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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Going on to great things

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 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 a PhD student. It’s so important that the American Accounting Association created an award for it. The first winner was Tippie professor Daniel Collins.

You’ll work with more than Dan. The small size of the PhD program means you’ll interact often with our faculty team, including some of the best minds in the discipline. Like Paul Hribar, whose recent research showed that overconfident CEOs have a knack for churning out overly optimistic forecasts. Or Scott Asay, whose research on the negative impacts of optimism won an award from the American Accounting Association.

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Faculty Story
Kevin Markle Teaching

“There’s a lot that we think we know but don’t know empirically about what companies do. We’re answering these questions in rigorous and meaningful ways.”