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PhD in Business - Accounting

Accounting is the creation, dissemination and use of information by organizations. Our Accounting PhD program explores questions about how information is gathered, organized, reported and used by economic agents such as managers, investors, creditors, regulators and governments.

Our doctoral program is designed to develop future accounting scholars for academic careers at leading research universities around the world; they are prepared to conduct research that encompasses, but is not limited to, the following:

  1. Factors that influence accounting choices company managers make. This includes, for example, a manager’s decision to choose a specific generally acceptable accounting method, and managerial choices to commit accounting fraud.
  2. The use of accounting information by capital markets. Research in this area tests whether accounting information is efficiently impounded in asset prices.
  3. The use of accounting in contracting between economic agents. This research area explores the use of accounting information in managerial compensation plans as well as in affecting managerial turnover.
World-Class Scholars

Our Faculty

Our accounting faculty is world-renowned and has published in leading accounting and finance journals such as Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of Accounting Research, The Accounting Review and Journal of Financial Economics. They are regularly invited to present their research at leading universities and research conferences. They have conducted studies that investigate accounting research questions using both empirical/archival and analytical/theoretical methodologies based in economics and finance.


Accounting PhD Rookie Camp

Accounting PhD Rookie Recruiting and Research Camp is a two-day forum for faculty and recruiters to meet and network with PhD candidates, attend 15-minute research presentations by job-seeking candidates and interview a number of candidates interested in faculty or private sector positions.

Accounting Rookie Camp Details

Curriculum and Projects

The PhD in Accounting is designed as a four-year program, though five years in the program would not be unusual for those students without strong backgrounds in economics and statistics. During the first two years of the program, students will take courses in accounting, economics, finance, econometrics and other related disciplines. At the end of their second year, students are required to take a preliminary written exam. All students in the PhD in Business also complete a core curriculum.

Click here for the PhD in Business core curriculum.

Projects and Dissertation

In addition, the program requires completion of two projects: a research proposal, completed during the first year, and a small-scale research paper, completed during the second year. Early in the third year, students will present their second-year project during a regular accounting workshop. To advance to candidacy, students must pass their preliminary exam and successfully complete the second-year paper requirement. Students are responsible for the successful completion of their dissertation during the remainder of the program.

Faculty Interaction

The small size of our PhD program ensures that students in the program will have ready access and numerous opportunities to work with faculty. These opportunities include working as research assistants and as co-researchers. Students will also have the opportunity to interact with faculty from other universities through our active accounting workshop series.

Learn more about the Department of Accounting at the Miami Herbert School of Business.

Contact Us

You can find detailed application information and admissions requirements here.

For more information about the Accounting PhD, please contact Sundaresh Ramnath, Associate Professor of Accounting and the PhD program coordinator.

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