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The program stresses high-quality research at the frontiers of knowledge. A majority of the students time in the program is dedicated to developing, refining, and applying their research skills. The defining achievement for each successful student is an original research dissertation on a topic of the students choosing. The faculty work closely with students in identifying, refining, and approving the dissertation topic. At the same time, the program has a proud tradition of producing high-quality teachers and promotes a strong emphasis on collegiality. Students work closely with faculty in an apprenticeship-type approach. The admission process is highly competitive. Ideal candidates possess a strong academic background including prior study of accounting at the undergraduate or graduate level. Standardized scores on the GMAT generally must show evidence of strong aptitude. Many of our strongest candidates have prior work experience in accounting or business-related careers. Top candidates are invited to campus for an interview to evaluate the individuals fit with the program. Typically, two to four candidates are admitted per year out of 60-70 applications.
ContentsThe program generally requires four to five years in residence to complete. The first two years are dedicated largely to coursework. Qualifying exams are taken during the second summer, with successful completion leading to the dissertation phase. Financial support is provided during the program in the form of teaching and research assistantships, grants, and scholarships. Most students engage in research with faculty that in early years involves working as an assistant and in later years leads to joint authored work. Students also get ample opportunity to lead teaching efforts in the classroom.Three seminars in accounting research (three credits each) are required.
- Introduction to Accounting Research
- Behavioral Accounting Research
- Archival Accounting Research
Finally, students must build a foundation in statistics that supports their research interests. Methodology courses in economics or agricultural economics such as AG ECON 636/637 or ECON 709/710 or a course in psychology such as PSCH 610/710 will generally provide a strong foundation.
- A completed online application form
- A statement of purpose
- Two essays responding to the application questions and survey
- Standardized Test Scores (GMAT or GRE; TOEFL or IELTS--International students only)
- Three letters of recommendation, preferably from academics
- All official transcripts, validating completion of a four-year degree
- A current resume
- $56 application fee
English Language RequirementsIELTS band: 7.5 TOEFL iBT® test: 106
FundingAcademic departments within the Wisconsin School of Business make every effort to create the most competitive funding package available for each student they admit. Because the packages are comprised of funds from various sources (e.g., department, Wisconsin School of Business general scholarship funds, Graduate School fellowships and funds, and other grants and scholarships), they vary between departments and from year to year and may carry varying stipulations. Virtually all Ph.D. students in business are funded at a level that guarantees four years of the following:
- Tuition and fee waiver
- A monthly stipend
- A comprehensive family health insurance plan
- Departments may offer summer teaching, research appointments, or other forms of scholarship support to supplement the academic year package
- Several departments offer funding for research presentations at major conferences
- Additional funding may be available after four years