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Business Administration - Business and Public Policy, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 60 months
University rank #4 (BCR) Berkeley, CA, United States
Business and Public Policy (BPP) is an interdisciplinary program of rigorous study for students interested in conducting research on these and other questions involving the interaction of institutional design and analysis, economic incentives, firm strategy, public policy and political economy, and technology management.
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In recent decades, far-reaching changes in the political, technological, economic, and institutional environment have intensified the challenges faced by managers and policymakers throughout the global economy. The restructuring of formerly socialist and newly industrializing economies, along with privatization and deregulation within industrial economies, poses fascinating questions of institutional choice and design, drawing on economics, political science, and organization theory. 

Technology policies and management strategies in industries such as computer software, multimedia, and biotechnology also need new conceptual frameworks. In these and other industries, the growing importance of complex global networks and inter-firm alliances creates still more opportunities for research and theory building. In short, the current environment in the public and private sectors demands new approaches to research and teaching.

 Students and faculty in this program employ the tools and insights of economics, political science, strategic management, and law to analyze a range of issues. Major areas of research include:

  • Comparing the performance of firms, alliances, and markets in the coordination of economic activity, and developing the tools for choice among these mechanisms.
  • Modeling the influence of political, legal, and social institutions on the behavior of private and public organizations.
  • Analyzing the strategies of firms and governments in technology development and commercialization.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 60 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Economic Theory
  • Introductory Econometrics or another Econometrics class approved by the BPP Field Advisor
  • Introductory Econometrics
  • Economics of Institutions
  • Mathematical Tools for Economics
  • Teaching Business
  • Research and Theory in Business: Behavioral Science
  • Institutional Analysis
  • Applied Behavioral Science Methods
  • Institutional Analysis
  • Independent Research

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

A complete application includes the following fields:
  • Academic History/ Transcripts 
  • Grades 
  • Three Letters of Recommendation 
  • Test Scores 
  • Evidence of English Language Proficiency 
  • Statement of Purpose 
  • Personal History Statement 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    33958 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16979 USD per semester and a duration of 60 months.
  • National

    33958 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16979 USD per semester and a duration of 60 months.
  • In-State

    18856 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9428 USD per semester and a duration of 60 months.
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Living costs for Berkeley

  • 1750 - 2820 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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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