The accounting discipline in the Management PhD program offers a rigorous curriculum that prepares you to become a productive researcher or teacher at a top research university. The program uses knowledge from economics, finance, decision theory and statistics to examine issues in accounting research. A typical course sequence is outlined below, but you should refer to the PhD Handbook for complete information on all program requirements.
An appropriate background in accounting, finance and mathematics is assumed. Students may take MBA-level elective courses as necessary to fulfill any coursework deficiencies.
This course provides an in-depth treatment of corporate finance concepts for all finance majors, with the purpose of furthering students' understanding of major corporate financial policies and decisions. These decisions include choosing between competing investment opportunities, measuring risk and return, how to value a business, how much debt to issue, how much equity to issue, what level of dividend to payout, and incentive structure for managers, and so on. The course starts with a discussion on corporate financial goals and corporate governance issues. It then proceeds to cover topics that center on corporate investment decisions, corporate valuation, and capital structure issues.
Semesters offered: Fall 2022 | Spring 2022
Fall 2022 (08/29/2022 - 12/09/2022)
|11571||F1F||LEC||TR||2 - 3:20 p.m.||Norton 214||Labert, Thomas A|
Spring 2022 (01/31/2022 - 05/13/2022)
|11415||S1F||LEC||W||6:30 - 9:10 p.m.||Jacobs 106||Dunbar, John Francis|
Note: MGF 641 counts towards finance concentration, not IA concentration.
ECON 614 Econometric Applications and Methods
ECON 582 Computational Econometrics OR STA 503 Applied Linear Statistical Models
Accounting and Law Department
School of Management
University at Buffalo
375 Jacobs Management Center
Buffalo, NY 14260-4000
To speak to a faculty member, contact Inho Suk, PhD, associate professor of accounting and law.
If you are a doctoral student in the School of Management who is interested in obtaining an external area of focus in Economics, you should consult with your academic advisor. The following courses satisfy the Management doctoral core requirements in statistics (two courses) as well as the requirements for an external focus area in Economics (a grade point average of 3.0 is required in external focus area courses).
ECON 611 Mathematics for Economists I
ECON 613 Introduction to Econometric Theory
ECON 665 Microeconomic Theory I
Plus one course from the following:
ECON 614 Econometric Theory II
ECON 712 Econometrics: Time Series Analysis
ECON 731 Optimal Contract Theory
ECON 666 Microeconomic Theory II
MGO 797 Accounting workshops are required for one credit-hour.
If you are a doctoral student outside of the School of Management who is interested in obtaining an external area of focus in Accounting, you should consult with your academic advisor. You are expected to have an appropriate introductory-level background in financial and management accounting (MGA 604 or equivalent) and you may take either the financial or managerial track. Course requirements are:
MGA 606 Intermediate Financial Reporting
The objective of this course is to develop skills in solving current financial accounting problems when accounting standards are vague or nonexistent. A particular emphasis is placed on case analysis. To achieve the course objective, students will: (1) enhance research skills through the use of professional accounting literature; (2) develop analytical and critical thinking skills through analyzing accounting cases and arriving at defensible solutions; (3) improve oral and written communication skills through presenting research conclusions in a professional manner.
Semesters offered: Spring 2022
Spring 2022 (01/31/2022 - 05/13/2022)
|11382||S1A||SEM||TR||9:30 - 10:50 a.m.||Jacobs 122||Xu, Weihong|
MGA 796 Doctoral Seminar
Note: Substitutes may be used for doctoral seminar including independent study and supervised research.
No minor exam is required if the student achieves a 3.5 grade point average in minor courses.
Independent study can be useful to provide students with a detailed exposure to specialized topics in accounting. They can be used as substitutes for MGA 795 and 796 if either or both are not offered. Students are encouraged to undertake supervised research with faculty members with the objective of developing a publishable research paper.
With prior approval of the field advisor, a student must take three courses in an area of interest, such as finance, management science or management systems.
The required research paper (as noted in Chapter 1) must be completed by the end of the first semester of the third year of study.
Accounting majors must successfully pass the comprehensive examination in Accounting. Students are expected to take the exam during their third year of study.
The Academy of Management Journal ranks our faculty among the most productive nationwide in the creation of real-world research. Our faculty publish in top accounting journals, including Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting and Economics and The Accounting Review. They actively engage with their students, often working jointly with them on various research projects.
In our research workshops, leading accounting researchers discuss their work with faculty and doctoral students. You will meet with the speakers and also have the opportunity to present your own research. In addition, the department will provide you with funding to facilitate your participation in accounting conferences.
Our many database subscriptions will facilitate your access to financial information (Compustat), stock prices (CRSP), analyst forecasts (IBES) and more.
As a doctoral student, you will have opportunities to work as a teaching assistant, recitation instructor and independent instructor in the classroom to hone your teaching skills.
Refer to the PhD Handbook for complete information on:
An exclusive space for accounting majors, the center offers meeting areas, computers and printers for students to study, work on group projects, hold meetings and conduct research.