PhD in Accounting

Introduction to the Program

The PhD in Accounting at Zhejiang Gongshang University is a three year program for international students taught in English.

About Zhejiang Gongshang University

Established in 1911 as Hangzhou Vocational Business School (The Earliest Chinese Business School), Zhejiang Gongshang University (ZJSU) is a public higher educational institution that focuses on the fields of business and technology. For more info visit the page here.

About the Program

The doctoral program in Accounting offers broadly based, interdisciplinary training that develops candidates’ skills in: future senior management positions in financial management, accounting or auditing departments of large enterprises or governmental organizations; conducting leading-edge research in universities or other research institutions.

About the School of Accounting

Zhejiang Gongshang University School of Accounting (ZJGSU) has been a pioneer in the field of accounting education since 1911. It is a nationally accredited Accounting School in Zhejiang Province. The school is committed to building and sustaining a leading learning community in accounting education, both in Zhejiang Province and nationwide. Our accounting programs are consistently ranked among the Top Accounting Programs by China’s Ministry of Education.

The goal of the school is to educate the business financial managers of the future. We offer bachelors, masters, and PhD degree programs in the areas of Accounting, Financial Management, and Auditing. In addition to conventional programs, we also offer double majors / degrees and programs, such as Chinese Certified Public Accounting (CPA) and ACCA degree programs, to provide an alternative pathway for our students. We equip students not only with the knowledge and skills that are necessary in the accounting field, but we also focus on developing the communication and leadership skills that will be valued by students’ future employers.

With increased globalization, our school has adopted a strategy of internationalization. We launched our ACCA degree program in 2011, and within two years we became an ACCA Gold Approved Learning Partner. Our students’ passing rates for exam papers were about twice as high as the corresponding average global pass rates that same year. In 2013, the Accounting Undergraduate degree Program for international students was introduced, the program has seen an increasing number of students enrolling since its establishment. Our school continuously makes improvements, striving to become an internationally renowned accounting school in the future.

Start Date of the Program


Entry Requirements

  1. Applicants must be non-Chinese citizens and in good health.
  2. Education Background Requirements:
    – Applicants for doctoral degree studies must have master’s degree.
  3. English language proficiency requirements:
    Applicants (except for English native speakers) must have TOEFL test or IELTS test or have other English language proficiency.

Application Deadline

15th of August


Main Courses

Compulsory courses: Outline of China, Chinese, Research Methods on Business Administration, Accounting and Corporate Finance Theory

Optional courses: Chinese Industrial Policies and Business environment, Chinese Culture and Business Etiquette, Chinese Corporate governance, Management of Multinational Company, Organizational Behavior, Strategic Management, Literature on Accounting Research

Tuition Fees

The tuition fees are RMB 30000 per year. The total for the 3 year program is 90,000 RMB.


Zhejiang Gong Shang University has two campuses: Xiasha Campus(also known as the Main Campus) and the Downtown Campus. For further information on the accommodation at Zhejiang Gong Shang University (ZJSU) visit the accommodation page here.

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