• PhD in Accounting

    A program grounded in research methods and strategies, with a mentorship model, that gives students an esteemed personal foundation.

  • Overview

  • DESIGNED FOR SUCCESS

    At Katz, we prepare our students to become productive and discerning research-oriented faculty members. See our sample schedule below.

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    Term 1

    Fall Term

    10.5

    Credits

    An exploration of critical thinking.

    Sample Courses

    • BACC 3001 Introduction to Accounting Research

      3 CREDITS

      BACC 3001 Introduction to Accounting Research

      Course Description

      Provides new accounting doctoral students with an overview of accounting research. The course discusses a variety of topics and methods addressed by accounting scholars and offers insight into the characteristics that distinguish the highest quality research. Analytical research methods and topics, particularly with applications in managerial accounting, receive particular emphasis.

    • BACC 3014 Experimental Research in Accounting

      3 CREDITS

      BACC 3014 Experimental Research in Accounting

      Course Description

      Covers recent experimental studies that apply behavioral decision theory, psychology, and economics to address a variety of accounting research questions. The course focuses most heavily on recent work. The goals of this course are to (1) familiarize students with recent experimental research in accounting, (2) help students develop the skills necessary to critically evaluate such research, and (3) generate ideas for future experimental research topics.

    • Research Methods Choice

      3 CREDITS

      Research Methods Choice

      Course Description

      *Research methods can include statistics, microeconomics, or experimental design classes.  While all students are required to complete a microeconomics course, there is flexibility in how it is classified in their program of study (i.e. toward their major or minor). 

    • BACC 3006 Critical Thinking Seminar 1

      1.5 CREDITS

      BACC 3006 Critical Thinking Seminar 1

      Course Description

      Emphasizes professional development including learning to critically evaluate current working papers and to provide constructive feedback in workshops and at conferences. Through this course, students will develop the skills they need to balance research, teaching, and service responsibilities and to cultivate a research portfolio. 

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    Spring Term

    10.5

    Credits

    A thorough examination of research methods.

    Sample Courses

    • BACC 3021 Archival Research in Managerial Accounting

      1.5 CREDITS

      BACC 3021 Archival Research in Managerial Accounting

      Course Description

      Focuses on  management control and performance measurement issues from an economics perspective using archival methods. Topics discussed include, but are not limited to, cost behavior in organizations, analysis and economic impact of cost systems, use of accounting measures for performance evaluation and compensation, impact of incentive systems on organizational performance, non-financial measures, and balanced scorecard.

    • BACC 3019 Archival Research in Auditing

      1.5 CREDITS

      BACC 3019 Archival Research in Auditing

      Course Description

      Provides students with an understanding of contemporary archival auditing research. Topics include audit quality, the impact of PCAOB regulation on the audit profession, internal audit, and the role of corporate governance.

    • Research Methods Choice

      3 CREDITS

      Research Methods Choice

      Course Description

      *Research methods can include statistics, microeconomics, or experimental design classes.  While all students are required to complete a microeconomics course, there is flexibility in how it is classified in their program of study (i.e. toward their major or minor). 

    • Minor Course 1 - Choice

      3 CREDITS

      Minor Course 1 - Choice

    • BACC 3007 Critical Thinking Seminar 2

      1.5 CREDITS

      BACC 3007 Critical Thinking Seminar 2

      Course Description

      Emphasizes professional development including learning to critically evaluate current working papers and to provide constructive feedback in workshops and at conferences. Through this course, students will develop the skills they need to balance research, teaching, and service responsibilities and to cultivate a research portfolio. 

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    Summer Term

    3

    Credits

    Research paper with faculty guidance.

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    Term 2

    Fall Term

    10.5

    Credits

    A continued study in critical thinking and research methods.

    Sample Courses

    • BACC 3025 Capital Markets Research in Accounting

      3 CREDITS

      BACC 3025 Capital Markets Research in Accounting

      Course Description

      Provides students with a solid understanding of capital market research in accounting and empirical research training. The class covers topics such as the relation between stock prices and earnings, stock market anomalies, and analyst and management forecasts. When reading and discussing research papers, students learn how to identify and develop their research questions and to empirically test their research questions. Students replicate some classic finance and accounting papers in order to provide them with some hands-on experience working with databases using SAS statistical programming. The class is designed to help students to better evaluate empirical research and develop new ideas that could lead to a first year paper and dissertation.

    • BACC 3008 Critical Thinking Seminar 3

      1.5 CREDITS

      BACC 3008 Critical Thinking Seminar 3

      Course Description

      Emphasizes professional development including learning to critically evaluate current working papers and to provide constructive feedback in workshops and at conferences. Through this course, students will develop the skills they need to balance research, teaching, and service responsibilities and to cultivate a research portfolio. ?

