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    University of North Texas
    Jul 17, 2024  
2011-2012 Graduate Catalog 
2011-2012 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Accounting

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Main Departmental Office
Business Leadership Building, Room 215

Mailing address:
1155 Union Circle #305219
Denton, TX 76203-5017

Web site:

Don W. Finn, Chair


Mission in Brief

The mission of the professional programs in accounting at the University of North Texas is to prepare a diverse student body for careers in industry, public accounting, and the nonprofit sector, primarily in the North Texas region.

The mission of the doctoral program in accounting at the University of North Texas is to prepare students to conduct discipline-based research, appreciate a variety of research methods and engage in quality instructional activities.


The research interests of the faculty of the Department of Accounting are eclectic. Faculty currently are engaged in behavioral, empirical, historical and theoretical research related to a broad range of academic and professional topics.

Current behavioral research efforts focus on application of cognitive models, venture theory and prospect theory to audit techniques, decision models, financial accounting standards, managerial performance evaluation and tax compliance issues. Empirical research is being conducted in the areas of international accounting and taxation for multinational corporations, governmental auditing, and the impact of governmental standards on borrowing costs, oil and gas standards and regulation, pensions, post-employment benefits and audit risk assessment. Historical research focuses on demand for audit services, regulatory legislation and analysis of the role of the professional accountant. Theoretical research is being conducted in the areas of public interest accounting, audit failure, ethical standards and development of expert systems. Research also is being conducted in the professional areas of cash flow, savings and loan problems, and capital budgeting.

The Institute of Petroleum Accounting supports a wide variety of faculty research related to the oil and gas industry. The institute publishes the Petroleum Accounting and Financial Management Journal, and several faculty members conduct sponsored research to provide solutions for practical accounting and tax problems that emerge in the oil and gas sector. Ongoing research efforts continue in the areas of auditing and accounting standard setting, taxation, and management decision making related to the oil and gas industry. The department also has been a leader in the use of technology in accounting instruction, and several faculty members continue to pioneer research in this area.

The accounting faculty contribute to a wide range of journals and actively participates in national and international conferences. During the last few years, faculty have published in such journals as Accounting, Organizations, and Society; The Accounting Review; Advances in Accounting; Advances in Taxation; Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory; Bank Accounting & Finance; Behavioral Research in Accounting; Contemporary Accounting Research; CPA Journal; European Journal of Operational Research; International Business and Economic Journal; International Journal of Accounting Information Systems; Issues in Accounting Education; Journal of Accountancy; Journal of Accounting and Public Policy; Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance; Journal of Accounting Research; Journal of Business Ethics; Journal of Information Systems; Journal of International Accounting Research; Journal of Taxation of Investments; Journal of the American Taxation Association; Managerial Auditing Journal; Petroleum Accounting and Financial Management Journal; Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting; Strategic Finance; and Today’s CPA Journal. Faculty members also have contributed to more than 25 professional and scholarly books and monographs.

Degree Programs

The Department of Accounting offers graduate programs leading to the following degrees:

The college offers a Master of Business Administration with a major in business administration  and concentrations audit and financial accounting information systems, entrepreneurial perspectives and managerial accounting systems.

For additional program descriptions, see the “Degree Programs” section under College of Business.

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