Ph.D. On Campus


University of Alberta

48 months
8700 CAD/year
4193 CAD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The PhD in Accounting from University of Alberta prepares students for careers as future faculty at research universities. Broadly speaking, research questions in accounting address the economic and psychological effects of accounting information on financial markets, managerial settings, and contracting.


Students of the Accounting PhD from University of Alberta begin developing original research in the summers after the first and second years. After passing the comprehensive examinations, students focus predominantly on their research. By the end of the third year, students take their candidacy examination, in which they present their dissertation research proposal. The remainder of the program is dedicated to completing the dissertation.

What you'll study

Throughout the program, students work closely with faculty. Upon entry, each student is matched to a faculty advisor. The advisor or another tenured faculty member becomes the student's PhD supervisor by the end of the first year. At that time, the student's supervisory committee is also appointed.

A core strength of the program is the scope of the faculty's methodological and substantive interests. We have research-active faculty whose work uses analytical modeling, behavioral economics, empirical / archival research methods, and experimental economics. Substantive areas of faculty research include auditing, capital markets, contracting, corporate governance, disclosure, earnings management, information design, managerial accounting, and performance evaluation. We presently have 10 tenured research-active faculty members. Since 2011, all have published in a top journal in accounting, finance, or economics.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The Methodological Foundations of Accounting Research
  • Behavioral Research in Accounting
  • Seminar on Judgement and Decision Making Research in Accounting

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Entrance in January is possible, but it is rare and done only in exceptional cases. 


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®
GMAT admission requirements GMAT

Other requirements

General requirements

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
  • Three letters of reference
  • Statement of purpose
  • Availability of a suitable supervisor
  • Summary

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    8700 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8700 CAD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    4193 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4193 CAD per year during 48 months.


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.

Our partners

University of Alberta


Go to your profile page to get personalised recommendations!