PhD in Accountancy

Admission Contact Information

Rhonda Blythe (
Columbia, MO 65211

Financial Aid from the Program

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Admission Criteria

Fall deadline: February 1

  • Minimum TOEFL scores:
Internet-based test (iBT) Paper-based test (PBT)
100 600
  • Minimum GMAT scores:
Minimum Verbal Quantitative Analytical TOTAL
Minimum Score 700
  • A prior record of outstanding academic performance
  • Strong letters of recommendation

Required Application Materials

To the Office of Graduate Studies
All required Graduate Studies documents

To the Accountancy PhD Program
Departmental Application
*3 Recommendation letters
*Statement of Purpose
Official GMAT scores
*Upload electronically through the Office of Graduate Studies application

Prerequisites for the Doctoral Degree in Accountancy

International students should note that we rarely admit a student directly from outside the United States unless they have studied/worked in an English-language setting.

Prerequisites to undertaking doctoral course work include one, and preferably two, semesters of calculus; an introductory statistics course; and intermediate-level microeconomic theory. An undergraduate accounting major (or equivalent) is desirable but required. Prior graduate work is not required for admission to the program, but most successful applicants do have a master’s degree.

Graduation Requirements for the Doctoral Degree in Accountancy

The University requires 72 total hours beyond a baccalaureate degree for a PhD. In order to meet this requirement, the School of Accountancy requires the following program of course work and dissertation research:

Doctoral-level Accounting Research courses15
Course Work in supporting theoretical fields (e.g. economics, finance, organizational theory and behavior)15
Statistics and other research methods courses18
Weekly Research Seminar (meeting one hour per semester for four years)8
Dissertation Research12-16
Total Credits68-72

Course work is designed to be completed in five semesters (two and one-half years). Written and oral comprehensive examinations are then taken after completion of course work, and the remainder of years three and four is devoted to the completion of the research dissertation. Specializations are available in areas of faculty research interests.

More Information about the Doctoral Degree in Accountancy

For information about the doctoral degree in accountancy, visit our website or write to:

Dr. Jere Francis, Director of the doctoral program in Accountancy
School of Accountancy
Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business
303 Cornell Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211