PhD in administration - Accounting

PhD in Administration – Accounting

Are you planning on an academic career in the field of accounting? Are you interested in financial accounting, audit, management control or governance?

Do your PhD in a milieu devoted to research, in a community of professors and researchers renowned for excellence.

Your PhD in short

  • Offered by HEC Montréal jointly with Concordia and McGill universities and the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). This partnership gives you access to resources (faculty and courses) rarely available elsewhere in the world.
  • Full-time program allowing you to complete your studies in 4 or 5 years.
  • Program offered in French, English or both.
  • Tuition fees waived and competitive funding for the first four years of your studies.

For a career in academia

100 %

Placement rate

89 %

of the 27 graduates from this doctoral program hold positions as professors at Canadian or foreign universities.

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Among the best

The professors and researchers in the Accounting Department publish in top-tier journals, including:

  • Accounting, Organizations and Society
  • Comptabilité, contrôle, audit
  • Corporate Governance: An International Review
  • Journal of Accounting Research
  • Journal of Business Ethics
  • Management Accounting Research
  • Organization Studies
  • Review of Accounting Studies
  • Strategic Management Journal
  • The Accounting Review


Varied research interests

Professors’ research interests cover financial accounting, management accounting, auditing and taxation. This includes the following themes:

  • Accounting manipulation and fraud
  • Audit market
  • Careers and jobs for accountants and controllers
  • Corporate governance
  • Corporate taxation
  • Cost accounting
  • Diversity on boards of directors
  • Executive compensation
  • Financial information and reporting
  • International accounting standards
  • Management control systems
  • Performance measurement
  • Performance measurement in non-profit organizations
  • Quality of financial and non-financial information
  • Social responsibility

Our PhD students and candidates

See the list of students in this specialization

World-class research in accounting

HEC Montréal offers doctoral students in accounting an exceptional scientific milieu.


A series of seminars featuring presentations by internationally renowned scholars.

Research chairs and professorships

Researchers in this specialization work closely with several research groups and knowledge transfer hubs, including:

Program details
90 Credits
  • Full time
  • Day
Instruction mode
  • On-site
  • Côte-des-Neiges

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