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Accounting & Management

Curriculum & coursework.

Our programs are full-time degree programs which officially begin in August. Students are expected to complete their program in five years. Typically, the first two years are spent on coursework, at the end of which students take a field exam, and then another three years on dissertation research and writing.

Students in the Accounting and Management program must complete a minimum of 13 semester-long doctoral courses in the areas of business management theory, economic theory, quantitative research methods, academic field seminars, and two MBA elective curriculum courses. In addition to HBS courses, students may take courses at other Harvard Schools and MIT.

Research & Dissertation

Students in accounting and management begin research in their first year typically by working with a faculty member. By their third and fourth years, most students are launched on a solid research and publication stream. In Accounting and Management, the dissertation may take the form of three publishable papers or one longer dissertation.

Recent questions students have explored include: the ways in which managers use retail-level marketing actions to influence the timing of consumer purchases in relation to their firms’ fiscal calendars and financial performance as well as those of their competitors; the role of accounting information in strategic human resource decisions; the evolution, consequences and institutional determinants of unregulated financial reporting practices; the effects of adopting rolling forecasts on forecast quality.

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“ I’m constantly inspired to look into new research angles by the brilliant people I run into on campus every day. ”

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Current HBS Faculty

  • Brian K. Baik
  • Dennis Campbell
  • Srikant M. Datar
  • Aiyesha Dey
  • Susanna Gallani
  • Gunther Glenk
  • Brian J. Hall
  • Jonas Heese
  • Robert S. Kaplan
  • V.G. Narayanan
  • Trung Nguyen
  • Joseph Pacelli
  • Lynn S. Paine
  • Krishna G. Palepu
  • Ananth Raman
  • Edward J. Riedl
  • Clayton S. Rose
  • Ethan C. Rouen
  • Tatiana Sandino
  • David S. Scharfstein
  • George Serafeim
  • Anywhere Sikochi
  • Robert Simons
  • Eugene F. Soltes
  • Suraj Srinivasan
  • Adi Sunderam
  • Charles C.Y. Wang
  • Emily Williams

Current Accounting & Management Students

  • Yaxuan Chen
  • Ji Ho Kim
  • Botir Kobilov
  • Yiwei Li
  • Trang Nguyen
  • Konstantin Pavlenkov
  • Ria Sen
  • Terrence Shi
  • Albert Shin
  • Elliot Tobin
  • Wenxin Wang
  • Yina Yang
  • Siyu Zhang

Current HBS Faculty & Students by Interest

Recent placement, wilbur chen, 2022, alexandra scherf, 2021, jody grewal, 2019, andrew jing liu, 2018, hashim zaman, 2022, wei cai, 2020, matthew shaffer, 2019, jee eun shin, 2018, patrick ferguson, 2021, jihwon park, 2020, carolyn deller, 2018, aaron yoon, 2018.

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PhD in Accounting

PhD in Accounting

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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.

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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.

 Student Spotlight

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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.

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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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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PhD Program

Program overview.

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Rigorous, discipline-based research is the hallmark of the MIT Sloan PhD Program. The program is committed to educating scholars who will lead in their fields of research—those with outstanding intellectual skills who will carry forward productive research on the complex organizational, financial, and technological issues that characterize an increasingly competitive and challenging business world.

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Learn more about the program, how to apply, and find answers to common questions.

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Visit this section to find important admissions deadlines, along with a link to our application.

Click here for answers to many of the most frequently asked questions.

PhD studies at MIT Sloan are intense and individual in nature, demanding a great deal of time, initiative, and discipline from every candidate. But the rewards of such rigor are tremendous:  MIT Sloan PhD graduates go on to teach and conduct research at the world's most prestigious universities.

PhD Program curriculum at MIT Sloan is organized under the following three academic areas: Behavior & Policy Sciences; Economics, Finance & Accounting; and Management Science. Our nine research groups correspond with one of the academic areas, as noted below.

MIT Sloan PhD Research Groups

Behavioral & policy sciences.

Economic Sociology

Institute for Work & Employment Research

Organization Studies

Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Strategic Management

Economics, Finance & Accounting


Management Science

Information Technology

System Dynamics  

Those interested in a PhD in Operations Research should visit the Operations Research Center .  

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PhD Program Structure

Additional information including coursework and thesis requirements.

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MIT Sloan Predoctoral Opportunities

MIT Sloan is eager to provide a diverse group of talented students with early-career exposure to research techniques as well as support in considering research career paths.

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Rising Scholars Conference

The fourth annual Rising Scholars Conference on October 25 and 26 gathers diverse PhD students from across the country to present their research.

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The goal of the MIT Sloan PhD Program's admissions process is to select a small number of people who are most likely to successfully complete our rigorous and demanding program and then thrive in academic research careers. The admission selection process is highly competitive; we aim for a class size of nineteen students, admitted from a pool of hundreds of applicants.

What We Seek

  • Outstanding intellectual ability
  • Excellent academic records
  • Previous work in disciplines related to the intended area of concentration
  • Strong commitment to a career in research

MIT Sloan PhD Program Admissions Requirements Common Questions

Dates and Deadlines

Admissions for 2024 is closed. The next opportunity to apply will be for 2025 admission. The 2025 application will open in September 2024. 

More information on program requirements and application components

Students in good academic standing in our program receive a funding package that includes tuition, medical insurance, and a fellowship stipend and/or TA/RA salary. We also provide a new laptop computer and a conference travel/research budget.

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Throughout the year, we organize events that give you a chance to learn more about the program and determine if a PhD in Management is right for you.

PhD Program Events

May phd program overview.

During this webinar, you will hear from the PhD Program team and have the chance to ask questions about the application and admissions process.

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Complete PhD Admissions Event Calendar

Unlike formulaic approaches to training scholars, the PhD Program at MIT Sloan allows students to choose their own adventure and develop a unique scholarly identity. This can be daunting, but students are given a wide range of support along the way - most notably having access to world class faculty and coursework both at MIT and in the broader academic community around Boston.

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Profiles of our current students

MIT Sloan produces top-notch PhDs in management. Immersed in MIT Sloan's distinctive culture, upcoming graduates are poised to innovate in management research and education. Here are the academic placements for our PhDs graduating in May and September 2024. Our 2024-2025 job market candidates will be posted in early June 2024.

Academic Job Market

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Academic Placements

Graduates of the MIT Sloan PhD Program are researching and teaching at top schools around the world.

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MIT Sloan Experience

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The PhD Program is integral to the research of MIT Sloan's world-class faculty. With a reputation as risk-takers who are unafraid to embrace the unconventional, they are engaged in exciting disciplinary and interdisciplinary research that often includes PhD students as key team members.

Research centers across MIT Sloan and MIT provide a rich setting for collaboration and exploration. In addition to exposure to the faculty, PhD students also learn from one another in a creative, supportive research community.

Throughout MIT Sloan's history, our professors have devised theories and fields of study that have had a profound impact on management theory and practice.

From Douglas McGregor's Theory X/Theory Y distinction to Nobel-recognized breakthroughs in finance by Franco Modigliani and in option pricing by Robert Merton and Myron Scholes, MIT Sloan's faculty have been unmatched innovators.

This legacy of innovative thinking and dedication to research impacts every faculty member and filters down to the students who work beside them.

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  • System Dynamics Faculty
  • Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management (TIES) Faculty

Student Research

“MIT Sloan PhD training is a transformative experience. The heart of the process is the student’s transition from being a consumer of knowledge to being a producer of knowledge. This involves learning to ask precise, tractable questions and addressing them with creativity and rigor. Hard work is required, but the reward is the incomparable exhilaration one feels from having solved a puzzle that had bedeviled the sharpest minds in the world!” -Ezra Zuckerman Sivan Alvin J. Siteman (1948) Professor of Entrepreneurship

Sample Dissertation Abstracts - These sample Dissertation Abstracts provide examples of the work that our students have chosen to study while in the MIT Sloan PhD Program.

We believe that our doctoral program is the heart of MIT Sloan's research community and that it develops some of the best management researchers in the world. At our annual Doctoral Research Forum, we celebrate the great research that our doctoral students do, and the research community that supports that development process.

The videos of their presentations below showcase the work of our students and will give you insight into the topics they choose to research in the program.

Attention To Retention: The Informativeness of Insiders’ Decision to Retain Shares

2024 PhD Doctoral Research Forum Winner - Gabriel Voelcker

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Accounting: PhD Students

  • Stern’s accounting faculty has a wide range of research interests and continuously publishes works in all major academic accounting research journals such as the Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting and Economics, the Accounting Review, the Review of Accounting Studies, and Contemporary Accounting Research. Furthermore, Stern’s accounting faculty has published in such major Finance journals as the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, and the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis.
  • The Department boasts a large and diverse body of Ph.D. students, who assist faculty with research projects early on in their doctoral program and often become co-authors to papers published in prestigious accounting journals.
  • The admissions process is a rigorous one and important criteria are: an interest in doing research and teaching in accounting, strong quantitative skills, and an ability to communicate effectively. There are no formal education requirements  other than possession of a bachelor's degree - an MBA is not required.
  • The quality of our Ph.D. program (ranked 7th in the United States by U.S. News and World Report) manifests itself by, among other things, our success in placing our graduates.

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Accounting, Ph.D. Program Coordinators

NYU Stern Henry Kaufman Management Center 44 West 4th Street Suite No. 10-77 Phone:  212-998-0025 Email: [email protected]

Xiaojing Meng

NYU Stern Henry Kaufman Management Center 44 West 4th Street Suite No. 10-84 Phone:  212-992-6812 Email:   [email protected]

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The PhD specialization in Accounting prepares students to become accounting scholars engaged in research and teaching at the highest levels in the general areas of financial information and contracting within and across organizations. 

