PhD - Accounting (ACBSP-accredited)
Capella University

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PhD - Accounting (ACBSP-accredited)

This online PhD program in Accounting features a comprehensive core curriculum focused on research, scholarly writing, ethical theory, a global perspective, technology and systems thinking. By developing advanced knowledge in accounting research, practice, and education, you can gain a deep understanding of how accounting practice can improve the many interrelated issues, processes, and functions of business organizations. With intensive instruction in electronic research technologies, specialized courses, and in-person learning experiences, you'll prepare to conduct efficient, effective global research. You'll also evaluate advanced theoretical constructs, standards, and techniques of accounting practice; analyze strategic implications of accounting issues; and conduct scholarly research that contributes to the field of accounting.

With your PhD in Accounting from Capella, you'll evaluate evolving conceptual models, theoretical frameworks, and technological and organizational systems and their implications for accounting theory and practice. You'll also assess ethical, legal, and regulatory frameworks that guide accounting theory and practice.

Common jobs with an online PhD in Accounting include business researcher, chief financial officer, controller, dean or associate dean of business and/or accounting program, full-time faculty, senior auditor or senior accountant. Potential workplaces include accounting firm, community college, consulting firm, corporation, government or self-employed.

Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, endorsement, certification, authorization, other professional credential or salary advancement. State regulations and professional credential standards vary. It is the learner's responsibility to understand and comply with requirements for their states and professional associations. For more information on licensure, see the Licensure section on the School’s website. Enrollment restrictions and/or other restrictions may apply to certain programs. Contact Capella University for more information.

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AccreditationCapella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Capella University, Capella Tower, 225 South Sixth Street, Ninth Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55402, 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552),
RequirementsDoctoral students must have a master's degree from an institution accredited by a U.S. Department of Education-recognized accrediting agency or an internationally recognized institution.
Education LevelDoctorate
Cost Per CreditTuition varies by school and degree program. To receive detailed information on Capella's tuition rates, request a free University Guide.