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  1. Hello everyone, I am new here but I have been reading many posts the past few days and learned quite a bit regarding Accounting PhDs. This is a great community so thank you to everyone. I notice a lot of mention of tiers when applying, but most of the applicants and tiers are towards archival side. Even when reading some academic articles on the subject, they are dated, but state that there is a noted impact on your career based on the school you choose to attend for your PhD. Basically attending a lower tier school can mean you will be very limited to opportunities is higher tiers, barring some miraculous research publications and major connections. Is there a known tier / ranking for tiers in the behavioral side (experimental or field study? Or do we just take the rankings from BYU for experimental and each topic area? And do these change when you go by topic area for managerial, audit, and financial? Furthermore, I am guessing most of these schools are in US, but are there highly recognized PhD programs (and which "tier" would be outside the US that would be recognized in US or anywhere in the world: 1. Asian Pacific 2. Canada 3. Australia Thank you for your help. And for those waiting for interview calls and results, I wish you all great luck to get into your dream schools!
  2. Hey all, this is my first reddit post so bear with me. I am currently in my my last year of my undergrad and I plan on doing a thesis based MAcc degree which I will complete in the summer. I am wanting to get a Ph.D in accounting and was wondering how much a lower undergraduate GPA might hold me back from that. My undergrad GPA is gonna be around a 3.3 and my masters GPA will be a little bit higher. I know that the GMAT is a large part of the application process, and I'm confident I can score 700 on that. I also completed 3 internships up to now, one in a small cpa firm and the other 2 in investment banking, I do not know if I need more work experience in order to get accepted into a program? So, based on what I wrote above, would it be possible to get into a decent PhD program after I complete my MAcc? I don't care much about getting into any really good schools, but i dont want to go anywhere where i wont learn the skills I need to be a good researcher. Finally, does anyone have any tips for the admissions process? I plan on applying to a really wide range of schools, but does anyone know which ones in particular i would have an expecially good chance at?
  3. Hello, everyone! I’m applying for PhD in Accounting programs of 2021 intake. I would appreciate it very much if you could give some advice or comments. Test Scores: GMAT 740 (97% percentile) verbal 39, math 51; TOEFL 111 (Speaking 25) Undergraduate: top 4 universities in China (PKU, THU, SJTU, FDU), BBA in Accounting & BS in Psychology (dual degree), GPA 3.68/4.00 (top 10%) Graduate: top 4 universities in China (PKU, THU, SJTU, FDU), MSc in Finance, GPA 3.77/4.00 Relevant Courses: Economics, Finance & Accounting: Theory of Corporate Finance (PhD level, A); Advanced Microeconomics, Advanced Macroeconomics, two accounting PhD summer school courses, etc. Math: Advanced Econometrics, Advanced Microeconometrics, Business Forecasting Analytics, Quantitative Analysis & Modeling, etc. Psychology: undergraduate level courses. Research Interests: Archival Financial Accounting, Earnings Quality, Debt Contracting, Corporate Governance Research Experience: Three research experience for three accounting professors, including empirical analysis, literature review, data cleaning, financial analysis, etc. Working Papers: two, including my master thesis (debt contracting) and another working paper (earnings quality) Teaching Experience: Organization and Management (undergraduate level), Extended Learning and Student Activities Course (master level) Work Experience: no full-time working experience, have internship experiences in private equity investment, strategic investment, consulting and financial management. Letters of Recommendation: four referees in total, including three accounting professors who have got tenured at US top 10-30 universities and come back to China or Singapore recently; three accounting professors for whom I have acted as a research assistant, one accounting professor of whom I attended two courses and got A. Number of programs planned to apply to: 20-30 Dream Schools: I will mainly apply for top 20-50 programs, and my dreams schools are top 20-30 programs like UCLA, Minnesota, Florida, etc. Question: Do you have any advice on my target school list? Should I also apply for several lower tier programs? I have obvious weaknesses including not having referees who are still in the US, not taking PhD level economics courses. Currently what I can do to make up them to some extent? I have no full time working experience, but quite a few accounting PhD programs prefer applicants with full time working experience in accounting firms. So should I apply for several finance PhD programs, given I am also interested in corporate finance? But all my referees are accounting professors, so is it okay for me to apply for finance programs or should I just focus on accounting programs? Thank you so much!
  4. Hello all, I am posting because I have really wanted to be a professor and am thinking I may actually pursue a phd. I haven't done much work and am just sort of seeing how competitive my profile may be and what I can do to improve it. Undergrad GPA: 3.73 from a large state school with a top accounting program - double major acctg / finance Masters GPA: 3.5 Macc from same school - (integrated program) Research Experience: None Teaching experience: None (was a TA for a couple semesters early on in UG but responsibilities were mostly grading) Work Experience: So far 1 year of investment banking experience CPA Licensed as well as several FINRA licenses needed for IB Math: Only 1 business calc class but if I ended up applying for programs I would take necessary courses at the CC or online. I can probably get good LOR's from some professors and / or people at the bank I work at. I know that since I have not taken the GMAT or GRE yet it will be hard to say exactly where I will be competitive, I am a good test taker so assume I can get at least a 700. Will I be competitive with this background at top schools assuming a good GMAT score? Further, I am not set on an accounting PHD but figured since I am a CPA, I will have a better chance of getting into a better program than a finance PHD program. Is that correct? I want to go to a top program but will settle for a lesser one that is still good if it means that it is not as crazily research focused as I hear the top top ones like Penn / MIT / Stanford / Chicago would be because ultimately I am more interested in the teaching aspect. Have no idea what I want to research yet - have not gotten that far, but just want some feedback if with this background I would be at all competitive at good schools.
  5. Hi! I'm a senior at a private research university that has an accounting doctoral program: BS Accountancy BS Economics GPA = 3.6 Quant classes taken: Calc I, Calc II, Linear Algebra, Intro to Sampling, Econometrics Research experience: I was an RA for 3 accounting professors since I was a sophomore, and one of them supervised me while I wrote my undergrad thesis. Working knowledge in Stata, R, Python (Are programming skills attractive to admissions?) Teaching experience: TA'd for financial accounting for 3 years Other work experience: A few internships with accounting regulatory bodies, and I'll be on the CPA track with Big 4 audit after graduating I haven't taken the GMAT yet and know the magic number is 700. I feel like my weakness lies in my quant skills even though I have an econ background. Would it be beneficial for me to take some more math/stat/econ classes at a local community college or online? My LORs will be from the 3 accounting professors I've worked with and they're all research active. I'm primarily interested in financial archival research, but considering my work experience, auditing research also sounds appealing. Are there any other things I can do to better myself? I'm hoping I'm good enough for the top 20.
  6. Hi all, I'm applying to accounting PhD programs this fall. I would greatly appreciate any comment/feedback. Here's little about me: Undergrad: 3.84 at top 3 liberal arts college (econ major, stat minor) Grad: currently at 3.82 MAcc GMAT: 770 (Q51/V42) Work experience: None Research experience: None Courses Taken: Linear algebra, Differential Eq., Calc 3, 2 semesters of econometrics, 3 semseters of stats Concentration: Managerial Schools Planning to Apply: MSU, Temple, Pittsburgh, UPenn, UWashington; Duke; USC; Texas A&M, UTD, UWinsconsin, NYU, UArizona, Harvard, Columbia, Drexel, UC Berkeley, UMich, UToronto, OSU, UBC, UC Irvine, Georgetown, UChicago My biggest weakness in my profile is definitely having no research experience or even a hint of interest in research. I'm trying to take either Current Issues in Managerial Accounting or Econometrics course (both offered at PhD level) this fall to make up for that. Which course do you think I should prioritize? Another concern is having relatively weak LoR. I plan to ask three of my professors but only one is research active and the other two are adjunct. With this profile, is my school list on right track? Any help or advice would be great.
  7. Hi, everyone - I'm Han and I am 27 years old. I am Korean international student who's preparing for Ph.D. in accounting for Fall 2017 Thank you in advance for taking the time to read my post and respond. Test Scores: GMAT 700 (48Q 37V 5AWA 6IR) Undergrad GPA: 3.64/4.0 (State University in US - Accounting Major) Graduate GPA: 3.9/4.0 (Same School. - Accounting Major) Courses: Pretty much all accounting courses including Audit&Managerial accounting theory, Financial accounting theory, advanced accounting theory.... Research Experience: 1. I worked as RA in Korean University during summer 2012 and 2013 (Twice) - , it was marketing related research but the majority of my job was reading financial statements and disclosures to evaluate the status of the sample companies. 2. Wrote 2 research papers with classmates for MS course requirement. Not published, just 30 pages of proper research paper for course requirement (Financial Accounting Theory) Teaching Experience: Worked as an English instructor in English Academy in Korea for 1 year Work Experience: 1. Currently working as a CFO in the start-up company - small company but we are making enough profits to run the business (Not a co-founder since I did not invest any money or created business idea, but worked with founder (CEO) from the beginning) 2. (3-months) a part-time researcher in consulting team in City Hall of Korean city. 3. 2 yrs of mandatory military service (Korean Augmentation to the United States Army) 3. Intern in the county office in Korea Concentration Applying to: Accounting Recommendation Letter: 1 from Acct Prof 1 from OG Prof 1 from CEO or Korean Prof that I have worked with (Which on should be better?). Number of programs planned to apply to: 15~20 Schools (Baruch college, Boston College, Arizona State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Drexel, Rutgers and so on) What made you want to pursue a Ph.D: Did not really think about Ph.D. until at the end of my MS program. I realized that I want to do research as I work in the start-up company. I like to read and study on specific thing rather than run the company... Research interest: Effects of disclosures to markets / equity price. Especially the effect of disclosures through social media such as facebook, twitter, blogs and so on. Concerns. 1. The problem is that I have only completed Business Calculus (Passed.. did not choose to be graded .I was afraid...) and business Statistics(B-). I took only accounting and other management courses for my MS. My quant background is not good enough. Actually, it's not good. So I am planning to take math courses through edX or coursera next year. Should I say that I will take math courses through online to cover my quant weakness in my SOP?? 2. For my last rec letter, should I get it from my Boss (CEO and founder of the company that I am working at) or Korean Prof that I have worked with? 3. I completely have no idea whether I am an okay candidate for a Ph.D. student or not. I'm not looking for top tier schools. So I really need comments from you. So any comments on my profile would be helpful for me. 4. What level of schools should I realistically look for? Any school you guys want to recommend? Any ideas, recommendations or comments are really appreciated. Thanks.
  8. Hello, I was wondering if I can get my profile evaluated by a current accounting phd and to get some advice on what schools I should be aiming for. 1. Undergrad: B.S. Chemistry-Business, Magna cum Laude 3.8 GPA Recipient of the Excellence in Chemistry-Business Award – highest GPA in major 1. Grad: M.B.A. with concentrations in accounting & finance G.P.A. 4.0 Recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Student Award – Economics/Finance Department 3. Test scores: 700+ GMAT 4. Research experience: 3 academic presentations; One of which was given at the International Academic Business Conference Co-author to all three research papers/presentations along with PhD faculty 5. Work experience 1 year Graduate Teaching Assistant 2 years staff accountant/assistant to the controller 6. Research interests: Accounting education, inefficiencies of SMEs, convergence of GAAP & IFRS 7. Other: - Great LoRs - Math courses: Calculus I & Statistics I -- definitely lacking in this department—hopefully GMAT score and chemistry background can negate this - Licensed CMA What tier of schools should I focus on? Will I be able to get into mid-tier schools? Is my profile competitive? Thank you so much! Any advice would be appreciated.
  9. Hi, I am a current accounting student, albeit a a trifle older (30). I hope to pursue a Masters, followed by a Phd in Accounting. I would be 33/34 when applying to the Masters program, I don't want to lose any more time, and begin my PHD on completion of the Masters program(hopefully)... since one typically applies for a program a year before the actual program starts...am i supposed to apply for both masters and Phd in the same year ? How does this work? apologies if the question seems inane...:blush: thanks
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    Hello all, Been browsing the forum for a short while now. Trying to learn as much about obtaining an Accounting PhD. About me: School: In process of transferring to larger state school (AACSB) Year: Junior Major: Accounting, hoping to minor in Math GMAT: Haven't taken, yet (Next summer is the plan) Research Interests: All over. So far I've been reading different types of research papers. Financial Accounting and Risk are interesting, as well as Behavioral. Additionally, I have no research or directly related work experience. FWIW I'm also an Army vet, so it is not like I am a young/immature college student with no direction. Anyways, I'm hoping to use this site to help guide me in preparing for getting into a "T20" school for accounting.
  11. Hello! I would like to share my own admission experience into the PhD in Accounting Program. I won't name the university where I studied or where I got admission, but I will provide enough details for you to evaluate your candidacy. My background: I got bachelor's degree in finance (GPA: 3.95) and MA in Accounting (GPA: 4.00) from a medium-level small town college in Missouri. As an international student, I have international work experience in 2 different countries, which are not my home-country. Plus, I passed all 3 levels of the CFA exam. GMAT: 650 Accounting PhD Program selection: You need to be realistic about your "fit schools", where you might have reasonable chance of admission. This warning is particularly for international students, who think that admission into top programs is easy and have unrealistic expectations. There are about 80 programs that offer PhD in Accounting and not all of them offer admission each academic year. So, there are about 70 programs to which you can apply. Ivy League Programs: Unless you are an Ivy League school graduate or have spectacular background (excellent work experience in top firms, published article as a master's student), do not consider top 10 programs. Where you got your bachelor and master degrees definitely matters. Is Master's degree required: Majority of current PhD students have master's degree and work experience. Although it is not required in most schools, lack of master's degree will make your admission tougher unless the applicant has really good work experience. Always Check Out Program website: If you want to know whether you are a good fit for the program, check out the backgrounds of current PhD students on program websites. That way, it will give you an idea whether that particular program is "right" for you. GMAT: I definitely recommend a score minimum of 700. It matters a lot and it will make you a better candidate. There is a great research done by the AAA which gives you statistics about the PhD programs. Just search AAA accounting program research and admission statistics (or questionnaire), you should be able to find it. It gives you information about each PhD program in summarized format. For example: Average GMAT of admitted students, average length of the program, archival/behavioral research track, completion rate and etc. By comparing your score to the average score, you can pretty much determine whether it is worth applying or not. Definitely use this AAA research as your guide.It is a questionnaire and programs answer standard questions. Math Background: Before admission, I didn't have any calculus background, which hurt my admission chance. Most accounting programs require at least Calculus 1-2 and Linear Algebra background. If you haven't taken these courses at college, don't worry. There are open course websites (like coursera.org) that offer free online lectures with a certificate with the successfuly completition of the program. American students have the advantage of taking Calculus courses in community colleges, but international students don't have this opportunity. Therefore, use the online sources and send the college the completion certificate. It will also demonstrate that you have a serious intention of pursuing PhD in Accounting. Some programs are more math intensive than others. Therefore, contact current PhD students for some hint. My strong recommendation: have Calculus 1, 2, 3 and Linear Algebra background. My mistake was that I didn't take any courses online so that I could include this information in my admission package. It definitely hurt my admission into some programs. I should have enrolled for free online courses like coursera.org and received certificate for at least Calculus 1 and 2 courses. CAUTION: Lack of calculus or linear algebra background won't prevent your admission. I contacted a current University of Missouri PhD student and he also hadn't had any Calculus background before admission. After gaining admission, he started taking courses at local community college. That being said, having the background definitely helps you. Work Experience: Most schools don't require it, but some do. If you have weaker GMAT score or don't have strong academic credentials (including the calculus background), then work experience might make up for the deficiency. The University of Missouri student that I mentioned a paragraph earlier had substantial work experience. I also had 3-year work experience. But this is not a make or break criteria. Contact Current Students and Even Professors: I recommend contacting students. They will give you more information and will be more sincere about the structure of programs. Professors might not respond or will give you standards responses. I haven't contacted professors, just the students. My Experience: I haven't applied into the Ivy League program. My top choice was the University of Missouri, where I couldn't get admission. I checked out the AAA questionnaire and applied into programs where I might have an admissino chance with my background and GMAT. GMAT matters a lot. The schools to which I applied had historical GMAT scores that are close to mine. Some of my schools: University of Missouri University of Kentucky Florida Atlantic University Florida International University Southern Illinois Univ University of British Columbia (Canada) University of Waterloo (Canada) My "safe school" was the Southern Illinois Univ, but surprisingly I didn't get admission into that school either :) But I received admission from a couple of schools mentioned above. Recommendation Apply into at least 5-6 programs because the admission is very competitive. Do not underestimate your competitors as there are great applicants out there. University of Missouri admitted a student with double Accounting/Mathematics masters. Thus, I had little chance with that applicant. Just Google phd in accounting program articles and read some of them. It will give you an idea whether this is seriously what you want to do. CAUTION: Not a single accounting PhD program has 100% completion rate. Most has 80%, which means there are students who drop out. Therefore, carefully research whether the Accounting PhD is right for you. Also, do not overestimate your skills: Pick a fit school for yourself. Although you won't gain admission into the program unless you are seen as "fit" by the accounting faculty, you might still get lucky. Therefore, be carefuly in your selection. Conclusion: I think this information should be enough. Always contact current PhD students if you have any non-standard question. They can tell you a lot from personal experience. Pick 5-6 programs: 2 programs with really good track record, 2-3 average programs and 2-3 safe choices. I didn't get admission into my top choice and the safe choice. I am still happy about my choice as I have done substantial research about the program into which I received admission. I also contacted current PhD students, which helped me a lot in terms of providing information. I wish anybody the best of luck! I hope all applicants that received admission will also successfully complete their respective programs. If you need more info, just contact the current PhD studens. You can easily find their e-mail on program website or request it from the department.
