Accounting research spans a broad range of inquiry into the production, use, nature and impact of accounting information. Research questions arise from problems in financial and managerial accounting, auditing, taxation, and information systems, as well as from research findings in disciplines that are relevant to accounting.
Good research in accounting, therefore, requires a strong knowledge of accounting as well as applying knowledge from underlying disciplines such as economics, psychology, sociology, and philosophy. Accordingly, we offer students the opportunity to pursue doctoral studies in two underlying disciplines: Financial Economics and Behavioural & Organizational Accounting. Students can choose to pursue their doctoral studies in either of these disciplines.
The Department of Accounting and Operations and Information Systems (AOIS) has internationally renowned accounting faculty active in each of these major research disciplines, several of whom have helped to define and develop major areas of accounting research. These researchers help to attract other influential international scholars, who visit the Department in order to develop their own work.
They periodically organize major international research conferences (recent examples include "strategic management accounting", "state auditors and government accountability", "knowledge management and managing accounting firms" and "recent accounting abuses") and run a weekly research seminar series where leading researchers from other Universities present their latest work. Details of the research interests and accomplishments of the accounting faculty can be found at the Accounting OIS Department Members site.
- The Methodological Foundations of Accounting Research
- Behavioral Research in Accounting
- Introduction to Accounting in its Organizational and Social Context
- Introduction to Financial Economics Based Research in Accounting
- Seminar on JDM Research in Accounting
- Advanced Topics in Interdisciplinary Accounting
- Analytical Research in Accounting
- Advanced Topics in Empirical Accounting Research
- 48 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
Entrance in January is possible, but it is rare and done only in exceptional cases.
DisciplinesAccounting View 3 other PhDs in Accounting in Canada
Admissions to the Business PhD program are based on the following criteria
- Previous academic record: Applicants must have an undergraduate degree from a recognized university and sufficiently high grades. They should also have a grade point average (GPA) for the last two years of full-time study of at least 3.0 out of 4.0 on the University of Alberta grade scale and from Canadian or American schools with a comparable scale.
- GMAT or GRE score
- Letters of reference
- Statement of purpose
- Availability of a suitable supervisor
International9250 CAD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 9250 CAD per year during 48 months.
National5635 CAD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 5635 CAD per year during 48 months.
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