Yale SOM’s specialization in accounting is designed to develop strong theoretical and empirical skills. There is a heavy emphasis on original research to form a base for sustained scholarship. Co-authored research, with both faculty and fellow PhD students, is encouraged and supported.

Yale’s accounting program is small (matriculating one to two students each year), and involves informal and spontaneous frequent interactions with faculty. The program maintains a 1:1 faculty-to-student ratio. Students interact with emerging research in a host of ways, from conferences held on campus to weekly seminars where faculty and fellow PhD students present and discuss their work.

Candidates tend to pursue a broad range of research interests, helped by courses in accounting as well as in various areas of management, Department of Economics, Yale Law School, and other parts of the University. They develop fruitful relationships with other Ph.d. students, especially from the Finance PhD program.

Examples of research submitted as dissertations by students in the program:

  • Intended Benefits and Unintended Consequences of Improved Performance Disclosure
  • Asymmetric Inefficiency in Market Response to Non-earnings 8-K Information
  • Real Earnings Management in Nonprofit Organizations
  • How Does More Frequent Reporting Reduce Information Asymmetry?
  • Real Earnings Management in the Financial Industry
  • Accruals and price crashes
  • Customer-base concentration: Implications for firm performance and capital markets
  • The Treatment of Special Items in Determining CEO Cash Compensation
  • Strategic Decentralization, Bargaining, and Transfer Pricing in Supply Chain Efficiency
  • Keynesian Beauty Contest, Accounting Disclosure, and Market Efficiency
  • Labor Unions and Management’s Incentive to Signal Declining Profitability
  • Investor Expectations, Earnings Management, and Asset Prices
  • Limiting Outside Directors' Liability through Charter Provisions: An Empirical Analysis
  • Nickels Not Pennies: Explanations and Implications of Granularity in Analysts’ EPS Forecasts
  • Auditor’s Pre-Negotiation Information, Accuracy of Financial Reports and Consulting Services
  • Taxes, Debt, and Firm Value: New Evidence

Examples of research co-authored with faculty and other students:


  • Management of reported and forecast EPS, investor responses, and research implications (Management Science
  • Placebo Tests of Conditional Conservatism (The Accounting Review)
  • Orphans Deserve Attention: Financial Reporting in the Missing Months When Corporations Change Fiscal Year (The Accounting Review)
  • Why do EPS forecast error and dispersion not vary with scale? Implications for analyst and managerial behavior (Journal of Accounting Research)
  • More Evidence of Bias in the Differential Timeliness Measure of Conditional Conservatism (The Accounting Review)
  • The Effect of Litigation Risk on Management Earnings Forecasts (Contemporary Accounting Research)
  • Friction in Related Party Trade when a Rival is also a Customer (Management Science)
  • The Joint Determination of Audit Fees, Non-audit Fees and Abnormal Accruals (Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting)

Working Papers

  • Rethinking Determinants of Trading Volume at Earnings Announcements
  • Auditor Change Disclosures as Signals of Earnings Management and Risk
  • Individual Investor Overextrapolation
  • The Value and Information Effects of Initial Loan Contract Strictness
  • The Information Quality Effect of Accruals-Based Benchmark Beating: Evidence from the CDS Market
  • On the Contemporaneous Reporting of Income Increasing and Income Decreasing Special Items: Initial Evidence
  • Conditional conservatism: the case of goodwill impairments under SFAS 142
  • The power of firm fundamentals in explaining stock returns

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Accounting and Financial Management PhD Opportunities

This postgraduate research programme offers PhD or MPhil supervision in the area of accounting.

At a glance

  • Choose from a range of research domains available in accounting
  • 3 PhD entry points each year
  • Participate in regular research seminars
  • Work with faculty from Henley Centre for Accounting Research and Practice
  • Programme features personal development modules and workshops

We offer PhD opportunities in a range of themes surrounding the subject of accounting. This includes theoretical and applied research in domains such as financial decision making; international regulation & policy analysis; accounting for sustainability; accounting education; governance & accountability.

The University has a formal code of practice for research students. This ensures that adequate supervision and appropriate research skills training are provided.

You may pursue this PhD programme full-time or part-time at Henley Business School. Part-time study may be carried out away from campus. This usually applies if you are working in an institution where research facilities are available, such as universities abroad. You will need to have supervision from both Henley Business School and the local institution.

Course structure Open

The module descriptions set out on this page are correct for modules being taught in the current academic year. Optional module listings are indicative and may be subject to change.

A PhD is usually taken on a full-time basis over three to four years. A part-time option, taking four-six years is also available in some research areas. On a full-time basis, the PhD Programme starts in September at the beginning of the academic year (in some departments January and May entries are also possible). However, if necessary for your training, you may be required to come to the University earlier to attend some preparatory courses.

  • Year One : You will have to attend courses examined according to university rules. These courses include Research Methods and other courses required for your area of concentration
  • Confirmation of Registration : In the middle of your second year, you will present and defend your fully developed Research Proposal consisting of a substantive confirmation report
  • Year Two-Three : The remaining part of your PhD studies will be devoted to complete your thesis before your viva examination at the end of your three to four years (maximum amount of time allowed by university rules).

During your first year of studies, you will be required to:

  • Attend at least 60 credits from PhD/Masters level courses in Research Methods and other relevant courses plus a non-credit bearing course (see below)
  • Attend some short courses (2-3 hours each) required for the Reading Researcher Development Programme at the Graduate School (overseeing PhD studies within the University of Reading)
  • Attend the Preparing to Teach training programme (which is necessary to be able to complete any teaching-related activities within Henley Business School)
  • Participate in regular research seminars organised by your Department and others relevant to your area of interest
  • Hold regular meetings with your supervisor(s).

Required Taught Component

We have a slightly different path of taught components for students primarily using quantitative vs. qualitative research methods

Quantitative Path

You may choose an alternative Advanced Quantitative Methods course instead of Advanced Finance Theory with Empirical Applications. Please note Microeconometrics 1 and 2 are 10 credits each.

Qualitative Path

Confirmation of registration.

After 15 to 18 months from the start of your PhD (see differences between departments), you will submit a substantive Confirmation Report that will be defended in front of Faculty members and/or assessed by independent examiners. This process will coincide with your confirmation of registration and, if successful, it will grant you the status of PhD candidate.

The Confirmation Report will be a significant development of the initial proposal you submitted for your application. It will include material you may have produced during the first-year courses in research methods (e.g. literature review, methodologies, data description, etc.) If you plan to do a PhD thesis combining three papers, you are expected to include a draft of the first paper in your Confirmation Report. Alternatively, if you intend to use a book-like structure for your thesis, the document should include the draft of at least one of the three/four key chapters.

Year Two and Three

During your second and third year you will:

  • Continue to work on your PhD dissertation drafting the other two papers/key chapters
  • Hold regular meetings with your supervisor(s)
  • Attend some short courses (two-three hours each) required for the Reading Researcher Development Programme at the Graduate School
  • Participate in weekly research seminars organised by your Department and others relevant to your area of interest
  • Contribute to Business School and Departmental teaching/research activities and events
  • Present posters/papers at national/international conferences.

*The module or course content descriptions set out on this page are correct for those being taught in the current academic year. Modules or course content marked as optional are indicative and may be subject to change. Please note, constraints in timetable scheduling may mean you are unable to take some optional modules at the same time as others.

How to apply Open

The application process normally consists of three main steps :

1. Formal application

Before applying formally, you may want to contact a potential supervisor who is working in your area. They could be interested in your topic. Please avoid contacting multiple faculty members simultaneously. We do talk to each other and this is not seen as a professional practice. You can contact a faculty member before your formal application, if you wish to.

2. Shortlisting based on the documents you uploaded in your application

3. Formal interview to assess your suitability to pursue a PhD at Henley Business School

The deadline to be considered for a scholarship varies between departments.

The key requirements for a successful application are:

  • Top grades in your Masters degree (minimum requirement is Merit or equivalent, but we prefer Distinction)
  • Top grade in your Masters Dissertation (or equivalent research-based piece of work) because this may show your research attitude and skills
  • A well-developed research proposal. Guidance on writing the research proposal can be found here

A reasonable intended timeline reflecting issues you may encounter in the study as presented above. For example, if you have to collect primary data. The time spent on data collection will be much longer than if you intend to use secondary data sources.

Fees & funding Open

For fees, please visit the Graduate School website .

Overseas applicants should refer to the non-laboratory based fees listed in the tables (International Band 1 for non UK/Home students).


Scholarships for the 2022/23 academic year have now been awarded.

Our PhD scholarships cover fees and stipend and are renewable for up to three years subject to performance.

Scholarship applications are subject to receiving an offer for a place on the PhD in Business Informatics, Systems and Accounting programme. Upon receiving an offer, your scholarship application will be processed and to be considered by the Scholarship Panel.

If you would like to apply, please download a PhD in Business Informatics Systems and Accounting Scholarship application form , ensuring you complete all parts in as much detail as possible, and return it to [email protected] .

Please note that our funded places are no longer available for the 2022/23 academic year.

Further PhD funding

  • Nationals from India and developing countries : The Felix Scholarship competition is open to candidates applying for either taught Masters or Postgraduate Research Degrees who are either Indian nationals, or from developing countries, and who fulfil the required criteria. For more information and how to apply please follow the link
  • Regional PhD Bursaries : They are available for PhD applicants normally living within 25 miles of the University. The scheme is not open to students who have already started their study at the University of Reading. For further information, please go to Graduate School website
  • Former UoR Graduate : If you have already studied at the University of Reading you will get up to £1,500 off programme fees through the alumni fee discount
  • Other : For information on further opportunities, please see the find funding section on our University website.

