Doctoral Program:
Accounting Concentration

Coordinator for Accounting: Prof. Nan Zhou

The accounting doctoral program is aimed at producing high-quality researchers to become university faculty members. To achieve this goal, accounting doctoral students are required to take doctoral level classes in accounting, finance, and economics, and are prepared to do cutting edge accounting research. Accounting doctoral seminars cover a broad range of topics in accounting and auditing, such as earnings management, accounting conservatism, disclosure, internal controls, and corporate governance. A typical course sequence appears below.

With a wide range of interests, the accounting faculty members actively conduct high-quality research in accounting and auditing, and have articles published in leading journals, such as The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Contemporary Accounting Research, Review of Accounting Studies, Accounting, Organization and Society, Journal of Business, Journal of Accounting, Auditing, and Finance, and Journal of Accounting and Public Policy. In addition, accounting doctoral students are encouraged to interact closely with the finance faculty members. The current finance faculty members have articles published in leading journals, such as Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and Journal of Business.

Typical Schedule for Accounting Ph.D. Students

Year 1:

First semester: Microeconomic Theory, Theory of Finance, Capital Market Seminar, Pedagogy
Second semester: Accounting Research Seminar I, Corporate Finance Theory, Economics Statistics

Year 2:

First semester: Accounting Research Seminar II, Econometrics, Research Method I
Second semester: Topics in Finance, Topics in Econometrics, Elective

Year 3:

Teaching experience, Comprehensive exams, Dissertation Proposal

Year 4:


Accounting Faculty

MARCUS BURGER, Ph.D., The University of Utah; Assistant Professor
Research interests: Archival financial accounting, valuation, market efficiency, short sellers

ANTHONY MEDER, Ph.D., The Ohio State University; Assistant Professor
Research interests: Financial accounting and reporting, accounting for financial institutions, accounting and debt contracting

SARA REITER, Ph.D., University of Missouri; Professor
Research interests: Accounting theory, applied Ethics, sociology of science

JONATHAN F. ROSS, Ph.D., University of Kentucky, Assistant Professor
Research Interests:  Information theory, accounting comparability/closeness, fundamental analysis, capital markets, number theory

STEVEN SCHWARTZ, Ph.D., The Ohio State University; Associate Professor
Research interests: Experimental economics, other-regarding behavior, principal-agent theory

LINNA SHI, Ph.D., Syracuse University; Assistant Professor
Research interests: Financial accounting, financial statement analysis

YAN ZHANG, Ph.D., Louisiana State University; Assistant Professor
Research interests: Financial accounting and reporting

NAN ZHOU, Ph.D., University of Minnesota; Associate Professor
Research interests: Auditing, disclosure, intangibles, IPO, information economics

Accounting Doctoral Students

Jun Guo 

Jung Yeun Kim

James Wilhelm

Qiongyao Zhang

Last Updated: 3/28/14