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Alumni Spotlight

Emily SheikhEntering a PhD program is a major commitment. Two MPA students, Emily Sheikh (MPA ’13) and Peter Kipp (MPA ’13), agreed to talk with us about their recent acceptance into PhD programs and why they chose to pursue a doctorate.

During her time as a Masters student, Emily Sheikh realized that a career in academics was a good fit for her. This fall she entered the PhD program at the University of Michigan. Her goal is to pursue research interests in how differing countrywide policy decisions, especially those related to IFRS convergence and its impact on how the market views investments issued by those countries.

Peter KippPeter Kipp (MPA ’13) also decided that a PhD would be an integral step in satisfying his career goals. This year he joined the University of South Florida’s PhD program to pursue independent research. He is planning on specializing in behavioral research in auditor judgment and decision-making.

Both students felt that the Texas MPA program did an excellent job of preparing them for the challenges involved in earning a PhD. According to Peter, “Dr. Limberg was kind enough to invite me to attend the research workshops held most Friday. There I was able to gain exposure to the research process and listen as professors received feedback on their projects.”

Emily felt that the broad set of skills she developed as a Texas MPA helped her to become comfortable exploring the gray areas of accounting, where the current rules may not apply. Studying the gray areas is something she feels she’ll continue to do as she researches complex topics in pursuit of her doctoral degree.

Emily and Peter look forward to a career in research, being part of a school’s faculty, and helping future students achieve their own accounting dreams. They even had the same advice for future PhD students: Talk to professors and current PhD students to help determine if you want to invest the time into pursuing your doctoral degree.