Current scholarships

Business informatics, systems & accounting scholarship, entry requirements open, phd programme.

You should have obtained an equivalent of a merit or above in a Master’s degree in a related science, social science or engineering field. Relevant research and/or industry experiences may be considered for those with exceptional strengths.

It is also advisable to contact the member of staff with whom you are interested in carrying out your research, to discuss your proposal before you apply.

English requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English are expected to have obtained IELTS 7.0 (with no element below 6.0), TOEFL internet-based test with overall score of 100 and no less than 20 in Listening, Writing and Reading and 21 in Speaking or have passed a TEEP (University of Reading) test with the score of 7.0 (with no element less than 6.0).

For all other equivalent score requirements in our accepted English Language tests, please visit the admissions website .

Careers, accreditation & progression Open

How can henley careers work with you.

We have an award-winning careers team here to support you through your time at Henley and four years after graduating.

Henley Careers and Professional Development run numerous events throughout the autumn and spring terms to help you gain industry experience. These events are aimed to enhance your professional development and network with employers. We also offer one-to-one career coaching appointments where you can talk to a Careers Consultant about your professional development. This may include planning your ideal career journey or building confidence in a particular area. It could also involve practicing for interviews or having your CV checked.

For more information please see our Careers page.

Continuing Your Career

A PhD in the area of Business Informatics, Systems and Accounting can open doors to a successful career in academia and other organisations. This includes large multinationals, leading consulting firms, and governmental and non-governmental organisations worldwide.

Research Areas Open

Phd research interests.

We offer expertise from many subject fields and conduct interdisciplinary research in theoretical and application domains. We maintain a close-knit community of researchers working together as a team to carry out research in one or more of the research themes.

Henley Centre for Accounting Research & Practice (HARP)

At the Henley Centre for Accounting and Research (HARP) , these are just some of the themes we have been involved in:

If you want to study for a PhD in Accounting and Financial Management, it is also advisable to contact the member of staff with whom you are interested in carrying out your research, to discuss your proposal before you apply.

Teaching staff Open

Dr mona ashok.

Dr Mona Ashok

Clare Bentata

Clare Bentata

Sue Blackett

Sue Blackett

Dr Maggie Cooper

Dr Maggie Cooper

Julie Cooper, Honorary Fellow

Julie Cooper, Honorary Fellow

Helen de Felice

Helen de Felice

Rhianydd Dow

Rhianydd Dow

Professor Teck Eng

Professor Teck Eng

Dr Alisher Erkaboev

Dr Alisher Erkaboev

Tony Graham

Tony Graham

Dr Stephen R Gulliver

Dr Stephen R Gulliver

Professor Liang Han, Visiting Professor

Professor Liang Han, Visiting Professor

Dr Markos Kyritsis

Dr Markos Kyritsis

Professor David C Lane, BSc Brist, MSc DPhil Oxf, FORS

Professor David C Lane, BSc Brist, MSc DPhil Oxf, FORS

Professor Weizi (Vicky) Li

Professor Weizi (Vicky) Li

Professor Kecheng Liu

Professor Kecheng Liu

Professor Sharm Manwani

Professor Sharm Manwani

Dr Vaughan Michell

Dr Vaughan Michell

Professor Keiichi Nakata

Professor Keiichi Nakata

Dr Ronita Ram

Dr Ronita Ram

Professor Gunnar Rimmel, Visiting Professor

Professor Gunnar Rimmel, Visiting Professor

Dr Ekililu Salifu

Dr Ekililu Salifu

Nigel Spinks

Nigel Spinks

Dr Renata Stenka

Dr Renata Stenka

Dr Niran Subramaniam

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Accounting Requirements

I. preparation.

It is desirable for students to have a solid understanding of applied microeconomic theory, econometrics and mathematics (linear algebra, real analysis, optimization, probability theory) prior to the start of the program. Adequate computer programming skills (e.g. R, Matlab, SAS, STATA, Python) are necessary in coursework. A traditional accounting background such as CPA is not required.

II. Course Requirements

All required courses must be taken for a grade (not pass/fail or credit/no credit). Exceptions are made if the required course is offered pass/fail or credit/no credit only. Each course must be passed with a grade of P or B- or better. Substitutions of required courses require approval by the faculty liaison. Waiving a course requirement based on similar doctoral level course completed elsewhere requires the approval of the course instructor, faculty liaison, and the PhD Program Office.

The faculty encourages students to take at least three courses (in addition to ACC 698/699) related to the academic program each quarter during the academic year in the first two years of the program and some additional selected courses during their third year of study. Students must complete all required courses in order to advance to candidacy. Students should discuss and confirm course schedules with their faculty liaisons each quarter.

III. Practicum

All students are required to register for ACC 698 “Practicum in Teaching” or ACC 699 “Practicum in Research” for one unit in every quarter of the academic year and during the summer quarter. Students register for ACC 698 and ACC 699 on Axess and receive a letter grade for ACC 698 and ACC 699.

We estimate that students in their first and second year will spend 10 hours per week per quarter during the academic year and 20 hours per week in the summer quarter on the practicum. Students in years three through five will spend approximately 14 hours per week per quarter during the academic year and 10 hours per week in the summer quarter on the practicum.

In years three through five, students have the option to work up to 6 hours/week during the academic year and up to 10 hours/week during the summer as an RA or CA. Students sign up for RA or CA work on the CARA system. In addition, at any point during the program, students have the option to work as a grader up to the appropriate limits per school and university policy. Students sign up as a grader on CARA.

International students may be restricted in the number of hours they can work as RA, CA or grader due to their visa status.

Research Practicum

The purpose of the accounting group’s research practicum is to give our doctoral students hands-on exposure to accounting research. In the student’s first academic year of study, each student will be assigned to work with a different faculty member each quarter. During these first-year series of practica, students will gain exposure to the given faculty members areas of research through a variety of activities, such as reading and discussing research papers, collecting data for a research project, working on an aspect of the faculty member’s research or performing a literature review.

In the second year of the program, research practica will involve serving as a research assistant for the sponsoring faculty member. In the third through fifth year of the program, the research practica ideally evolve from a research assistant to collaborative relationship with the sponsoring faculty member. The pace of this evolution is determined by the progress of the student in the program and the research agenda of the sponsoring faculty member. These practica are meant to provide the student with valuable research experience through the initiation, development and completion of both existing and new research projects, writing referee reports under the supervision of the faculty member, and similar career-building activities.

The scope and nature of the research practicum will be determined by the sponsoring faculty member each quarter. In addition to the activities determined by the sponsoring faculty member, students are required to regularly attend the accounting seminars and internal workshops.

Teaching Practicum

The purpose of the accounting group’s teaching practicum is to give our doctoral students hands-on exposure to aspects in teaching. A teaching practicum can involve a variety of activities such as conducting review sessions, or development of teaching material including case writing The scope and nature of the teaching practicum will be determined by the sponsoring faculty member each quarter.

Students are required to enroll in a minimum of two quarters of ACC 698 prior to the end of the fourth year in the program.

IV. Summer Research Papers and Presentations

Satisfactory completion of the following research papers and presentations are required for admission to candidacy.

First-Year Summer Paper

Each student is required to write an original research paper during the summer after the first year of coursework. This research paper is due before the start of the fall quarter of their second year, and is required to be presented to the faculty during an accounting workshop at the beginning of the fall quarter at a time announced by the liaison. The student receives a pass/fail grade for the 1st year summer paper.

Second-Year Summer Paper

Each student is required to write a second original research paper after completing two years of coursework and the area field exam. This second research paper is due at the end of the fall quarter of their third year, and is required to be presented to the faculty during that fall quarter at a time announced by the liaison. The second year summer paper is expected to be more substantive than the first year summer paper. Ideally, it can be developed into a doctoral thesis. The student receives a pass/fail grade for the 2nd year summer paper.

V. Field Exam

The purpose of the field exam in accounting is to examine (1) the student’s command of the past and current academic literature in accounting; (2) the student’s ability to understand, critique and apply the methods used to conduct research in accounting; and (3) the student’s ability to evaluate research in accounting and independently develop suitable research designs to address research questions in accounting.

The field exam tests whether the student has the solid understanding of accounting research necessary to conduct meaningful research in accounting. Studying for the field exam may also help the student identify gaps in the literature as well as research areas and questions of interest to her/him. The questions on the field exam focus on topics covered and skills developed in the students’ coursework during the first two years in the program.

The field exam in accounting is usually a written exam conducted over two days during the summer after the second year. The format and date will be announced by the liaison.

VI. Teaching Requirement

Students are required to enroll in a minimum of two quarters of ACC 698 - Teaching Practicum prior to the end of the fourth year in the program.

VII. Candidacy

Admission to candidacy for the doctoral degree is a judgment by the faculty of the student’s potential to successfully complete the requirements of the degree program. Students are required to advance to candidacy by September 1 before the start of their fourth year in the program.

VIII. University Oral Exam

The oral examination is a defense of the dissertation work in progress. The student orally presents and defends the thesis work in progress at a stage when it is one-half to two-thirds complete. The oral examination committee tests the student on the theory and methodology underlying the research, the areas of application and portions of the major field to which the research is relevant, and the significance of the dissertation research. Students are required to successfully complete the oral exams by September 1 before the start of their fifth year in the program.

IX. Doctoral Dissertation

The doctoral dissertation is expected to be an original contribution to scholarship or scientific knowledge, to exemplify the highest standards of the discipline, and to be of lasting value to the intellectual community. Accounting does not have any general guidelines beyond the University requirements, and instead defer to the student’s Dissertation Reading Committee.

Typical Timeline

Years one & two.

