Years 1 and 2: Students take doctoral level accounting research seminars and doctoral level courses in economics, finance, statistics, and mathematics. See course information below.
Summer research: Students write research papers in the summers following their first and second years in the program. The first year summer paper provides an opportunity to learn research skills outside of the classroom experience. Students interact with a faculty member in directed research in a field in which the student has an interest. The second year summer paper builds a foundation for the dissertation.
Comprehensive exam: Students take the major field exam in accounting in the summer following the second year of the program. After successful completion of coursework, research papers during the summers following the first and second years, and the comprehensive exam, a student can apply to be admitted to candidacy. Candidates then propose and defend a dissertation.