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Ph.D. in Finance

Graduate Program - Business Students
Full-time Program

Coursework

Core Courses

Statistical Methods

DSCI 920: Probability for Business Research OR MATH 727: Probability Theory

DSCI 921: Statistics for Business Research OR MATH 728: Statistical Theory

DSCI 922: Advanced Regression

Economics

ECON 800: Optimization Techniques I

ECON 801: Microeconomics I

ECON 802: Microeconomics II

BE 917: Advanced Managerial Economics

Concentration Courses

FIN 901: Current Research in Finance

FIN 937: Seminar in Business Finance

FIN 938: Seminar in Investments

FIN 939: Seminar in Financial Institutions

Supporting Courses

ECON 817: Econometrics I

ECON 818: Econometrics II

One of the three sequences below

Sequence 1: Minor in Research Methods

ECON 715: Elementary Econometrics

Advanced elective research methods course

Sequence 2: Minor in Research Methods and Financial Accounting

ACCT 928: Introduction to Accounting Research

ACCT 932: Seminar in Financial Accounting Research I

Sequence 3: Minor in Research Methods and Applied Economics

ECON 770: Economics of the Labor Market

ECON 870: Applied Microeconomics

Notes:

  1. A course that is not being offered within a reasonable timeframe, or a course in which a student can demonstrate competence my be, with the approval of the area group and the Ph.D. Team, replaced with another course.

  2. Area-specific core requirements may by changed subject to the approval of the area group and the Ph.D. Team.

  3. A minimum of 15 courses, plus BUS 902 and BUS 903 are required for completion of the degree.

  4. Courses recommended for preparation for the qualifier assessment may not be included in the concentration or minor areas.

Timeline

Year 1

  • Coursework
  • Summer research

Year 2

  • Coursework
  • Pass the Finance Qualifier Exam
  • Pass the Microeconomics Preliminary Exam
  • Present First-Year Research paper
  • Teach an undergraduate finance class
  • Summer research

Year 3

  • Coursework
  • Pass the Finance Comprehensive Exam
  • Present Second-Year Research paper
  • Teach an undergraduate finance class
  • Summer research

Year 4

  • Present your Dissertation Proposal
  • Teach an undergraduate finance class

Year 5

  • Defend your Dissertation Proposal

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