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  • Directed Reading & Research
  • Advancement to Candidacy
  • Formulation of Research Topic
  • Annual Evaluation
  • Continued Research

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PhD in Management Program

A phd in management: where business research and education intersect.

Become an industry thought leader while preparing tomorrow’s business leaders.

Our fully funded PhD in Management is designed for ambitious students and professionals interested in a career in university teaching and research.

This residential program, based at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management in Ithaca, NY, combines Ivy League rigor and real-world relevance to prepare you for successful careers in academia.

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Why Get a PhD in Management?

With a strong focus on management science and applied research, this doctoral degree is ideal for someone looking to teach at the university level and contribute to the greater body of industry knowledge. Pursuing a PhD in Management is also an ideal next step for executives and senior managers who want to make a transition to academia or enhance their research skills for a successful consulting career.

Fully Funded, Highly Flexible: What Makes Cornell’s Management PhD Different?

As you explore PhD programs’ degree requirements, faculty engagement, and campus experience, Cornell stands alone.

In Cornell’s highly flexible program, you’ll choose a specific area of study and build your own dissertation committee. Our program faculty are genuinely interested and invested in your intellectual development. In this small and highly selective program, you will get to know the faculty and your peers well. 

The SC Johnson Graduate School of Management is home to leading research centers and a high-impact academic journal; these open you up to unique learning and mentorship opportunities.

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Our Three-Pronged Approach to a PhD in Management

The Johnson School’s doctoral degree in management combines the best of theory and practice, building on a three-pronged foundation:

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Hands-on Experience

Develop your research and analytical skills. You’ll work with classmates to examine existing literature and theories for class deliverables, which will often include your own original research.

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Customizable Curriculum

Design your own academic pathway. You’ll choose one of six primary areas of study and create your own dissertation committee.

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University-Wide Coursework

Draw on the expertise from across Cornell. You’ll get to select graduate-level courses from schools and colleges devoted to law , hospitality , engineering , labor relations , and other fields.

At a Glance: Cornell’s Fully Funded PhD in Management

The fully residential, fully funded PhD in Management program includes a tuition waiver and a stipend for living expenses. Here’s a quick overview of what to expect:

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Degree Awarded

PhD in Management

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Program Location

Ithaca, NY, with options in New York City

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Program Format

Foundational coursework, original research, and six potential areas of study

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“PhD is a marathon, not a sprint, and collaborating with great people is paramount. At Cornell, I’ve found a place where amazing people come together, supporting my research and personal growth. Choosing Cornell means joining a community that knows how important it is to work with exceptional people to excel in the program.” – Elina Hur PhD ’23

Customize Your Path: Our Areas of Study

When you apply to the Johnson School’s PhD in Management, you will select a primary area of study. Choosing a concentration allows you to gain specialized skills and knowledge while growing a portfolio of original research.


Examine the role of accounting information in firms and financial markets. PhD-level research at Cornell explores topics such as how firms report information to investors, how accounting information is used to manage firms, and the nature of auditing.


Strategy & Business Economics

Use modern tools and methodologies to gain a better understanding of the world. PhD students in this area explore many aspects of economics including industrial, behavioral, labor, and organizational.


Dive deep into the financial structure and issues of organizations. Your research might look at how conflicts of interest affect corporate policy, how investor psychology affects asset pricing, or how to detect price bubbles.


Learn how theories from operations research, economics, psychology, and sociology intersect to inform corporate and consumer decisions. Your PhD studies will explore both quantitative and behavioral perspectives of marketing.


Management & Organizations

Prepare for a research-focused career in academia or industry. This versatile concentration develops skilled, innovative, analytical researchers through a broad curriculum and close faculty collaboration.


Operations, Technology, & Information Management

Develop the technical skills and behavioral analysis knowledge you need to address high-impact managerial decisions. This focus area also offers an option to complete coursework at Cornell Tech in New York City.

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Idea Generation to Publication: A Career in Teaching and Research

The majority of our PhD in Management students pursue careers in academia. After graduation, many land tenure-track teaching positions at top-tier business schools and continue to advance knowledge through original research. Johnson School PhD students often field multiple offers and see starting salaries range from $150,000 to $250,000.

Finding Your Place at Cornell: Meet Our Current PhDs

Students from around the United States and across the globe arrive at the Johnson School to earn their PhD in Management —and their diverse research interests, educational backgrounds, and professional experiences make for a vibrant, enriching learning environment. MEET CURRENT PHD STUDENTS

Research and Placements: Making an Impact in the Management Field

After earning the PhD in Management, our alumni go on to teach and inspire future leaders at top-tier institutions. Not only do they teach and conduct research alongside some of the most brilliant minds in business, but they also advance the field through publishing in leading journals and presenting their work at industry conferences.

Recent PhD in Management Placements

  • Piyush Anand, PhD ’21, assistant professor of marketing, Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University
  • Guarav Kankanhalli, PhD ’20, assistant professor, Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh
  • Eunjee Kim, PhD ’21, assistant professor, Mays Business School, Texas A&M University
  • Sarah Lim, PhD ’21, assistant professor, Gies College of Business, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Xuege Lu, PhD ’22, assistant professor, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota
  • Subrina Shen, PhD ’21, assistant professor, McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin

Recent Research Publications

  • “ Do Real Estate Values Boost Corporate Borrowing? Evidence from Contract-Level Data ” in the Journal of Financial Economics (2022) — Gaurav Kankanhalli, PhD ’20, with Murillo Campello, Robert A. Connolly, and Eva Steiner
  • “ Converging Tides Lift All Boats: Consensus in Evaluation Criteria Boosts Investments in Firms in Nascent Technology Sectors ” in Organization Science (2021) — Xirong (Subrina) Shen, PhD ’21, with Huisi (Jessica) Li, PhD ’20, and Pamela S. Tolbert 
  • “ Initial and Longer-Term Change in Unit-Level Turnover Following Leader Succession: Contingent Effects of Outgoing and Incoming Leader Characteristics ” in Organization Science (2020)— Huisi (Jessica) Li, PhD ’20, with John Hausknecht and Lisa Dragoni

“ Does Regulatory Jurisdiction Affect the Quality of Investment-Adviser Regulation? ” in American Economic Review (2019) — Alan Kwan, PhD ’17, with Ben Charoenwong and Tarik Umar

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Our Faculty: Accomplished Researchers, Dedicated Teachers

When you join the PhD in Management program at the Johnson School, you’ll be part of a learning community comprising more than 100 accomplished academics and thought leaders. 

Not only will you take courses with renowned professors from across the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, but you also will have the opportunity to build your own faculty committee—a group that will become instrumental as you select your dissertation topic and embark on your original research.

Faculty Spotlight: Learn from Leading Thought Leaders

Throughout the PhD program—from foundational coursework to your dissertation—you’ll work closely with dedicated teacher-scholars like these:

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Kristina Rennekamp

Dr. Rennekamp’s research focuses on financial accounting from a behavioral perspective. She’s widely published, with work appearing in leading academic journals such as The Accounting Review , Contemporary Accounting Research , and The Journal of Financial Reporting .

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Karan Girotra

Dr. Girotra studies the digital transformation of companies, whether it’s looking at emerging tools and practices or exploring new business models. He’s frequently interviewed in an array of mainstream business media outlets, including Bloomberg BusinessWeek , Fortune , and Forbes .

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Kaitlin Woolley

Dr. Woolley studies the psychological processes behind consumer motivation. She’s an award-winning educator and researcher with work published in academic journals and national media outlets including the Journal of Consumer Research , Journal of Marketing Research , and The Wall Street Journal .


What You’ll Learn: Curriculum Overview

As you pursue your PhD in business management , you’ll begin with a set of foundation courses and progress into advanced coursework in your area of interest. Through it all, your faculty committee will help make sure you’re on the right track.


Foundational Management Coursework

Early in your doctoral program, you will complete foundational coursework in management and other fields. Many of these will focus on the research process and prepare you for your dissertation.


Advanced Coursework in Your Concentration Area

As you progress in the PhD in Management program, you’ll take electives and advanced courses that align with your research area of interest; these classes can be in the Johnson School and across Cornell.


Your Dissertation: Creating Original Research

During the final part of the program, you begin work on your dissertation—the culmination of your original research. You choose the topic of research in conjunction with your committee.


Beyond Business: Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration and Dialogue

Tap into the experience and expertise of faculty members from across Cornell University.  

Management is a broad science. Business leaders serve in a variety of roles in industries of all kinds: healthcare, consumer goods, agriculture, biotechnology, media, and consulting to name just a few. At Cornell, you can enrich your education and expand your research opportunities by taking courses and finding mentors beyond the college of business.

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Explore fields like computer science, psychology, sociology, communication, engineering, and data science—and then connect the dots back to your management research.

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Interact with peers and professors from other disciplines by participating in student organizations and special interest groups or by attending public lectures, workshops, and networking events.


Admissions Overview: How to Apply to the Management PhD Program

The ideal candidate for the Johnson School’s doctorate degree in management will have a strong record of academic excellence, a solid understanding of the research process, and an entrepreneurial approach to problem-solving. An MBA or master’s degree is not a requirement for admission. 

Our admissions page offers more details about program prerequisites, selection criteria, requirements, deadline information, and a checklist of materials you need to submit with your application.

Connect With Cornell Admissions

The Johnson School admissions team is available to answer your questions about the program and the application process. Stop in or reach out by phone or email today.

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The Cornell Campus: Where You Will Learn, Grow, and Thrive

Learn, grow, and thrive on one of the most beautiful college campuses in the United States. As a PhD student, you’ll spend a lot of time in Sage Hall, a Gothic-style building dating back to 1875. You’ll find more high-tech learning spaces just off campus at the Breazzano Family Center for Business Education. You’ll also have access to the innovative campus of Cornell Tech in New York City—particularly relevant to students focused on technology and information management. 

