Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, part of the Greater Boston area. The accounting group at MIT is part of the Sloan School of Management. Here are links to general information about MIT's doctoral business programs and accounting Ph.D. program. The doctoral program at MIT focuses on preparing its students for study in empirical financial research. MIT typically offers a tuition waiver, stipend, medical benefits, and additional compensation to its doctoral business students.
Accounting Ph.D. students take two years of coursework. Courses focus on the disciplines of Accounting, Economics, and Finance, with an emphasis on developing econometric and statistical tools necessary to conduct research. MIT students take several courses at the Harvard Business School. Harvard students also take MIT classes, resulting in frequent interaction between the two schools. MIT students complete a first year summer paper and a second year summer paper, with general exams taking place during the summer after the second year of coursework.
The Accounting group at MIT is relatively small. Often only one or two students are admitted each year, meaning that there are about 10 Ph.D. students at any time, with about 10-15 research faculty. Faculty-student joint work is common, and students have early research opportunities and teaching assistant opportunities. However, there is a heavy emphasis on succeeding in the coursework.
After the coursework, students begin work on a dissertation. In addition to having access to the MIT accounting faculty, including four editors of the Journal of Accounting and Economics, students often include faculty from Economics, Finance, and other departments on their dissertation committee.
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology Accounting Research Ranking
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology Ph.D. Accounting Research Ranking
Summers in Boston are warm and humid, while winters are cold and snowy. Students may find Boston expensive, as the cost of living in Boston is approximately 27% above the national average. Because the Greater Boston area is home to several colleges, universities, and other schools of higher education, there are countless opportunities outside the classroom to experience new things.
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The nearest temple is in Belmont, Massachusetts (about a 15 minute drive).
- Information on Accounting Ph.D. Programs - Results from a survey conducted by AAA on MIT's Accounting Ph.D program.
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