  12. Hey guys, I am vying for a Phd in financial accounting. However, I am told by few people that my profile is not suitable for top 10 accounting PhD, hence I plan to apply schools from 11-25. A brief on my profile is : GMAT : 740 (51Q, 40 V) below average undergrad in mathematical statistics from one of the top institutions in China above average masters in math. stat. from one of the top institutions in China worked for few years in an investment bank in a quant role did MBA from one of the best mba programs in China currently working as a researcher with an accounting prof in China The schools I am applying for are : Ohio State, Missouri, Wisconsin, MIT, NYU, UT-Dallas, Berkeley, Rochester, Columbia, Indiana, Michigan State, Purdue, Georgia, Harvard, Northwestern, Texas A&M, Texas Can you guys please suggest if the list which I have prepared is good or am I shooting too high? Should I add/delete some schools from the list? Please suggest. Thanks and Regards,
  13. Hey guys, This year I am applying for accounting PhD. I am interested in financial archival. To get the rankings of univs in financial archival, I gave a query in byuaccounting (Finan_Archi Accounting Phd Program Research Rank by BYU). The rankings do not make a lot of sense. For instance, Yale is behind Tilburg etc. So, is the case with Harvard, Kellogg and other univs who are way down in the rankings. This makes me question the authenticity of this rankings. Can someone shed light on what would be top 10 univs in financial archival? Thanks. [TABLE=class: stripeMe, width: 900] [TR=class: alt, bgcolor: #E5F9FF] [TH=bgcolor: #002E62]University[/TH] [TH=bgcolor: #002E62]3 Year Recent[/TH] [TH=bgcolor: #002E62]6 Year Recent[/TH] [TH=bgcolor: #002E62]3 Year All[/TH] [TH=bgcolor: #002E62]6 Year All[/TH] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #FFFFFF] [TD]University of Michigan[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]1[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]1[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]1[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]1[/TD] [/TR] [TR=class: alt, bgcolor: #E5F9FF] [TD]University of Pennsylvania[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]4[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]2[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]6[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]7[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #FFFFFF] [TD]University of Chicago[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]7[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]3[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]2[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]2[/TD] [/TR] [TR=class: alt, bgcolor: #E5F9FF] [TD]University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]3[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]4[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]7[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]10[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #FFFFFF] [TD]University of Washington[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]6[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]4[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]4[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]6[/TD] [/TR] [TR=class: alt, bgcolor: #E5F9FF] [TD]Pennsylvania State University[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]7[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]6[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]7[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]8[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #FFFFFF] [TD]Stanford University[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]2[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]6[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]2[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]5[/TD] [/TR] [TR=class: alt, bgcolor: #E5F9FF] [TD]University of Southern California[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]10[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]8[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]17[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]17[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #FFFFFF] [TD]University of Iowa[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]10[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]9[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]9[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]3[/TD] [/TR] [TR=class: alt, bgcolor: #E5F9FF] [TD]Texas A&M University[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]5[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]10[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]11[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]21[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #FFFFFF] [TD]University of Toronto[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]9[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]10[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]20[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]29[/TD] [/TR] [TR=class: alt, bgcolor: #E5F9FF] [TD]University of Missouri[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]13[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]12[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]24[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]26[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #FFFFFF] [TD]University of Texas at Austin[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]18[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]12[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]12[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]12[/TD] [/TR] [TR=class: alt, bgcolor: #E5F9FF] [TD]The Ohio State University[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]14[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]14[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]27[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]25[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #FFFFFF] [TD]New York University[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]12[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]15[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]18[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]15[/TD] [/TR] [TR=class: alt, bgcolor: #E5F9FF] [TD]University of Wisconsin-Madison[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]14[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]15[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]20[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]14[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #FFFFFF] [TD]Indiana University Bloomington[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]14[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]17[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]20[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]19[/TD] [/TR] [TR=class: alt, bgcolor: #E5F9FF] [TD]University of Texas at Dallas[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]18[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]17[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]33[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]34[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #FFFFFF] [TD]Massachusetts Institute of Technology[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]23[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]19[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]23[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]24[/TD] [/TR] [TR=class: