Graduate opportunities

Pursuing a graduate degree in Accounting or Taxation thoroughly prepares you to address a wide variety of professional challenges that arise in the profession. This in-depth study gives you an advantage over others in the workplace.

The Department of Accounting at the University of North Texas offers coursework leading to a:

  • Master of Science degree in Accounting with a concentration in Audit and Assurance, or Corporate Accounting
  • Master of Science degree in Taxation
  • Doctor of Philosophy degree in Business with a concentration in Accounting

The Ph.D. degree prepares you for a career in academia and reflects the growing emphasis on rigorous research in the College of Business.

Faculty members are involved in behavioral, empirical, archival, historical and theoretical research. Research topics range from the application of cognitive models to the impact of governmental standards on borrowing costs. Faculty members also contribute to a variety of journals, publish in professional works, scholarly books and monographs, and participate in national and international conferences.

Setting the standard

Our accounting program has garnered national recognition from its peers. In the Public Accounting Report's Annual Professors Survey, accounting professors ranked the program among the top 50 in the nation. Graduates from this AACSB program have also achieved the second highest CPA pass rate from all schools within Texas.

UNT's G. Brint Ryan College of Business, which is one of the nation's largest business schools, is accredited by AACSB International — the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (777 South Harbour Island Blvd., Suite 750; Tampa, Fla. 33602; telephone 813-769-6500). This means we meet or exceed strict academic standards for excellence in education.

The Business Leadership Building, which has Gold-level LEED certification for sustainability, reflects our commitment to preparing future business leaders. It provides you with the highest level of academic instruction possible using cutting-edge technology and interactive learning environments.

Outstanding research opportunities and student support

The Institute of Petroleum Accounting conducts research in accounting, finance, taxation and economic problems of the extractive industries. Graduate students work with faculty members and industry experts, assisting with research.

We also encourage you to get involved in our student chapters of the National Association of Black Accountants, the Beta Alpha Psi international honorary organization, the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting, the Internal Auditing Education Partnership Program, the Information Systems Audit and Control Association, and the Institute of Management Accountants.

UNT provides a wide variety of services exclusively to graduate students. The Graduate Student Writing Support office can help you with writing, and the Office of Research Consulting offers assistance with statistical research.

The Toulouse Graduate School® offers several professional development workshops, including a Dissertation Boot Camp. Many of the workshops are available online for your convenience.

Attending UNT

Admission requirements

Master's programs: The MS Accounting and MS Taxation

The UNT MS programs in Accounting and Taxation are 33 hours credit hours (11 courses), and is a full-time and cohort style program. All three programs are taught on the Denton campus, with most classes taught during the day.

Students will need to meet the admission requirements for the Toulouse Graduate School, but must also meet the G. Brint Ryan College of Business requirements. Students are eligible to apply to begin the program in either fall or spring. Prior to applying to these programs, applicants are required to have completed business and accounting-specific coursework completed at a four-year accredited institution listed here:

  • Business Law
  • Micro Economics
  • Macro Economics
  • Statistics
  • Calculus
  • Basic Computer Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Financial Accounting
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Intermediate Accounting I
  • Intermediate Accounting II
  • Cost Accounting
  • Accounting Systems
  • Advanced & Not-for-profit Accounting Principles
  • Federal Income Tax
  • Federal Income Tax II
  • Auditing – Professional Responsibilities

Applicants must have completed all background coursework to be eligible to apply and are required to have a 3.0 Accounting GPA.

In addition, applicants will submit the following items to the G. Brint Ryan College of Business:

  • Essay of unique life events, experiences and qualifications that you feel distinguish your candidacy (word count: 600 to 700)
  • Resume highlighting professional and academic experience
  • Three (3) recommendations from professional contacts (supervisors/employers preferred) or faculty members (via the recommendation form)
  • GMAT or GRE scores (scores may be waived if applicant meets waiver conditions)

Visit our Master's degree program website for more information.

Doctoral program

You must meet the admission requirements for the graduate school and submit the following items to the College of Business:

  • Three doctoral applicant evaluation forms or letters of recommendation from professors or professional colleagues familiar with your academic record
  • Supplementary Information Form to the graduate program office

Visit our Ph.D program website for more information.

Degree requirements

Master's degrees

You'll need to complete a total of 33 credit hours of 5000 level courses. The specific coursework depends on your specialty area. A master’s program advisor is available to help you with your class schedule each semester. Detailed information about degree requirements is available at the Department of Accounting website.

Doctoral degree

You'll need to complete coursework, written and oral qualifying exams, pre-dissertation research and a dissertation. The program includes a minimum of 69 credit hours of coursework beyond a master's degree or 99 credit hours beyond a bachelor's degree:

  • Research track (12 to 15 credit hours)
  • Major and minor areas (27 to 33 credit hours)
  • Pre-dissertation research (12 credit hours)
  • Dissertation (12 credit hours)

For specific course work and research requirements, contact the accounting Ph.D. advisor.

Financial assistance

Scholarships and excellence recognition honors are awarded by our department's Scholarship Committee based on academic excellence, merit and professionalism. To be eligible for a scholarship, you must be a full-time student in the semester when the scholarship payment is to be made. Information about other financial assistance programs may be obtained by calling 940-565-2302 or visiting the financial aid website.


Mary B. Curtis, Professor; Ph.D., University of Kentucky. Accounting information systems; information technology audit; behavioral research; ethics.

Don W. Finn, Professor; Ph.D., University of Arkansas. Behavioral judgment and decision making related to ethics, budgeting and managerial effectiveness.

Carol Ann Frost, Professor; Ph.D., University of Michigan. The role of financial reporting and disclosure in global capital markets; global capital issuance and trading; the role of credit-rating agencies in capital markets.

Paul D. Hutchison, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Texas Tech University. Environmental accounting; disclosures; budgeting; inventory; purchasing; governmental accounting.

Govind Iyer, Professor; Ph.D., Georgia State University. Auditing; information systems; taxation.

Jesse C. Robertson, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Alabama. Auditor judgments and investor perceptions of financial disclosures.

Lili Sun, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Kansas. Financial accounting; auditing.

Neil A. Wilner, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Ohio State University. Managerial accounting; controllership; new manufacturing environment.