The Ph.D. Program in Business with a concentration in Accounting at FAU prepares candidates for research and teaching careers at universities and for careers within firms or government agencies requiring advanced research and analytical capabilities. Most of our graduates use their degrees to pursue faculty positions at universities.
The program can be completed in four years on a full time basis. The program consists of coursework, independent research, and a dissertation (see program requirements for further details). Typically, you can expect two to two and one-half years to complete coursework and related requirements; and one – two years to complete the dissertation. Of course, individuals vary and the time to complete the degree can be longer in certain cases. The accounting program at FAU includes extensive research, writing, and mandatory attendance at research workshops. Students will take at least four seminars in accounting plus select a supporting area of concentration (for example, finance, economics, psychology, etc.).
A few comments from our alumni on our program -
"I am so grateful for the Ph.D. Program at FAU. The dedicated Accounting and Business faculty fully prepared me for a successful academic career with a focus on teaching, research, and service. The research skills I learned in the program has enabled me to conduct an active research agenda, which assisted me in obtaining tenure at St. John's University in New York City, my first faculty appointment. FAU has also remained a constant in my life, providing excellent alumni networking and support opportunities. I am delighted that I choose FAU to complete my graduate education and would highly encourage prospective applicants to apply to the Accounting Program at Florida Atlantic University." Dr. Joseph Trainor, 2011
"Florida Atlantic University's Ph.D. program provided me with the necessary tools to excel at research and teaching. The combination of well rounded coursework and guidance from academically recognized research oriented faculty helps set FAU graduates up for success in their academic careers." Dr. Joanna Golden, 2015
I cannot recommend, highly enough, the Accounting Ph.D. program at FAU. The program was rigorous; the Professors were experienced and driven to help you to be successful; and the program provided me also with the tools to be successful. I am proud to be a graduate of the FAU Ph.D. program, which continues to grow and is one of the best Ph.D. programs in the country, today, as evidenced by the Universities where our graduates are teaching, today., Dr. Ron Premuroso, 2010