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Patterson School of Accountancy
University of Mississippi

Ph.D. in Accountancy

The Ph.D. in accountancy course schedules differ depending upon the background and needs of each student. The minimum course requirements include 25 hours in accountancy, 12 hours in a minor field and 15 hours in research-tool courses. At least 25 hours in 600 and 700 level accountancy courses including Seminar in Contemporary Accounting Theory, Research Seminar, Seminar in Auditing and Accounting Information Systems Research, and Seminar in Financial Accounting and Capital Market-based Research. For more information, contact Dr. Kendall O. Bowlin.

Admission is quite competitive. The minimum acceptable GMAT score is 600, and all applicants must be a CPA. The school accepts no more than six new applicants per year, so many applicants meeting the minimum admission standards cannot be accommodated.  Regardless of the school they graduated from, all international students must take the TOEFL exam and achieve a score of 600 or higher (100 on the Internet-based TOEFL). Full information about the Ph.D. program is available in the Ph.D. Program Guide, which can be accessed here.

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Dr. Kendall O. Bowlin, Ed Krei Chair of Accountancy and Associate Professor

314 Conner

(662) 915-5406

Kendall Bowlin, PhD, joined the School of Accountancy faculty in 2008 after earning his PhD at The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to his doctoral studies, Kendall received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Ole Miss School of Business and a Master of Accountancy from the Ole Miss School of Accountancy in 1998 and 1999, respectively, and then spent four years as an auditor in Ernst & Young’s Memphis, TN office.

Kendall’s primary teaching and research interests are in the field of auditing. His research focuses on the strategic aspects of interactions between auditors and client managers. He is particularly interested in the ways in which institutional features of the audit environment affect the auditor’s ability to anticipate and respond to the manager’s possible tendencies toward financial misreporting.

Kendall and his wife, Lisbeth, have two children, Mary Kennedy and Charlie.

Dr. Kendall O. Bowlin’s Research

Dr. Kendall O. Bowlin’s Curriculum VITAE