• No.1 PhD graduate research program in the country since 1990
  • 156 accounting PhD graduates.
  • No.5 top accounting doctoral program.
A distinguishing feature of the Ross MAcc Program is the Ernst & Young Accounting and Public Policy Symposium, offered in Washington, D.C. each year. This action-based graduate research seminar explores the fusion of public policy and business through classroom discussion, visits by top-level speakers, and trips to relevant sites around the nation’s capital.


  • Harvey E. Kapnick Accounting Conference
    April 16-17, 2020
    Ross School of Business-Tauber Colloquium

Student Spotlight

Madeline Thompson

Fourth-year doctoral student Madeline Thompson joined the Michigan Ross Accounting PhD program in 2016. Prior to this, she worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers in San Jose, California, leaving the firm as a risk assurance associate in 2016. Thompson earned a BBA and a MAcc from the University of Michigan, in 2013 and 2014, respectively.

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Paton Scholars attend a networking event with the Advisory Board.
  • 1921 - 1959 Dr. Paton is a professor of accounting and of economics at U-M.
  • 1987 William A. Paton is honored by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants as the Accounting Educator of the Century.
  • 1944 Paton receives the American Institute of Certified Public Accountant's Gold Medal Award.