PhD in Accounting

PhD in Accounting

Introduction

The PhD in Accounting programme equips students with in-depth knowledge of accounting theory and practice, and of related fields such as economics and finance.

Students will have the ability to conduct original scientific research in accounting through theory-building and state of-the-art quantitative research methodology, and will be trained by distinguished faculty members in fields such as financial accounting, managerial accounting, auditing and tax.

Our programme’s objective is to develop highly-skilled and innovative thought leaders in accounting research and education for leading research-oriented universities and industries in this region and throughout the world.

Admission

  • - At least a good Bachelor’s degree. A Master’s degree is useful but not required.
  • - Good GRE or GMAT results.

Please visit http://www.mba.com/global/the-gmat-exam.aspx for GMAT registration information, and www.gre.org for GRE registration information. The tests must be taken within 5 years before the proposed date of admission.

The respective institution codes are listed below.
PhD Programme SMU GMAT Institution Code SMU GRE* Institution Code
PhD in Accounting F8D-3B-62 2861
  • - Good TOEFL or IELTS scores. For applicants whose medium of instruction at the Bachelor’s/Master’s level was not English.Please visit www.toefl.org for TOEFL registration information, and www.ielts.org for IELTS registration information. The tests must be taken within 2 years before the proposed date of admission. The SMU institution code for TOEFL is 9014.
  • - Submission of the following documents:
    • • Copy of Identity Card/Passport
    • • Latest Curriculum Vitae with a recent photograph
    • • Copies of Degree Certificates and Transcripts
    • • Personal and Research Statements
    • • Recommendation Letters
    • • Writing Samples/Indicators of Research Potential
Shortlisted applicants may be interviewed. Our admission decision will be based on an assessment of the entire application package.

Course Outline

The PhD in Accounting programme equips students with in-depth knowledge of accounting theory and practice, and of related fields such as economics and finance. Students will have the ability to conduct original scientific research in accounting through theory-building and state of-the-art quantitative research methodology, and will be trained by distinguished faculty members in fields such as financial accounting, managerial accounting, auditing and tax.

The PhD framework is as follows:
  • - Foundation Courses (9 Course Units)
  • - Electives (5 Course Units)
  • - First-Year Summer Research Project
  • - Overseas Exchange
  • - PhD Dissertation (28 Course Units)
Students are also required to attend accounting research workshops and other research-related events organised or hosted by the SMU School of Accountancy.

The coursework is intended to lay the ground in preparation of the dissertation research. The student will have to sit for a PhD Qualifying Examination (QE). It will assess his or her mastery of the foundation required for the next stage of the PhD programme – the dissertation. This is the student’s original work in his or her specialised area through independent research. On successful completion of the QE, the student will be ready to embark on the dissertation. If he or she feels comfortable with the PhD curriculum along the way, the dissertation research can commence even before the coursework is completed. The dissertation is marked by two major milestones, as follows.

Oral Defence of the Dissertation Proposal
This is an oral presentation of the proposed topic to a Dissertation Committee. A written dissertation proposal will have to be submitted before the presentation. A supervisor, with the expertise in the chosen topic, will be appointed. He or she guides and mentors the student throughout the dissertation work.

Oral Defence and Completion of the PhD Dissertation
This is an oral presentation of the written dissertation report to the Committee. After possible revision(s) to the report and upon fulfillment of all necessary requirements, the Committee will recommend to the University to award the PhD degree.

Fees

Please refer to SMU PhD Programme Fees for detailed and latest breakdown of fees.

Contact Details

Singapore Management University
School of Accountancy
60 Stamford Road
Singapore 178900

Email: soa_phd@smu.edu.sg
Telephone: +65 6828 0610
Fax: +65 6828 0600