    • Minor Course 2 - Choice

      3 CREDITS

      Minor Course 2 - Choice

    • Research Methods Choice

      3 CREDITS

      Research Methods Choice

      Course Description

      *Research methods can include statistics, microeconomics, or experimental design classes.  While all students are required to complete a microeconomics course, there is flexibility in how it is classified in their program of study (i.e. toward their major or minor). 

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    Spring Term

    10.5

    Credits

    A further dive into major concentrations, critical thinking, and research methods.

    Sample Courses

    • BACC 3031 Behavioral Research Topics

      1.5 CREDITS

      BACC 3031 Behavioral Research Topics

      Course Description

      Focuses on readings from disciplines outside of accounting, such as psychology, economics, and sociology, and how these theories apply to various accounting contexts or issues.

    • BACC 3009 Critical Thinking Seminar in Accounting 4

      1.5 CREDITS

      BACC 3009 Critical Thinking Seminar in Accounting 4

      Course Description

      Emphasizes professional development including learning to critically evaluate current working papers and to provide constructive feedback in workshops and at conferences. Through this course, students will develop the skills they need to balance research, teaching, and service responsibilities and to cultivate a research portfolio. 

    • Minor Course 3 - Choice

      3 CREDITS

      Minor Course 3 - Choice

    • Research Methods Choice

      3 CREDITS

      Research Methods Choice

      Course Description

      *Research methods can include statistics, microeconomics, or experimental design classes.  While all students are required to complete a microeconomics course, there is flexibility in how it is classified in their program of study (i.e. toward their major or minor). 

    • Major Course - Choice based on student interest

      1.5 CREDITS

      Major Course - Choice based on student interest

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    Summer Term

    3

    Credits

    A comprehensive independent study.

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    Term 3

    Fall, Spring, & Summer

    Fully concentrated work on dissertation and service as teaching assistant.

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    Terms 4 & 5

    All Terms

    Teach and enter the job market to defend your dissertation.

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    Academics

  • STUDENTS

    Our mission is to produce internationally renowned experts in the business disciplines and place our graduates at leading research universities worldwide.

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    Students

  • RESEARCH

    By reading highlights of their research you will see why Katz faculty is internationally recognized as experts in their fields and have published in prestigious academic journals such as Accounting Review and the Review of Financial Economics.

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    Research

  • TAKE THE FIRST STEP

    We are here to offer you support through the admissions process. Below, find all of the information, requirements, and key dates you’ll need to submit your application.

    The Application

    Getting Started

    Required Components

    • Online Application

      Create your personal application account where you can start and save your work as needed. You will also submit the following:

    • Application Fee

    • Three Recommendations

    • Unofficial Transcripts

      Official transcripts will only be needed if the doctoral committee is interested in admitting you.

    • Official GMAT or GRE and TOEFL scores

    • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores

      The school codes you must provide are DPZ-M5-90 for the GMAT and 2998-(major code) for the GRE. If the TOEFL applies to you, please provide the code 2998-02.

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    Interview Process

    Evaluative Interview

    Meeting with the committee

    Interviews are conducted on campus, off campus, or via Skype if is not possible to meet in person. We regret that we cannot conduct telephone interviews.

    Applicants may be asked to participate in our evaluative interview process upon initial review by the MBA admissions committee. A requirement for all Full-Time MBA admitted applicants, evaluative interviews are conducted by a variety of Katz personnel from our local MBA Admissions office in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

     

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    Additional Information

    Need To Know

    Frequently Asked Questions

     

    • What are the major areas of study offered through the Katz PhD Program at the University of Pittsburgh?
      Learn more about the seven areas of study.
    • How long will it take to complete the PhD program?
      Most students complete the program in four years. It typically takes two years to complete course work and comprehensive examinations followed by dissertation research, overview, and defense.
    • How should I choose an area of study? A PhD Program?
      We recommend you do two things:

      Examine the descriptive information under "Areas of Study" and browse to see if it interests you in general.

      Browse the faculty and research pages using the small "Faculty & Research" link at the very top of this page, just to the right of the Katz logo. Examine the titles of the papers of the faculty in the areas that you think are interesting. You might even look up some of the papers on Google Scholar and see if you can retrieve them through your school library. If you do not have access to an academic library, you might be able to obtain copies of some papers directly from the faculty members themselves. Read the papers and imagine yourself being involved in similar work. A scholarly career in research is full of rewarding and engaging work, but there should be a good fit between your interests and the specialties of the faculty in the program and university you are considering.

