StudyQA — PhD: Business Administration — Accounting — University of California


Business Administration — Accounting

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 27.4 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 28.4 k / Year(s)  
64 place StudyQA ranking:1509 Duration:36 months

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The Berkeley-Haas PhD Program is strongly oriented toward discipline and research. Emphasis is placed on preparing you to evaluate the state of knowledge in your particular field and to advance it through the application of theory from the social sciences, mathematics, or statistics.

This California institution became a catalyst of economic growth and social innovation — the place where vitamin E was discovered, a lost Scarlatti opera found, the flu virus identified, and the nation's first no-fault divorce law drafted. Scholars at Berkeley have conducted groundbreaking research on urban street gangs and on basic human nutritional requirements, identified why wartime supply ships were failing at sea, invented technologies to build faster and cheaper computer chips, and imaged the infant universe.

A deep understanding of accounting research requires substantial background in mathematics, probability, statistics, economics, and finance. This background is acquired through formal coursework during the first and second years. Students gain additional exposure to research through workshops as well as through research assignments and joint projects with faculty. In addition, the accounting group links students with the real world through the Center for Financial Reporting and Management. It is common for doctoral students to also serve as teaching assistants and, occasionally, instructors for undergraduate accounting classes.


  • Math Tools for Economics—prerequisite for ECON 201A
  • Economic Theory
  • Introductory Econometrics
  • Economic Theory
  • Econometrics or ARE 212 Econometrics 2
  • Teaching Business—prerequisite to work as GSI
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Financial Decision Making in Firms
  • Doctoral Courses in Accounting Research


  • Online Application
  • Application Fee
  • Statement of Purpose and Personal History Statement
  • University Transcripts
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE and GMAT Official Score Report
  • Curriculum Vitae

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 7 TOEFL iBT® test: 68


In conjunction with the regular financial aid programs of the university, the Haas School of Business does its best to provide financial assistance to deserving PhD students. This usually takes the form of a financial aid package over four years of study at Berkeley and includes stipends, grants, fellowships, and other awards, plus tuition and fees. All financial aid is based on the satisfactory academic progress of the student. Students are automatically considered for departmental aid when they submit their application for admission and are notified about their award when they are accepted into the program.

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