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Curriculum

The accounting major in the Management PhD program offers a rigorous curriculum that prepares doctoral students to become productive researchers and teachers at top research universities. The program uses knowledge from economics, finance, decision theory and statistics to examine issues in accounting research. A typical course sequence is outlined below, but you should refer to the PhD Handbook for complete information on all program requirements.

First Year

Fall Semester

  • ECON 611 Mathematics for Economists I
  • ECON 613 Introduction to Econometric Theory
  • ECON 665 Microeconomic Theory I
  • MGF 740 Theory of Finance
  • MGM 700 Research Design

Spring Semester

  • ECON 611 Mathematics for Economists I
  • ECON 613 Introduction to Econometric Theory
  • ECON 665 Microeconomic Theory I
  • MGF 740 Theory of Finance
  • MGM 700 Research Design

Second Year

Fall Semester

  • ECON 712 Econometrics: Time Series Analysis
  • MGF 742 Information and Capital Markets
  • MGA 743 Research Methodology
  • MGA 795 Doctoral Seminar in Financial Accounting

Spring Semester

  • MGF 743 Research Methodology
  • MGA 796 Doctoral Seminar in Managerial Accounting
  • MGF 631 Corporate Financial Management
  • MGF 633 Investment Management

Second-Year Paper

Your required research paper must be completed by the end of the first semester of your third year of study. This paper will preferably be developed into a dissertation or a co-authored paper submitted to a top journal.

Third and Fourth Years

Finance and accounting seminars (MGF and MGA 700 series). You will be required to take a series of seminars that overview accounting research with emphasis on capital markets research and current topics.

As an accounting major, you must successfully pass the comprehensive examination in accounting, which you will be expected to take during your third year of study.

Dissertation

Your dissertation is the final step to successful graduation. It is expected to lead to at least one publication in a top accounting journal.

Research Resources

The Academy of Management Journal ranks our faculty among the most productive nationwide in the creation of real-world research. Our faculty publish in top accounting journals, including Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting and Economics and The Accounting Review. They actively engage with their students, often working jointly with them on various research projects.

In our research workshops, leading accounting researchers discuss their work with faculty and doctoral students. You will meet with the speakers and also have the opportunity to present your own research. In addition, the department will provide you with funding to facilitate your participation in accounting conferences.

Our many database subscriptions will facilitate your access to financial information (Compustat), stock prices (CRSP), analyst forecasts (IBES) and more.

As a doctoral student, you will have opportunities to work as a teaching assistant, recitation instructor and independent instructor in the classroom to hone your teaching skills.

Financial Assistance

Financial aid is primarily available in the form of teaching and research assistantships, which include a stipend and tuition waiver. In addition, a limited number of fellowships are available for exceptionally well-qualified students.