PhD in Accounting

The PhD is a research degree and is not a direct continuation of masters' level studies; that is, candidates learn to extend the frontiers of knowledge through original investigation and publication of findings. University faculty members also communicate knowledge through teaching and are expected to perform service to their institution, profession, and community. The relative weights of these assignments vary across institutions.

Specifically, the program intends to:

  • provide candidates with an advanced level of knowledge in accounting and non-accounting topics as well as an emphasis in a chosen accounting specialization;
  • prepare candidates to conduct independent research;
  • enable candidates to communicate their research findings effectively;
  • aid candidates in developing interpersonal and technical skills in teaching.
  • The Accounting concentration emphasizes empirical research. This program is eclectic in nature with the premise that a candidate should possess:
  • broad knowledge of past and current theoretical and methodological accounting issues;
  • in-depth knowledge of a supporting area; and
  • proficiency in statistics, economics, and quantitative methods of analysis.

These skills will allow a candidate to conduct significant research and contribute to the advancement of knowledge in accounting. The PhD program is a learning process in which a candidate gains an understanding of and the ability to do scholarly research. This process is holistic as it involves clearly linked interactions among faculty and students in courses, in workshops, in teaching, and in individual research projects.

The PhD faculty have earned a strong national reputation. Research by current faculty members scheduled to teach in the program has appeared in leading journals, including The Accounting Review; Journal of Accounting Research; Journal of Accounting and Economics; Contemporary Accounting Research; Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting; Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory; Accounting, Organizations & Society; Journal of Taxation; The Journal of Accounting Education; and Issues in Accounting Education.

Choosing to enter a PhD program typically signals a substantial career change, and requires one's full professional attention. Accordingly, part-time students will not be accepted in the Accounting program. In order to become engaged in the research and teaching environment, students who are admitted normally will qualify for a graduate assistantship.

For more information on our PhD in Accounting degree, contact our PhD advisor:

Dr. Zabi Rezaee
901.678.4652
zrezaee@memphis.edu