The Finance PhD is designed to prepare students for a career of research and university teaching in Finance. The program provides a strong foundation in financial and economic theory. Graduates must understand the fundamental concepts of finance, the workings of financial markets and financial intermediaries, as well as firm financial decision making. The graduate must also be able to use financial data in research and teaching.
Points of Pride
The department is home to the Journal of Corporate Finance, a highly ranked finance journal.
The impact of faculty research is reflected in the thousands of citations to their work by academic and professional financial writers. Faculty members are invited to present their research and serve as keynote speakers and organizers at leading national and international finance conferences.
The Finance Department’s research publication record in the leading finance journals is in the top 20 of the hundreds of finance departments at public universities, according to separate rankings of business schools.
Faculty perform research on topics such as corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, financial institutions, impact of asymmetric information on corporate finance, default risk, causes of major market movements, analyst performance, and firm investments in workers’ health.
- Applicants should have six (6) hours of calculus. Students not having sufficient background in integral and differential calculus must meet this requirement in the first semester of enrollment.
- Demonstrate a mastery of MBA-level finance
Typical Course Sequence
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Finance PhDs have taken positions at various institutions, including Wake Forest University, St. Louis University, St. Mary's University, the University of Delaware, the University of Georgia, the University of Kansas, the University of Memphis, the University of Miami, the University of New Hampshire, and the University of San Diego.