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What will I learn?

Students who aspire to pursue accounting PhD programs at leading international universities will learn tools to be successful in their research endeavors in this one year on-campus program. It will introduce them to research methods that are the foundations for scientific rigor pertaining to issues in accounting.

Students who have graduated from this program have been admitted to accounting doctoral programs at University of Buffalo, University of Minnesota, and University of Texas at Dallas, Tulane University and Washington University St. Louis.

This graduate certificate program is designed to prepare students who are passionate to pursue doctoral programs of international repute. Jindal School MS in Accounting students who take the requisite courses need to apply to obtain this graduate certificate.

Any students from the Jindal School, UT Dallas or other national and international university interested in determining their fit for pursuing a doctoral program in accounting can apply for this program.

Required Courses:

ACCT 7323 Empirical Research in Accounting and Economics

BUAN 6312 Applied Econometrics and Time Series Analysis

FIN 6350 Advanced Corporate Finance or ACCT 7324 Empirical Research in Financial Accounting

MECO 6303 Business Economics OR MECO 6345 Advanced Managerial Economics

OPRE 6301 Statistics and Data Analysis or ACCT 7314 Empirical Research in Financial Reporting

Which department am I in?

Naveen Jindal School of Management

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
US$20,000.00 per year
Start date

Expected January 2022


Naveen Jindal School of Management

800 West Campbell Road,



75080, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Applicants must be on track to complete a bachelor’s degree program with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 over the last 60 semester credit hours when they start the Graduate Certificate in Research Foundations in Accounting.

Students currently enrolled in master’s degree programs at UT Dallas and elsewhere can apply.

Students currently enrolled in the MS in Accounting program at UT Dallas and interested in taking the courses for this certificate, should have a minimum GPA in the program of 3.33.

English proficiency requirements

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT (Internet-based test) Minimum score: 80

TOEFL PBT (paper-based test) Minimum score: 550

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Minimum score: 6.5

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) Minimum score: 67

Completion of Level 112 at an ELS Language Center

Duolingo English Test Minimum score: 105

Application Deadlines: Fall term - January 15 (Early), May 1 (Regular); Spring term - May 15 (Early), October 1 (Regular).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.