Ph.D. On Campus


University of Waterloo

48 months
21546 CAD/year
6762 CAD/year
Tuition fee
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The PhD degree in Accounting at University of Waterloo is awarded for the accomplishment of independent and original research and reporting thereon in a dissertation. The primary requirements include course work, the passing of a comprehensive examination and acceptance of a thesis by a supervisory committee.


The school's PhD program in Accounting at University of Waterloo enrolled its first students in 1988. This program is the largest in Canada and has earned the respect of accounting professionals and academics everywhere.

Key facts:

Our graduates hold academic positions at universities in Canada and abroad, and have published in well-known accounting journals such as Journal of Accounting Research, Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Contemporary Accounting Research, Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory, Accounting, Organizations and Society, and Journal of the American Taxation Association.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • We will consider applicants who have successfully completed a master's or honours bachelor's degree, with at least an 80% average.
  • Transcripts and awarding of degrees from each institution attended.
  • Your application package will be stronger if you choose referees who can comment on your academic/research ability.  Your references will be sent an e-mail with instructions about uploading their letters.
  • A statement of interest (one page or less) indicating why you wish to take a PhD in accounting and what you hope to accomplish.
  • Official score report on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT); or up load a copy of your Graduate Record Examination (GRE) report.
Note:a)  There is no exemption from submitting GMAT or GRE.b)  You must also contact GMAT to provide us with access to your Official Score Report. 
  • English Language Proficiency Certification – if required 
  • Up-to-date curriculum vitae or resume (1-2 pages)

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    21546 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21546 CAD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    6762 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6762 CAD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Waterloo

810 - 1447 CAD /month
Living costs

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


 The School of Accounting and Finance normally provides funding of $25,500 per year for four years. Funding is contingent upon working as a research assistant or a teaching assistant for up to 10 hours per week, during each of the four years. Additional scholarships are provided to international students, who are charged higher tuition fees.

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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