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PhD in Accounting

Welcome to the Accounting Doctoral Program website of the Eli Broad Graduate School of Management at Michigan State University. Our competitive program prepares doctoral candidates to become productive researchers and teachers at top research universities. Learn more about the placements of our recent graduates here.

We pride ourselves on our comprehensive program, our internationally renowned faculty, and the diverse environment in which our doctoral candidates learn. A key element of the PhD program is collaborative work between doctoral students and faculty members. We strive to maintain a program with approximately 12 full-time, in-residence students. This size program allows for effective faculty-student interrelationships, collaboration, and competitive funding for all students in residence. You can read more about our current Ph.D. students and their research activities here.

Our department was ranked 9th overall in the most recent Brigham Young University accounting faculty publication rankings. (more details on the study) and was ranked 11th in the 2014 Public Accounting Report rankings of Ph.D. programs. Accounting graduates enjoy considerable success in their careers. They are accounting professors at many nationally recognized universities and have earned national recognition for their contributions to the development of accounting research, teaching, and practice. MSU graduates hold distinguished chairs in accounting, are editors of premier research journals, and are authors of some of the largest selling accounting textbooks in the United States. They also hold positions as chairpersons or directors of major accounting departments, deans of business schools, and have significant national accounting policy-making responsibilities. Our graduates distinguish themselves by the frequency with which they are members of editorial boards of leading accounting journals and by their successful publication of research. This emphasis on research and scholarship is the hallmark of MSU’s Accounting Doctoral Programs.

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