Graduate Bulletin

Business Administration/Accounting, Ph.D.



Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Application Deadline:

Fall: December 15 for Fellowship consideration, rolling after that date.

All Ph.D. applications received after February 15 are processed together after the deadline date.

APPLY ONLINE to this graduate program.

Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 2

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from evaluators, typically college/university faculty or an immediate work supervisor, who can provide insight into your abilities and talents, as well as comment on your aptitude for graduate study.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:

No specific coursework is required for admission consideration.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

All applicants must present credentials that are the equivalent of the appropriate baccalaureate degree at Temple University.

Statement of Goals:

The Statement of Goals should be approximately 500-1,000 words in length and should include the following elements: your specific interest in Temple's program; your research goals; your future career goals; and your academic and research achievements.

Standardized Test Scores:

The GMAT/GRE is required.  Applicants should submit their scores on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).  In some cases, scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) may be substituted.  In general, scores above the 90th percentile are expected on each portion of the exam.

Minimum TOEFL score needed to be accepted: 100 iBT.


A resume is required.

Program Requirements

A committed student will be able to complete a Ph.D. in Accounting in five years. This is the sequence a typical
student would follow:
• Complete course work in the first two and a half years (courses in accounting, economics, finance,
and statistics).
• Take the Competency exam in Economics and Statistics at the end of the first year.
• Present two research papers, typically in collaboration with one or more faculty, in the second and third years.
Students are then expected to present their research at national and international conferences.
• Take the accounting Ph.D. Comprehensive Exam at the end of the third year.
• Work on dissertation, revise and submit research papers to journals, and develop teaching skills during the
fourth and fifth years.



Administrative Director
Stephen Boro
Alter Hall 337
Tel: 215.204.7043

Concentration Advisor:
Dr. Jagannathan Krishnan
Alter Hall 456
Tel : 215.204.8126

About the Program

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 7 years

Financing Opportunities

Typically all PhD students receive financial assistantship in the form of full tuition remission and a stipend in return for offering services as a Research Assistant (RA) or Teaching Assistant (TA). Level of support is based on the concentration, the applicant’s qualifications, and competitive considerations.

Students can also receive remuneration for Conference travel, publications, and academic achievement.

Updated 10.10.13