Accounting

Master’s and Doctoral Programs


Graduate opportunities

Stricter government regulations have led to an increased demand for accounting graduates in public accounting firms, public and private business, and nonprofit organizations. The National Association of Colleges and Employers lists accounting among the top majors that are in demand now and for years to come.

Our mission in the accounting department at the University of North Texas is to prepare you to work in diverse settings. We offer course work leading to a Master of Science degree with a major in Accounting, a Master of Science degree with a major in Taxation, and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Business with a concentration in Accounting.

The M.S. in Accounting offers concentrations in audit accounting and entrepreneurial and management accounting. The M.S. in Taxation prepares you to be a tax specialist in public accounting, industry or government.

The Ph.D. degree preps you for a career in academia. Our program is demanding, broad in scope and provides opportunities for interaction between students and faculty members. The program reflects the growing emphasis on rigorous research in the College of Business.

Faculty-driven research ranges from international accounting and taxation for multinational corporations to ethical standards and development of expert systems. Faculty members have contributed to a variety of journals and participate in national and international conferences. They also have published in more than 25 professional and scholarly books and monographs.

Setting the standard

The College of Business is accredited by the 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 college is also one of the nation’s 20 largest business schools.

Our campus reflects our commitment to prepare leaders for the future. The Business Leadership Building, which has Gold-level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification for sustainability, provides you with the highest level of academic instruction possible using cutting-edge technology and interactive learning environments.

Academic and research resources

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

We also have student chapters of the National Association of Black Accountants, Beta Alpha Psi international honorary organization, Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting, Internal Auditing Education Partnership Program, Information Systems Audit and Control Association, and Institute of Management Accountants. Graduate students are encouraged to get involved in these organizations.

Attending UNT

Admission requirements

Master’s programs

You will need to meet the admission requirements for the Toulouse Graduate School® and submit the following items to the College of Business:

  • Current résumé with work and academic experience
  • Official GMAT scores
  • Transcript of bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a 3.0 GPA
  • A 600- to 700-word essay
  • Two reference forms or letters of recommendation

Doctoral program

You must meet the admission requirements for the Toulouse 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 the College of Business website for more information.

Degree requirements

Master’s degree

You will need to complete 30 semester hours of 5000-level accounting courses with 15 to 18 semester hours of approved electives. The specific course work 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 on our website.

Doctoral degree

You will need to complete course work, written and oral qualifying examinations, pre-dissertation research and a dissertation. The program includes a minimum of 69 semester hours of course work beyond a master’s degree or 99 hours beyond a bachelor’s degree:

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