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Accounting, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #13 (WUR) Philadelphia, PA, United States
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.
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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. 

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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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
  • Introduction to Empirical Methods
  • Intertemporal Macroeconomics and Finance
  • Empirical Methods in Asset Pricing
  • Probability
  • Mathematical Statistics
  • Applied Econometrics 
  • Mathematical Statistics
  • Introduction to Linear Statistical Models
  • Econometrics: Fundamentals

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.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Letters of recommendation 
  • Transcripts
  • Academic history
  • Essay

Tuition Fee

  • International

    39470 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 39470 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    39470 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 39470 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Philadelphia

  • 1313 - 2290 USD/month
    Living Costs

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


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.

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