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The Simon Business School PhD Program in Accounting provides students with the opportunity to make substantive contributions to the literature by taking advantage of the Simon School's strong economics and quantitative training. At Simon Business School, accounting is not viewed as a separate academic discipline, but rather is perceived as an integral part of applied economics. By studying accounting and accounting phenomena from the perspective of an applied financial economist, an accounting researcher can provide evidence that potentially affects such diverse areas as the theory of the firm, corporate finance, the economics of regulation, and capital market efficiency.

Accounting Placements (2013-Present)

2013 Minye Michael Tang New York University, Stern
2014 Szu-fan Chen Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
2014 Michael Dambra University of Buffalo
2014 Ke Na University of Hong Kong
2016 Jacquelyn Gillette Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2016 Mengjie Huang Fordham University
2018 Amanda Badger Santa Clara University
2018 Silver Chung Florida International University
2019 Hunter Land Vanderbilt University
2020 Biwen Zhang University of California, Berkeley

First Year Outline

The first year is designed to give students solid training in microeconomics and econometrics and to introduce them to the basic issues in accounting and finance. The Accounting and Finance Seminars introduce students to the current research topics. Students are required to take courses offered by Simon Business School as well as University of Rochester's Economics Department. First year students are required to take the Preliminary Exam, which is given at the end of the Spring term, and complete a First Year Research Paper, which is due by September 15 of the student's second year. The paper will be presented in AEC510 or in an Accounting Workshop in the fall of the student's second year.

Second Year Outline

In the second year, students are expected to take PhD level courses in Accounting and Finance. In addition, participation in Accounting, Finance, and Applied Economics seminars is required. This training provides the foundation from which to develop research topics/ideas in general, and a thesis topic in specific. Students are required to submit a paper by September 15 of their third year. This paper will be presented in AEC510 or in an Accounting Workshop the fall of the student's third year and serves as the student's Accounting Qualifying Exam.

Third Year and Beyond

In the third year students move from course work to active research with the primary objective being identification of a viable thesis topic. In addition, continued participation in all Accounting and Applied Economics Seminars is required.

Advancement to Candidacy

This is achieved after completing 90 credit hours, and passing the Preliminary and Qualifying Exams. These credit hours include research credits for GBA595.

Thesis Proposal and Defense

Students are expected to submit their research paper, with a faculty advisor and committee approval, for a Thesis Proposal. Students are expected to defend their thesis by the end of their fifth year.




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