Business Administration (Accounting) Program Information
The Ph.D. program offers a broad-based interdisciplinary training that prepares students to conduct both empirical and analytical research. The curriculum consists of course work of four types: the major field, a breadth requirement, a research foundation requirement, and a minor or supporting field. In addition, students must demonstrate competence in conducting research and teaching, and must complete a dissertation on an accounting topic.
The major field in accounting consists of at least 18 credit hours of course work including research analysis, archival research, analytical research, experimental research, readings, and a research project. The breadth requirement consists of at least 13 credit hours of course work including microeconomic theory, corporate finance theory, game theory, asset pricing, and information economics. The research foundation requirement consists of at least 12 hours of graduate course work in mathematical economics, statistics, or econometrics. The minor or supporting field requirement is met by completing a minimum of 12 hours of graduate course work in the selected field.
Students demonstrate competency in conducting research by completing a research project in the summers of the first and second year. The teaching competence is demonstrated by completing at least 1 hour (but no more than 5 hours) of supervised teaching, and by teaching for at least 2 semesters. Admission requirements include a history of academic excellence, adequate score on the GMAT (the average score of recently admitted applicants is 690 for GMAT), competence in written and spoken English (TOEFL Internet-Based test (iBT) required for applicants whose native language is not English), appreciation of accounting issues, and institutional and math competency.The school requires a total score of 91, including a minimum of 26 on the speaking section.