Ph.D. in Accounting

Boston College introduced the Ph.D. program in Accounting in the Fall of 2017. The program will prepare you to become successful teachers and scholars at leading management schools. While earning your doctoral degree, you will develop expertise in fundamental accounting principles, as well as quantitative methods, economics, and finance.

Students will join a thriving research community at Boston College, where the accounting faculty is among the elite in the profession. You will collaborate with both peers and faculty mentors, and be encouraged to present your work at conferences, as well as submit articles for publication in top research journals. You will emerge from the program fully capable of contributing meaningfully to existing research, and pushing its frontiers.

Accounting faculty will take an active role in placing students in attractive academic positions. They will become your mentors, colleagues and friends, and be invaluable resources for the duration of your career.

We invite you to learn more about earning your Ph.D. in Accounting from Boston College. Request information, schedule a visit to campus, or apply today. If you have questions, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Academic Program


Accounting Ph.D. students complete a program of study that begins with coursework in accounting, quantitative methods, economics, and finance. Through seminar courses, you will become fluent on the existing state of research literature, appropriate research methods, and proper management of the publication process.

Course requirements are typically satisfied in the first two years of the program. In addition to doctoral seminars, Ph.D. students will take courses in the departments of finance and economics, and are encouraged to explore inter-disciplinary pursuits.


A comprehensive examination will be administered at the conclusion of the second year in the program. Satisfactory performance on the exam marks your transition from course-work to full-time thesis research.


Doctoral students engage early in the research process. The completion of a first year paper, which can be a replication or an extension of a previous study, provides an early hands-on experience in research design, programming, data-management and statistical analysis. In addition, students complete a second-year paper based on an original research idea, and submit a research proposal at the end of the third year. The proposal is the precursor to the dissertation: a substantial, significant, and original contribution to the field.


Doctoral students at the Carroll School are expected to serve as research or teaching assistants throughout their studies. Typically, you will serve as a research assistant for the first two years of the program, and act as a teaching assistant/research assistant in following years. In exchange, you will receive full tuition remission and a generous stipend. Learn more about financial support for doctoral students.


  Microeconomic Theory I (ECON7740)
  Investments (MFIN8801)
  Statistics (ECON7770)
  Corporate Finance (MFIN7704)
  Financial Accounting Practice I* (ACCT8813)
  Microeconomic Theory II (ECON7741)
  Econometrics (ECON7772)
  PhD Seminar in Asset Pricing Theory
  PhD Seminar in Corporate Finance Theory
  Financial Accounting Practice II* (ACCT8814)
  Programming Skills

                *If required


  PhD Seminar in Empirical Corporate Finance  
  PhD Seminar in Empirical Asset Pricing  
  PhD Seminar on Empirical Topics in Accounting  
  Applied Econometrics (ECON8823)
  PhD Seminar in Accounting Research Part II (Capital Markets)
  PhD Seminar in Accounting Research Part III (Contracting)
  Comprehensive Exam


2017 Class Size 3
Overall Selectivity 3%


 Average GMAT Score
 GMAT 80th Percentile Range
 Average Undergraduate GPA 3.94
 Average Full-Time Work Experience
2 years
 Students Holding Master's Degree


Average Age 26
Age Range 24-27
Women 33%
International Students

International Applicants

Bangladesh Nigeria
Belgium P.R. of China
Canada Pakistan
Germany Saudi Arabia
India Singapore
Indonesia Taiwan
Iran Turkey

Current Students

Our faculty is on a mission to build an outstanding Ph.D. program, one that successfully places its candidates at top-tier institutions.
Amy Hutton, Professor

Accounting Faculty