Finance

The Traditional Ph.D. program offers a concentration in finance. The program generally consists of two years of coursework, followed by comprehensive exams and a dissertation, and it usually takes a minimum of four years to complete.The program is designed to allow for many opportunities for conducting research.

During the two years of coursework, the following topic areas are usually covered (for students who had any course listed here, a substitute course is determined the Finance PhD Coordinator).

Tool Courses

Research Methods I
Mathematical Economics 
Econometrics 
Advanced Topics in Econometrics 
Advanced Microeconomics 
Empirical Methods in Finance

University Business Teaching 

Finance Courses

Financial Markets
Financial Management and Investment Decisions
Investments
Risk Management
Multinational Finance
Financial Theory
Corporate Finance
Seminar in Capital Markets
Seminar In Investments
Seminar in Corporate Financial Theory
Seminar on International Finance

Electives

Elective courses are also available and are decided by the student in consultation with the Finance Ph.D. Coordinator.

Dissertation

The dissertation involves comprehensive research on a finance topic that is a significant contribution beyond the foundation of related research. 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.

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.

MORE INFORMATION

For information about the academic job market for Ph.D. students click here.

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, cummingd@fau.edu.

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