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Beginning each December, the Department of Accounting Ph.D. Admissions Committee reviews Ph.D. applications for admission to the doctoral program the following fall. The goal is to form an entering class of three to five new Ph.D. students.  Admissions are based on a balanced consideration of several factors, including academic credentials, GMAT scores, work experience, recommendation letters, and the personal statement of goals and objectives.  All accounting Ph.D. applicants are automatically considered for financial aid, which is generally available.

The highest priority, for both admissions and financial aid, is given to complete applications with all required materials submitted before December 15.
Applications received after December 15 are considered on a space-available basis, depending on the outcome of the first round of applications.

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STEP 1: Online Application

Go to and follow all online application instructions.

The code for the doctoral program in accounting is 617000. We ask that all Ph.D. applicants use the online procedure to provide general application information.

STEP 2: Official Documents and Application Fee

Send in the following documents with your application:

  • 1. Official copy of your transcript
    (an unopened document that cannot be handled) from all previously attended colleges or universities

    There are three methods from which to choose:

    Electronically: GIAC prefers to receive electronic transcripts because they can be processed much faster than paper transcripts. Check with the registrar of your undergraduate institution to find out if transcripts can be sent in PDF format by email or by links to secure websites.

    Upload a copy of your transcript: After you have submitted your application for admission and paid the application fee, you will receive an email that contains a link to the status check website where you may upload your transcript. The uploaded transcript will be considered unofficial, but can be used to process your application for admission.

    Mail in a paper transcript: This method is discouraged due to the long time it takes to process each document. You may use this method if you have no other options, but it should be considered a last resort.

    Sending paper copies of documents you have already uploaded will significantly delay the processing of your application.

    Please do not mail official transcripts before you are offered admission.

  • 2. Official GMAT scores
     UT's recipient code is 3964445.
  • 3. Statement of purpose
    This is a statement of goals and objectives (generally about two pages in length), highlighting your particular interests within accounting, and your relevant credentials related to those interests.
  • 4. Current resume
    Resume must include academic background and relevant work experience
  • 5. Application fee
    $65.00 U.S. or $90.00 for international applicants

Note for International applicants

  • Official TOEFL report


    If you hold a bachelor's degree from a U.S. institution or from an institution in another English speaking country, you will receive a waiver of the TOEFL or IELTS. We will not waive the requirement for the TOEFL or IELTS if you earned only a master's degree from a U.S institution or from an institution in another English-only speaking country. For more information on this policy, please go to Office of Graduate Studies TOEFL/IELTS website.

STEP 3: Upload documents to the GIAC website

In addition to sending official documents to GIAC, you must upload the following documents directly to GIAC’s website at .

  • 1. Resume
    Current resume, including academic background and relevant work experience
  • 2. Statement of Purpose
    Statement of purpose of goals and objectives (generally about two pages in length), highlighting your particular interests within accounting and relevant credentials related to those interests. It is possible to complete the statement of purpose as part of the general application online.
  • 3. Recommenders
    Names and email addresses of your recommenders. GIAC will send your recommenders the necessary forms.
  • 4. Transcripts
    Scanned photocopies of all transcripts from prior university education
  • 5. GMAT scores
    Scanned photocopy of GMAT scores
Online document submission is highly recommended. However, if the documents listed above are not shown as received on GIAC’s status check, you may email Kelly Finn with questions.