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The Accounting and Information Systems program of the University of Wisconsin Madison prepares individuals for careers in research, teaching, and service at the university level.


About the Program

The Accounting and Information Systems program of the University of Wisconsin Madison stresses high-quality research at the frontiers of knowledge. A majority of the student’s time in the program is dedicated to developing, refining, and applying their research skills.

The accounting and information systems specialization has a strong track record of producing high-quality researchers and teachers. Our approach values collegiality; students work closely with faculty in an apprenticeship-type approach.

Student research is supported by faculty in four core areas and include archival and experimental research:

  • Auditing
  • Financial accounting
  • Managerial accounting
  • Tax



Programme Structure

Students are required to complete three seminars in accounting research:
  • Introduction to Accounting Research
  • Behavioral Accounting Research
  • Archival Accounting Research

Students in our program develop a basic research background in both archival and behavioral empirical research. The program is one of the most balanced programs in the country in terms of support for different research methodologies and topics. Most students ultimately specialize in the research area and methodology that best suits their skills and research interests.

Both behavioral (including experimental economics) and archival methods are strongly supported. Students also develop specialization in a related field such as economics, psychology, or sociology.

Finally, students build a foundation in statistics that supports their research interests. Methodology courses in economics, agricultural economics, or psychology will generally provide a strong foundation.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Application Deadline is December 15


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

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  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Work experience is not required for admission into our program. Prior involvement with research in an academic setting, work related projects, and publications are a plus
  • Applicants must meet the minimum requirements of the Graduate School, including a four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • An undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale will be considered for admission
  • Completed online admission application form
  • Statement of purpose for graduate study
  • Two essays in response to the application questions, and one survey response
  • Standardized test scores (GMAT or GRE, as well as TOEFL or
  • IELTS for international students only)
  • Transcripts from each institution attended
  • Three letters of recommendation, preferably from academics
  • Current résumé or curriculum vitae (CV)

Tuition Fee

All PhD students admitted to the program will be offered a funding package.

Living costs for Madison

1015 - 1752 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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