Accounting PhD Students

The accounting Ph.D. program prepares graduates for careers in teaching and research in the various functional areas of accounting. Graduates of the program are expected to make significant contributions to the advancement of knowledge of accounting and business practices through research, and to disseminate such knowledge through their teaching. The curriculum is designed to provide graduates with in-depth exposure to business and accounting literature, methodologies employed in accounting research, and research on instructional methods. This last feature, which includes a teaching practicum, is unique to the Morgan program. The accounting program at Morgan is accredited by the AACSB. We offer undergraduate, Masters and PhD programs in accounting.

Started in 2001, the accounting Ph.D. program has become a strength for the department. We are providing a high quality accounting Ph.D. program that is becoming well known. We subscribe to the latest research databases used for accounting research, including Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS), CRSP (Center for Research in Security Prices) security price data, Standard and Poor's COMPUSTAT, Thomson Financial's I/B/E/S, Audit Analytics, Standard and Poor's ExecuComp, and 10K Wizard. Databases added over the last five years include Risk Metrics and SDC's Mergers and Acquisitions. We also subscribe to SAS as well as Eventus software which performs state-of-the-art event study estimation and testing and provides fast event-oriented data retrieval from the CRSP database. These databases have been very beneficial for Ph.D. students' dissertation work. This research infrastructure raises the stature of the department and allows us to attract motivated Ph.D. students and produce higher quality doctoral graduates. On average, the accounting PhD program takes five years to complete. We admit new students to the accounting Ph.D. program every other year. For more information about the accounting PhD program at Morgan State University, please contact Dr. Leyland Lucas, the PhD program coordinator, at


Our current accounting PhD students are below:

Afua Ataa Boakyewaa Agyekum

Degree(s): Mphil Business Administration University Of Ghana, 2011
                  B.Sc. Business Administration (Accounting Option), University Of Ghana, 2008

Course Taught: ACCT 202: Principles Of Accounting

Research Interests: Earnings Management, Corporate Governance

Professional Certificates: Institute Of Chartered Accountants (Ghana)

Publications: Agyekum, A., F. Aboagye-Otchere, and I. Bedi. (2014). "Earnings Management and Corporate Governance: The Ghanaian Experience," International Journal of Management Practices 7 (4): 309-323.


Salwa Almasabi

Course Taught:
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Professional Certificates:

Yetunde Hannah Orimoloye

Degree(s):M.B.A. 2012, Morgan State University

                     B. Sc. Finance 2010 , Morgan State University

Course Taught: Principles of Accounting I

Research Interests: Auditing

Professional Certificates:

Publications: Orimoloye, Y. (forthcoming). Employee fraud: A tale of greed and tempatations. Journal of Business Cases and Applications.

Kathleen (Kathy) Rankin

Degree(s): Executive MBA, 1999, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
                  B. of Sc., Accounting, 1991, Robert Morris University
                  Associate of Science, Accounting, 1988, Community College of Allegheny County

Course Taught: 
Financial and managerial accounting, decision tools for business analytic, and business information systems (IT courses) for undergraduates, accounting for managers, external  financial reporting, strategic  uses for accounting information, information systems for managers, and advanced accounting for graduate students.

Research Interests: Financial Accounting, Fraud, Systems and Control, Managerial Accounting.

Professional Certificates:

Publications: Rankin, K. (2008)."Back to the Basics: Hospital and Physician Strategies to Drive Market Share" Cath Lab  Digest.

Genese Rogers


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Mohammad Tavakolifar

Degree(s): M.Sc. in Financial Management, 2008, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran
                   B.Sc. in Business Administration, 2006, Shahed University, Tehran, Iran

Courses Taught: Accounting Information Systems, Managerial Accounting, Principles of Accounting

Research Interests: Voluntary Disclosures, Corporate Governance Mechanisms, Accounting Information Systems

Professional Certificates: QM: Designing Online Courses, QM: Applying the QM Rubric, Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC)


Mohammed Alsurayhi

Degrees: Master of Accountancy 2015, Bowling Green State University (OH, US).

               B. Sc. Accounting 2012, Umm Al-Qura University (Makkah, Saudi Arabia)

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Research Interests: Audit, Forensic Accounting, Corporate governance, and Internal control.

Munirah Alnefaie

Degree(s): B. Accounting, King Saud University of Saudi Arabia, 2006

                  M.SC. (Accounting) King Saud University of Saudi Arabia, 2012

Course Taught: Principles of Accounting I, Managerial Accounting

Research Interests: Financial Accounting, Auditing

Muni Kelly

Degree(s): MBA, Morgan State University, 2014
                  B.Sc. (hons) Banking and Finance, Regent University College of Science and Technology

Courses Taught: Principles of Accounting I & II

Research Interests: Financial Accounting, Auditing, AIS, Corporate Governance & Disclosures

Professional Certificate(s): Certified Fraud Examiner

Publication(s): Amoah, N. Y., Bonaparte, I., Kelly, M., & Makawwi, B. (2018). Accounting Irregularity, Improper Revenue Recognition and Auditor Litigation. Academy of Accounting and Financial Studies Journal.