Accounting Information and Management Degree Requirements

The following requirements are in addition to, or further elaborate upon, those requirements outlined in The Graduate School's Policy Guide.

Master's Degree

Accounting Information and Management is a doctoral program, not a master's program. However, doctoral students who complete the first two years of prescribed graduate level coursework with a B average and achieve an "MS Pass" on the department's written qualifying examination are eligible to receive the MS in Accounting degree.


The typical student spends four to five years in the program. Students demonstrate mastery of accounting, the tools used to study accounting problems, and the relevant research literature in order to reach the dissertation stage, typically by the end of the second year.

Other PhD Degree Requirements

  • Examinations: microeconomics or econometrics exam at the end of the first year; AIM qualifying exam at the end of the second year; oral dissertation proposal exam no later than the end of the fourth year
  • Research/Projects: research paper to be completed during summer between second and third years, results of which are presented to department faculty during fall quarter of third year; ongoing collaboration with faculty and other students on research projects
  • PhD Dissertation: dissertation is expected to advance substantially a topic of accounting research; topic is developed during third year with a presentation to faculty before the end of the third year
  • Final Evaluations: oral dissertation defense presented to dissertation committee and any interested parties