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    Prioritizing List of Schools for Accounting PhD

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    I would like to get the advice of the members of this forum with regards to creating a prioritized list of the Accounting PhD programs I've applied to. I've applied to 12 schools, and, when I was applying, I thought they were all good fits for financial archival research. However, I would like to know how the more experienced members of this forum would group/rank them. I'll clarify what I'm looking for in a program:

    1) My background: econ undergrad (with classes in econometrics, statistics, multivariable calculus, linear algebra), accounting masters, currently in public accounting.
    2) Learning the statistical/econometrics/economics/mathematical tools as well as the accounting knowledge in order to do research and publish.
    3) Finding a research-based job afterwards.
    4) A little bit of work-life balance (I know that a PhD is all-consuming, but having a little breathing room every now and then is important to me)

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Texas A&M University
    University of North Carolina
    University of Texas at Austin
    University of Southern California
    University of Pennsylvania
    University of Florida
    New York University
    University of Washington
    University of Georgia
    University of Oregon
    Pennsylvania State University

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    Re: Prioritizing List of Schools for Accounting PhD

    Quote Originally Posted by bumblebee55 View Post
    Hi!

    I would like to get the advice of the members of this forum with regards to creating a prioritized list of the Accounting PhD programs I've applied to. I've applied to 12 schools, and, when I was applying, I thought they were all good fits for financial archival research. However, I would like to know how the more experienced members of this forum would group/rank them. I'll clarify what I'm looking for in a program:

    1) My background: econ undergrad (with classes in econometrics, statistics, multivariable calculus, linear algebra), accounting masters, currently in public accounting.
    2) Learning the statistical/econometrics/economics/mathematical tools as well as the accounting knowledge in order to do research and publish.
    3) Finding a research-based job afterwards.
    4) A little bit of work-life balance (I know that a PhD is all-consuming, but having a little breathing room every now and then is important to me)

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Texas A&M University
    University of North Carolina
    University of Texas at Austin
    University of Southern California
    University of Pennsylvania
    University of Florida
    New York University
    University of Washington
    University of Georgia
    University of Oregon
    Pennsylvania State University
    First of all, those are all good to very good programs. Depending on the exact topics within financial archival one wanted to research would determine, to some degree, which school would be the best fit. But broadly (in terms of thinking 5 years down the line about what an average placement would look like out of said school), I would probably group them as follows. This was not a super easy task, one could easily argue that this grouping is not "correct." It's just one persons take.

    Group 1: Penn, NYU, USC
    Group 2: Washington, UT-Austin, UNC, Penn State
    Group 3: TAMU, Georgia, Illinois, Florida
    Group 4: Oregon

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    Re: Prioritizing List of Schools for Accounting PhD

    Based on recent placements, I would move UNC up and NYU down.

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