Attending Cornell also means you’ll call Ithaca, NY, home for about five years. Our eclectic downtown is full of eateries, shops, activities, and all of the amenities you’d need for everyday life. When you’re not in class or studying, you can explore all that the Finger Lakes region has to offer.

PhD in Management FAQ: What You Need to Know

Before you apply to a research-focused graduate program, you’re likely to want to do some deep research of your own. For instance, how does a fully funded PhD in Management work? What’s the typical completion time?

We have a robust Frequently Asked Questions section to help you learn more about our program, the admissions process, and dissertation requirements. For our international applicants, you’ll also find specific details about earning your PhD in Management.

May I speak to someone about my interest in the program and visit?

You are welcome to reach out to any professor with whom you see a good research fit. Our website also has a wealth of information about the program.

Is an interview part of the process?

We offer interviews only to a few applicants after their first screening.

May I talk to a professor or advisor?

You are welcome to contact any professor with whom you see a research match. Faculty are more likely to respond to specific research queries.

I have questions; may I write to this program email address?

Yes. Our response time will vary. We are not able to answer detailed questions that are better assessed by faculty during the application process.

May I schedule a campus tour?

Admissions does not offer campus tours for PhD program applicants. However, you may arrange an appointment with a faculty member.

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Cornell University recently has been made aware of fraudulent activity targeting overseas students and researchers, including at least one third party website falsely stating that it is offering a postdoctoral or visiting scholar program in association with Cornell. These scams, which may seek to obtain money and/or personal details from interested applicants, are fraudulent. 

Cornell wishes to warn the public about these fraudulent activities being perpetrated purportedly in the name of Cornell, and/or its officials. Please be advised that: 

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Start the Application Process Today

Ready to apply to our highly selective, fully funded PhD in Management? We look forward to learning more about you and your research goals. Start the application process today at the Cornell Graduate Admissions website. [You’ll first need to register for an account or log in to an existing one.]

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Professor Aboody joined the UCLA Anderson faculty in 1995 after completing his PhD in Accounting at Berkeley Haas. His research area is empirical financial accounting. It seeks to address issues important to investors, market regulators, and standard-setters. There are two closely related streams: one set of papers studies the impact of executive compensation, particularly executive stock options, on strategic decisions of managers and the value of the firm. These decisions include the timing of disclosure, the choice of accounting methods, and corporate cash payout policies. The other set of papers examines the effects of accounting discretion on the value of the firm and behavior of managers. A central tradeoff in providing such discretion is between communication to capital markets and opportunism by managers.

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Ron Kasznik is Professor of Accounting at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University. Ron joined the GSB in 1995 after receiving his PhD in Accounting from Berkeley Haas. Professor Kasznik specializes in financial accounting and its interactions with the capital markets. Specifically, his research looks at the determinants and outcomes of corporate voluntary disclosures, with particular emphasis on incentives to manage expectations of future firm performance. His research contributes to many contemporary financial reporting issues, such as the accounting treatment of employee stock options and the effect of executive compensation plans on financial accounting and disclosure. Professor Kasznik has received several teaching awards, including the Sloan Teaching Excellence Award in 2001, 2003, and 2005, and a number of faculty awards, including, most recently, the MBA Class of 1969 Faculty Scholarship and the Robert and Marilyn Jaedicke Faculty Fellow for 2013-2014.

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Doron Nissim

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Professor Nissim earned his PhD in Accounting at Berkeley Haas, and joined Columbia Business School in 1997. In 2014, he was reappointed as the Chair of the Accounting Division, after previously serving as the chair from 2006 to 2009. Professor Nissim’s research is primarily in the areas of equity valuation, fundamental analysis, and earnings quality. His studies investigate various issues related to fundamental and relative (price multiple) valuation, corporate and personal taxes, market efficiency, reliability and relevance of financial disclosures, corporate finance, and financial institutions. Professor Nissim’s research has been published in the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Accounting Research, the Accounting Review, the Review of Accounting Studies, Contemporary Accounting Research, and Journal of Banking and Finance, as well as in practitioner-oriented journals such as the Financial Analysts Journal and The Journal of Financial Perspectives. Professor Nissim’s research is frequently cited in the popular press, including The Wall Street Journal, Time, The New York Times, Bloomberg, Chief Executive Magazine, The Economist, and the International Herald Tribune. Professor Nissim served as an editor of the Review of Accounting Studies from 2006 to 2013. Professor Nissim has received several honors and awards, including a prize from the Financial Executive Research Foundation, the Morgan Stanley Award for Contributions to the Development of ModelWare Core Strategies; two nominations for the Brattle Prize at the Journal of Finance; and two teaching awards.

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Ph.D. in Accounting

Develop expertise in accounting principles, quantitative methods, economics, and finance on your way to becoming a successful teacher and scholars.  You will collaborate with both peers and faculty mentors, and be encouraged to present your work at conferences, as well as submit articles for publication in top research journals. 

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Accounting Ph.D. students complete a program of study that begins with coursework in accounting, quantitative methods, economics, and finance. Through seminar courses, you will become fluent on the existing state of research literature, appropriate research methods, and proper management of the publication process.

Course requirements are typically satisfied in the first two years of the program. In addition to doctoral seminars, Ph.D. students will take courses in the departments of finance and economics, and are encouraged to explore inter-disciplinary pursuits.

Comprehensive Examination

A comprehensive examination will be administered at the conclusion of the second year in the program. Satisfactory performance on the exam marks your transition from course-work to full-time thesis research.

Doctoral students begin engaging in the research process as early in the program as possible. A first-year summer paper, which can be a replication or an extension of an existing study, provides early hands-on experience in research design, programming, data management, and statistical analysis.

Students must then complete a second-year paper based on an original research idea and present this research in early December of their third year to qualify as a Ph.D. candidate.

In the spring of their fourth year, students submit and present their dissertation proposal, which should make a substantial, significant, and original contribution to the field. Input from faculty during the proposal process outlines the work that students need to complete over the summer for their dissertation proposals to become their job market papers for the fall of their fifth year.

Research and Teaching Assistant Requirement

Doctoral students at the Carroll School are expected to serve as research assistants, teaching assistants, and/or instructors throughout their studies. Students work for a set number of hours per week, throughout the duration of their Ph.D. programs. In exchange, the Carroll School provides financial support for doctoral students in the form of a stipend and tuition remission.

                *If required

Second Year

The following information reflects data for the entering classes of 2019–2023. Updated September 25, 2023.

Year Size 2019 2 2020 1 2021 3 2022 2 2023 1 Overall Selectivity 4.4%

Academic & professional profile, demographics, current students.

Learn more about current Ph.D. in Accounting candidates.  

“ Our faculty is on a mission to build an outstanding Ph.D. program, one that successfully places its candidates at top-tier institutions. ”

Accounting Faculty

Accounting faculty take an active role in placing students in attractive academic positions. They will become your mentors and colleagues, and be invaluable resources for the duration of your career.

Ph.D. Admission FAQ

Application link & deadlines.

Application Deadline:  The deadline to apply for Fall 2024 is January 9, 2024.

Application Fee: All applicants are required to pay a nonrefundable application fee of $100 USD.

Interviews: If selected, applicants will be invited to interview in early spring.

Admission Decisions: Applications are generally reviewed after the final deadline has passed. There is no specific decision notification date for Ph.D. programs. Final decisions are typically available by mid-spring.

CV and Resume

Your current curriculum vitae should include your education, research, and professional information.

We also require  a separate Employment History, using the form provided within the online application.


Recommendations from two individuals who can provide an objective appraisal of your capacity for intensive graduate study and potential for professional success.


All applicants must possess a four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. You must submit transcripts from every institution where you were enrolled in a degree-granting program. At the time of application, only a self-reported transcript is required but if you are admitted, we will require an official transcript sent directly from your degree-granting institution. Transcripts should include:

Course names

All grades received (including transfer credits and study abroad programs)

Cumulative GPA

Degree conferral information

Graduates of non-U.S. institutions must possess a college or university degree equivalent to a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree. If admitted, international students are required to submit an official English translation of all academic credentials, along with a third-party degree verification from an agency such as  SpanTran or  World Education Services (WES) .

GMAT or GRE Scores

Applicants must submit GMAT or GRE scores from within the past five years. We accept both the GMAT Exam and GMAT Focus Edition. Our test codes are:

  • GMAT school code: 44x-J5-96
  • GRE school code: 3033

While Graduate Admissions does not have a preference between the GMAT or GRE, we encourage you to consult class profile data for average test scores in order to gauge where you stand.

English Proficiency

If you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you are required to submit an English language proficiency exam score with your application. We accept TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores. We do not accept the Duolingo English Test.

Scores must be from within the past two years, and applicants must meet the following minimum scores:

TOEFL, iBT, and TOEFL iBT Home Edition: 100

You are eligible to waive the language test requirement if you meet either of the following criteria:

You have completed a four-year bachelor’s degree or a two-year master’s degree (or higher) at an institution where the medium language of instruction is English. You must have completed your degree in its entirety at the English-medium institution. The medium language of instruction must be indicated on your transcript or verified in an official letter from the institution.

You have worked in a full-time, post-degree position for at least two years in the United States or a country where English is an official language. NOTE: Working for a company that conducts its business in English in a country where English is not an official language will not qualify you for a language test waiver.

If you are eligible to waive the language test requirement, you do not need to submit a waiver request beforehand and can simply move forward with your application.

Required & Optional Essays

Applicants must submit a required essay discussing their research interests and career objectives. You may also submit an optional essay that addresses aspects of your candidacy that have not already been covered in other parts of the application.

