The Accounting track in the Business Administration PhD program prepares students for careers in higher education and management with in profit and nonprofit industries.
|The Accounting track of the Business Administration PhD program requires 84 credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree. Students must meet prerequisite requirements of 30 credit hours, and then complete 18 credit hours of accounting core courses, 12 credit hours of research methods/tools courses, 9 credit hours of electives, and 15 credit hours of dissertation.|
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Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree|
Prerequisites—Foundation Body of Knowledge—30 Credit Hours
In the Accounting track of the Business Administration PhD program, the
foundation body of knowledge may be satisfied with a master’s degree in
Accounting, Business Administration, Taxation or its equivalent from an
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accredited school
that includes certain accounting courses deemed essential by the Accounting PhD
director. Alternatively, this requirement may be satisfied by courses approved
by the School of Accounting’s doctoral advisory committee.
Courses—30 Credit Hours
Accounting Core—18 Credit Hours
- ACG 7157 Seminar in Archival Research in Accounting (3 credit
- ACG 7399 Seminar in Behavioral Accounting Research (3 credit
- ACG 7826 Seminar in the Social and Organizational Context of
Accounting (3 credit hours)
- ACG 7885 Research Foundations in
Accounting (3 credit hours)
- ACG 7887 Accounting Research Forum (6
credit hours) (Workshop, 1 credit hour per semester)
Methods/Tools—12 Credit Hours
The research tools requirement is
intended to ensure a thorough exposure to research methods. All candidates are
expected to demonstrate knowledge of statistical methods as well as usage of
statistical packages, including design, analysis, and interpretation of
- ECO 7423 Applied Models I (3 credit hours, required
- Additional 9 credit hours of research tools courses approved
by the student’s advisory committee. Examples of courses that will satisfy this
requirement include ACG 7837, GEB 7910, STA 5205, PSY 6216C, PSY 6308C, PSY
7218C, ECO 6424, and ISM 7029.
Elective Courses—9 Credit
Restricted—3 Credit Hours
Choose one of the following
- ACG 7888 Seminar in Critical
Accounting and AIS (3 credit hours)
- ACG 7917 Advanced Research Methods
in Accounting and Accounting Information Systems Research (3 credit hours)
- Other accounting electives as they are developed for the program
Unrestricted—6 Credit Hours
Students must take 6 credit hours in a
minor/support area. Students must select a minimum of six credit hours in a
unified area approved by the student’s doctoral study advisory committee. Each
student’s program of study is individually tailored to accommodate interests
whenever possible. This course work may be developed from offerings in the
following areas with the advice and consent of the respective departments and
the advisory committee:
- Political Science
- Public Affairs
Dissertation—15 Credit Hours
7980 Dissertation (15 credit hours minimum)
Students must complete a comprehensive candidacy examination
that includes written and oral portions. Students must defend a written
dissertation proposal in an oral examination conducted by the student’s
advisory/dissertation committee. The final defense of the dissertation will
also require an oral examination.
Students officially enter candidacy
when the following has been accomplished:
- Completion of
all course work, except for dissertation hours.
- Successful completion
of the comprehensive candidacy examination.
- Successful defense of the
written dissertation proposal.
- The dissertation advisory committee is
formed, consisting of approved graduate faculty and graduate faculty
- Submittal of an approved program of study.
The requirements for the teaching component of
the degree will be developed with the doctoral program director based on the
student’s experience. Normally, this requirement will be satisfied through
teaching a minimum of three credit hours of class instruction under the direct
supervision of a faculty member. As appropriate, students will also be required
to attend teaching development workshops and seminars.
Independent LearningThe dissertation serves as the independent learning experience.
For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.
addition to the general UCF
graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must
- One official transcript (in a sealed envelope)
from each college/university attended.
- Official, competitive GRE or
GMAT score taken within the last five years.
- Three letters of
- Goal statement.
Previous publications and/or other relevant supporting documentation.
- A computer-based score of 233 (or 91 internet-based score) on the Test of
English as a Foreign language (TOEFL) if an applicant is from a country where
English is not the official language, or if an applicant's degree is not from
an accredited U.S. institution, or if an applicant did not earn a degree in a
country where English is the only official language or a university where
English is the only official language of instruction. Although we prefer the
TOEFL, we will accept IELTS scores of 7.0.
Admission decisions are
made based on faculty recommendations from the appropriate department or
school. Admissions will generally be made only for fall semester, every other
year; however, exceptions may be made in some cases. All interested students
should contact the program director for their track for information about
applying to this program. The college strongly encourages applications from
minority and diverse populations. Race, national origin, and gender are not
used in the evaluation of students for admission into graduate and professional
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Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website
, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information
section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.
Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.