Ph.D. in Business Administration - Accounting

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should apply?

Our program is designed for students who desire an academic position at a top university to engage in innovative and influential research. You should not apply if your primary goal for getting a PhD is to teach.

How do I apply to the PhD program?

Fill out and submit your online application and application fee payment at University of Florida Admissions.

How many recommendation letters are required?

Three letters are required but you may provide more if you wish.

What are the Codes for sending test scores?

GMAT code is J7Z-5J-13
TOEFL code is 5812

What is the average test score of recently admitted applicants?

The average score of recently admitted applicants is 690 on the GMAT.

What is the acceptable age for GMAT and TOEFL scores?

We prefer GMAT scores that are no more than 3 years old and TOEFL scores that are no more than 2 years old.

Is a Masters degree required for admission to the Ph.D. program?


Is a background in accounting required for admission to the program?

Yes, entering students are expected to have a proficiency in accounting and business similar to that of an undergraduate accounting major. However, it is not necessary to have a formal accounting degree to demonstrate this proficiency.

Is the TOEFL required for international applicants?

Yes. Applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the TOEFL Internet-Based (iBT). The school requires a total score of 91, including a minimum of 26 on the speaking section.

What is a Complete File?

We must receive the following by January 15:

  • Graduate College Admission Application (copy of web application)
  • Graduate College Application Fee
  • All official transcripts
  • Personal statement
  • Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • GMAT scores
  • TOEFL iBT score (only required for applicants whose native language is not English)
What is the due date for application material?

January 15th of the year requesting admission (e.g., January 15, 2016 for Fall 2016 admission).

When will I hear whether I have been accepted?

We will notify you by mail or email around March 1. Please do not email asking for status updates until after the first week of March.

How many students are admitted each year?

We typically admit 3 or 4 students each year.

How often are new students admitted?

We admit new students once per year during the Fall semester.

How long does it take to complete the Ph.D. program?

The program typically takes 5 years to complete and requires full-time residence during this period.

Do you offer a distance or a weekend program?


Does a Masters degree reduce the time required for the Ph.D. program?

No. The required course work in the Ph.D. program rarely overlaps with courses from a professional Masters degree program.

What is the financial aid package?

The program offers competitive financial aid packages to successful applicants, and contingent on satisfactory progress, all resident students in good standing generally continue to receive financial support to cover five years of study. Financial assistance beyond the 5th year of study is rare and requires full faculty approval. The usual Ph.D. student appointment is for half-time service (20 hours per week) at an expected salary of approximately $25,000 and payment of program related tuition costs and fees. Half-time work appointments take the form of teaching assistantship (TA) or research assistantship (RA). TA appointments involve instructing an undergraduate class, typically at the introductory levels, or assisting a professor's class with various activities such as grading and holding office hours for questions involving homework and/or cases. RA appointments involve assisting faculty research projects, which also helps Ph.D. students to learn the research process. Most students generally experience both TA and RA appointments during the course of the program. The University of Florida provides some support for student health insurance.

Is health insurance available to graduate students?

The University allows certain graduate students to participate in a low-cost health insurance program. Visit the Student Health Care Center website for more details on the program.

What sort of math, statistics, or economics background is useful for the Ph.D. program?

Minimum math skills include a full year of calculus and at least some study of matrix or linear algebra. It is preferable to complete at least the calculus courses before your first semester in the Ph.D. program. The following UF classes (or equivalent at other universities) provide a useful background before starting the PhD program.

  • MAC 2311 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1
  • MAC 2312 Analytical Geometry & Calculus 2
  • MAC 2313 Analytical Geometry & Calculus 3
  • MAP 2302 Differential Equations
  • MAS 4105 Linear Algebra 1
  • STA 4321 Mathematical Statistics I
  • STA 4322 Mathematical Statistics II
  • ECO 3101 Intermediate Microeconomics
What is scholarly accounting research?

You can learn more about scholarly accounting research by reviewing recent issues of these journals at your local library:

  • The Accounting Review
  • Journal of Accounting Research
  • Journal of Accounting & Economics
  • Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory
  • The Journal of the American Taxation Association

Visit the Faculty Profiles section of the Warrington College of Business website to learn about the research activities of our current faculty.


College Info

Warrington College of Business
BRY 100
PO Box 117150
Gainesville, FL 32611-7150
Phone: 352.392.2397
Fax: 352.392.2086

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