About this course
The Ph.D. Program in Accounting at FAU prepares candidates for research and teaching careers at universities and for careers within firms or government agencies requiring advanced research and analytical capabilities. Most of our graduates use their degrees to pursue faculty positions at universities.
The program can be completed in four years on a full time basis. The program consists of coursework, independent research, and a dissertation (see program requirements for further details). Typically, you can expect two to two and one-half years to complete coursework and related requirements; and one – two years to complete the dissertation. Of course, individuals vary and the time to complete the degree can be longer in certain cases. The accounting program at FAU includes extensive research, writing, and mandatory attendance at research workshops. Students will take at least four seminars in accounting plus select a supporting area of concentration (for example, finance, economics, psychology, etc.).
An applicant should have a GMAT score of at least 600 and a GPA of at least 3.5 out of 4.0 during the last 60 credits of course work. An undergraduate or graduate degree in accounting is also expected. Applicants who do not have the graduate degree in accounting would normally be expected to have a graduate degree in some business area. Other criteria considered include previous work experience in finance / accounting, language requirements, letters of recommendation, and statement of career goals. Exceptions to these guidelines may be made in special cases. Students are generally only admitted during the fall term.