Ph.D. On Campus


Georgia Institute of Technology

60 months
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Have you ever thought about getting a PhD? A doctoral degree in Accounting from Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) qualifies you to pursue an academic career as a researcher and educator.


An academic career provides not only tremendous intellectual freedom, but makes it possible to work with bright people throughout your life. You really can make a difference through the scholarly research you create, and the lives you shape through your teaching.

The life style is great, and the pay is good! Frequently, PhD graduates’ starting salary range from $90K to $150K, depending on placement, which is largely determined by performance in the doctoral program. It is not surprising that the position of a university professor is frequently ranked as one of the most desirable jobs in the world.

Why Accounting?

As an interdisciplinary area, Accounting is both interesting and fun. Faculty and doctoral students are involved in research cutting across a wide spectrum of information technology management issues. The research involves issues at the core of Accounting as well as multi-disciplinary topics that interface with other functional areas.

Why at Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)?

Georgia Tech's PhD program in Accounting is strongly research oriented, and emphasizes the early involvement of our students in research projects with world-class faculty. The PhD program places significant weight on learning outside the classroom. Given the small size of the program, the tutorial-mentor model is the primary educational approach employed. Doctoral students experience significant attention and support from a diverse set of thought leaders in the field.

At Georgia Tech, the study of Accounting is interdisciplinary and represents a strong community of active researchers pursuing a wide variety of interests.


The College of Business and all of its degrees are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International.

Programme Structure

Successful completion of a PhD program requires you to demonstrate the capacity to do high quality independent academic work.

First Year Research Project
  • First Research Proposal Submission
  • First-year Student Review
  • First Research Paper Submission
  • First Research Paper Presentation
Second Year Research Project
  • Second Research Proposal Submission
  • Second Research Paper Submission
  • Second Research Paper Presentation

PhD Dissertation

  • Proposal for the PhD Dissertation 
  • Dissertation Execution and Defense 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 60 months

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Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®
GMAT admission requirements GMAT

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

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General requirements

Primary factors considered in the evaluation process include:

  • Overall undergraduate and (if applicable) graduate grade point averages
  • GMAT or GRE scores
  • Compatible research interests with faculty
  • Career interests and goals as stated in the essay
  • Excellent letters of evaluation
  • Appropriateness for graduate study
  • Ability to handle advanced-level research.
Background Requirements

All applicants to the PhD program must take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Records Examination (GRE) and request that the scores be sent directly to Georgia Tech using institution code HWK-54-07 for the GMAT and 5248 for the GRE. GMAT or GRE scores older than five years will not be accepted.

Tuition Fee

All incoming students are awarded a graduate research assistantship which includes a tuition waiver and a living stipend ($27,000)

Living costs for Atlanta

1213 - 2208 USD /month
Living costs

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


Financial aid is available to many doctoral students in the form of fellowships, and graduate research and teaching assistantships. Research and teaching assistantships provide a generous stipend plus a significant reduction of tuition.

Financial Assistance

Scheller College awards graduate research assistantships (GRAs) to most PhD students. GRAs are assigned to work with a faculty member for twenty hours per week.

The responsibilities for graduate assistant positions vary and may include research, tutoring students, or administrative tasks.

GRAs receive a stipend of $27,000 per year, a waiver of out-of-state tuition, and a substantial reduction of in-state tuition and fees, resulting in a cost of approximately $1000 per semester.

The deadline to apply for consideration for a graduate assistantship is January 6. All applicants are automatically considered for graduate research assistantships; no separate application is required.

In addition to graduate assistantships, other forms of financial aid available to PhD students are briefly described below.

President's Fellowship

A Presiden't Fellowsjip offers $5,500 per year, in addition to the College’s graduate assistantship, plus a waiver of tuition, for three semesters per year for a total of four years. It is open to PhD applicants who are US citizens with outstanding academic records and high research potential.

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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