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Accounting: Strengths of the PhD Program

A World Leader in Accounting

The PhD Program in Accounting at the Rotman School is designed to prepare students for academic careers in accounting at leading research-oriented universities. Students benefit from rigorous training, close interaction with faculty, a fully funded program, and our exceptional placement record. The Financial Times ranks the Rotman School in the top 10 for faculty and research.

Accounting is a major strength of the Rotman School. Faculty members in the Accounting area come from universities such as Yale, Wharton, New York University and Kellogg, and specialize in everything from financial statement analysis to auditing to securities valuation. Their research is regularly featured in leading scientific journals in accounting, finance, economics, and management science.

For evidence of the Rotman Accounting group's international standing we encourage you to view the Brigham Young University's Accounting Research Rankings where Rotman has placed #1 worldwide for archival research, and #3 worldwide overall.

BYU Rankings 2017

What makes our program so strong?

  • A strong emphasis on theory building, coupled with state-of-the-art quantitative empirical research.
  • Faculty who consistently contribute to empirical and theoretical research in leading-edge journals.
  • PhD student and faculty get-togethers such as dinners and brown-bag lunches where students enjoy a unique opportunity to interact with their professors and share ideas with each other in an informal setting.
  • A history of award-winning teachers among both the faculty members and PhD graduates.
  • Strong placement of graduates in top-tier Canadian, US and international schools.
  • Full funding for all PhD students through a financial aid package that fully covers tuition and provides an attractive stipend that can continue for up to five years in the program.
  • Location: the Rotman School is in the heart of North America’s third-largest financial center, just blocks from the heart of Canada’s business community.


Graduating Year


Hila Fogel Yaari 2015  Tulane University
Heather Li 2014 Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University
Na Li 2014 Singapore Management University
Matthew Lyle


Northwestern University

Yu Hou


Queen's University

Youli Zou


George Washington University

Kevin Veenstra


McMaster University

Yiwei Dou


New York University

Yanju Liu


Singapore Management University
Miguel Minutti


University of Miami
Alastair Lawrence


London Business School
Xiaohua Fang


J. Mack Ronbinson College of Business, Georgia State University
Dushyantkumar Vyas


University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management
University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management

Justin Jin


McMaster University, DeGroote School of Business
Stephannie Larocque


University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business
Gauri Bhat


Washington University in St. Louis, Olin Business School
Southern Methodist University, Cox School of Business
Surjit Tinaikar


University of Florida, Warrington College of Business Administration
University of Massachusetts, Boston

Xinghua Liang


McMaster University
Yuyan Guan


City University of Hong Kong
Florin Predescu-Vasvari


London Business School
Yibin Zhou


University of Texas-Dallas
Mozaffar Khan


MIT, Carlson School of Management
University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management
Harvard Business School

Contact the PhD Program at Rotman

Contact the Accounting PhD advisor Baohua Xin