If you have any further questions, please email us at bcmba@bc.edu , or schedule a phone call or Zoom appointment with a member of the Graduate Admission team.

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Accounting PhD Program

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The Accounting Ph.D. program includes research focused on several accounting disciplines, including Financial, Managerial, and Auditing and Corporate Governance Accounting.

PhD Accounting Program


Financial Accounting

- Accounting standard setting - Financial regulation - International accounting - Company valuation and financial statement analysis - Earnings management - Stock markets and market efficiency - Earnings forecasting and financial analyst behavior

Managerial Accounting

- Performance evaluation and compensation - Budgeting and other control issues in organizations - Balanced scorecard - Strategic management accounting

Auditing and Corporate Governance

- Auditor independence - Auditor behavior and decision making - Corporate governance issues

Tax Accounting

- Tax planning - Tax clientele - Tax policy and its effects on businesses


Sample Course Schedule

  • Fall: GSBA 602, ACCT 605, ACCT 611, ACCT 621 + Electives
  • Spring: ACCT 601, ACCT 611 + Electives

Research Development Beginning in the first semester, students will apprentice with a faculty mentor to learn research fundamentals. Typically students are assigned to a new mentor each semester in the first year. During the summer of their first year, students write a first-year paper. The summer paper will be similar to that of a research proposal.

- Fall: ACCT 611, ACCT 621 + Electives

- Spring: ACCT 611 + Electives

- Summer: BUCO 637

Research Development

Students continue apprentice a faculty mentor to learn research fundamentals and participate in research projects. Typically students are assigned to a new mentor each semester in the first and second year. During the summer of their second year, students complete a directed readings course with their potential advisor.

Screening Examination

In the second year, students complete a screening examination which may take the form of a written or oral exam, written assignments, and/or summer research project. The results of the examination help the faculty determine students’ developmental needs and fitness to continue in the program.

Qualifying Examination

Following the screening exam, with the recommendation of their faculty mentor, students take a comprehensive examination on the core knowledge of their discipline. The examination includes both written and oral components. Upon passing the examination, an individual becomes a Ph.D. candidate and begins work on the Ph.D. dissertation.

  • Independent Dissertation Preparation (2)
  • Accounting Research Seminar: ACCT 611 (2)
  • Electives (Optional)

Research Development At this stage in the program, the relationships Ph.D. candidates have developed through the research apprenticeships often lead to collaborative research projects. Ph.D. candidates continue to apprentice faculty with increasing responsibility. They also begin work on their dissertations.

Teaching Development Ph.D. candidates begin developing teaching skills by serving as a teaching assistant for one or two classes and engaging in teaching skills workshops.

Research Development Research is the primary activity in the fourth year and beyond. Faculty view Ph.D. candidates as “junior colleagues” and partner to write and present papers.

Teaching Development Ph.D. candidates co-teach one course with a faculty member.

Dissertation Defense & Submission The dissertation is the culminating work of a student’s independent research. In the fourth or fifth year of the program, students complete, defend and submit the dissertation. This is the last step to earn the Ph.D.

Research Community

Accounting faculty members have published extensively in leading accounting journals such as:

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

The University of Texas-Dallas Top 100 Business School Research Rankings for research productivity over the past decade ranks the Accounting faculty as fifth worldwide.

Recognized Research Authorities

The Accounting faculty have served as editors, associate editors and editorial review board members of premier journals in accounting, including:

  • Accounting, Organization and Society
  • Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory
  • Journal of Management Accounting Research

Faculty Honors

  • Wildman Award
  • Notable Contributions to Accounting Literature
  • Notable Contributions to Auditing and Managerial Accounting Literatures
  • Outstanding Educator Award in Auditing

In addition to required coursework and independent research, students are actively encouraged to participate in research projects with faculty—preferably as a co-author; attend and participate in the ARFs (accounting research workshops); present papers at, serve as discussants and otherwise attend national conferences; and take additional coursework either for credit or audit to further enhance their knowledge base.


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  • PhD Candidate in Accounting

Katherine Simeon Bruere is a Ph.D. candidate in the Leventhal School of Accounting. She is interested in voluntary disclosure,standard setting, audit quality, audit opinions, goodwill accounting, mergerand acquisitions, corporate governance, financial reporting,  and capital marketsresearch. Prior to starting the Ph.D. program, Katherine worked at Ernst & Young as an auditor in Dallas’ Financial Services division, as well as an accountant at Merit Energy. Katherine earned a BA and an MA in Accounting at Baylor University (2014) and is a licensed CPA in the state of Texas.

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AJ Chen is a PhD candidate in Accounting at the USC Marshall School of Business. Prior to joining the Ph.D. Program, he worked as an associate in the investment banking industry, as well as analyst in commodities trading. He also had experience as tax associate at PwC Boston. He is intrigued by how technological innovation affect the real economy, particularly their impact on firms, workers, and consumers.

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  • PhD Student in Accounting

Job Market Candidates

The Marshall School of Business contributes to the broad field of academic research as our students go on to be thought-leaders in business schools around the world. These Ph.D. candidates are taking the next step in their academic careers. Learn more about each candidate by clicking on their name.

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Accounting students have won numerous prestigious awards over the past several years. These honors include:

  • Deloitte Touche Fellowship
  • KPMG Doctoral Fellowship
  • AICPA Doctoral Fellowship

Learn more about all Marshall PhD Students in the Marshall Directory. For a list of Accounting students in the program please follow thislink.


Dates + deadlines.

December 15, 2023: Application Deadline - Accounting, Data Sciences & Operations, and Management & Organization* 

January 15, 2024: Application Deadline - Finance & Business Economics and Marketing 

The link to the PhD Program application is available on the Admissions page and the next opportunity to apply is for Fall 2024 admission. Late applications may or may not be considered at the discretion of the admissions committee. 

Admissions decisions are made from mid-February to mid-April. You will be notified by email when a decision has been made.


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Hello. My name is Raghu Rau, and I’m the Head of the Finance and Accounting group here at Cambridge Judge Business School. Finance is actually an area which deals with four different groups of people.

We are looking at investors. Investors are people who give money to corporations and to reinvest in investment project and so on. We’re looking at corporations who take money from individuals and use that to invest in different types of projects. We have financial intermediaries, who sit between the corporations and individuals trying to make sure they have the best match between projects which the companies are offering and the individuals who want to invest in these projects. And finally, you have government and regulators who make sure the whole process is fair.

Here at Cambridge Judge Business School, we focus mostly on corporate finance. So in particular, we look at empirical corporate finance. What that means is most of our research uses actual data from companies. We look at why companies use particular types of financial policy.

We look at why individuals make certain types of decisions, whether they do this rationally, whether they’re driven by behavioural biases, and so on. We look at what conflicts of interest might make financial intermediaries advocate one type of action rather than another, for example, why they might ask firms to issue equity in place of debt and other factors like that. Overall, our focus is on trying to get actual data, hard data, which tells us exactly– allows us to get at the truth, allows us to figure out what it is that individuals, managers, and financial intermediaries are really thinking when they make financial decisions.

A lot of the data we use comes from deep engagement with companies. So in fact, here at Cambridge Judge Business School, we engage a lot with individuals who are at high level positions at firms. And because we are the University of Cambridge, we have been able to get access to a lot of unique data sets, which are not available typically at most universities across the world. And we use these to answer these types of questions.

What type of student are we looking for? Basically, someone who is interested in finding out the truth. The problem with industry is that you cannot really spend much time digging into to issues and figure out what is really going on.

We don’t just have the time. You need to talk to your clients. You need to talk to your company. These are short-frame, short-term projects, which typically last more than less than about three to six months.

Three to six months is a very, very short time for an academic. If you’re interested in truly figuring out how things work, you really have to go in-depth into these matters. And that might take a year, maybe two years. At the end of the day, we’re looking for someone who is at heart interested in the truth, someone who is, well, for better words, an academic.

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The pathway

To start on the Finance pathway you must take one of the following 9-month masters programmes:

Master of Research (MRes) (for students with a Cambridge MPhil in Economic Research)

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Research areas

Our faculty research is based around empirical and theoretical corporate finance, asset pricing, and financial accounting as well as the intersections of finance and economics. You will have the opportunity to conduct cutting-edge research on the multi-faceted linkages between investors, intermediaries and corporations. While the questions are academic in nature, we strive for solutions that can inform the practice of finance, and we incorporate this spirit into our teaching and other classroom interactions. 

Application of econometric methods and theoretical tools from contract theory and financial economics

  • Provides the methodical rigour to infer causal statements about the way the world works.
  • Allows us to shed light on questions that we, and businesses in the real world, deemed to be interesting and important at this time.
  • Leads to key new understandings, eg the importance of the role of financial intermediation for growth and welfare.

Analysing the ‘black box’ that is financial institutions

  • Work on topics and papers related to the study of commercial banks, investment banks, universal banks, mutual funds, hedge funds and other providers of financial services.
  • Market failures and inefficiencies as a result of what happens within firms, not just between financial institutions and those seeking their services.
  • Analysis of how firms work – how are compensation contracts written, and why do companies pay bribes to politicians?
  • Analysis of investors that invest in firms through a set of financial intermediaries. How do these investors understand risk? Can managers and intermediaries consistently fool them into paying too much for securities or assets?

We pay close attention to human decision-making and behavioural anomalies, both of which also apply to the broader context of capital markets and financial accounting.  

What we expect from you

You will need to have earned a first class undergraduate degree or equivalent. In some cases you will need to have a graduate degree from a highly regarded university in financial, mathematical or business economics, and to have performed within the top 5% in your class.

You will also be able to demonstrate a high level of commitment to an academic career in a business school, to this end your academic preparation is key. Finance research is quantitative in nature and your background will reflect quantitative and methodological rigour. 

