SMU PhD in Accounting

The Singapore Management University (SMU) PhD in Accounting programme equips students with in-depth knowledge of accounting theory and practice, and of related fields such as economics and finance. Students will have the ability to conduct original scientific research in accounting through theory-building and state-of-the-art quantitative research methodology and will be trained by distinguished faculty members in fields such as financial accounting, managerial accounting, auditing, and tax. Our programme’s objective is to develop highly-skilled and innovative thought leaders in accounting research and education for leading research-oriented universities and industries in this region and throughout the world.

PhD in Accounting Programme Structure

The PhD in Accounting is a full-time programme, with a maximum candidature of five years. A PhD student will focus on coursework in the first two years, followed by dissertation research in subsequent years.

Students are required to sit for a PhD Qualifying Examination (QE) to assess their mastery of fundamental concepts and theories. On successful completion of the QE, the student will be ready to embark on the dissertation, which is based on original, independent research.


• Foundation Courses (9 Course Units)

• Electives (5 Course Units)

• First-year Summer Research Project

• Overseas Exchange

• Dissertation (28 Course Units)

Oral Defence of the Dissertation Proposal

This is an oral presentation of the proposed topic to a Dissertation Committee. A written dissertation proposal will have to be submitted before the presentation. A supervisor, with the expertise in the chosen topic, will be appointed. He or she guides and mentors the student throughout the dissertation work.

Oral Defence and Completion of the PhD Dissertation

This is an oral presentation of the written dissertation report to the Committee. After possible revision(s) to the report and upon fulfillment of all necessary requirements, the Committee will recommend to the University to award the PhD degree.

Admission Requirements

• At least a good Bachelor’s degree with a high GPA

• Work experience is preferred but not required

• Good GMAT results

• Good TOEFL or IELTS scores (for applicants whose medium of instruction at the Bachelor’s/Master’s level was not in English)

PhD Students’ Professional Development

Students are also provided professional training. These include teaching, English communications and presentation skills, as well as career development workshops such as interview preparation. Furthermore, students also have opportunities to share their research contributions with the international research community through reputable refereed research conferences, in Singapore and abroad. SMU provides funding for our students to attend such conferences.

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Last updated November 12, 2018
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Aug 2019
4 - 5 years
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Closing date for applications is 31 Jan 2019
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