University of Massachusetts Amherst

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University of Massachusetts Amherst

The University of Massachusetts is located in picturesque Amherst. As part of the Isenberg School of Management, the Department of Accounting is recognized as a leader in accounting research. Here are some links to general information about UMass Amherst's business PhD program and to its accounting PhD program.

Living Conditions

Amherst, Massachusetts has been recently rated the #1 college town in North America by US News & World Report similarly listed it in its top 10 college towns. Amherst and the "Five College" area (UMass, Smith College, Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College) boast a wide variety of restaurants, cultural events and artistic activities. Located in the beautiful Pioneer Valley of New England, Amherst is surrounded by extensive outdoor recreational activities and snow skiing, and only a short drive from New England attractions in Boston, Cape Cod, Nantucket, and Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts; Kinnebunkport and York, Maine; Stowe, Vermont; Newport and Providence, Rhode Island; and Hartford, Connecticut. New York City is a three hour drive from Amherst. In addition to UMass sports, sports enthusiasts will find themselves living a short drive from some of the winningest teams in all of professional sports (the Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots, Boston Celtics, and Boston Bruins).

The Pioneer Valley Transportation Authority operates a free extensive bus system throughout Amherst and the surrounding towns, and parking exists on the UMass campus for those preferring to commute. For travel to other areas of New England, train and bus options are also available. Air transportation is usually handled through Bradley International Airport in Hartford, Connecticut (45 minutes), Boston Logan International Airport in Boston (90 minutes), or Providence Rhode Island (90 minutes).

Housing is very affordable. Rent ranges from $500 to $1000, depending on location, apartment quality, utilities covered, and other factors. On-campus family housing as well as graduate student housing is available in addition to many off-campus locations.

Tuition and curriculum fee waivers are granted to all doctoral students as well as a competitive stipend. Doctoral students and their families can enroll in a heavily subsidized health insurance program. Dental and vision benefits as well as exercise program reimbursements are provided to students through The Health and Welfare Trust Fund. The Graduate Student Senate also provides vouchers for childcare. More information on childcare vouchers can be found here.

The Accounting Department at Isenberg School of Management

The Isenberg School of Management has a large number of accounting students studying at both the undergraduate and graduate level. The Accounting department has a strong relationship with the major and local accounting firms in the greater New England area with approximately 60-100 students performing internships and externships with public accounting firms every year.

The Accounting Doctoral Program

The main purpose of the accounting doctoral program is to produce graduates capable of generating high quality scholarly academic research and teaching at the university level. Most accounting PhD graduates have finished the program within four or five years. The faculty is extremely collegial and work in collaboration with each other and doctoral students on a variety of projects. The PhD student to faculty ratio ensures all students have access to and work with a faculty member. Faculty members have a strong reputation of working with students, and faculty and students have co-authored and published numerous papers together in top accounting journals. Additionally, papers written by students and faculty have recently won several awards at accounting research conferences.


Recent graduates of the doctoral program within the last few years have received offers from many top schools, including Cornell University, the University of Illinois (two), the University of Wisconsin Madison, the University of Utah, Georgia State University, and the University of Waterloo. Offers accepted by these recent graduates include the University of Illinois, the University of Utah, Georgia State University, the University of Waterloo, and Cornell University.

Degree Requirements

Students are required to take 45 credits of coursework in research methodology, statistics, and accounting at the graduate level. Students must complete a qualifying exam after their third semester in the program in accounting as well as passing a comprehensive exam covering both major and minor areas upon completion of coursework. For complete information on program requirements, click here.

Faculty Research Interests

The faculty primarily focus on research examining financial statement/audit questions using experimental methods, although faculty employ other methods (e.g., archival) as well. Below is the current list of tenured or tenure-track faculty members and their research interests.

  • Chris Agoglia, Professor and Department Head - behavioral/experimental research, primarily in auditing topics, also in financial accounting topics
  • Bradley Bennett, Assistant Professor - primarily behavioral/experimental auditing research
  • Jeremiah Bentley, Assistant Professor - primarily behavioral/experimental managerial research
  • Pieter Elgers, Emeritus Professor - archival financial accounting research
  • Graham Gal, Associate Professor - information systems research
  • Yoon-Ju Kang, Assistant Professor - behavioral/experimental auditing research
  • Tom Kida, Professor and Doctoral Program Director - behavioral/experimental research, primarily in auditing topics, also in managerial topics
  • David Piercey (BYU alum), Associate Professor - behavioral/experimental research, primarily in auditing topics, also in financial accounting topics
  • Jim Smith, Emeritus Associate Professor - behavioral/experimental auditing research, primarily in auditing topics, also in managerial topics
  • Elaine Wang, Assistant Professor - primarily behavioral/experimental financial accounting research
  • Robert Whited, Assistant Professor - archival auditing research


LDS Church Information

The nearest ward is located on Brigham Lane in Amherst and is within walking distance from UMass Campus. The Amherst Ward building is also the site of Institute. Members currently attend the Boston Massachusetts Temple which is approximately 1.5 hours away. Additionally, a temple is under construction in Hartford, Connecticut, which is approximately 45 minutes away. Palmyra, New York is a few hours away. UMass is also about three hours from Joseph Smith's birthplace and about 6-7 hours from Palmyra, New York.

External Links

  • Graduate Handbook – The graduate student handbook contains basic information pertaining to the area, graduation requirements, university policy and more.
  • Statistics and FAQs – All statistical information collected by the university including many answers to frequently asked questions.

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