    • What is the financial aid package offered by the Katz PhD Program?
      The Katz Doctoral Program provides a five-year financial aid package to admitted doctoral students. The stipend is currently $26,900 annually. Katz also provides full tuition remission for five years and comprehensive health insurance for their students, both domestic and international.
    • I will be taking the GMAT/TOEFL Test in January. Should I submit the application to the University of Pittsburgh PhD Program without these scores?
      Yes, please submit as much of the application as possible before the January 1 deadline. It is best to submit your application with all official documentation. However, you may indicate that the GMAT/TOEFL score will be forwarded to the University of Pittsburgh (DPZ-M5-90 for GMAT and 2998-02 for GRE and TOEFL) and indicate the date you are taking the exam. We can begin to process the application if necessary without all of the information. However, please note that no official action can be taken on an incomplete application. If you have a copy of a score that you want to submit while waiting for an official score to arrive, please feel free to do so. Again, remember that no final action can be taken on your application until official documents are received.
    • What are the GMAT, GRE, and TOEFL Institution Reporting Codes for the University of Pittsburgh PhD Program in Business?
      Our GMAT reporting code is DPZ-M5-90 and the GRE and TOEFL reporting code is 2998-02. Please be sure to use the University of Pittsburgh PhD code and not the Master's program codes you might find elsewhere.
    • I have not received all letters of recommendation back from recommenders. Should I send my application without a complete set?
      Yes, it is important to get your application into the University of Pittsburgh Doctoral Program by January 1. If you are waiting for another letter of recommendation, please submit your application with a note informing us of the approximate date we will receive it.
    • It is a financial hardship for me to pay the application fee. Can the University of Pittsburgh waive the fee?
      We know the importance of applying to a doctoral program for our applicants and wish that we could help with this burden. Unfortunately, it is a University policy that an application fee must be charged. We have made every effort to keep the fee as low as possible and will continue to be sensitive to this need in the future.
    • When will I know the result of the application process?
      We know the importance of applying to a doctoral program for our applicants and wish that we could help with this burden. Unfortunately, it is a University policy that an application fee must be charged. We have made every effort to keep the fee as low as possible and will continue to be sensitive to this need in the future.
    • When will I know the result of the application process?
      Typically, the Katz Doctoral Committee will review applications during January and make initial offers in February and March. Depending on where a student may be as a backup, it is possible for a student to hear of a positive admission decision as late as the third week of April. The Doctoral Office will attempt to telephone and email accepted applicants as soon as a decision is made.
    • Where do you place your graduates?
      The purpose of the Katz Doctoral Program is to develop professional scholars who will excel in research and teaching for placement at leading business schools. The Katz School has an outstanding placement record with graduates.
    • What are the requirements for the PhD at Katz Graduate School?

      Visit the requirements section to learn more.

    • What is the minimum GMAT/TOEFL score accepted by the University of Pittsburgh Katz PhD Program?
      The University of Pittsburgh Katz Doctoral Program does not publish a minimum score. However, it may be helpful for you to know that the average GMAT score of admitted students each year is between 720 and 730. Few admitted applicants report TOEFL scores below 100.
    • Can I ask for a waiver of the TOEFL test?
      The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required if the applicant's native language is not English. Exemption for this test may be permitted when an applicant has attended a college or university in the United States for a minimum of four years as a full-time student and has earned at least a Bachelor's degree, or when an applicant has earned a Master's degree from a college or university in a country that considers its native language to be English (the USA, UK, Australia, and Canada are examples). Even if English is the medium of instruction, the school needs to be in a country with English as its native language.
    • How do I arrange to take the GMAT/GRE/TOEFL tests?
      The GMAT test is administered by the Graduate Admission Council.
      The GRE and TOEFL tests are administered by the Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey, 08541, USA. Further information may also be obtained from the nearest United States Embassy, Consulate, or Information Service.
      GMAT - See www.mba.com/the-gmat.aspx
      GRE - See www.ets.org/gre
      TOEFL - See www.ets.org/toefl
    • How do I arrange a visit to the Katz Graduate School?
      We are happy to arrange visits for prospective students to meet the Katz faculty, staff, and students. If your schedule permits arranging a visit during the fall term (October through December), please contact the Katz Doctoral Office.
    • What is the size of the Katz PhD Program?
      There are currently 47 doctoral students, from 9 different countries, across 7 different majors. This number includes students at the course work, comprehensive exam, and dissertation stages of the program.
    • What is the application deadline?
      The deadline for applying for September is January 1. However, it is advantageous to have your completed application submitted earlier to facilitate the review process.
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    APPLICATION DEADLINES

    The deadline for applying for September is January 1. However, it is advantageous to have your completed application submitted earlier to facilitate the review process.

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