There are no formal education requirements other than a bachelor’s degree. Specifically, an MBA or Master of Accountancy is not required.
We seek applicants who have strong interests in pursuing academic careers and have the skills necessary to successfully complete the program and conduct accounting research. Ideal candidates are motivated, are naturally curious, understand accounting and its role in business and the economy, and have strong quantitative skills (e.g., mathematics and statistics), data analysis skills (e.g., computer programming or statistical programming), and written and verbal communication skills. Additional coursework can be provided to compensate for a lack of quantitative background in cases where the faculty believe an applicant’s other qualifications are exceptional.
We admit students once per year, and applications are due by December 31. The online application can be found here.