alt, bgcolor: #E5F9FF] [TD]Columbia University in the City of New York[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]18[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]20[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]15[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]19[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #FFFFFF] [TD]Michigan State University[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]26[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]20[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]24[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]23[/TD] [/TR] [TR=class: alt, bgcolor: #E5F9FF] [TD]Northwestern University[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]18[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]20[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]18[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]13[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #FFFFFF] [TD]University of California, Berkeley[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]26[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]20[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]13[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]9[/TD] [/TR] [TR=class: alt, bgcolor: #E5F9FF] [TD]University of Rochester[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]18[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]20[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]5[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]4[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #FFFFFF] [TD]Harvard University[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]14[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]25[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]27[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]31[/TD] [/TR] [TR=class: alt, bgcolor: #E5F9FF] [TD]University of Arizona[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]23[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]25[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]9[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]11[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #FFFFFF] [TD]University of Colorado at Boulder[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]26[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]27[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]30[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]33[/TD] [/TR] [TR=class: alt, bgcolor: #E5F9FF] [TD]University of Georgia[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]31[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]27[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]33[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]28[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #FFFFFF] [TD]Duke University[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]23[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]29[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]38[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]41[/TD] [/TR] [TR=class: alt over, bgcolor: #C1A367] [TD]Purdue University[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]42[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]29[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]26[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]32[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #FFFFFF] [TD]Arizona State University[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]31[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]31[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]13[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]18[/TD] [/TR] [TR=class: alt, bgcolor: #E5F9FF] [TD]University of Minnesota[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]31[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]31[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]38[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]34[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #FFFFFF] [TD]University of Auckland[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]26[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]33[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]33[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]41[/TD] [/TR] [TR=class: alt, bgcolor: #E5F9FF] [TD]University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]53[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]33[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]30[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]22[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #FFFFFF] [TD]Washington University in St. Louis[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]31[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]33[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]38[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]37[/TD] [/TR] [TR=class: alt, bgcolor: #E5F9FF] [TD]Kent State University[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]26[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]36[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]43[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]48[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #FFFFFF] [TD]Tilburg University[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]53[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]36[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]71[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]48[/TD] [/TR] [TR=class: alt, bgcolor: #E5F9FF] [TD]University of Kansas[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]42[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]36[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]54[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]60[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #FFFFFF] [TD]Yale University[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]31[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]36[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]48[/TD] [TD=class: numeric, align: center]48[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE]
  14. Hi guys, I am planning to apply for Phd program in Accounting next Fall (2015). My research focus is on the changes in financial reporting quality during the IFRS/GAAP convergence, and my preferred method of research is archival. Listed below are my backgrounds info: Accounting and Finance (double major) BA from a medium sized private university (totally not elite): 3.94 GPA Master in Accounting (in process) at the same school: 4.00 GPA GMAT (taken in 2013): 760 Quant backgrounds: Bus calculus, 2 statistics classes as undergrad, 3 economics classes as undergrad, Financial system modelling, Econometrics and Microeconomic analysis at Grad level, and some potential economic classes as electives for my MAcc program. Work as RA for an accounting professor for 4 months (up until now). No relevant working experience in accounting. It would be great if you guys can give me feedback on my profile and advises on which schools I should target, given my background and research interest. Also, i'm wondering is there any quick way to screen professors/researchers that have the same research interest as I am (I've been reading papers and articles but if you know a very quick way to find out their research interest, that will be awesome). Thank you all in advance.
