PhD in Accounting

The distinguished reputation of Carlson School's Accounting PhD program is a point of extreme pride for our department's faculty. We are committed to upholding and expanding this reputation through our continued dedication to working closely with our students to prepare them to enter a life of scholarly research.

About the Program

As one of the premier theoretical accounting programs in the nation, we are ranked #1 in analytical financial accounting. Empirical accounting research has also become a strong component of the program due to the significant increase in faculty advising capacity in recent years.

Accounting Conferences

Learn more about the events and conferences presented by the Carlson School of Management's Accounting Department.


We feel that the measure of any PhD program is the success of its graduates, so we are especially proud of our performance on this dimension, too. Our graduates have been placed and tenured at the most prestigious business schools in the nation, including those at Carnegie Mellon University, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Chicago, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Texas Austin, Northwestern University and the Ohio State University.


Alumni Perspectives


Aysa Dordzhieva

Aysa Dordzhieva

"The PhD Program at the Carlson School is an excellent place to acquire research skills as it offers a balanced curriculum that gives exposure to both analytical and empirical methodologies and covers a great range of research areas. The program encourages students to start working on their own ideas as early as possible and provides freedom to explore and experiment in a very supportive environment. This helped me tremendously to shape my own research interests, develop my thesis, and start my academic career."

Assistant Professor, Department of Accounting
Red McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin