Ph.D. in Accounting
The doctoral program at the KU School of Business prepares students for research and teaching careers at major universities. As a doctoral student in accounting, you will have the opportunity to work with internationally known faculty members on a variety of research projects.
The program includes a combination of coursework, faculty mentoring and hands-on experience in both teaching and research. Students have access to a wide variety of databases and the small size of the program ensures extensive faculty and student interaction. The program is flexible, with some students leaving in four years and some staying for a fifth year.
KU accounting faculty are ranked No. 1 in audit archival and all audit research contributions over the past six and 12 years, and in the top 15 in archival research across all topics — and our Ph.D. program graduates are ranked in the top 5 in archival audit research, according to Brigham Young University’s 2021 accounting rankings. Recent Ph.D. student placements include Clemson University, Kansas State University, Iowa State University, the University of Oklahoma, and the University of Arkansas.
Faculty research interests include the economics of the auditing profession; dynamics of the auditor-client relationship; the impact of regulation on auditors and clients; the causes and consequences of financial reporting failures; voluntary disclosure; information intermediaries; corporate governance; the design of control systems and compensation packages; and many other topics.
As a doctoral accounting, you will have the opportunity to work with internationally known faculty members on a variety of research projects. The small size of the program ensures extensive faculty and student interaction.
The accounting doctoral program at the University of Kansas includes a combination of formal coursework, informal interaction with faculty and other students, and hands-on experience in both teaching and research.
Find an overview of key components of the program, including details about expectations and major research projects.
BSAN 920: Probability for Business Research
BSAN 921: Statistics for Business Research
BE 917: Advanced Managerial Economics
ECON 715: Elementary Econometrics
ACCT 928: Introduction to Accounting Research
ACCT 929: Seminar in Archival-Based Accounting Research
ACCT 930: Seminar in Auditing Research
ACCT 932: Seminar in Financial Accounting Research
ACCT 936: Seminar in Accounting Research Design & Corporate Governance
Choose six from the below courses:
BSAN 922: Advanced Regression
FIN 937: Seminar in Business Finance
FIN 938: Seminar in Investments
FIN 939: Seminar in Financial Institutions
ECON 730:Topics in Industrial Organization
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 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 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 722: Mathematical Logic
MATH 727: Probability Theory
MATH 728: Statistical Theory
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).
For more information, view a detailed list of courses in the academic catalog.
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 doctoral team, replaced with another course.
Area-specific core requirements may be changed subject to the approval of the area group and the Ph.D. team.
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.
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.
For successful qualifier assessment, the student's program of study should include adequate preparation in research methodology.
Coursework and research
Coursework and research
Comprehensive exams and research
Dissertation and job market
Year 5 (if necessary)
Dissertation and job market