The PhD Program in Accounting is a research-intensive program that provides excellent preparation for a career in academics. The four-year program is designed to provide the tools needed for long-term success as an accounting scholar in all areas, including research, teaching, and service. An applicant who is accepted for admission to the Culverhouse School of Accountancy PhD Program will be admitted as a regular full-time in-residence PhD student. The Culverhouse School of Accountancy PhD Program has no other category of admissions. 

The Culverhouse School of Accountancy's faculty supports students interested in archival/empirical and behavioral/experimental research in auditing, financial accounting, and tax. We seek to admit, train, and graduate students who have initiative, enthusiasm, and a desire to become scholars at major academic institutions.

Admission decisions are made by the PhD program committee after considering applicant background, GMAT scores (660 minimum) or GRE scores (1200 minimum), grade point averages (GPAs), letters of reference, fulfillment of prerequisites, and an on-campus interview. The GMAT is preferred, but students may choose to take either the GMAT or the GRE. All international students are required to submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score (600 minimum) and a Test of Spoken English (TSE) score (230 minimum).

Early application increases the probability of admission. The following provides an approximate timetable of Graduate School application dates:

The PhD committee begins reviewing applications on the 1st of September in the year prior to admission. The admissions process will be completed when the class is full.