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Frequently Asked Questions

Program Overview

How long does it generally take to complete the program?

The program is designed to be completed in five years to give students the best chance at completing research projects prior to the job market to increase their odds of finding an elite research position. Occasionally, students with advanced research portfolios can graduate in four years.

Can I study part-time and work full-time?

The doctoral program is strictly a full-time program. We require students to be on campus on a full-time basis, as doctoral students have a broad range of responsibilities including coursework, research assistantships, and independent study.

What is a Research Assistantship?

The range of responsibilities during your research assistantship are broad and cover aspects related to forming, developing, managing, and executing a theoretically sound and statistically valid and rigorous research project. Students are required to conduct thorough literature reviews, develop and write conceptual framework and hypotheses development sections, collect and analyze data using advanced econometric methods and provide support for why the research is relevant and important to the academic and practitioner fields. Graduates of the accounting Ph.D. program at Broad frequently cite their experience as research assistants as the paramount reason for their ability to form, develop, manage, and subsequently submit their research to top accounting journals after graduating from the doctoral program.

Where do MSU graduates get hired?

Recent Placements Include

  • Florida State University
  • Harvard University
  • University of Florida
  • University of Notre Dame

See a more complete list of placements here


What is the deadline for applications?

To be considered for an assistantship or fellowship, the deadline for applications for August admission is January 15th. Applications are reviewed after the January 15th deadline for the incoming class and interviews are conducted typically in late January or February. All accepted students begin the doctoral program in August (there are no spring or summer starts). It is strongly recommended that applications be completed prior to January 15th for full consideration.

Are there minimum GMAT or TOEFL test scores for successful applicants?

GMAT scores have ranged from 650 to the upper 700s, with most scores in the lower 700s.
We require a minimum TOEFL score for international applicants.

How many applicants do you accept each year?

The number of students admitted to the doctoral program each year has ranged from one to four, but is typically two or three.

Financial Aid

What kind of financial aid is available?

All doctoral students are supported by graduate (teaching/research) assistantships. There is no separate application for assistantships. For the last several years, the typical doctoral student earns approximately $29,000 in addition to their tuition waivers and insurance coverage.

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