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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: Complete 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: Upload Official Documents

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. References
    List name, position and email address for at least three references. After you submit your application, emails will be sent to your references directing them to a website where they may upload their reference letter.

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: Pay Application Fee

$65.00 U.S. or $90.00 for international applicants. For more information, please visit: