PhD in Business Administration: Accounting Emphasis

Research in Accounting and Finance

The UIC PhD in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting educates and trains future scholars to establish successful careers as productive researchers, scholars, and teachers at leading universities and research institutions.

The primary emphasis is on producing accounting scholars who have developed the technical skills and understanding of the research paradigms necessary to ask interesting and relevant research questions and develop appropriate answers.

The program benefits from active research faculty who consistently published in leading accounting and finance journals, as well as from a diversity of research interests among the faculty spanning both analytical and archival/empirical areas of research. Doctoral students receive the full support of a department dedicated to training the next generation of researchers.


Learn more about the program requirements and coursework for this program.

Program Requirements

In addition to the minimum requirements stipulated by UIC’s Graduate College; applicants must meet the following program requirements:

Baccalaureate Field: An undergraduate degree in accounting is not required but is strongly recommended. Prior academic work that includes basic calculus and statistics will be an added advantage.
Grade Point Average: At least 3.00/4.00 for the final 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of undergraduate/ graduate study.

Standardized Test Requirements

  • GRE or GMAT All applicants (Domestic and International) must submit official GMAT scores. The Department requires that you have a minimum GMAT score of 650. Equivalent GRE scores will also be acceptable.
  • English Proficiency for International Students All applicants whose native language is not English must submit valid English proficiency test scores. Applicants must submit official TOEFL Internet-Based Test (IBT) Scores. Successful applicants  would be expected to have  a total score of ≥ 95 and a speaking score of ≥ 23. English proficiency test scores are considered valid for two years following the test date and must be valid at the time of application.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required. While current or past supervisors can provide such letters, it is recommended that at least one of the letters is from a former teacher/professor. In any case, the letters should speak to the applicant’s ability to think independently and creatively as well as their ability to engage in open-ended research.

Personal Statement

A personal statement of no more than 250 words explaining why the applicant is considering a PhD in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting is required.


Coursework in the program includes a series of required courses and seminars in economics, finance, statistical methodology, and other areas relevant to the pursuit of research in accounting. In addition, UIC’s location in the heart of Chicago and partnership with neighboring research universities allows students to take coursework for credit at nearby Northwestern University and The University of Chicago.

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Meet Our Current Students

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Somnath Das

Professor and Director of Graduate Studies (Doctoral) in Accounting