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The University at Buffalo Accounting PhD program is a rigorous program 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.

Requirements and Curriculum

First year

Fall semester

Spring semester

Second year

Fall semester

Spring semester

Second-year paper
The required research paper must be completed by the end of the first semester of the 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): students are required to take a series of seminars that overview accounting research with emphasis on capital markets research and current topics.

Comprehensive examination: Accounting majors must successfully pass the comprehensive examination in Accounting. Students are expected to take the exam during their third year of study.

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

Please refer to the Ph.D. Handbook for complete information on all program requirements.

Research Resources

The Academy of Management Journal ranks our faculty among the most productive nationwide in the creation of real-world research. Our faculty publishes 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 facilitate access to financial information (Compustat), stock prices (CRSP), analyst forecasts (IBES), and more.

Our students have opportunities to work as a teaching assistant, recitation instructor and independent instructor in the classroom to hone their 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.

Contact Us

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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