Coursework + Research by Program Year

Typically, students finish the Doctoral Program in Accounting in five years, with four years being a possibility conditional on a student’s dissertation progress and pipeline of other research.

Prior Coursework and Boot Camps

See the doctoral handbook for classes expected to be completed before starting the doctoral program.

A few weeks prior to starting the fall semester, all students benefit from a “Math Boot Camp” along with “SAS® Programming Boot Camp.”


Years One, Two, and Three and the Comprehensive Exam

Coursework typically takes place over the first, second, and third years of the program. Students are expected to consume as much knowledge as possible on various research areas, disciplines, and methods. In June of the first year, students take a written exam (i.e., qualifying exam or preliminary exam) that covers the content from the first year. In addition, in a student’s first year, the student prepares a research proposal. This may be a potential research project, or an extensive literature review in a specific area.

A comprehensive exam is normally taken at the end of the third year.


Years Three and Four: Dissertation and Research

The third and fourth years of the program are largely spent on producing (i.) a high quality dissertation, and (ii.) a pipeline of research close to or submitted to top research journals. The student will arrange for a tenured faculty member to serve as dissertation supervisor. The student and dissertation supervisor work together to form a dissertation or examining committee, which provides timely input to the student and ultimately is responsible for approving the dissertation.


Year Five: Recruiting, Dissertation Completion, and Final Oral Defense Examination

The fifth or final year of the program is largely spent on the job market recruiting process targeted to earn a full-time tenure-track research appointment. Upon completion of the dissertation, the student must take a Final Oral Defense Examination that focuses on the dissertation.


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