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DART is a doctoral program in Accounting, Reporting, and taxation with a comprehensive view of economics-based research and a strict focus on quantitative methods and modeling. It is located in Graz and Vienna, Austria, and is a joint initiative of the University of Graz, the University of Vienna, and the WU Vienna University of Economics and Business. The program is in English and covers all major fields of accounting: financial accounting, management accounting, auditing, taxation, and corporate governance. DART offers a stimulating learning and research environment plus financial support to outstanding students from around the world.



The program offers a series of PhD courses in accounting and research opportunities in six areas:

–        Auditor regulation and audit quality (University of Graz)

–        Accounting and corporate governance (University of Graz)

–        Taxation and incentives (University of Graz)

–        Managerial performance measurement (University of Vienna)

–        Accounting and Intangibles (WU Vienna University of Economics and Business)

–        Financial Reporting Quality (University of Graz)

Students admitted to DART are required to enroll with the appropriate formal doctoral program at one of the three participating universities. At the beginning of each program, students attend an intensive set of core courses, such as analytical and empirical methods, applied to accounting, finance, and economics. It also includes courses in mathematics and statistics, and economic modeling. Advanced courses are electives that students select depending on their specialization. These courses provide them with the necessary knowledge to engage in their own research. After the course phase, the students enter their thesis-writing phase. Admitted students are offered full funding unless financed by other sources. DART scholarship holders are paid a salary (after taxes and social security payments) of approximately 18.000 Euros per year. Students are strongly encouraged to take the opportunity to go abroad for a semester, preferably to the home institution of the external member of their supervisory committee to share their work with other researchers in the field. Opportunities for such mobility are manifold because of the faculty’s large network of connections to researchers and universities around the world.


For details on the doctoral program and scholarships, the application process, the program requirements and pre-requisites, please visit the DART homepage:

Application deadlines:

–        Early applications are strongly encouraged. Admission starts immediately and will continue until all positions are filled. Applications must be received by March 31, 2011.

–        Only electronic applications are accepted.

Application requirements

Applications must contain the following elements:

o   A completed copy of the application form;

o   curriculum vitae; letter of motivation containing your career plans and reasons for interest in a  doctoral education in accounting;

o   transcripts of grades in English or German;

o   two confidential letters of recommendation from faculty members who can assess your capacity to carry out independent research;

o   a writing sample consisting of a paper written in the course of your Master’s studies and dealing with an accounting subject, e.g., a Master’s thesis or a seminar paper;

o   GRE/GMAT and TOEFL scores or scores from similar tests.

Application Deadline : 31 March 2011

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