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Admission to the Accounting PhD Program

What Are We Looking For?

Accomplished graduate students with an undergraduate, Masters or MBA in Accounting, Economics, Finance, quantitative methods, or related fields represent our ideal recruits. Find out what makes a successful applicant to the PhD program, Accounting.

Applications for September 2021 are now closed. Applications for September 2022 will be open in September 2021.

The Rotman PhD program in Accounting is looking for accomplished graduate students with an MBA or masters in Accounting, Economics, Finance, quantitative methods, or related fields. Professional accounting designations are not mandatory but are an asset. Similarly, strong professional experience would also be an asset.

Outstanding undergraduates

We admit a select few outstanding undergraduates with a strong background in Accounting, Economics, Finance, quantitative methods or related fields directly into the PhD Program.

Transfers from PhD programs in Economics and Related Fields

We will also consider students who have done extremely well in their first or second year of their PhD program and are interested in transferring to Accounting.

Admission is highly competitive

We only admit two-to-four students each year from a pool of 80-100 applicants. Successful applicants in the past have demonstrated their excellence through outstanding undergraduate grades, top scores on GMAT/GRE, strong reference letters, excellent quantitative skills and other indications of an interest and ability to achieve excellence in research on accounting-related topics. Accounting PhD students join a broader graduate-student community that includes a current cohort of 80 Rotman PhD students in seven academic areas.

Before being offered admission selected students will be interviewed via video conference/telephone and may be invited to visit the campus. The program can be completed in four to five years,depending upon prior training and student progress.

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