Online Doctoral Degrees in Accounting

An online doctoral degree in accounting may teach students fundamental accounting research methods. In this three to five year program, students may learn how to incorporate accounting methods into interrelated programs, evaluate techniques of accounting practices, and conduct scholarly accounting research. Program coursework may include major-specific courses such as accounting research methods, capital markets, and advanced accounting theory.

Upon completion of the program, students may seek entry to upper-level accounting employment. Doctorate-level graduates may gain employment in secondary education, government, forensic accounting, internal auditing, finance, and business research.

Program Overview

  • Prerequisite: Bachelor’s Degree at minimum
  • Program Length: Three to five years to complete
  • Post-Grad Options: Employment
  • Projected Employment Growth: 16% 2010-2020)*

Program Coursework

The curriculum for doctorate-level programs in accounting may consist of advanced accounting courses comprised of accounting theories and strategies. These courses may teach students broad research skills, enhanced accounting functions, and how to apply accounting to a changing economic climate. Core accounting classes may include the following:

  • Accounting Research Methods
  • Advanced Accounting Theory
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Capital Markets
  • Management Accounting and Strategy
  • Corporate Financial Reporting
  • Decentralization

Career Options

Doctorate-level graduates may explore career opportunities in research, education, corporate finance, internal auditing, and government. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities are expected to increase at a level of 16% from 2010-2020.*

Possible careers include:

  • Accounting Professor
  • Business Researcher
  • Senior Auditor
  • Senior Accountant
  • Chief Financial Officer

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

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