The size of the doctoral program in accounting at UT Austin is limited by faculty size and resource constraints, given the Department's policy to provide financial aid to all resident Ph.D. students in good standing. The Department is committed to close student-faculty relationships, with quality teaching and expert guidance for each individual student. Thus, Ph.D. course sizes are deliberately kept small. The total program size typically ranges between 15 and 20 doctoral students.
Admission to the Ph.D. program in accounting is based upon a holistic review by the Ph.D. Admissions Committee of several factors, including the applicant's motivations for doctoral study as evidenced on the Statement of Purpose, academic and work experience as evidenced on the resume, academic credentials as evidenced on transcripts and GMAT reports, and impressions as evidenced on letters of reference.
The Department admits applicants on a "rolling" basis until the entering class is filled, typically consisting of three to five new Ph.D. students each year.