PhD in Accounting

PhD in Accounting

Be more than a PhD. Be an accounting powerhouse.


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It all adds up: incomparable faculty, top research publication rankings, excellent teaching opportunities and a history of great post-graduation placements.

The Eller Doctoral Program in Accounting stands out as a leader with its high concentration of bright minds and collaborative research.

Graduate Program Coordinator
Denise Burruel


The Program

Program Essentials

This accounting doctoral program’s aim is to prepare you to excel as an accounting educator or researcher at a top-50 research institution. As you near completion of your Eller program, our goal is to help you gain notice from excellent schools and prospective employers.

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Plan of Study

You’ll spend your first two years learning about research areas, disciplines and methods. Years three and four are spent producing a quality dissertation and research pipeline. Your fifth year is dedicated to progressing your dissertation and research, preparing for a final oral defense and job recruiting.

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Studying Accounting at Eller

We know it can be challenging to evaluate a doctoral program. Current doctoral students were in your shoes not too long ago. Here, Eller accounting doctoral students share their perspectives: from living in Tucson to what they’ve experienced so far.

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The American Accounting Association (AAA) 2021 Auditing Section Virtual Midyear Meeting has chosen our PhD Alumni'20, Jacob Jaggi's dissertation titled, "When Does the Internal Audit Function Enhance Audit Committee Effectiveness?" for the 2021 Outstanding Auditing Dissertation Award. This award is given to the author of the dissertation who makes the most outstanding contribution to auditing knowledge. Additionally, Professor Preeti Choudhary and Professor Jayanthi Sunder (co-chairs for Jacob’s dissertation) were chosen to receive the Dissertation Committee Chair Award. Jacob dissertation idea received several recognition and awards, such as the 2019 AAA Western Region Conference Best Doctoral Student Paper Award and the 2018 Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Michael J. Barrett Doctoral Dissertation Grant for his dissertation idea, which provided him with financial support. Jacob was placed as an Assistant Professor at Washington State University in May 2020.



Doctoral Admissions Process

Applicants must have a four-year bachelor’s degree, a minimum 3.0 GPA and a minimum 675 GMAT score (taken within the last five years). You’ll need to compile transcripts and test scores, then submit an online application to the University of Arizona Graduate College.

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All of our PhD students are awarded a generous financial package that covers full tuition plus a stipend for living expenses. You may be able to supplement that stipend by teaching extra courses (such as over the summer). Additional scholarships and fellowships are also available.

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Application Deadline

January 15, 2024: Next Application Deadline for Fall 2024 Admission (Domestic and International)

Doctoral students are admitted only in the fall semester, and all application materials must be submitted online.

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Your coursework will prepare you for cutting-edge research on substantive accounting issues in the areas of managerial accounting, financial accounting, auditing and tax. You can take advantage of the many resources available to you as a doctoral student and sustain our track record of publishing in the top accounting journals.

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Our doctoral program strives to prepare our students for competitive faculty positions at Tier-1 accounting research universities. Our past graduates have earned positions at institutions including the University of Chicago, Ohio State University, University of Notre Dame and University of Southern California.

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Accounting Faculty

Our esteemed faculty work closely with doctoral students throughout their coursework and research, mentoring students and guiding them to become successful researchers and teachers. With research ranging from auditing and tax to financial reporting and behavioral and cost accounting, they are a great resource.

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Start Your Journey to the Top of Your Field

Small class sizes. A great faculty-to-doctoral-student ratio. Incredible research resources. A stellar track record. And you.

Contact us with any questions, or if you're ready to apply to the Eller Doctoral Program in Accounting, just click below. We look forward to making breakthroughs together.

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