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Darla Moore School of Business

Accounting

Ph.D. in Accounting

The School of Accounting in the Moore School has established a national reputation for academic research. Although historically known for excellence in behavioral research, our faculty conducts research in all areas of accounting using many different research approaches. The result is publications in the top academic accounting journals and also in many top academic journals in related fields such as finance, economics, psychology, organizational behavior and information systems. Of particular note, the Moore School has developed significant research capabilities in experimental laboratory markets research using innovative software and equipment obtained through sizeable National Science Foundation grants. Doctoral students are able to investigate financial accounting, managerial accounting, taxation, auditing and information systems topics using this new and promising research approach.

Incoming students should anticipate the Ph.D. program taking five years to complete. Funding is available to support students attending conferences and doing research for their dissertations. For non-native English speakers, preference is given to individuals with school or work experience in an English-speaking country.

Application Process

The School of Accounting will next admit students during the 2018-2019 academic year (to start Fall 2019).

  • For detailed information about requirements, application process, and admissions timeline, as well as contact information for questions regarding the application/admission process, please visit the Graduate Applicants page. 

Accounting Program of Study

The Ph.D. concentration in accounting provides students with the skills necessary to become productive scholars and teachers at major universities. Initially, all doctoral students complete a core curriculum that provides skills in research design and statistical analysis.

Students must also complete four doctoral seminars:

  • ACCT 832 Doctoral Seminar in Accounting Research - Seminar for beginning doctoral students that provides an overview of research topic areas, methods and designs currently used in accounting
  • ACCT 833 Doctoral Seminar in Financial Accounting - Research methods and issues related to financial accounting topics
  • ACCT 834 Doctoral Seminar in Managerial Accounting— Research methods and issues related to managerial accounting topics
  • ACCT 835 Doctoral Seminar in Auditing and Accounting Information Systems— Research methods and issues related to auditing and accounting information systems topic

In addition, all doctoral students complete a supervised research project at the end of their second year of study.

Typically, doctoral students take cognate courses in psychology, management information systems, finance or organizational behavior, although it is possible to study in other areas. Unlike many heavily structured doctoral programs, each doctoral student has considerable latitude in determining a program of study that fits the individual's unique academic interests.

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