As a PhD student in finance, you will research three basic areas, investments, corporate finance and financial institutions. See the curriculum below to guide you through your program with the support of your faculty advisor.

Major Requirements

First Year Second Year Third Year and Beyond

Fall Semester

Typically five of the following:

 • ECON 609 Macroeconomic Theory I
 • ECON 611 Mathematics for Economists I (required)
 • ECON 613 Introduction to Econometric Theory (required
 • ECON 655 Microeconomic Theory I (required)
 • MGF 740SEM Theory of Finance Seminar (required when open)
 • MGG 700 Research Design

Spring Semester

Typically four of the following, with at least one being a finance class:

 MGF 741SEM Corporate Finance (required when open)

 • ECON 665 Microeconomic Theory II (required)
 • ECON 612 Mathematics for Economists II (required)
 • ECON 614 Econometric Applications and Methods (required)

By the end of the first year, you will be expected to present a paper outlining your current progress in an area of research and how you might contribute in the future.

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Minor in Finance

Required Courses Electives

If you are a doctoral student outside of the School of Management who is interested in obtaining an external area of focus in Finance, you should consult with your academic advisor. Course requirements are:

MGF 740 Theory of Finance

And two of:

MGF 742 Information and Capital Markets

Any of the 600-level courses may be waived if the student has had an equivalent prior course.