Ph.D. Accounting Program

Our Ph.D. Program

As an academic field, accounting has experienced a substantial infusion of new concepts and quantitative technologies. These developments have aligned accounting with economics and finance more closely than ever before. Because of this, a thorough understanding of accounting requires a substantial background in mathematics, probability, statistics, economics and finance. This background is acquired through formal coursework during the first and second years. The courses serve as pre- and co-requisities for the four-course sequence, Doctoral Seminars in Accounting (BA223A-D), taken during the first two years.

Students gain additional exposure to research through the weekly accounting workshops, where faculty from across the country present their current work. Other opportunities for students to improve their research skills come from working with faculty on joint projects or as research assistants.

Students may also gain valuable teaching experience. It is common for third- and fourth-year students to serve as teaching assistants and, occasionally, to serve as instructors for undergraduate accounting classes.

The accounting group links students with the real world through the annual Financial Reporting conference, organized by the Center for Financial Reporting and Management.

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