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Ph.D. In Accounting

Graduate Program - Business Students
Full-time Program


Core Courses

DSCI 920: Probability for Business Research

DSCI 921: Statistics for Business Research

BE 917: Advanced Managerial Economics

ECON 715: Elementary Econometrics

DSCI 922: Advanced Regression

Concentration Courses

Must take 5 of the 6 seminars:

ACCT 928: Introduction to Accounting Research

ACCT 929: Seminar in Archival-Based Accounting Research

ACCT 930: Seminar in Auditing Research I

ACCT 932: Seminar in Financial Accounting Research I

ACCT 934: Seminar in Empirical Tax Research I

ACCT 936: Seminar in Accounting Research Design & Corporate Governance

Supporting Courses

Choose five from the below courses:

FIN 937: Seminar in Business Finance

FIN 938: Seminar in Investments

FIN 939: Seminar in Financial Institutions

ECON 730:Topics in Industrial Organization

ECON 750:The Theory of International Finance

ECON 769: Financial Economics

ECON 817: Econometrics I

ECON 818: Econometrics II

ECON 830: Game Theory and Industrial Organization

ECON 831: Economics of Regulation

ECON 850: The Advanced Theory of International Finance

ECON 851: The Theory of International Trade

ECON 869: Advanced Financial Economics

ECON 880: Selected Topics in Economic Theory:

ECON 915: Advanced Econometrics I

ECON 916: Advanced Econometrics II

ECON 917: Advanced Econometrics III

ECON 918: Financial Econometrics

PSYC 789: Psychological Statistics: Foundations and Applications

PSYC 790: Statistical Methods in Psychology I

PSYC 791: Statistical Methods in Psychology II

PSYC 893: Multivariate Analysis

PSYC 894: Multilevel Modeling

PSYC 895: Categorical Data Analysis

PSYC 896: Structural Equation Modeling I

MATH 715: Sampling Techniques

MATH 717: Nonparametric Statistics

MATH 727: Probability Theory

MATH 728: Statistical Theory

Additional Information

Coursework in the area of concentration is supplemented and strengthened by study in one or two supporting area (Minors). Examples of supporting areas include finance, econometrics, or economic theory. The first supporting field is generally topical in nature, such as financial economics or corporate financial theory, and usually consists of two or more graduate-level courses typically seminar in nature.

The second supporting field generally develops specialized analysis skills, such as econometrics, and usually consists of two or more graduate-level courses beyond the core requirements.

Alternatively, a more focused minor area of concentration can include four or more additional courses (e.g. finance or econometrics). Methodology courses not shown in the following list can be substituted with approval (for example, certain Math courses).


  1. A course that is not being offered within a reasonable timeframe, or a course in which a student can demonstrate competence may be, with the approval of the area group and the Ph.D. Team, replaced with another course.

  2. Area-specific core requirements may be changed subject to the approval of the area group and the Ph.D. Team.

  3. A minimum of 15 courses, plus FIN 901, BUS 902 and BUS 903 are required for completion of the degree.


Area of Concentration

Most students admitted in accounting typically will select that area as their concentration. However, an aspirant, with the assistance of his or her faculty advisor and the area faculty, may propose an interdisciplinary area of concentration. The aspirant must take at least five advanced courses in the area of concentration. These courses may include those offered outside the School of Business.

Supporting Areas

Coursework in the area of concentration is supplemented and strengthened by study in one or two supporting areas. A supporting area is one that supplements and complements the area of concentration. The aspirant will satisfy the supporting area requirement by taking at least four advanced courses in the supporting areas (at least two courses in each of two supporting areas, or at least four courses in one supporting area). Courses recommended for preparation for the qualifiers may not be included in satisfying the supporting area requirement.

Research Methodology

For successful qualifier assessment, the student's program of study should include adequate preparation in research methodology.


Year 1

Coursework and research

Year 2

Coursework and research

Year 3

Comprehensive Exams and research

Year 4

Dissertation Proposal and job market

Year 5

Dissertation Defense

Some students can complete the program in four years.

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