An outstanding education that will enable you to successfully pursue an academic career in accounting research and teaching.

Our program emphasizes empirical research that broadly addresses issues in three areas:

  • The effectiveness of accounting numbers and voluntary accounting disclosures in promoting the efficiency of the capital market. Researchers examine the relationship among accounting numbers and forecasts, the pricing of financial assets, such as stocks, and the risk related to holding those assets.
  • The impact of financial reporting rules and tax rules on managerial behavior. Researchers focus on whether the rules lead to sub-optimal decisions by managers, and whether the societal benefits of certain rules exceed the cost of their implementation.
  • The efficacy of the audit function and the effectiveness of corporate governance. Researchers study the ability of auditing and corporate governance mechanisms to discourage certain behavior, such as income manipulation, by managers.

The School of Management seeks applicants with solid quantitative academic training in the areas of statistics and economics, in addition to a strong accounting background.

Work Alongside Renowned Researchers

You will work with committed faculty scholars who are nationally known for their research achievements. They actively engage with their students, often working jointly with them on various research projects. In addition, our faculty:

  • Publish in the top accounting journals, such as the Journal of Accounting and Economics, The Accounting Review and Contemporary Accounting Research. You will be expected to publish in these journals upon graduation.
  • Have international experience.
  • Interact closely with public and industrial accounting professionals.

Land a Position at a Leading University

Our graduates accept positions at major universities throughout the world. Recent placements include the following:

  • University of Massachusetts – Boston
  • University of Massachusetts – Lowell
  • National Chengchi University
  • Indian School of Business
  • National University of Singapore
  • Wayne State University
  • University of Waterloo
  • University of Oregon

For more information about the particular research efforts of our accounting faculty, visit our faculty profiles. If you wish to speak to a faculty member directly, contact William Kross, PhD, professor of accounting and law.

For degree requirements, consult the PhD Handbook.