For more details, please see the academic requirements for the:

What you can expect from us

  • You will be considered a junior colleague rather than a student from the outset of the programme. 
  • Work with faculty on joint research projects for publication in leading academic journals.  
  • Learn from a series of courses focused on research methodology and the foundations of the discipline. 
  • Attend seminars given by the top researchers in the field. 
  • Benefit from close interactions both within the Finance subject group and beyond including external researchers, meetings with speakers and research visits to some of the finest finance departments outside Cambridge. 
  • You will be fully funded during your years on the programme. 
  • Access researchers across the University of Cambridge, studying a huge variety of topics at a world-class level. 
  • Take advantage of the specialised interdisciplinary centres established by the Finance group, and access unique data found nowhere else in the world. 

PhD supervisors

Your principal supervisor will be a senior academic, often Professor or Associate Professor, from within the Finance group. You will benefit from their guidance and counsel throughout the programme, and beyond: in helping you to succeed in the job market and in gaining a faculty position at a leading business school. Your principal supervisor will take an active role in your research programme and will assemble a group of faculty (your advisory committee) who will co-author papers with you. 

Take a look at the faculty who may serve as your principal supervisor and view their research interests:

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David Chambers

Invesco professor of finance, read more about david.

Research interests

David Chambers researches investment management; financial history; endowment asset management; IPOs; law and finance.

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Elroy Dimson.

Elroy Dimson

Professor of finance, not available to take incoming phd students in october 2024., read more about elroy.

Elroy Dimson researches investment management; financial market history; endowment asset management; sustainable and responsible investing.

View Elroy's profile

Oğuzhan Karakaş.

Oğuzhan Karakaş

Associate professor in finance, read more about oğuzhan.

Oguzhan Karakas researches corporate governance; ownership and control; corporate social responsibility; private equity; dynamic investment strategies.

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Andrei Kirilenko.

Andrei Kirilenko

Read more about andrei.

Andrei Kirilenko researches the intersection of finance, technology and regulation; fintech; asset pricing, data, and digital technologies; the design of automated financial markets and instruments.

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Bart Lambrecht

Read more about bart.

Bart Lambrecht researches various aspects of corporate finance such as real options and investment under uncertainty; mergers and acquisitions; payout policy; managerial agency and the role of asymmetric information; bankruptcy; and the financing of firms; housing and household finance; bank lending and bank capital structure.

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Bang Dang Nguyen.

Bang Dang Nguyen

Read more about bang.

Bang Dang Nguyen researches corporate finance; empirical finance; corporate governance.

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Raghavendra Rau

Sir evelyn de rothschild professor of finance, read more about raghavendra.

Raghu Rau researches empirical corporate finance; empirical behavioural finance.

View Raghavendra's profile

Pedro Saffi.

Pedro Saffi

Professor of financial economics, read more about pedro.

Pedro Saffi researches security lending markets; short selling; liquidity risk; and how differences of beliefs affect trading volume.

View Pedro's profile

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Lucio Sarno

Read more about lucio.

Lucio Sarno researches empirical asset pricing; international finance, and especially foreign exchange markets; macro-finance; microstructure of financial markets.

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Finance faculty

Learn more about the faculty that teach on this pathway.

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Oxford brookes university.

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University of essex.

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October 2024

1.5 - 5 years

Get equipped to contribute meaningfully to financial decision making at work. You'll gain an understanding of core areas of accounting and financial management – from financial analysis to corporate governance, risk and decision making, and investment management – with no prior financial experience required.

Key features

World-class academic direction.

The degree is developed and taught by leading experts at University College London's (UCL) School of Management. UCL is one of the most prestigious universities in the world, ranked eighth in the world in the 2023 QS World University rankings.

An accessible finance degree

Far from being a traditional maths-heavy finance programme, this MSc teaches essential analytical and critical thinking skills that will help you in any role or function. Quantitative topics are taught 'from scratch', and teaching staff will do everything possible to ensure you have the self-confidence to handle more complex topics.

Study online anywhere in the world

Choose between supported online learning or enrolling at one of our Recognised Teaching Centres in your home country for face-to-face tuition support. The degree's flexibility means there's no need to put your career on hold, and you can put your learning into practice immediately at work.

Unparalleled resources at your fingertips

Our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) gives you access to a range of engaging content, from study materials to revision guides, and forums to connect with your tutors and fellow students. You'll also use the innovative and award-winning simulation tool Icarus, developed by academics from UCL's School of Management.

Join our global alumni network

After you graduate, you'll continue to enjoy a lifelong link to the University of London, with benefits including global alumni events and free online courses. You'll join our distinguished community of graduates around the world, which includes Nobel prize-winners and industry leaders.

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Course overview, programme structure, modules and specification show.

You complete 10 compulsory modules (150 credits total) and one Capstone project module (30 credits) to complete the master's.

Individual modules will be available to study on a stand-alone basis (subject to module availability).

The Programme Specification and Programme Regulations contain information and rules regarding what modules you can choose and the order in which they must be studied. 

  • Download the Programme Specification
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  • View module release and running dates

You should register for the following modules in the first two sessions of your programme:

  • Financial Accounting Frameworks (FAF) [AFM010]
  • Management Accounting Frameworks (MAF)[AFM020]
  • Financial Management Essentials (FME) [AFM030]

You should then register for:

  • Advanced Financial Analysis (AFA) [AFM040]
  • Advanced Management Accounting (AMA) [AFM050]

Please note that you may not perform to the best of your ability if you do not register for the modules in the order prescribed here. Modules AFA010 to AFA050 provide a foundation of learning to build on in the later modules.

The following individual modules may be taken on a standalone basis subject to availability:

  • Management Accounting Frameworks (MAF) [AFM020]

View the module running schedule .

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Compulsory modules.

Financial accounting frameworks (Open modal with additional information) (AFM010-01)

Management accounting frameworks (Open modal with additional information) (AFM020-01)

Financial management essentials (Open modal with additional information) (AFM030-01)

Advanced financial analysis (Open modal with additional information) (AFM040-01)

Advanced management accounting (Open modal with additional information) (AFM050-01)

Global issues in finance and accounting (Open modal with additional information) (AFM070-01)

Corporate governance, audit and assurance (Open modal with additional information) (AFM060-01)

Analysing risk for decision making (Open modal with additional information) (AFM080-01)

Issues in investment management (Open modal with additional information) (AFM090-01)

Capital markets and global perspectives (Open modal with additional information) (AFM100-01)

Capstone project

Capstone project (Open modal with additional information) (AFM500-01)

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Studying with us .

You can study the MSc Accounting and Financial Management from anywhere in the world, at a pace that suits you. Our flexible approach to studying allows you to fit your studies around your commitments and you can decide how many modules to take. 

The degree consists of 11 modules, and you can take up to two per session (subject to module availability). That means, depending on your time and financial situation, you can complete the MSc Accounting and Financial Management in one and a half to five years. And if you need to take a session off, you won't be charged during that session. 

Over a 10-week session, a 15-credit module or a 30-credit module will both typically require 10 to 15 hours study per week. Find out further information about the programme structure, modules, and specifications on our website .  

When you register with us, you will gain access to all resources and study materials via your Student Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), that will equip you to complete each module successfully. You will gain access to a range of essential resources, activities, videos, discussions, and support, as well as the opportunity to engage with your online tutor and fellow students.   

Online Library   

As a student at the University of London, you will have access to a range of resources, databases, and journals via the  Online Library . You will be able to contact a team of professional and qualified librarians for any help you require. 

Senate House Library 

If you’re based in the United Kingdom, or are visiting London, make sure to visit  Senate House Library . Students studying with the University of London can join the library free of charge. Membership includes a 10-book borrowing allowance, access to all reading rooms and study areas, and on-site access to Senate House Library digital resources. 

Online tutor support 

Studying our online MSc Accounting and Financial Management entitles you to receive tutor support and feedback. You will join an online tutor group to receive academic support and guidance on assessments. If you choose to study as a web-supported learner, you will have the opportunity to join an online tutor group and be able to engage with your fellow students. If you interested in studying with a  local teaching centre , you will benefit from face-to-face tuition.   


Modules include a mix of assessments, giving you the chance to undertake formative assessments, which will help you measure your progress and summative assessments, which will count to your final marks.  From coursework assignments and online tests, you can submit your assignments and sit your tests anywhere in the world with an internet connection meeting our minimum requirements. 

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This University of London degree has been developed by and is delivered with academic direction from UCL. Ranked eighth in the world in the 2023 QS World University Rankings, UCL is one of the most prestigious universities in the world.

The degree draws on the expertise of the School of Management team at UCL who have designed and delivered a range of accounting, finance, and management related courses, both on campus and online.

Programme Director

Alan Parkinson

Professor Alan Parkinson

Alan Parkinson is Professor of Financial Education in UCL School of Management in University College London (UCL), where he is Director of Studies and School Deputy Director (Education). He is a qualified accountant, with a Doctorate in Education (Theme: Accounting Education), two Masters degrees and a Higher Education Teaching Certificate. Alan’s scholarship research interests focus on Curriculum Evaluation, Performance Measurement in Accounting Education, Historical Perspectives on Business, and Technology Applications within Education. He presents regularly at national and international Education-related conferences and workshops, and publishes in scholarship journals. Prior to joining UCL, he held a number of senior positions in other UK institutions. In his senior university management positions, he has been and still is responsible for strategic decisions regarding investments and resources. He has teaching experience across both Masters and Undergraduate levels, and on vocational and professional courses accountancy courses, both in ‘face to face’ and online contexts. His teaching emphasises the integration of accounting/finance with other management subject areas. He specialises in Managerial Accounting and Financial Management and contributes to more generic Accounting modules. He co-designed and teaches on MSc Accounting and Financial Management, and MSc Professional Accountancy, both online programmes which are joint ventures between UCL and University of London Worldwide. In 2018 he received PQ Magazine’s Award as Best Public Sector Accountancy Lecturer. In August 2022 he received an Honorary Fellowship of the Centre for Business and Economics Research. His has extensive training and consultancy expertise, with significant international experience. In November 2017 he was a part of the team which developed Icarus, a bespoke business simulation which received Gold Award for Best Learning Simulation at the UK National Learning Technology Awards. Alan likes all sport (especially football), reading (particularly history-related), and travel. He thinks smiling is a particularly good hobby.

