Doctorate in Business Administration option in Accounting
The accounting Ph.D. program produces high-quality academics who are prepared for
successful careers in research, teaching and professional engagement in a university
setting. Students are exposed to research and quantitative methods from economics, statistics, finance, management information systems and the
behavioral sciences. The OSU program is small enough for doctoral students to work closely with faculty
in a mentoring relationship. We encourage doctoral students and faculty to actively
work together on research projects that are directed at publication in the top accounting
research journals. We seek students with great research potential, as evidenced by
a desire and ability to contribute to the body of accounting literature. Our students
also possess excellent interpersonal skills necessary to become top teachers and research
The doctoral program consists of a minimum of 45 hours of coursework and 15 additionaldissertation research hours.
Students will conduct research using primarilyarchival methods.
Research and Faculty
In order to increase their network and interact with other academics, our students
are provided support to attend various academic conferences. Each Spring, the School of Accounting hosts aresearch conferencedesigned to bring in top academics from around the region and across the U.S. Our program prepares students to be successful at high quality, research-focused academic
The School of Accounting has its own set of requirements for admittance, along with
requirements for the OSU Graduate College. Please see department based requirements
Recent GMAT or GRE score required to apply. Higher exam scores are more competitive.
Application deadline is Feb. 1; however, admission decisions are made on a continuous
basis as applications are received.
A personal statement explaining why you are pursuing a doctorate in accounting.
Three letters of recommendation.
A current résumé.
International applicants must meet OSU standards regarding Spoken English Proficiency
for Employment to be considered for the program. More information on these requirements
can be found here.
Cost & Assistance
Along with graduate student tuition waiver benefits, Graduate Assistantship (GA) positions
provide an annual stipend of $25,000, payable over the 9-month school year. As the
funds are available, the School of Accounting also provides an additional annual stipend
of $2,000, payable over the 9-month school year. To receive these funds, students
must work an average of 20 hours per week in either research assistant or teaching
duties, maintain full-time student status and show satisfactory progress towards degree
completion and assigned duties.
Additionally, the School of Accounting provides up to $7,000 in scholarship funds
to all doctoral students for the first three summers of the program. These funds are
based on department availability, continued residency in the program and satisfactory
progress toward degree completion and assigned duties. When available, students also
receive funds to attend various conferences and research activities during the program.
Competitive financial awards are also available to each student based on program performance.