The study of accounting is transforming.

Its scope has grown as it begins to share concepts with economics and finance, while big data tools have allowed for innovations, like using computational linguistics to determine the intent behind annual report numbers.

A PhD in accounting from the Tippie College of Business brings teaching skills, mentored research, and a publishing record that tees you up for top-tier faculty positions. But you’ll do more than fill bright minds; you’ll make your own contributions to the field.

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Accounting PhDs in the job market

Our curriculum, mentorship, research focus, and emphasis on teaching skills will make you a competitive candidate for faculty positions at institutions around the world. The list of schools our accounting PhDs have joined recently is impressive:

  • University of Rochester
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of Washington, Seattle
  • Ohio State University
  • University of Missouri
  • Michigan State University
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Toronto
  • Texas A&M University

Mentorship from accounting's best

Faculty mentorship: it’s the biggest predictor of your success as an accounting PhD student. It’s so important that the American Accounting Association created an award for it. The first winner was Tippie professor Daniel Collins.

The small size of Iowa’s PhD program in accounting means you’ll work closely with Dan and the rest of our world-class faculty team, like Paul Hribar, Scott Asay, Dain Donelson who are committed to mentoring the next generation of knowledge creators.

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Alumni Story
Nicole Thorne Jenkins reflects on how her PhD in accounting from Tippie College of Business helped shape her career

"It’s hard to come out of Iowa and not do well.”