While none of the major business publications provide rankings of Accounting PhD programs, UNC is consistently ranked among the top business schools in the world by The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and U.S. News & World Report.
A key feature of the PhD program at UNC is its focus on collaboration between PhD students and faculty. At UNC, each PhD student is assigned to a faculty member and students learn the research process by working closely with faculty members on current research. Moreover, the environment at UNC encourages close collaboration between students and as a result, PhD students benefit from the mentoring provided by their classmates.
In addition, PhD students at UNC have the opportunity to take a wide range of classes, including courses at Duke. In the past, some students have even selected members of Duke's faculty to be part of their dissertation committee.
One of the unique features of UNC's PhD program is that the Accounting department at UNC has strong faculty support in both Empirical Financial Accounting and Empirical Tax Accounting research. As a result, UNC PhD students have a wide variety of research areas to choose from and they can count on faculty support regardless of their chosen research focus.
The UNC faculty conducts domestic and international research on a wide variety of issues including:
- the effect of accounting disclosures on the capital market
- the role of analysts as information intermediaries
- earnings management
- the effects of accounting choice
- accounting as a disciplining mechanism
- the capital market effects of accounting for income taxes