  15. Hi guys, the BYU rankings place Rotman department 2nd in faculty productivity in last 6/12 years and PhD program top-10ish. They have been graduating candidates since 2005 only, that's why the discrepancy in the two rankings maybe. These stats look unbelievably good. What's your thought? How is it compared with top-10 US schools? The placements may not be as stellar though. Where are They Now? - Rotman School of Management
  16. Hey there, I have a few questions regarding recommendation. This year I am applying for accountancy phd. I have a working paper with a professor, so he will write about my research skills. However, the other two professors while give me very good recommendation but cannot write about my research skills. They will just write about my academic skills and intelligence. Does it make any sense to take recommendation from those professors who can't write about my research skills? Also, during application, I am mentioning my working paper . Will I have to upload my working paper during application? If not, how will anyone judge how good my working paper is? Thanks and Regards
  17. Hi all, I am new to this forum and need some advice on my application. I have recently decided to pursue a Phd in accounting, but what confused me is the math requirement for an acctg phd. Here is a little bit about my background: B.S in accounting from Penn State with econ minor. (Get all A's in econ courses) MAcc from Ohio State University. Currently working on CPA exams (hope to pass all 4 parts by the time of MAcc graduation) I think I have a competitive background in accounting. But the problem is that I did not take any math courses in my UG. (Took AP and waive calculus in college). Have taken introductory stat course (only 1). I know economy is also important but I don't think a minor in econ will give me any benefit if I target those top 20 programs. My question is: How can I improve my quant background? I don't want to take some courses at community college. Is is possible to get another master in math (or econ, which one do you think is better)? Since I don;t have any math class in UG, is it possible to get in master for math? Or I can apply to PHd now? Thank you very much! Please help.
  18. Hello everyone! I was wondering what the general consensus was on attempting to enter an Accounting PhD program directly from undergraduate studies, and if the consensus is positive, appropriate universities to consider? I'll post my profile, and hopefully that will help you to better assess whether I should consider going straight for the PhD (which is my definite end goal, I KNOW that I want to teach and perform research). I attend a relatively unknown university (AACSB accredited) in Missouri. This largely couldn't be avoided, I am very poor. Accounting major, Computer Science minor 3.7 overall GPA, 4.0 major GPA Will be graduating with Honors and with an Academic Distinction Served as service chair for our Beta Alpha Psi chapter Activities Chair for the Honors college I am in the process of conducting undergraduate research (hopefully to be published), which was conducted with the Dean of the Business college and another faculty member. The research being conducted is the development and analysis of a probabilistic approach vs. a fuzzy-neuro approach to fraud risk assessment. I have received letters of recommendations from Dean of the College of Business Chair of the Honors College Chair of the Accounting Department I have also worked as an IT Audit & Data Analysis intern at a CPA firm in St. Louis for a summer (3 month) internship. I will be CPA eligible upon graduation. As far as scores go, I have not yet taken the GMAT (currently studying for it), but I have taken the GRE already and received a 163/164/5.5 (verbal/quant/analytical writing - approximately 90th percentile) without studying for it, so I think I will score well on the GMAT as well. If anyone has advice whether or not I should go straight for it, please feel free to comment. University recommendations would be fantastic as well! My research interests lie primarily with quantitative methods, audit and fraud. Thank you all! - Ozy
