PhD Program at Smith

Accounting

The accounting concentration in the PhD Program is designed to prepare students for academic careers in the accounting departments of leading research institutions. The program emphasizes the simultaneous development of students' knowledge of existing accounting research literature and the relevant research methodologies. Students also obtain a strong background in related fields such as economics, finance, and statistics. The accounting faculty is comprised of renowned scholars in their respective areas of specialty with strong records of research publication and teaching.

Program Requirements

Major Specification

Typical course structure includes:

  • BMGT 808 Doctoral Seminar
  • BMGT 811 Seminar in Financial Accounting
  • BMGT 814 Current Problems of Professional Practice
  • BMGT 815 Analytic Modeling in Accounting
  • BMGT 821 Seminar in Management Accounting
  • BMGT 828 Independent Study in Business and Management

First Minor (Research Tools) Specification

Typical course structure includes:

  • BMGT 882 Applied Multivariate Analysis I
  • BMGT 883 Applied Multivariate Analysis II
  • ECON 621 Quantitative Methods I
  • ECON 622 Quantitative Methods II

Second Minor Specification

Students are required to take four courses in an area determined jointly with their advisors.

MBA Core Requirement

Two courses from the MBA core, with waiver of requirement for students with an MBA degree, a Bachelor's degree in Business, or a minor in the core.

Economics Requirement

Two graduate Economics courses required:

  • ECON 603 Microeconomic Analysis I
  • ECON 601 Macroeconomic Analysis I or ECON 604 Microeconomic Analysis II

Research Paper/Presentation

After three semesters of coursework, students must write a research paper that is to be distributed and presented to the faculty in a research workshop. This requirement must be met before the student is allowed to schedule a dissertation proposal presentation.

For academic issues, contact:

Dr. Oliver Kim
Professor of Accounting
Phone: 301-405-2243
Email: okim@rhsmith.umd.edu

For admission issues, application status, or other questions, please Email businessphd@rhsmith.umd.edu or call 301-405-2214.