Doctorate of Philosophy

Ph.D. Program: Overview

The objective of the School of Accountancy’s Ph.D. program is to graduate individuals with the qualifications and ability to obtain positions and succeed in research-oriented institutions, primarily universities. As such, our Ph.D. program focuses on preparing students to critique and produce accounting research that is publishable in premier accounting journals. During the program, students take required and elective seminars in accounting, statistics, economics and other areas consistent with their research interests (e.g., econometrics, psychology, finance). Students are expected to work closely with faculty to develop a research portfolio in addition to their required dissertation. Faculty mentoring Ph.D. students publish in premier academic journals such as The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting and Economics, and Contemporary Accounting Research. Many recent graduates have joint publications with faculty in these and other journals.

Ph.D. students receive a combination of research and teaching assistantships, which provide a stipend and a tuition waiver, as long as they are making good progress in the program. Assistantships help students to develop the required research and teaching expertise for success in academia. Recent graduates have placed at research-focused universities such as the University of Alabama, the University of Pittsburgh, Auburn University, the University of South Carolina, SUNY-Buffalo, and Kent State University.

Please explore this website to learn more about our program. If you have specific questions that are not addressed on our website, please email the School of Accountancy’s Ph.D. program coordinator, Dr. Douglas Stevens, at dstevens11@gsu.edu

Our application deadline is January 8 for admission in the following fall semester.