The Wisconsin PhD 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.
The accounting and information systems specialization has a strong track record of producing high-quality researchers and teachers. Our approach values collegiality; students work closely with faculty in an apprenticeship-type approach.
Core Areas of Research
Student research is supported by faculty in four core areas and include archival and experimental research:
- Financial accounting
- Managerial accounting
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.
All students must meet the general PhD requirements of both the UW–Madison Graduate School and the Wisconsin School of Business. Prospective students should have:
- A strong mathematical background. Students with an undergraduate or graduate degree in accounting or the equivalent are given preference. While many students have completed master's degrees or an MBA program, these are not required.
- In limited cases, a degree in the related fields of psychology, economics, or sociology, coupled with demonstrated interest in accounting, is sufficient.