We select our students on the basis of qualities that are most favorable for achieving a high-level career as a researcher and teacher. The Ph.D. program is designed for full-time students. Students may be admitted to the program in any semester, although autumn semester entry is strongly recommended.  To enter the program you must be accepted by the graduate Accounting & MIS faculty, in addition to the university and the Graduate School. Applications are processed by the Fisher College of Business Graduate Programs Office.

Application Information

The deadline for autumn 2018 applications is January 15, 2018. Please click here for more information.


The accounting and MIS graduate faculty requires that all applicants take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). For more information on the GMAT (including registration, etc.), go to mba.com. We cannot officially accept an applicant without a minimum test score of 600, even though other application materials indicate academic success.

If your native language is not English, the university requires you to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). This requirement is waived if you have a degree from an English speaking university. All non-native English speakers who are admitted to the program are required to take the Test of Spoken English (TSE) during their first year on campus.

The most important items in your application package are your scholarship record, particularly your most recent course work at the undergraduate or graduate level, and the quality of your recommendations. We encourage outstanding students with a bachelor's degree to enter the Ph.D. program directly. Such students may earn a master's degree while in the Ph.D. program.

Recent course work in economic theory, statistics, mathematics, and (possibly) organization theory and behavioral science, in addition to accounting and computer science, is especially helpful. Able students without such course work, as well as those without a strong background in accounting or MIS, may be admitted if they have a strong background in quantitative disciplines.

PhD Program Director

Professor Darren Roulstone
444 Fisher Hall
2100 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210