University of Alberta - School of Business

School of Business
3 - 23 Business Building
Edmonton, AB
Canada T6G 2R6


Program Information
Faculty: School of Business
Degree: Doctorate
Field of Study: Accounting
Description 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. Whichever discipline is chosen, students will receive a thorough education and become capable of producing high-quality accounting research. Your courses, exams, minors, and thesis will be specific to the discipline that you select. A strong focus is necessary because a comprehensive grounding in your chosen discipline will ensure that you can compete successfully in the academic world. Although students specialize within one of the three disciplines offered, an advantage is that students can choose to work across disciplines or to change disciplines since we have faculty members and a thorough program in each.
Website: Accounting at University of Alberta - School of Business
Length: 4 Year(s)
Cost per year:

This is an estimate of total cost per year.
Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%): 75
Test Scores:
  • Graduate Management Admission Test [min. 550]
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 600] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 7] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 7] or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 60] or Michigan English Language Assessment Battery [min. 85]

All applicants are required to submit their scores from the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE); scores above the 90th percentile are valued. Your scores, from a test taken within the past five years, must be in at least the 80th percentile to meet our minimum requirements.

Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Letter(s) of Reference
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Research Interests
  • Work Experience

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Last Updated: July 16, 2015