The Ph.D. program offers a concentration in finance. Dissertations completed by finance Ph.D. students at FAU have focused on a wide variety of research topics in finance, including initial public offerings, acquisitions of bankrupt firms, mergers, bond offerings, mutual funds, investment banking, bank regulation, and poison pills. Graduates of the Ph.D. program have taken faculty positions at numerous universities identified on the Ph.D. program website.
The Ph.D. in Finance requires 57 credit hours of course work earned in the program
(beyond the typical credit hours earned during the master's degree) and an additional
minimum of 18 credit hours for the dissertation.
An extra tool course or finance course may be assigned in place of a finance course listed here that is not offered. The program is designed to allow for many opportunities for conducting research. For students who had any course listed here, a substitute course will be assigned by the Ph.D. advisor.
QMB 7565 Research Methods I
ACG 7885 Data Retrieval and Analysis
ECO 6403 Mathematical Economics
ECO 6404 Econometrics
ECO 6424 Advanced Topics in Econometrics
ECO 6115 Microeconomics
Course on University Teaching
FIN 6246 Financial Markets
FIN 6436 Financial Management and Investment Decisions
FIN 6515 Investments
FIN 6537 Risk Management
FIN 6605 Multinational Finance
FIN 6804 Financial Theory
FIN 6806 Corporate Finance
FIN 7247 Seminar in Capital Markets
FIN 7527 Seminar In Investments
FIN 7449 Seminar in Corporate Financial Theory
FIN 7932 Seminar on Current Topics (usually used for Int'l Finance Seminar)
Two elective courses are decided by the student in consultation with the Ph.D. student advisor in the Department of Finance.
The dissertation in Finance involves comprehensive research on a finance topic that is a significant contribution beyond the foundation of related research. Dissertations by FAU's Ph.D. students in Finance have been completed on topics such as initial public offerings (IPOs), mutual fund performance, international acquisitions, regulation of financial institutions, stock market bubbles and overreaction, and stock options.
Finance Ph.D. students are expected to remain at FAU for one year after the completion of their course work and Comprehensive Exam so that they can focus full-time on completing their dissertation.
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Please the College of Business PhD Program Handbook for additional information.
If you have questions about the Finance PhD concentration area or about pursuing a Ph.D. in Finance, contact the Finance Ph.D. coordinator, Dr. Douglas Cumming, firstname.lastname@example.org.