  19. Academic Profile (I apologize for any ambiguity, but I wish to inquire anonymously :shy:): BA in Business Administration w/ concentration in International Business BS in Accounting Minor in Spanish Masters of Accountancy w/ concentration in Tax GPA:3.4 I attended the same university for undergraduate and graduate degrees, and it routinely finishes in the top 10 of scoring nationwide on the CPA exam. Additionally, I was very involved with a number of organizations on campus; I assume, however, that this fact is nearly irrelevant at this point. GMAT: 650 (79th percentile) (42 Verbal, 36 Quantitative). I scored WELL above this on all simulated exams (GMAT provided and 3rd party), but honestly I don’t do well under lots of pressure. I’m wary of retaking the exam, as it’s always possible I’ll do worse. After graduating I studied full-time for the Uniform CPA Exam, and passed all parts on my first attempts (avg. score of 82, again, not great under pressure). I do not have my license quite yet, as my state board requires new CPA’s to work a full year for licensing. I know that ideally programs would like applicants to have experience in Big 4 accounting, but I for a multitude of reasons I chose to work in industry, and honestly feel I have learned more than many of my peers who went Big 4. I began working in the tax department of a fast-growing Fortune 500 company after completion of my exam in November 2011. Our department is comprised of 7 employees responsible for all income and sales taxes, and I report directly to the head of the department. I deal with assignments on both the income and sales tax sides and have taken the lead on several important research projects, cost-benefit analysis/tax planning projects, as well as general compliance and reporting. I am very involved in my community, as a volunteer with BBBS and my parish’s youth ministry. I am also very active in general, playing for a men's rugby team, and running 2 marathons per year. (Again, this may be completely irrelevant, but may come in hand during an interview). I am interested in applying to: Arizona State, University of Memphis, Ole Miss, Florida International, Southern Illinois, LSU, & Arkansas I realize I’m not a shoe-in for any of these schools (and four of them are probably “reach schools”), but am I completely unrealistic with where I’m looking? If so, where would you suggest? Thanks!
  20. Hello everyone, I have searched and read many topics about what people on this forum recommend in terms of math classes for Acct. PhD. I was hoping some people who have graduated from a PhD or are current doctoral students could talk a little bit about what they would have done differently regarding math prep.I know the major focus of this forum is just getting into an Accounting phD but as a prospective applicant I am also worried about being able to graduate from it when I will be taking classes with Econ/Finance PhDs whose math backgrounds almost universally far exceed Accounting PhD Students. I have seen many posts in terms of yes its a personal decision and you have to weight costs of doing additional math/econ coursework before-- how would you classify the importance of having the following classes before beginning your phD ?? If you did not have these courses before you started your phD do you regret not spending more time taking them before you entered the program? Must have classes-almost universally recommended Calculus I Calculus II Linear Algebra Many recommend / Some say unnecessary Calculus III Differential Equations (??) Math Question Marks -- Do these classes provide any benefit? Finite Math Econ Question Marks -- How much benefit do these provide? Intermediate Micro Econometrics
  21. I had been planning on applying to MAcc programs next fall, but was recently told that I might be able to go directly to a PhD. My Background Economics BA from a top private UG. 3.2 GPA 1 year of full time coursework at a state flagship (will be two by enrollment in the PhD) in accounting. 4.0 GPA By the time I entered a PhD program I would have the equivalent of an accounting bachelor's. I have taken Calc II ©, Calc III (A), Stats II & III (A). GMAT: 770 Would I be competitive at some decent programs outside the top ten or so next cycle?
  22. Hello everyone, I've been reading the forum for a while and found very interesting and helpful ideas. So I thought it might be the time that I can ask for your opinions regarding my profile: GMAT: 600. Retaking-based upon practice exams expected score of 650 Undergraduate: Accounting, GPA: 3.33, Oklahoma State Certifications: CPA full time work experience:3 years at Regional Accounting Firm as financial statement auditor. Additional Course work: Calc I, currently enrolled in Calc II, Intermediate Mirco Economics, and Graduate Statistics. Realizations: for admission into PhD programs and/or Accounting Doctoral Scholars program a GMAT score is 700+ is need based upon other resume items. Possible Alternatives: Masters Degree????? Most Acct. Masters programs are geared towards CPA certification, rather than PhD programs and already have CPA. Would a master in Economics be the most beneficial preparation for a PhD in Accounting? It seems most of the course work is interrelated for the Accounting PhD level. Thanks in advance!
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