcript or you will need to include a scanned image of your diploma. Photographs of transcripts are not acceptable. An illegible transcript will delay our review of your application.

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. Upload your original transcripts and the official translation as one PDF.

Please note that any disrepancy between the uploaded transcript and the official transcript could result in the denial of your application or withdrawal of your offer of admission.

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 non-academic and should be able to evaluate your potential for graduate study and can comment on your potential to succeed in a doctoral program. Once you add a recommender to your application, he or she will receive an email with instructions to upload their letter. You may submit your application after all three recommenders have been added to your application. You do not need to wait for your recommenders to upload their letters before submitting your application.

We are not accepting hard copies of letters of recommendation. If your recommender cannot submit their letter of recommendation online, please contact us.

GRE and GMAT Official Score Report

All applicants are required to submit an official GRE or GMAT score regardless of prior degrees earned. The preferred test is the GRE, however we accept applications with GMAT scores. 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 2010. 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.

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, 2014. 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. Please send official scores to: Berkeley-Haas PhD Program, 545 Student Services Building, Berkeley, CA 94720-1900

Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume

Your resume or CV is a great way to supplement your application by providing the admissions committee with additional information about your qualifications. Common information found in a resume or CV include honors, educational accomplishments, relevant work or research experience (if applicable), and interests.

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