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Director's Welcome

Welcome to the Bentley University PhD website. It is with great pleasure that I introduce you to our two distinct PhD programs in Accountancy and in Business. I hope that as you browse here, you will get a feel for our unique programs.

Bentley's PhD program is designed to prepare students for a career in academia. Our students undertake a rigorous academic program, either in Accountancy or in Business. Our goal is to help students secure tenure track academic appointments in their chosen fields.  We aim to provide an environment for students to produce high-quality academic research for publication in scholarly journals. 

Bentley University is a global leader in business education.  We are one of only two doctoral programs in the United States accredited by both AACSB and EQUIS.   And we are the only doctoral program in the United States who is a member of the European Doctoral Association in Management and Business Education (EDAMBA).  USA Today recently ranked our Accounting Department as #1 in the United States.  Our graduate and undergraduate programs in business are consistently ranked among the highest in the country.

We take a personalized approach to doctoral education.  Before accepting a student, we work to create a match between their research interests and the interests of a faculty member who is willing and able to mentor the student through the program.   While the faculty advisor may change later on if a student changes research focus, we ensure that the student is never left on their own.  Moreover, while there are a range of core classes that each student must take, we also customize the PhD to the unique interests of the student. Each year, we base our elective offerings on what research fields are of interest to students.  We fit the curriculum to what best benefits the students rather than making the students fit into the curriculum.  This gives students more relevant course work and allows them to pursue the research topics that interest them. 

Bentley offers two PhD programs, one in Accountancy and the other in Business.  Each program has a set of core courses and electives.  The PhD in Accountancy provides training in the major areas of accounting, including financial accounting, managerial control and quantitative methods.  It also provides an opportunity for courses in business ethics and corporate social responsibility, as does the Business PhD degree.

The PhD in Business degree is more broad-based and is inherently interdisciplinary.  It attracts students from the fields of management to mathematical science to information systems to marketing.  Students study a core set of subjects and there is ample opportunity to work with advisors to navigate their path in the chosen research area. 

Both the PhD in Accounting and in Business provide a full-range of method and methodology courses, including qualitative and quantitative, to ensure that students are equipped with the necessary research skills as they move forward to conduct their own research.  We believe such skills are necessary to produce high-quality research as well as to successfully navigate the job market.

Bentley also provides an excellent physical environment in which to study. Our beautiful campus is located approximately nine miles from the center of Boston.  Boston itself is a thriving educational city, so that there are many opportunities for engagement with scholars in other local institutions. Bentley provides a free shuttle bus which runs on a loop between Bentley’s campus and Harvard Square.  We also encourage students to develop global connections, including studying for a period at an institution in a different country, in order to help broaden understanding of the global context of both education and business.

Bentley’s PhD program is offered on a full-time basis. We support our students with free tuition and university fees, free health insurance, stipends to cover living expenses, and funding for conference travel.   Also, students offered a place on the PhD program receive a generous stipend.  At Bentley University, we care about the success of every student.  This personalized approach has allowed us to create successful graduates who now hold faculty positions at prestigious institutions. 

Should you require more information, feel free to contact us to discuss whether the program is a good fit, given your interests and ambitions.  We look forward to hearing from you and wish you the best of luck in all of your endeavors, wherever they may lead you.

Martin Conyon
PhD Program Director
Trustee Professor in Corporate Governance