Applications must contain the following elements:
- A completed copy of the application form;
- curriculum vitae;
- letter of motivation containing your career plans and reasons for interest in a doctoral education in accounting;
- transcripts of grades in English or German;
- two confidential letters of recommendation from faculty members who can assess your capacity to carry out independent research;
- 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;
- GRE/GMAT and TOEFL scores or scores from similar tests.
Admission to DART is based on the review of the application dossiers by the admission committee. While admission is a competitive process, there are some minimum prerequisites for being considered by the admissions committee. Please note that only complete applications with all the required documents can be considered.
Applications are invited by January 15 (first round) or March 31 (second round contingent on available positions) for acceptance in the subsequent winter term starting in October of each academic year.
Complete applications which meet all formal admission requirements will be evaluated by the admission committee. Based on this evaluation the best applicants will be selected and will be invited for an interview.
Based on all available evidence the admission committee will determine a final ranking of applications. The applicants at the top of the ranking list will be given an admission offer, in form of a written notice of the applicant’s acceptance into the program. To claim his/her place in the program, the applicant must confirm the admission offer in writing within ten days of receipt.
A formal requirement is the acceptance for the doctoral studies in social and economic sciences at the respective university (University of Graz or University of Vienna). The previous degree prerequisite is an outstanding (top 10%) Diploma or a Master’s degree (to be completed before beginning studies in the DART program). If you have not finished your university degree as of yet but will have completed it by the beginning of the DART program, please enclose an official preliminary grade report in your application and indicate your estimated date of graduation.
We do not accept applications from students who hold only a Bachelor’s degree.
Fields of previous studies:
An undergraduate specialization in accounting, finance or economics is strongly recommended. Beyond a rigorous undergraduate education emphasizing analytical and quantitative skills as well as clarity of thought and expression, a strong interest in accounting issues is essential for success in the DART PhD program. An adequate mathematical preparation is very important.
The language of the entire DART PhD program is English. Applicants whose native language is not English, are required to submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score, unless they have a degree from an English-speaking college or university.