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April 2025 intake show, entry requirements show, what qualifications do you need.

To qualify to register for the MSc or individual modules, you will need a bachelor's degree which is considered at least comparable to a UK upper second class honours degree from an institution acceptable to the University.

English language requirements

You need a high standard of English to study this programme. You will meet our language requirements if you have achieved one of the following within the past three years:

  • IELTS: at least 6.5 overall with 6.0 in the written test
  • Pearson Test (Academic): at least 59 overall, with 59+ in reading and writing and 54+ in speaking and listening.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (grade C or above).
  • TOEFL iBT: at least 92 overall, with 22+ in reading and writing and 20+ in speaking and listening.
  • If you do not meet the English language proficiency requirements but believe that you can demonstrate the requisite proficiency, the University may, at its discretion, consider your application.

We set minimum basic computer requirements because your study resources are accessed via the Student Portal and it is vital that you can access this regularly.

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For the Capstone Project, students will need one of the following supported platforms:

  • iOS support OS version 8+ (free download available)
  • Android support API level 19+ Version 4.4 - 4.4.4
  • Windows 10 UWP version
  • Icarus (Professional Accountancy) App (latest version)

Other specialised software may be made available by the University if required.

Fees, funding and payment

The fees you pay depend on whether you live in a developing (Band A) or developed (Band B) nation - see Countries and Regions list [PDF].

The fees below relate to new students registering for the 2024-2025 session.

On average, fees are subject to a five per cent year-on-year increase.

Students who registered earlier can view their fees on the Course Fees page . 

Important: the table below does not include fees payable to a third party, such as tuition costs payable to a Recognised Teaching Centre or fees charged by your local examination centre, or local VAT, Goods and Services Tax (GST) or sales tax.

*The full programme fee  is payable when you first register on the programme and includes access to study materials and your first entry into the assessments. It does not the module fee when repeating a module, applications for Recognition of Prior Learning and fees payable to a University of London Recognised Teaching Centres, if applicable. By paying in full at the beginning of your programme, you avoid any annual fee increases to module fees. With  pay per module , you pay for each module as you register for it.

**The indicative totals given for teaching centre supported fees represent the amount you would expect to pay if you were to complete the MSc degree in the minimum period of time (as per when modules become available), without resits, and paying per module with a year-on-year increase of five per cent. These totals do not reflect the cost of any additional tuition support you may choose to take, resits, or applications for Recognition of Prior Learning.

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Additional Costs

You will also need to budget for:

  • Textbooks (could extend to around £300 per year)
  • Tuition costs if you study at a Recognised Teaching Centre.

Please note: all student fees shown are net of any local VAT, Goods and Services Tax (GST) or any other sales tax payable by the student in their country of residence. Where the University is required to add VAT, GST or any other sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the fees shown during the payment process. For students resident in the UK, our fees are exempt from VAT.

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Your payment provider may apply additional transaction fees. (If in doubt, please check with them before making a payment.)

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Without the cost of moving to London, studying for your University of London degree anywhere in the world represents excellent value for money. However, there are additional sources of support depending on where you live and how you choose to study.

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You can pay your fees in a number of ways, including an online payment facility via the Student Portal and Western Union Quick Pay.

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Career opportunities

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This degree is appropriate for those wishing to develop their knowledge of and exposure to technical elements of accounting and financial management and their applications within corporate life, from both operational and strategic perspectives.

You will develop an understanding of the areas that finance managers would encounter on a daily basis, complemented by engagements with selected specialist issues.

What do employers think of our graduates?

In some countries, qualifications earned by distance and flexible learning may not be recognised by certain authorities or regulators for the purposes of public sector employment or further study. We advise you to explore the local recognition status before you register.

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You’ll have access to a wide range of careers and employability support through the University of London Careers Service, including live webinars and online drop-in sessions.

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Tailored support for careers in the refugee and humanitarian fields is available through regular programme events, webinars and careers resources.


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UMass Boston's Department of Accounting & Finance has a cutting-edge curriculum that is designed to keep pace with the fast changes in the Accounting and Finance industry. Classes are taught by dedicated faculty that focuses on student success. Careful attention is paid to providing rigorous academic knowledge and preparing students to be critical thinkers and thought leaders in their careers.

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The Accounting concentration provides students with a broad understanding of both accounting theory and techniques in preparation for a full range of career opportunities in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. The curriculum reflects the knowledge and skills necessary for professional success in the dynamic and critical areas of public and private accounting. The Finance concentration offers courses in corporate finance, investment and portfolio management, financial institutions and markets, and financial policy. The curriculum has been carefully designed to reflect the essential knowledge and skills necessary for success in the lucrative and challenging field of finance. 

Our specialized master’s programs are STEM designated. In a fast-changing world of AI and Big Data, our rigorous curriculum trains and develops our students into proficient financial and market data analytics. The Masters in Finance program is affiliated with the CFA Institute, and we offer CFA scholarships to our students. The Masters in Accounting program has a Level I designation by the Massachusetts CPA Society. We offer different delivery modalities including in-person and online options. We also provide our students with access to a student-managed fund, Bloomberg certification, and industry speaker events, all of which are designed to enhance their learning experience.

The finance track in our PhD program provides a unique curriculum. It is taught by both accounting and finance faculty and demands competency tests in both subject areas. Additionally, the curriculum has been updated to include state-of-the-art classes in data science (natural language processing, machine learning, and textual analysis). This new emphasis on data science provides students with the tools needed to differentiate their research in a very competitive area.

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Program Overview

Students selecting a major in Management will be awarded a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.) degree under the program of study offered by the William G. McGowan School of Business. A minor in Management is also available as a part of the William G. McGowan School of Business program of study. The Management major at King's College provides an extensive general background in business; the major requirements emphasize the fundamental principles of business management along with the entrepreneurial and global aspects of business required of a business professional. The management major is provided with a thorough foundation in the fields of accounting, economics, computer systems, finance, law and the quantitative aspects of business. Management majors can choose from a concentration in Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Healthcare Management, Human Resources Management, International Business Management, or Sports Management. Utilizing the elective courses a student can achieve a double concentration, double major or minor from the other majors in the McGowan School of Business or the College of Arts and Sciences.

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Finance is the art and science of the management of assets, especially money, and the raising of money through the issuance and sale of debt and/or equity. The finance curriculum is designed to provide students with the knowledge of the major concepts and practices of financial management, while at the same time helping them to develop their analytical, decision making, and communication abilities. The globalization of business activities and availability of capital from sources around the world and the role it plays are incorporated into the Finance curriculum. The influence and the responsibilities of financial executives have expanded dramatically in recent years. Financial officers are involved in the most profound decisions affecting the strategy of business operations. They are concerned not only with pricing of products, but with the initial decisions to produce them. Most aspects of business affairs ultimately reduce to dollar terms, and the financial officers' intimate knowledge of the intricacies of financial operations places them in a vital role in corporate management. Financial careers involve corporate financial management, personal financial planning, investment management and research, and risk management. Financial management involves the management and control of money and money-related operations within a business. Financial management also refers to the financial input needed for general business decisions such as the adoption of investment projects and securing the funding for the projects. The role of finance includes the oversight responsibility for the effective use of money and financial assets by all decision makers in the business entity. Personal Financial planners help individuals to create budgets, plan for retirement, and assist in determining the most appropriate investment vehicles for their clients. Investment management and research spans a large number of capital market functions, including trading securities, researching debt equity issues, managing investment portfolios, assisting with mergers and acquisitions, and structuring new security issues. Risk managers use a wide variety of financial instruments, including financial derivatives, to limit the firm's exposure to adverse economic events like interest rate changes, foreign exchange fluctuations, and commodity price swings.

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Careers and Additional Info

There is a wide range of career opportunities in the field of finance, including investment analysis and management, commercial banking, securities trading, corporate treasury functions, and regulatory functions. Recent graduates have been hired by:

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  • Citizen's Bank
  • Fidelity Investments
  • M & T Bank
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Northwestern Mutual Financial Network
  • Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

Several options are open for graduate studies, including:

  • M.B.A. programs
  • M.S./Ph.D. programs in finance
  • M.A./M.S., Ph.D. programs in economics
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Beta Gamma Sigma is the international honor society serving business programs accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in a business program accredited by AACSB International.

Lifetime membership in the King’s College William G. McGowan School of Business Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma is by invitation. To be eligible for invitation, students must be in their second semester of their sophomore year and rank in the upper 10 percent of their class or be in the upper 10 percent of the junior or senior class.  Other questions and requirements for invitation can be found on the Beta Gamma Sigma website.

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Bocconi offers a wide range of  2-year Master of Science programs , coordinated by the Graduate School, in the fields of Economics, Management, Finance, Political Science, Data Science and Artificial Intelligence.

Program structures with an international focus, flexible study plans, interactive teaching and faculty with international exposure are the driving forces behind our MSc degrees.  

All programs offer advanced skills and knowledge building, preparing you for a future career as a leader in multi-cultural environments, all while promoting an attitude of responsible entrepreneurship. 

Choosing a Bocconi Master of Science is a  smart move  for several reasons: 

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