The doctoral program in accounting examines the production and use of information through the lens of theories adapted from the social sciences, especially economics and psychology. The emphasis is on coursework in microeconomics, econometrics, statistics and doctoral seminars in accounting.

Our program emphasizes coursework in microeconomics, econometrics, statistics, and doctoral seminars in accounting. Students may also choose additional courses in these areas, as well as doctoral seminars in finance.

Alternative programs can be designed for students with different research interests such as human decision-making and the use of information. Such programs typically substitute significant coursework in psychology for courses in economics.

Recommended Pre-Program Coursework

Because the ability to think and act independently is so important in this program, students considering a concentration in accounting are strongly encouraged to complete some coursework in math (such as calculus, real analysis and/or linear algebra), statistics and econometrics, and microeconomics before entering the program.

Faculty and Published Work

The accounting doctoral faculty includes many leading researchers who have published their work in a number of notable journals, including:

  • The Journal of Accounting Research
  • The Journal of Accounting and Economics
  • The Accounting Review
  • Contemporary Accounting Research

View biographical profiles for each of our faculty members, including academic backgrounds, courses, published work and current working papers.


Find complete information on our doctoral-level course requirements, as well as examples of the typical pace of coursework from the first through the fourth years of doctoral study.