Apply to the Accounting Doctoral Scholars Program

Application Opens: Thursday, June 1st, 2017

Application Closes: Friday, September 8th, 2017

Application: Click Here (See instruction below)

Application Process: The application process requires the completion of our online application. This includes answering an eligibility questionnaire, the submission of three letters of recommendation, unofficial transcripts, unofficial GMAT test score, and a one-page written essay. The letters of recommendation will be submitted by the authors directly to the ADS Program via email. Unofficial transcripts and GMAT scores are accepted by the ADS Program and will be verified by the ADS Participating Universities. The candidate should start very early in obtaining the letters of reference, transcripts and GMAT score report. If the test is more than five years old, the candidate should arrange immediately to retake the GMAT.

To begin the application process, please proceed to the ThisWayToCPA website to create your free account. Once this step is completed, using the login name and password created, applicants will follow the Apply link located towards the top-right of the program's description page. You should save this link. Applicants can save their progress and return by following the same link to edit their application until the application closes on September 8th. Please contact us at ADSProgram@aicpa.org if you have any questions about or need assistance with the application process. 

 

Eligibility: To be eligible for this program the candidate must meet the following requirements.

  • CPA required
  • Have minimum three years of professional accounting experience, with a portion of that experience being within the last three years at the time of enrollment
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident (green card holder)
  • Earned an undergraduate or a master's degree in accounting
  • GMAT score of 650 or higher (must be less than 5 years old)
  • Will apply and gain acceptance to an ADS Participating University to pursue a Ph.D. in accounting with a concentration in audit or tax
  • Intent to teach and research, in audit or tax, at a U.S. AACSB accredited university upon graduation

 

Selection Process: The selection of ADS Scholars is a two-step process. First, applications are evaluated based upon academic and professional achievements and potential for successfully earning a doctorate in accounting. Applicants whose profiles are deemed to be competitive for admission to several doctoral accounting programs are invited to a one-day orientation conference. Following participation in the conference, applicants are asked to confirm their commitment to apply for doctoral study in accounting at one or more participating universities for admission. The selection committee then selects the ADS Scholars from the remaining pool of candidates. 

Funding: In addition to university-supported funding, those selected for ADS funding will receive a total of $40,000 in supplemental milestone payments while working to earn their Ph.D. ($15,000 at enrollment, $5,000 for passing comprehensive exams, $5,000 upon approval of the dissertation proposal, $15,000 when the Ph.D. is conferred).  All payments are subject to the scholar’s continued satisfactory progress.

Universities Participating in 2018 Enrollment*

x = Participating universities enrolling students in this concencetration

Participating Universities Audit Tax
Arizona State University x x
City University of New York - Baruch College x x
Drexel University x x
Emory University   x
Florida State University x  
Indiana University x x
Michigan State University x x
Oklahoma State University x x
Temple University x x
Texas A&M University x x
Texas Tech University x x
University of Alabama x x
University of Arizona x x
University of Arkansas x x
University of Connecticut x x
University of Florida x x
University of Georgia x x
University of Houston
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign x x
University of Kansas x x
University of Kentucky x  
University of Massachusetts, Amherst   x
University of Mississippi x x
University of Missouri, Columbia   x
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill x x
University of North Texas x x
University of Oklahoma
University of Oregon   x
University of Pittsburgh x x
University of Tennessee, Knoxville x x
University of Texas, Austin x x
University of Washington x x
University of Wisconsin, Madison x x
Virginia Tech x x
   

* List will be updated into June with additional participating universities