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Accounting, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #11 (ARWU) New Haven, CT, United States
The PhD specialization in Accounting prepares students to become accounting scholars engaged in research and teaching at the highest levels in the general areas of financial information and contracting within and across organizations.
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  • Yale SOM's specialization in accounting is designed to develop strong theoretical and empirical skills. There is a heavy emphasis on original research to form a base for sustained scholarship. Co-authored research, with both faculty and fellow PhD students, is encouraged and supported.
  • Yale’s accounting program is small (matriculating 1-2 students each year), and involves informal and spontaneous frequent interactions with faculty. The program maintains a 1:1 faculty-to-student ratio. Students interact with emerging research in a host of ways, from conferences held on campus to weekly seminars where faculty and fellow PhD students present and discuss their work.
  • Candidates tend to pursue a broad range of research interests, helped by courses in accounting as well as in various areas of management, Department of Economics, Yale Law School, and other parts of the University. They develop fruitful relationships with other Ph.d. students, especially from the Finance PhD program.


Every ten years Yale undertakes a comprehensive and wide–ranging self–study as part of our reaccreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE). This process culminates in evaluation by a visiting team of faculty and administrators from peer institutions. After their visit, the visiting team chair prepares a report for the University and the NEASC CIHE, and the Commission meets with the Yale president and a representative of the team to discuss the report and Yale’s response to it. The decennial process concludes with a letter of reaccreditation from the CIHE. The most recent self–study and related information can be found on the 2009 Yale NEASC Reaccreditation site. The purpose of this process is to assure quality and to foster improvement. See FAQs for more details about the process. The next comprehensive review will be in 2019 and Yale will submit a fifth–year interim report in 2014.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Seminar in Accounting I
  • Seminar in Accounting II
  • Seminar in Accounting III
  • Seminar in Accounting IV
  • Empirical Workshop in Accounting & Financial Economics
  • Financial Economics I
  • A seminar in Marketing or a second seminar in Financial Economics

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • Applications are considered only once per year, and all new students begin their doctoral studies in the fall term. 
  • Classes are not offered on evenings or weekends, nor is it possible to be a student in the program while holding a full-time job. 
  • Applicants are required to take either the GRE or GMAT test. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    93756 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 187500 USD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    93756 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 187500 USD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    93756 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 187500 USD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for New Haven

  • 1380 - 2110 USD/month
    Living Costs

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


All students admitted to the program are given full financial aid for five years as long as they continue to satisfy the program's academic requirements. The aid consists of a tuition waiver and a stipend that is comparable to stipends offered by other leading Schools of Management.

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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