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Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration – Accounting

Faculty working with Students: 11
Students: 11
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 100%
Priority deadline:
  • Fall January 10
Campus:
  • Pullman: Yes
Tests required:
  • 7.5 IELTS Minimum score
  • 90 MELAB Minimum score
  • 62 Pearson Minimum score
  • 580 TOEFL Minimum score
  • 92-93 TOEFLI Minimum score

Degree Description:

The goal of the doctoral program in accounting is to prepare doctoral students to become outstanding accounting researchers/educators in the areas of managerial accounting, financial accounting, auditing, and taxation. The Ph.D. program is research-oriented, emphasizing doctoral students and faculty interaction in order to facilitate quality publication in both behavioral accounting research and archival accounting research.

Admission Requirements:

A minimum admissions index score of 1250 is required to be considered for admission. The index is based on the formula GPA x 200 + GMAT (and a TOEFL of 580 for ESL students). There is not a minimum GMAT score requirement. However, successful candidates typically exceed 650.

 

We prefer the GMAT, but we do accept the GRE test as a substitute. In either case, the exam must have been taken within 5 years of the time of application to WSU. A GMAT conversion will be applied to the GRE score submitted by applicants who take the GRE in lieu of the GMAT. The Educational Testing Service (ETS) provides a conversion chart. The converted GRE score will then be applied to the Carson College of Business admissions index score in the same manner as a standard GMAT score.

GMAT score report code 09D-TL-81 Pearson Test of English score report code: 8Z2-GT-38

Student Learning Outcomes:

All graduates will be able to:

  1. Develop a comprehensive knowledge of theory and methods used in their chosen field and related disciplines.
  2. A College of Business PhD graduate who has comprehensive knowledge of the theory and methods will be able to:
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the content in their chosen field and related disciplines.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of research methods applicable to their chosen field and related disciplines
  3. Execute quality research.
  4. A College of Business PhD graduate who can execute quality research will be able to plan, organize, design, construct, and execute research to assess/test research questions and/or  hypotheses.
  5. Effectively communicate research.
  6. A College of Business PhD graduate who can effectively communicate will be able to write and present research.
  7. Be effective teachers.
  8. A College of Business PhD graduate who is an effective teacher will be able to deliver course content effectively.

Student Opportunities:

Conference funding is generally available for students presenting a paper.

Career Opportunities:

University Professor

Career Placements:

  • University of New Mexico
  • Ohio University
  • Eastern Washington University
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • University of Montana
  • University of San Diego
  • Renmin University (China)

 

Faculty Members:

Barnes, Beau, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Cote, Jane, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Cussatt, Marc, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Financial Reporting, Pension Accounting, IFRS

Gao, Xinghua

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Gramlich, Jeffrey, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Harris, Mary Kathleen, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Corporate governance, audit quality, and the audit process.

Latham, Claire

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Sanders, Debra, PhD

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Decision-making under conditions of uncertainty, prospect theory, ethical behavior, legal issues and taxation of cannabis, and other current tax topics.

Toolson, Richard B, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Wong-On-Wing, Bernard, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Investor decision-making, controls in organizations, accounting implications of cultural differences.

Xu, Lily

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Contact Information:

Bernie Wong-On-Wing
Todd Hall 242
PO Box 644729
Pullman, WA 99164-4729
509-335-8541
509-335-4275