46 Pages Posted: 23 Mar 2010 Last revised: 5 Feb 2015
Date Written: 2011
This paper presents rankings of accounting doctoral programs based on the research productivity of each institution’s graduates in the years immediately following their graduation. We use two time periods for analysis: the first three years after graduation and the first six years after graduation. We extend previous doctoral program ranking literature by expanding rankings of accounting doctoral programs with specific rankings for topical areas (accounting information systems (AIS), audit, financial, managerial, and tax) and methodologies (analytical, archival, and experimental). We show that rankings for topical and methodological areas differ significantly from rankings produced using methodologies that create a singular doctoral program ranking. These results emphasize the importance of considering topical and methodological areas when assessing doctoral program research strengths. These rankings should be of value to Ph.D. program applicants, administrators of academic programs, and industry – such as administrators of programs like the Accounting Doctoral Scholars program, KPMG Ph.D. Project, prospective Ph.D. students, and public accounting firms.
Keywords: Accounting Ph.D. Research Rankings, Accounting Research Methodology, Accounting Research Topical Areas
JEL Classification: M4, M40, M41, M42, M49
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Stephens, Nathaniel M. and Summers, Scott L. and Williams, Braden and Wood, David A., Accounting Doctoral Program Rankings Based on Research Productivity of Program Graduates (2011). Accounting Horizons 25 (1): 149-179.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1574502 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1574502