Why Berkeley Haas

PhD Program

The Berkeley Difference

At the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, we believe it is new ideas put to work that will advance well-being in the world. It is new ideas put to work that are the root source of business advantage and success. And it is new ideas put to work, in every corner and in every function of our organizations, that our future leaders need to deliver. Because of our ideal location, our forward-thinking faculty, and the types of outgoing and collaborative students we attract, we have long had a unique culture conducive to developing cutting-edge leaders and thinkers.

Making a Difference in the World of Ideas

In the Berkeley Haas PhD Program, you cultivate an innovative set of skills that will make you a distinctive researcher and educator. You will discover how to challenge conventional wisdom, pushing the boundaries of current thought to open new avenues of knowledge and understanding.

You set this expansion in motion by leveraging the reputation and resources of one of the world's best research universities — UC Berkeley. You will partner with some of the best minds in business theory as you are educated in a rigorous program offering depth, far-reaching opportunity, and a world-class reputation. Later, as a Haas alumnus, you will benefit from the experience and connections of a faculty composed of today's leaders in business scholarship and education.

Unique Berkeley Haas Culture

As part of a world-renowned university, we are inspired and expected to achieve excellence in all that we do. Differences in thought, too, are a Berkeley hallmark—our broad mix of cultures, backgrounds, and perspectives has always led to more creative outcomes.

For the Haas School, there are four Defining Leadership Principles that, taken together, sharply define us relative to our peers.

Question the Status Quo

We lead by championing bold ideas, taking intelligent risks, and accepting sensible failures. This means speaking our minds even when it challenges convention. We thrive at the world's epicenter of innovation.

Confidence Without Attitude

We make decisions based on evidence and analysis, giving us the confidence to act without arrogance. We lead through trust and collaboration.

Students Always

We are a community designed for curiosity and lifelong pursuit of personal and intellectual growth. This is not a place for those who feel they have learned all they need to learn.

Beyond Yourself

We shape our world by leading ethically and responsibly. As stewards of our enterprises, we take the longer view in our decisions and actions. This often means putting larger interests above our own.