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​Accounting Curriculum

Prior to the first year – mandatory attendance at math camp (offered through the Economics department)
First Year

Recommended Course Sequence

First Semester

L11 503 Microeconomics I (3 credits)
L11 Quantitative Methods I (3 credits)
Econometrics Course*
Olin PhD Accounting Courses

Second Semester

L11 504 Microeconomics II (3 credits)
L11 Quantitative Methods II (3 credits)
Econometrics Course*
Olin PhD Accounting Courses

* Students may choose one Econometrics course from the following options. All courses are not offered every semester, and are subject to change.
L11 513 Intro to Econometrics, L11 5161 Applied Econometrics, B52 620 Empirical Methods in Finance, B53 620 Empirical Methods in Business

Research

  • Attend Accounting seminars
  • Begin research collaborations
  • First-year summer paper – papers are due in August after the first year and are presented at a faculty seminar

Milestones/Hurdles

  • First-year summer paper – papers are due in August after the first year and are presented at a faculty seminar.
  • In the summer after the first year, students must meet with the faculty coordinator to discuss progress and complete a progress report to be submitted to the PhD Office by August 1st after the first year.
  • Micro Prelim Exam (Offered in June, students must receive a “Distinction/Honors” or “PhD pass” to continue in the PhD program. One retake of the exam is permitted.)
  • In August after the first year, students must attend an RA/TA orientation offered by The Teaching Center. This is required before submitting any RA/TA hours.
Second Year

Courses

Accounting courses
Elective courses (Finance courses, independent study courses, directed readings)

Research

  • Attend Accounting Seminars
  • Second-Year Paper – papers are due in August after the second year. Presentations are given during a faculty seminar and must be approved by the faculty to continue in the PhD program.
  • Milestones/Hurdles

    • Second-Year paper – students must have paper approved by faculty to continue in the PhD program.
    • Field exam, given in January of the second year. Exam concentrates on Empirical and Theoretical Finance Accounting. Students must pass the field exam to continue in the PhD program.
    • In the summer, students must meet with the faculty coordinator to discuss progress and complete a progress report to be submitted to the PhD Office by August 1st.
Third Year

Courses

Electives (directed readings, independent studies)
B53 660 Seminar in Presentation Skills (fall semester, required)

Research

  • Attend Accounting Seminars
  • Paper Presentations (brown bag seminars and conferences)
  • Dissertation Research
  • Milestones/Hurdles

    • In the summer, students must meet with the faculty coordinator to discuss progress and complete a progress report to be submitted to the PhD Office by August 1st.
Fourth Year

Courses

Electives (directed readings, independent studies)

Research

  • Attend Accounting Seminars
  • Paper Presentations (brown bag seminars and conferences)
  • Dissertation Research

Milestones/Hurdles

  • Dissertation Proposal – students must be able to assemble a Research Advisory Committee for the proposal of their dissertation and must submit a Title, Scope and Procedure Form as the committee’s approval of the proposed dissertation by September 30th after the fourth year.
  • In the summer, students must meet with the faculty coordinator to discuss progress and complete a progress report to be submitted to the PhD Office by August 1st.
Fifth Year

Courses

Dissertation Course (12 credits – 6 each semester)

Research

  • Attend Accounting Seminars
  • Paper Presentations (job market paper presentations with faculty and at conferences)
  • Dissertation Research

Milestones/Hurdles

  • Intent to Graduate (complete form online)
  • Job Market and Placement
  • Oral Defense of Dissertation
  • Submission of Examination Approval Form which signifies committee’s approval
  • Upload of Final, Approved Dissertation to Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
  • Submission of Documented Teaching Requirements to PhD Office

PhD Accounting Courses

  • B50 ACCT 663 Seminar in Accounting Research II
  • B50 ACCT 664 Doctoral Seminar in Financial Accounting
  • B50 ACCT 665 Applied Empirical Research in Accounting
  • B50 ACCT 668 Independent Study in Accounting
  • B50 ACCT 669 Directed Readings in Accounting
Download Accounting PhD course descriptions