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As a PhD student in accounting at Booth, you’ll have the freedom to explore and cultivate your research interests from day one—wherever they lead.

You’ll join a collaborative research community and work with prominent scholars whose groundbreaking research is recognized for its impact on the academic literature, accounting practice and policymaking, securities regulation, and elsewhere. In addition to your stipend, you may apply for research and conference travel funding from our research centers and the PhD Program. In research workshops and conferences, you’ll present your work and hear about the work of fellow researchers.

Our Distinguished Accounting Faculty

As measured by research productivity and impact, Chicago Booth has one of the best accounting faculty groups in the world. The group includes Ray Ball, Philip G. Berger, Hans B. Christensen, Merle Erickson, Christian Leuz, Michael Minnis, Valeri Nikolaev, Haresh Sapra, Douglas J. Skinner, and Abbie J. Smith, as well as an outstanding group of research-active junior faculty. The school is committed to maintaining the quality of this group.


These distinguished scholars are also teachers and mentors who will advise you, coauthor papers with you, supervise your thesis, help you find an outstanding job, and serve as colleagues throughout your career.


Ray Ball

Sidney Davidson Distinguished Service Professor of Accounting

John Gallemore

Associate Professor of Accounting and Charles E. Merrill Faculty Scholar

Joao Granja

Associate Professor of Accounting and Jane and Basil Vasiliou Faculty Scholar

Christian Leuz

Joseph Sondheimer Professor of International Economics, Finance and Accounting

Charles McClure

Assistant Professor of Accounting and Liew Family Junior Faculty Fellow

Thomas Rauter

Assistant Professor of Accounting; Asness Junior Faculty Fellow and IBM Corporation Faculty Scholar

Delphine Samuels

Assistant Professor of Accounting

Douglas J. Skinner

Deputy Dean for Faculty and Eric J. Gleacher Distinguished Service Professor of Accounting

Abbie J. Smith

Boris and Irene Stern Distinguished Service Professor of Accounting

Christopher Stewart

Assistant Professor of Accounting

A Network of Support

Doctoral students at Booth have access to the resources of several research centers that offer funding for student work, host workshops and conferences, and foster a strong research community.

Accounting Research Center
ARC coordinates accounting research at Chicago Booth and hosts research brown bags and workshops. It also publishes the Journal of Accounting Research, one of the top accounting research journals in the world.

George J. Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State
Dedicated to examining issues at the intersection of politics and the economy, the Stigler Center supports research in the political, economic, and cultural obstacles to better working markets.

Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation
Chicago Booth’s destination for people committed to tackling social and environmental problems, the Rustandy Center supports the work of PhD students and others who are focused on transforming the social sector.

Alumni Success

The American Accounting Association periodically awards a prize for seminal contributions to the accounting literature. Graduates of the PhD Accounting Program are regular winners of this prestigious prize.


Our PhD graduates in accounting go on to faculty positions at some of the world's most prestigious institutions.

Christine Cuny, MBA ’13, PhD ’13

Assistant Professor of Accounting
New York University Stern School of Business
Christine Cuny studies the forces that shape the disclosure decisions of US local governments and corporations. She also examines how disclosure affects trading costs in the municipal and corporate bond markets. She earned her PhD in accounting. 

Current Accounting Students

PhD students in accounting come to Chicago Booth with a wide range of interests and goals. Recent dissertations have focused on everything from machine learning to the impact of fiscal monitoring, and graduates have gone on to positions at some of the world’s preeminent institutions, including Columbia Business School, Stanford Graduate School of Business, and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Inside the PhD Student Experience

For Andrew Sutherland, PhD ’13, coauthoring research with Booth faculty was a highlight of the PhD Program.

Spotlight on Research

Chicago Booth Review frequently highlights the work of accounting faculty and PhD students.

Program Expectations and Requirements

The PhD Program at Booth is a full-time program. Students generally complete the majority of coursework and examination requirements within the first two years of studies and begin work on their dissertation during the third year.

For details, see General Examination Requirements by Area in the PhD Program Guidebook.
Download the Guidebook