Departments | Accounting

Graduate Program Admissions

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 program does not accept applications for a terminal Master’s degree.

Deadline: December 15th

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.

Admissions decisions will be announced in March.  

How to Apply

All application materials are submitted online to the Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC.) Please do not send materials directly to the Accounting department.

Application Requirements

  • Electronic application.Available from the ApplyTexas website. Online applications are available one year in advance of the semester you are applying. If you are applying for fall 2018, the online application will be accessible starting on Sept. 1, 2017. The code for the doctoral program in accounting is 617000.
  • Current resume.This document is not part of the online application; it needs to be uploaded separately through the Application Status Check website. Must include academic background and relevant work experience.
  • Statement of purpose. 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. Submitted either as part of your online electronic application or uploaded as a separate document through the Application Status Check website.
  • Three letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation must be submitted online through the ApplyTexas website. Please follow these instructions: on page 6 of the electronic application, enter the names, email addresses, and titles of the recommenders; indicate that you are waiving the right to view your letters after they are submitted by answering the associated question on the application for admission.

    Within 24 hours of your application submission, an automatic email will be generated and sent to the recommenders. The email will contain instructions and a secure link to the letter of recommendation website. You can monitor your requests for reference and other admissions materials on the Application Status Check website.

    This site also allows you to resend a Request for Reference email to your recommenders, add a new recommender, and revise your FERPA (right to view) status from retained to waived. If you have any questions, please email
  • Report of GMAT scores and official report of TOEFL scores (if applicable).  If you completed your undergraduate degree in a country where English is not the primary language, then you will need to submit a TOEFL score with your application. This holds true even if you received a graduate degree from an accredited university in the United States. Reports are mailed directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) agency. TOEFL scores over two years old will not be accepted, and other scores more than five years old will not be accepted. The ETS code for the University of Texas at Austin is 6882. The GMAT code is 3964445. You may find more information about test scores and UT’s requirements for admission here:
  • Application fee (US: $65; International: $90). Fees are subject to change, so please refer to the ApplyTexas website for current fee information.
  • Transcripts. You may upload an official copy of your transcript(s) after you have submitted your application for admission and paid the application fee. For instructions, please visit the Graduate School’s admissions page.

Helpful Hints

Give your recommenders plenty of lead time when requesting letters of recommendation. You must submit the online application before your recommenders can get the email directing them to the online submission of letters of recommendation.

Incomplete applications are unlikely to be reviewed. Check the status check website to verify receipt of application materials.

Page last updated: 5/16/2017