10 Best Online PhDs in Accounting

Let's clear up the difference between a Ph.D. and a Doctor of Business Administration. PhDs and DBAs are very much alike. The primary difference is in the curriculum, which varies from program to program. Broadly speaking, the curriculum of a Ph.D. tends to concentrate on theoretical knowledge and research. This is often applied to the publication of academic journals and papers, as well as in college and university classrooms. DBAs, while they are required to submit a dissertation based on doctoral-level research, are more focused on the real-world application of research in corporate, public, and private settings. This ranking includes both DBAs and PhDs. The type of degree is noted by each entry.

By 2026, the Bureau of Labor anticipates a 10 percent growth overall in the field of accounting. Jobs in this field for professionals who hold a bachelor's degree have a median wage of $69,350. Comparatively, Ph.D. and DBA recipients who teach have much more earning power. According to the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business's 2017/2018 salary survey, the average median income for full-time faculty was $117,500.

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The four-year doctoral program at Rutgers University requires students to complete 72 hours of coursework, a benchmark exam at the end of their second year, and a dissertation by the end of their fourth year. PhD in Accounting candidates are prepared to teach, lecture and research as experts in their field. Students in the program will gain knowledge and apply theory from their experience with the Rutgers Accounting Research Center.

Finance doctorate candidates take advanced courses in topics such as Introduction to Mathematical Economics, Microeconomic Theory, Basic Probability and Statistics, and Econometrics. In 2018, Rutgers University was ranked #1 for public business schools in the Northeast U.S. by Financial Times.

At Florida Atlantic University, Doctor of Philosophy in Accounting students complete their PhDs in four years. PhD candidates can anticipate spending two and a half years on coursework and two years working on the dissertation. The PhD in Accounting program at FAU emphasizes advanced research and preparation as a scholar and teacher. Students will also choose a concentration in finance, economics or psychology. Many graduates of the program have secured careers teaching in colleges and universities across the United States.

The Finance program’s faculty have been published in a number of academic journals and are active participants and leaders in the American Accounting Association. FAU offers several fellowships and doctoral scholarships.

The Doctorate of Business Administration degree at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is designed to give current finance professionals the skills and tools to address day-to-day challenges in the business environment. From the beginning of the program, students are matched to a faculty mentor whose expertise matches the student’s interests. The UW-Whitewater DBA in accounting program requires a one weekend per month residency.

DBA candidates spend the first two years of the program on coursework. Classes include topics on Contemporary Business Issues, Scientific Inquiry in Business, and Applied Regression Analysis. Students in their third year will be focused on researching and preparing to defend their dissertation.

The Doctor of Business Administration at Liberty University is a 60 credit hour program, completed in an average of 3.5 years. The DBA requires core coursework, a defense of a doctoral research project, and a written exam. Core coursework includes the in-depth study of such topics as Strategic Allocation of Financial Resources, Organizational and Executive Coaching, and Accounting Ethics.

Up to 15 credits may be approved for transfer to the PhD degree. Liberty University is a faith-based institution founded by Dr. Jerry Falwell in 1971. Liberty University utilizes Blackboard for its online courses. LU has a variety of tutorials and support for online students.

Students pursuing a Doctorate of Philosophy in Business Administration at Northcentral University can complete their advanced degree in less than four years. NCU’s PhD-BA program is 60 credits and encompasses 20 courses and a doctoral dissertation. Students who have completed their doctoral coursework at another institution but did not complete their dissertation may benefit from NCU’s Dissertation Completion Pathway (DCP) program.

NU utilizes a web learning platform that allows students to register, pay for classes, submit assignments, communicate with professors and other students, and view course materials. NCU prepares its students for the online learning experience with a course on how to use the platform and best practices for communication, research, study and writing in an online setting.

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University of Texas - Dallas

The Doctor of Philosophy in Accounting program at the University of Texas-Dallas prepares its doctoral candidates for careers in tenure-track faculty positions and accounting research. At UT-Dallas, the PhD program offers courses that bring the most up-to-date and relevant research available in the field. The UT-Dallas faculty are widely published accounting researchers and share their knowledge with the PhD candidates.

The PhD in Accounting program at UT-Dallas has a strong record of graduates who have gone on to secure positions as tenure-track professors nationally and internationally. Alumni of the program have also been published in a number of academic journals.

Capella University’s Doctor of Philosophy in Business Management focuses on its degree candidates research skills. From the start of the program, the faculty at Capella University guide students through the dissertation process. PhD students may take the 11 required core courses online or in person. Students also attend three residencies and take a written examination to complete their degree.

PhD candidates may transfer up to 12 credits towards the completion of their degrees. Capella University’s tuition is a flat-rate of $5,000 (this includes the cost of residencies) for students taking about six credits. The accrediting agency for Capella University is the Higher Learning Commission. The PhD in Business Management program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.

George Fox University’s Doctor of Business Administration programs is geared towards professional adult learners. Most students in this program work full-time. While courses are held entirely online, DBA students attend two residencies in the first three years of enrollment. At the residencies, students gain hands-on experience through seminars and receive support from faculty and fellow students.

DBA students complete 48 credit hours, comprehensive exams and a dissertation to finish their degrees. George Fox University integrates faith-based ethics and principles into its curriculum.

Students enrolled in the Doctor of Business Administration at Argosy University learn to conduct and apply complex research methods in a variety of business settings. Core course requirements include Contemporary Accounting Theory, Accounting Control Systems, and Financial Reporting Theory. The program is a total of 60 credits and includes 12 credit hours of Doctoral Research after passing the Doctoral Qualifying Examination.

The DBA program may allow up to 15 transfer credits from another institution. Argosy University has a 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio. To date, over 100,000 people have graduated from the university.