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The accounting major in the Management PhD program offers a rigorous curriculum designed to prepare doctoral students to become productive researchers and teachers at top research universities. The program places emphasis on the use of knowledge from economics, finance, decision theory and statistics in order 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

Spring Semester

Second Year

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

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.


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.

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Graduate Programs Office
School of Management
University at Buffalo
203 Alfiero Center
Buffalo, NY 14260-4010

Tel:  716-645-3204
Fax: 716-645-2341

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