Ph.D. in Finance


Program information

At the University of Kansas, finance doctoral students are trained to teach at the university level, to do research that is publishable in top academic journals, and to analyze questions that are important to government agencies and the private sector. Successful students develop close working relationships with the KU finance faculty, both in the classroom and on co-authored research. Many of our students publish their first research study before finishing the program, and most students accept jobs at universities rated “high” or “very high” in research activity by the Carnegie Foundation.

We emphasize rigorous training and hands-on experience. Five semesters of coursework include a firm grounding in economic theory, thorough training in statistics and econometrics, and an immersion in the most important research studies in corporate finance, investments and financial institutions.

Application deadlines

  • Priority: January 5, 2023

  • Final: February 1, 2023

Admissions




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  • Research

    Students begin their own research during the first year of the program and present their first research seminar early in the second year of the program. Many of our students publish their first research study before finishing the program, and most students accept jobs at universities rated “high” or “very high” in research activity by the Carnegie Foundation.




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  • Teaching

    We emphasize rigorous training and hands-on experience. Successful students develop close working relationships with the KU finance faculty, both in the classroom and on co-authored research. Students typically teach three undergraduate finance classes before graduating.

Program details

Core courses

Statistical Methods

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

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

BSAN 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

  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.

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

Program faculty

Jide Wintoki
  • Associate Dean of Graduate Programs
  • Area Director, Analytics, Information and Operations Management
  • Capitol Federal Professor
  • School of Business administration
  • Dean's Office
  • Analytics, Information and Operations Management academic area
  • Finance academic area

Finance doctoral students

Questions?

Contact Charly Edmonds, doctoral program director.