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Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration – Accounting

Faculty working with Students: 12
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
  • 600 GMAT GRE may be substituted

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 of graduate committee

Gao, Xinghua

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

Gramlich, Jeffrey, Ph.D.

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

Harris, Mary Kathleen, Ph.D.

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

Research Interests

Corporate governance, audit quality, and the audit process.

Jaggi, Jacob, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Audit Process, Audit Quality, Auditing, Corporate Governance, Financial Accounting, Financial Reporting, Financial Reporting Quality, Internal Control

Latham, Claire

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

Toolson, Richard B, Ph.D.

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

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

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

Research Interests

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

Xu, Li

Research Interests

Accounting And Culture, Accounting Convergence Issues, Accounting Research Design, Accounting Research Methodology, Accounting Standard Setting, Adverse Selection, Agency Costs, Agency Theory, Asset Pricing, Audit Quality, Capital Market, Corporate Governance, Disclosure, Earnings Management, Shareholder Litigation And International Studies, Tax Avoidance

Contact Information:

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