I’m thinking of pursuing a PhD in accounting and have read that you will typically need 3 letters of recommendation. I read somewhere that academic recs are preferred, but I’m 6 years removed from school and wasn’t ever really close with my professors in school. I also went to a separate grad program from undergrad. Is it weird to go back and ask people that may not remember you? Who else do you ask to be a letter of recommendation?

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If you don’t keep in touch and aren’t sure if they’d remember you, it may be more of a formality template. While not a PhD, MBA programs typically prefer work references - and if you have great colleagues or a boss who would write an excellent letter, I wouldn’t rule them out. Without knowing anything else, maybe just 1 academic rec max based on what you said (if required). Do you have any contacts there currently who may be able to attest to it?

Just curious why do you want to get a PhD in Accounting? Is this something that is nice to have versus really need to have? These degrees are not cheap and you may find that you don't really need it to get your foot in the door for jobs that interest you. I had a friend that got a PhD in Tax and she loved studying the material, but in the end had the same job as everyone else and had high student loans to payoff.

It would be to work in academia. I’ve always like teaching and developing others and thought the research would be interesting. I haven’t really enjoyed PA too much and have been thinking about what to do with my life

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