The Wisconsin Ph.D. Program in accounting and information systems prepares individuals for careers in research, teaching, and service at the university level. The program stresses high-quality research at the frontiers of knowledge. A majority of the student's time in the program is dedicated to developing, refining, and applying their research skills.
In addition, the accounting and information systems specialization has a strong track record of producing high-quality teachers. Our approach values collegiality, and students work closely with faculty in an apprenticeship-type approach.
The department's core areas of research include auditing, financial accounting, managerial accounting, tax, and archival and behavioral research. Our faculty members contribute to significant advancements in the field, as evidenced by our recently published journal articles.
The admissions process is highly competitive. Ideal candidates possess a strong academic background including prior study of accounting at the undergraduate or graduate level. Work experience is also valued.
In addition to meeting the UW–Madison Graduate School requirements, students should have the following:
- A strong mathematical background. Students with an undergraduate or graduate degree in accounting or the equivalent are preferred. While many students have completed master's degrees or an MBA program, these are not critical.
- In limited cases, a degree in the related fields of psychology, economics, or sociology, coupled with demonstrated interest in accounting, is sufficient.