Ph.D. On Campus


University of Pennsylvania

48 months
39470 USD/year
39470 USD/year
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Wharton’s doctoral program in Accounting at the University of Pennsylvania takes a multidisciplinary approach (including economics, operations management, and statistics) to meet the needs of today’s complex markets, integrating finance and economics with broader perspectives on organizational issues and the corporate regulatory environment.


The Accounting at the University of Pennsylvania trains students to do rigorous research in accounting, a specialized area of financial economics. The program is highly analytical and quantitative. We look for strong undergraduate preparation in microeconomics and mathematics, while some prior accounting or finance training at the undergraduate or graduate level is an advantage. 

Key facts:

  • Institutional understanding of how accounting information is used by capital market participants and/or within firms is useful and best obtained through relevant work experience, but is not required of applicants.
  • Close working relationships with faculty members provide an excellent learning experience while at Wharton and can continue throughout the student’s career. 
  • Our program provides students with opportunities to interact with faculty and get started on relevant research early in the program. Required research elements include the accounting workshop colloquium, the first-year research assistantship, and the first and second year summer research papers.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Accounting Theory Research 
  • Empirical Research in Accounting
  • Empirical Design in Accounting
  • Workshop Colloquium
  • Microeconomic Theory
  • Econometrics 
  • Game Theory and Applications
  • Agency, Information and Incentives
  • Financial Institutions
  • Empirical Methods
  • Intertemporal Macroeconomics and Finance
  • Empirical Methods in Asset Pricing
  • Probability
  • Mathematical Statistics
  • Applied Econometrics 
  • Mathematical Statistics
  • Linear Statistical Models
  • Econometrics: Fundamentals

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

  • Letters of recommendation 
  • Transcripts
  • Academic history
  • Essay

Tuition Fee

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Living costs for Philadelphia

1313 - 2284 USD /month
Living costs

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All admitted Wharton doctoral students receive a fellowship that covers the cost of tuition and health insurance, and provides a stipend. It is expected that a similar level of financial aid may be awarded for up to 5 years. All financial aid awards are contingent upon a student's satisfactory academic progress.

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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