Areas of Study
The primary objective of the finance doctoral program is to develop scholars who will be able to join top academic institutions and make important contributions to the field of financial economics. In addition to developing their basic analytical skills, our students will develop an economic intuition into financial problems and the mindset needed to conduct independent research.
Our rigorous, highly structured program begins with an introductory sequence of courses offering a grounding in the basic tools of economics, statistics, and mathematics. This is followed by a sequence of four well-defined seminars covering the major areas of theoretical and empirical financial economics, including:
- asset pricing
- corporate finance
- market microstructure
- banking/finance intermediation
Throughout the program, our students create original research papers culminating in their dissertation. We augment students’ scholarly research and study through a regular seminar series that brings prominent international scholars in financial economics to campus, and we also host a Brown Bag Seminar Series, during which faculty and students present their preliminary research to each other.