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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, accounting is not viewed as a separate academic discipline, but 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.

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Program Outline: Accounting

The First Year

The first year gives students solid training in microeconomics and econometrics and introduces them to basic issues in accounting and finance, including accounting and finance seminars which introduce students to current research topics. Students are required to take courses offered by Simon Business School as well as the 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, 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.

The Second Year

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 specifically a thesis topic. 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.

The Third Year and Beyond

In the third year students move from coursework to active research with the objective of identifying a viable thesis topic. Continued participation in all accounting and applied economics seminars is required.


Thesis and Proposal

Students are expected to submit a Thesis proposal paper along with a faculty advisor and committee that has agreed to serve on the dissertation committee. The dissertation must be an original critical or synthetic treatment of a suitable subject, an original contribution to creative art, or a report on independent research formulated in a manner worthy of publication. The exact form and timing of this proposal is defined by the area requirements.

Advancement to Candidacy

This is achieved after passing the Preliminary and Qualifying Exams. At the conclusion of the qualifying exam, the faculty administering the qualifying exam evaluate the student and through that evaluation make a recommendation to the PhD Faculty Director and Senior Associate Dean of Faculty that the student advance to candidacy.


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Required Courses.

The Course Catalog contains degree requirements and course descriptions. Please refer the Simon Registrar's website for the current Course Catalog

PhD Accounting Courses

ACC 501

Seminar in Accounting

ACC 510

Accounting Research I

ACC 511

Accounting Research II

ACC 512

Advanced Topics in Accounting Research

ACC 513

Contemporary Topics in Accounting Research

AEC 510

PhD Workshop in Applied Economics