Curriculum and Structure – PhD in Accounting

The PhD in Accounting at Miami Herbert unfolds as an integrated program of advanced study and research. Applicants should have an adequate academic background, personal maturity, and the ability to meet the program's high level of demand for initiative and scholarship.

Being a student in the Accounting doctoral program means a commitment to full-time and in-residence study.

The PhD in Accounting is designed as a four-year program, though students without strong backgrounds in economics and statistics may take five years. During the first two years of the program, students take courses in accounting, economics, finance, econometrics, and other related disciplines. At the end of their second year, students are required to take a preliminary written exam.

All students in the PhD in Business program complete a core curriculum.

Projects and Dissertation

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

Faculty Interaction

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

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