The Department of Accounting Information and Management (AIM) trains doctoral students to analyze contemporary accounting problems using the latest research techniques and to teach graduate level courses effectively.
Prior education or training in accounting is not required for admission, although students are expected to have demonstrated interest in accounting issues before entering the program and must evidence the desire to make significant contributions to research in accounting. Doctoral students are expected to seek academic positions at leading research universities upon completion of their degree.
Faculty research interests range widely and include the study of the information content of accounting numbers, the causes and consequences of changes in firms' disclosure policies and practices, the impact of information intermediaries on financial markets, and the effects of changes in accounting methods on management behavior. One of the important strengths of the AIM PhD program is that faculty research interests encompass both analytical (theoretical) and empirical/archival methods thus providing PhD students with the benefits of rigorous training in both research methodologies.