Accounting Dissertation Topics

Updated February 21, 2017

Postgraduate students preparing for a career in accounting often struggled to find a dissertation topic. Experts suggest students choose a project that aligns with their passion, especially since the research can take months or even years to complete. They also are advised to select a topic that helps establish their career niche.

Bias and Prejudice in Accounting

Determining the prevalence of bias or prejudice in the workplace could be an intriguing topic for an accounting dissertation. Stepped-up global commerce is an offshoot of the Internet, giving postgraduates the chance to consider U.S. economic relations with other countries, and whether certain nations receive more favourable treatment than others. A postgraduate student who does not intend to pursue an international finance career might compose a dissertation that compares hiring rates, retention and salaries between men and women in the accounting profession, to address the issue of gender equality in the profession.


Several large U.S. banks and investment firms offer small loans to help individuals in financially developing nations launch businesses, repaying the loan from the profits earned. Finance students could choose to track the investment process from loan application to repayment by following the launch of a new business. They then could use the case study to write a dissertation on the change to a loan recipient's economic situation and the loan's impact on the lender. Additional microfinance topics include: a comparative study of financial innovation between two continents, or an analysis of the relationship between access to financial services and investment growth in developing regions.

Internet Banking

Internet banking is well established, commonly used by individuals and financial institutions around the globe. Still, the subject of Internet banking provides many potential dissertation topics. A student could examine how Internet banking services vary throughout the U.S., and present the findings in a comparative study. Another option: preparing a dissertation on the economic and financial implications of online banking in developing countries, or investigating the security of electronic banking transactions.

Accounting Ethics

Students who wish to be finance professors may wish to consider a dissertation on ethics instruction for college accounting students. Writers with an interest in investigation could pursue a case study of accounting, ethics and any "missing links" in U.S. commerce. Postgraduate research to conclude whether an auditor's independence is a reality or merely a perception could lead to a strong dissertation topic for an individual preparing to enter the auditing field.

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Adelaide Tresor has been a technical writer and book editor since 2006. Her work has been published by Thomson Reuters and Greenhaven Press, including several "At Issue" titles. Tresor holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and is also a certified teacher with experience in English, mathematics, chemistry, and environmental science. She currently teaches AP Physics.