THE NATION’S TOP ACCOUNTING PROGRAM
Texas McCombs boasts the most prestigious accounting doctoral program in the country and has graduated more than 300 PhD students since its inception in 1934. Are you ready for the best?
Your Future In Accounting
ACADEMIC LIFE AT McCOMBS
MENTORSHIP AND PRACTICEThe PhD curriculum prepares you for academic life by developing research and writing skills. Doctoral students also secure one term of teaching experience. As a graduate of the program, you will be well-equipped to make contributions to accounting knowledge, assemble evidential bases for policies and practices of the accounting profession, and open significant new sources of curriculum content.
The application deadline for the Accounting Doctoral Program is December 15.
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
If you are a practicing accountant, these topical areas will be familiar to you. However, we welcome students with backgrounds in Mathematics, Economics, Engineering, Finance, Psychology, or other disciplines to apply. We can remedy any lack of accounting knowledge through additional coursework. Most students enter our accounting doctoral program with some knowledge in these areas:
Financial accounting researchers are interested in the use of accounting information by investors, creditors, analysts, and other decision-makers. We are also interested in the preparation of accounting information by managers who may respond to economic incentives and use discretion to manage earnings. Finally, we are also interested in the regulation of accounting information by standard setters and other regulators who are evaluating the relevance and reliability of current and potential accounting information.
Auditing researchers are interested in questions of independence, governance, compliance, auditing processes, and biases. This research helps global standard-setters and regulators adopt standards and policies that protect the integrity of our accounting information.
Managerial accounting research topics include optimal employee compensation and governance, using information for efficiency management, motivating creativity, etc.
Taxation research covers economic incentives, transfer pricing, compliance with tax enforcement, multistate taxation, and numerous topics about accounting for income taxation, where tax rules overlap with financial reporting standards.
RANKINGS & RESEARCH
ACADEMIC LEADERSHIPBoth U.S. News & World Report and Public Accounting Report rank the Texas McCombs Accounting PhD program number one in the nation, reflecting the program’s diversity and excellence across education and scholarship. Our distinguished faculty members research various specializations, including financial reporting, management accounting, auditing, and taxation.
When you earn a doctorate, most of your time is spent developing deep expertise in research methods. Accounting researchers use three main approaches. In all cases, your doctoral studies will involve a firm grounding in statistics and typically a choice of either economics or psychology as an additional foundation.
Archival research involves the statistical analysis of historical data to examine relevant research questions based on economic theory for its predictions. Thus, archival research requires a strong background in statistics and economics, which we provide through rigorous coursework in the business school and the economics department.
Experimental or survey methods are commonly used to obtain data to conduct what is broadly known as behavioral research. Behavioral research relies on psychology for its theories. Because this research is interested in what people do and why they do it, it is often necessary to conduct controlled experiments or survey participants. Using experiment or survey methods, researchers in accounting and finance have provided compelling alternative explanations where economic theories fall short.
Analytical research uses quantitative mathematical models to explain and predict behavior. This research is grounded in game theory from economics. Students wanting to conduct analytical research should have even stronger mathematical backgrounds than other applicants. We will design a program of study that builds on those initial strengths with additional coursework in mathematics and economics.
GET READY TO APPLY
PREPARATION AND QUALIFICATIONSStudents should have a solid understanding of applied microeconomic theory, econometrics, and mathematics (linear algebra, calculus) before starting the program. Adequate computer programming skills are necessary for coursework. You can take needed accounting courses in the coursework phase of the program or the summer before entering (CPA certification is not required).
THE WORLD NEEDS YOUThe demand for skilled educators is strong, and doctoral graduates in accounting from the University of Texas at Austin have enjoyed considerable placement success over the years. If you aspire to a career as an accounting educator and researcher, a doctoral degree from Texas McCombs will give you a strong foundation for success.
The primary goal of the Texas McCombs PhD program is to prepare students for exceptional academic careers. Over the last five years, McCombs Accounting PhD alumni have excelled at top institutions globally.
Recent Graduate Placements
Ryan Hess | 2021 | Stanford University (postdoc); Oklahoma State University
Ryan Ballestero | 2021 | Kent State University
Dan Rimkus | 2021 | University of Florida (October 2021 graduation)
Shannon Garavaglia | 2020 | University of Pittsburgh
Jakob Infuehr | 2019 | University of Southern Denmark
Antonis Kartapanis | 2019 | Texas A&M University
Kristen Valentine | 2019 | University of Georgia
Colin Koutney | 2018 | George Mason University
Zheng Leitter | 2018 | Nanyang Technological University
Brian Monsen | 2018 | The Ohio State University
Xinyu Zhang | 2018 | Cornell University
Jeanmarie Lord | 2017 | University of Montana
Ben Van Landuyt | 2017 | University of Arizona
Shannon Chen | 2017 | University of Arizona
Prasart Jongjaroenkamol | 2017 | Singapore Management University
Ying Huang | 2017 | University of Texas - Dallas