Research in the J. M. Tull School of Accounting focuses on issues of importance to the accounting and business community, such as the impact of accounting information on capital markets and on the behavior of decision-makers within firms.


The PhD program in Economics provides in-depth, rigorous training in economic theory and econometrics. Most entering students are aiming for careers as professors in research-oriented universities, with some students interested in research-oriented positions in private industry, consulting, and government.


The Finance PhD program prepares students for careers in research and teaching in academic or government research institutions. The program provides a strong foundation in financial and economic theory and the methodological skills needed to execute research projects. Graduates come to understand the fundamental concepts of finance, the workings of financial markets and financial intermediaries, and corporate financial decision-making. Faculty members work closely with PhD students and provide a stimulating intellectual environment that fosters collaboration. Graduates are placed at major research and teaching universities in the U.S. and overseas as well as in finance positions in private and public sector organizations.

Management Information Systems

The PhD in MIS is a 4 to 5 year, full-time program that seeks to develop outstanding scholars who will excel in research and teaching positions at other major universities. The MIS PhD program provides significant individual flexibility, while at the same time ensuring that students acquire the necessary conceptual and methodological skills to begin work toward a leadership position in the field.


The PhD in Management prepares students for a research and teaching career in either Organizational Behavior or Strategy. Students gain a content foundation through substantive and methodological coursework offered by the thought leaders in the field. Students gain research experience by participating as coauthors on top-tier journal articles with one of the most productive faculties in the country.


The PhD Program in Marketing provides students with both strong empirical research skills in econometrics, psychometrics, and statistics and strong theory development in consumer behavior, psychology, and strategy.

Real Estate

The PhD program in Real Estate is designed to prepare students for teaching and research at universities and colleges and for positions in government and business. The PhD in Real Estate emphasizes intensive training in real estate, economics, quantitative methods and finance with the goal of producing research-minded PhD graduates, while at the same time providing a comprehensive teaching experience. Students are encouraged to individualize their programs by supplementing their studies with courses from other programs in the Terry College of Business.

Risk Management and Insurance

The Risk Management and Insurance PhD program is designed to develop an understanding of both theoretical and applied aspects of insurance, risk management, and employee benefits.