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
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
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
National University of Singapore
University of Massachusetts – Lowell
Wayne State University
National Chengchi University
University of Waterloo
Indian School of Business
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.
"Students in our accounting PhD program receive rigorous
training in research methods and design, as well as extensive
experience in developing research ideas into publishable papers.
Faculty members actively mentor each student through joint
projects. The program also provides teaching training and
experience, developing students into faculty members who can
contribute on all dimensions.”
Associate Professor Emeritus
Accounting and Law Department