The PhD program in Business Administration at DeGroote offers students the opportunity to study and conduct leading-edge research with some of the top researchers in their fields. Students develop the theoretical and methodological expertise required to create original research that makes a significant impact on the business community.

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The accounting stream is designed to prepare students to be excellent accounting researchers and educators. It’s particularly suitable for people who plan to pursue an academic career at a university. Students are exposed to the techniques and issues of various research methods and designs.

Successful applicants typically have a master’s degree in one of these fields:

  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Computer science
  • Engineering
  • Engineering and management
  • Mathematics

Required Courses

  • B790 – Seminar on Management Theory
  • Three accounting PhD courses:
    • A771 – Seminar in Research Methods and Design in Accounting Research
    • A772 – Seminar in Financial Accounting Research
    • A773 – Seminar in Managerial Accounting Research
  • Five courses from the department of economics:
    • 721 – Microeconomic theory I
    • 722 – Microeconomic theory II
    • 761 – Econometrics I
    • 762 – Econometrics II
    • 765 – Mathematical Models
  • Students may take up to three of the following courses for credit:
    • A717 (MBA) – Seminar in Accounting Theory
    • A727 (MBA) – Financial Fraud and Market Surveillance
    • A745 (MBA) – Assurance
    • A750 (MBA) – Financial Statement Analysis
    • F773 – Empirical Methods in Finance
    • F774 – Seminar in Finance
  • Students may also take any other courses which are approved by their supervisors and the area chair. An overall maximum of 12 courses can be taken for credit.


Our Students

Chenwei Sun

Chenwei Sun joined the Ph.D. program (Accounting) at DeGroote School of Business in September 2020. Before starting the Ph.D. program, she had working experience in the financial industry.
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Our Faculty

Ken Li

Assistant Professor

Emad Mohammad

Associate Professor
Accounting and Financial Management Services
Available to supervise

Aadil Merali Juma

Assistant Professor
Accounting and Financial Management Services
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Recent Grads


Yi joined the Ph.D. program (Accounting) at DeGroote in September 2013. His primary research interests are in the fields of bank financial reporting, auditing ...
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