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Indiana University Bloomington

Department of Accounting

Doctoral Program

Our doctoral program in accounting was ranked No. 10 for research and No. 7 for teaching in the nation by Public Accounting Report in 2010.

Doctoral Program

Accounting and Academia

In Kelley’s accounting PhD program, you’ll acquire the tools to create new knowledge and learn how to share that knowledge with others, preparing you for a successful career in research and teaching. Our flexible program enables you to choose a minor field in another area of business or a minor field outside the Kelley School to complement your major in accounting. Most of our students complete the program in five years.

Renowned Faculty Mentors

You’ll work side by side with our renowned faculty, who are dedicated mentors, experienced teachers, and accomplished researchers. Our faculty members have served as senior editors and on the editorial boards of prestigious accounting journals. They are published frequently in leading journals such as The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Finance, and Contemporary Accounting Research.

Research Resources

The department will provide you with an annual Research and Teaching Supplement (RATS) and a travel budget to facilitate your participation in conferences. We will also provide assistance with expenses related to your dissertation.

Our numerous database subscriptions facilitate access to information about public companies and accounting firms (Audit Analytics), financial statements (Compustat), stock prices (CRSP), analyst forecasts (First Call, IBES), international markets (Global Insight), and more.

In our weekly research workshops, leading accounting researchers discuss their work with our faculty and doctoral students. You’ll attend lunch with the speakers, and also have the opportunity to present your own research.


We offer two paths of study:

  • Empirical archival/capital markets focuses on the role of accounting information and auditing in the capital markets. Students in this path typically minor in finance.
  • Experimental/behavioral focuses on how individuals use and are influenced by accounting information in decision making. Students in this path typically minor in psychology.

Our degree requirements include course work, two self-selected research assignments to be completed in your first two summers in the program, a qualifying exam, participation in our research workshops, and a dissertation. You will also be required to do a limited amount of teaching in order to prepare you for your classroom responsibilities.

Prestigious Careers

Employers of our recent graduates include the University of Georgia, University of Texas at Austin, Cornell University, University of North Carolina—Greensboro, University of Utah, University of Denver, New York University, Michigan State University, Brigham Young University, University of Alberta, Northeastern University, and State University of New York- Buffalo.

Doctoral Advising

Sonja Rego
Deloitte Foundation Accounting Faculty Fellow
1309 E. 10th St.
Bloomington, IN 47405
(812) 855-6356

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