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Accounting - PhD at Waterloo

Program information

Department/School School of Accounting and Finance
Faculty Faculty of Arts
Admit term(s) Fall (September - December)
Application and document submission deadline(s) January 15 (for admission in September)
Delivery mode On-campus
Program type Doctoral, Research
Length of program 48 months
Registration option(s) Full-time
Study option(s) Thesis

Research fields - Graduate research fields are used to better define a student's research concentration

Empirical/Archival Research in Accounting

Judgement and Decision-Making

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Due to funding restrictions, the Faculty of Arts is currently limiting the number of international students we can admit. Please contact the department's Associate Chair, Graduate Studies prior to applying to discuss your interest in this program.

What does it take to get in?

Minimum admission requirements

  • Successful completion of a Master's degree or Honour's Bachelor's degree with at least an 80% average
  • Students from various backgrounds, including economics, mathematics, statistics, behavioural science, and related disciplines are encouraged to apply. Admission will not be confined to those with a background in accounting, commerce, or business administration


Application materials

  • Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Resume
  • Supplementary information form (SIF)
    • The SIF contains questions specific to your program, typically about why you want to enrol and your experience in that field. Review the application documents web page for more information about this requirement
    • If a statement or letter is required by your program, review the writing your personal statement resources for helpful tips and tricks on completion
  • Transcripts
  • References
  • Proof of English language proficiency, if applicable
    • TOEFL 100 (writing 26, speaking 26), IELTS 7.5 (writing 7.0, speaking 7.0)

How much will it cost?

What can you expect at Waterloo?

This program page is effective September 2023; it will be updated annually.  Any changes to the program page following this date will be indicated with a notation. 

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Program Contact

Jenny Rothwell at
519-888-4567, ext. 32770