PhD in accounting w/ no prior accounting degree

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by edowave, Oct 13, 2010.

  1. edowave

    edowave Active Member

    I always thought if you were going to do a PhD in accounting, you would at least need a bachelors in accounting, or something close, like finance or economics. Apparently, I was wrong.

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    FWIW, University of Kansas is AACSB accredited in accounting also.
  2. JeepNerd

    JeepNerd New Member

    Yeah, one of my professors in undergrad had not studied accounting before the PhD level. WORST professor I had by far, he knew "Conceptual Framework" and thought it was the answer to everything. Intermediate Accounting I and he literally did not put up a single Journal Entry on the board and if you asked for one, he started asking YOU, what does the conceptual framework tell you to do?

    He even said that he realized only a small fraction of us would understand it in this manner (CF), so I guess the rest of us were just screwed. He was the DEAN of the program too, I got the HECK outta there and went to a new college. My worst grade in accounting was his class...but my revenge is of the 60ish students in that class, I was the ONLY one to pass the CPA exam.
  3. tiffer

    tiffer New Member

    Yeah while you have to have the basic courses under your belt, PhD in accounting programs are generally more interested in your quantitative background and your skill in math as demonstrated by a high GMAT or GRE quant score. Most programs want you to have done well in calc, linear algebra, econometrics, etc. to be considered for the program. Although I don't consider accounting as a profession to be super math-heavy, PhD programs in accounting are. I'm sure that the person mentioned in the article had a very hefty math background, considering his major.
  4. DBA_Curious

    DBA_Curious New Member

    That's hilarious. It's like trying to explain algebra using calculus.

    I have a fear that those types of academic shenanigans will only get worse with the advent of IFRS as it's 'principles-based'

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