2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    Jun 14, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Business Administration PhD, Accounting Track

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College: Business Administration Degree: PhD
Department: Kenneth G. Dixon School of Accounting Option: Dissertation
Program Websites: http://business.ucf.edu/graduate-programs/
Graduate Program Handbook

Track Description

The objective of the Accounting track in the Business Administration PhD program is to prepare students for academic careers at major research universities.

Dixon School faculty guide student learning through a combination of coursework and hands-on research projects with the objective of contributing new insights to the field. Students immerse themselves in classic and cutting-edge research in accounting, theories drawn from psychology, economics and/or sociology as well as the methods used to discover and evaluate new ideas in the field. Success in the program is judged by the student’s understanding of the issues and methodologies essential to the advancement of knowledge.

The program requires a full-time commitment on the part of the students supported by stipends, tuition waivers, health insurance options etc. as described in the Graduate Student Handbook and on the College of Graduate Studies website.


The Accounting track of the Business Administration PhD program requires 72 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. Students must meet prerequisite requirements of 18 credit hours, and then complete 18 credit hours of accounting core courses, 12 credit hours of research methods/tools courses, 9 credit hours of electives, and 15 credit hours of dissertation.

Total Credit Hours Required: 72 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor’s Degree

Prerequisites: Foundation Body of Knowledge—18 Credit Hours

In the Accounting track of the Business Administration PhD program, the foundation body of knowledge may be satisfied with a master’s degree in Accounting, Business Administration, Taxation or its equivalent from an Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accredited school that includes certain accounting courses deemed essential by the Accounting PhD coordinator. Alternatively, this requirement may be satisfied by courses approved by the School of Accounting’s doctoral advisory committee.

Required Courses—30 Credit Hours

Research Methods/Tools—12 Credit Hours

The research tools requirement is intended to ensure a thorough exposure to research methods. All candidates are expected to demonstrate knowledge of statistical methods as well as usage of statistical packages, including design, analysis, and interpretation of results. Research tools courses should be approved by the PhD Director. Examples of courses that will satisfy this requirement include:

Elective Courses—9 Credit Hours

Restricted—3 Credit Hours

Choose one of the following accounting courses:

Unrestricted—6 Credit Hours

Students must take 6 credit hours in a minor/support area. Students must select a minimum of six credit hours in a unified area approved by the PhD Director. Each student’s program of study is individually tailored to accommodate interests whenever possible. This coursework may be developed from offerings in the following areas with the advice and consent of the respective departments and the advisory committee:

  • Marketing
  • Economics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Gender Studies
  • Management
  • Sociology
  • Environmental Studies
  • Communication
  • Philosophy
  • Public Affairs

Dissertation—15 Credit Hours

  • ACG 7980 Dissertation 15 credit hours (minimum)

Admission to Candidacy

Students must complete a comprehensive candidacy examination that includes written and oral portions. Students must defend a written dissertation proposal in an oral examination conducted by the student’s advisory/dissertation committee. The final defense of the dissertation will also require an oral examination.

Students officially enter candidacy when the following has been accomplished:

  • Completion of all course work, except for dissertation hours.
  • Successful completion of the comprehensive candidacy examination.

Teaching Requirement

The requirements for the teaching component of the degree will be developed with the doctoral program director based on the student’s experience. Normally, this requirement will be satisfied through teaching a minimum of three credit hours of class instruction under the direct supervision of a faculty member. As appropriate, students will also be required to attend teaching development workshops and seminars.

Independent Learning

The dissertation serves as the independent learning experience.

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions  section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements , applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • Official, competitive GRE or GMAT score taken within the last five years.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Goal statement.
  • Résumé.
  • Other: Previous publications and/or other relevant supporting documentation.
  • A computer-based score of 233 (or 91 internet-based score) on the Test of English as a Foreign language (TOEFL) if an applicant is from a country where English is not the official language, or if an applicant’s degree is not from an accredited U.S. institution, or if an applicant did not earn a degree in a country where English is the only official language or a university where English is the only official language of instruction. Although we prefer the TOEFL, we will accept IELTS scores of 7.0.

Admission decisions are made based on faculty recommendations from the appropriate department or school. Admissions will generally be made only for the fall semester, every other year; however, exceptions may be made in some cases. All interested students should contact the program director for their track for information about applying to this program. The college strongly encourages applications from minority and diverse populations. Race, national origin, and gender are not used in the evaluation of students for admission into graduate and professional programs.

Application Deadlines

Accounting *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15 Apr 1    
The next admissions cycle for this program will be in Fall 2020.
International Applicants Jan 15 Jan 15    
*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information  section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.

Contact Info

Graduate Program

Khim Kelly PhD
Telephone: 407-823-2150
BA1 - 409E

Graduate Admissions

Mike Burke
Telephone: 407-823-2766
Millican Hall 230
Online Application
Graduate Admissions

Mailing Address
UCF College of Graduate Studies
Millican Hall 230
PO Box 160112
Orlando, FL 32816-0112

Institution Codes
GRE: 5233
TOEFL: 5233
ETS PPI: 5233

Graduate Fellowships

Grad Fellowships
Telephone: 407-823-0127

Graduate Financial Aid

UCF Student Financial Assistance
Millican Hall 120
Telephone: 407-823-2827
Appointment Line: 407-823-5285
Fax: 407-823-5241

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