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All students who enter the PhD program in finance choose a program of study in consultation with the department’s doctoral program director. A typical student’s program is outlined below. Small modifications are possible depending on an individual’s particular interests and background.

Semester #1 (Fall)

  • Economics 811A: Math Applications in Economics
  • Economics 812A: Microeconomics I
  • Economics 820A: Econometrics IA
  • Finance 891: Topics in Finance

Semester #2 (Spring)

  • Economics 812B: Microeconomics II
  • Economics 820B: Econometrics IB
  • Finance 980: Finance Theory

First Summer Research

Research related activity under supervision of faculty.

Semester #3 (Fall)

  • Finance 981: Corporate Finance Theory
  • Economics 821A: Cross Section Econometrics I
  • Free Elective

Semester #4 (Spring)

  • Finance 982: Investment Theory
  • Finance 983: Financial Econometrics
  • Economics 821B: Cross Section Econometrics III

Second Summer

Comprehensive exams are taken during early summer. After passing this exam the student can begin working on the doctoral dissertation under the supervision of an individual faculty member.

Years 3 & 4 (& 5 if necessary)

Student conducts individual research culminating in a doctoral dissertation. The dissertation proposal and defense are oral presentations made before the student’s dissertation committee.

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