The accounting emphasis is designed to prepare individuals for careers in teaching, research and consulting. Students will study in the two broad areas of external financial reporting and internal management decision making. The program is focused on the use of social science research methods to address empirical research problems in accounting. UTSA seeks to admit students with high intellectual capability, high motivation and the interest to pursue independent research projects. Students will have the oppor-tunity to work closely with faculty members in small classes, seminars, research projects and other assignments aimed toward developing strong analytical skills, breadth of knowledge in accounting issues and strong competencies to conduct independent, quality research.
Program of Study
The program of study has sufficient flexibility to allow each student the opportunity to develop a program that complements individual interests. A background in business, accounting or statistics is helpful, but not required for admission to the program. However, a student entering the program with inadequate skills in mathematics will be obliged to overcome the deficiency through additional coursework. A student without any business background may be required to take as many as five graduate level business courses in addition to the Ph.D. level courses. During the first two to three years, students enroll in coursework designed to provide the basic theoretical and empirical skills necessary to undertake research in accounting. Students take a minimum of four Ph.D. level seminar courses in accounting, wherein they study a wide array of accounting research. Individuals admitted to the program are typically offered fellowships for up to four years. Ph.D. students work with faculty as research assistants and gain valuable hands-on research experience. Furthermore, Ph.D. students gain teaching experience by teaching courses at UTSA under the direction of faculty mentors.
The Department of Accounting is separately accredited by AACSB International.The UTSA College of Business is a participating university in the Accounting Doctoral Scholars program, which provides fellowships to accounting doctoral students focused on auditing and tax. For more information visit their website.
Department faculty have published in journals such as Accounting Review, Contemporary Accounting Research, Accounting, Organizations and Society, Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance, Accounting Horizons, Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, Journal of the American Taxation Association, Journal of Information Systems, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Business, Financial Management and Accounting, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, CPA Journal, Journal of Business Communication, Journal of Business Strategy, Advances in Accounting Information Systems, Advances in Taxation, Journal of Business Research, Accounting Enquiries and Journal of Corporate Finance.
Currently available databases: Wharton Research Data Services, CRSP daily (NYSE, AMEX, ASDAQ), COMPUSTAT, Global Vantage, I/B/E/S, Audit Analytics, Execucomp, Bloomberg, SDC – Mergers and Acquisitions, PACAP – Hong Kong data. The library has subscriptions to other electronic databases including: LEXIS/NEXIS, ABI/INFORM Global, JSTOR, Science Direct, ProQuest Direct, Uncover, Web of Science, FIS online and Gale Net.
Annual Deadline for Applying for Fall 2015 is February 1st