The doctoral specialization in finance* will prepare you for academic research and teaching careers. We emphasize rigorous training and hands-on experience.

Five semesters of coursework include a firm grounding in economic theory, thorough training in statistics and econometrics, and immersion in corporate finance, investments, and financial institutions.

As a student in the finance specialization, you will prepare to become future faculty through participation in:

  • doctoral coursework in the major, a related minor, and associated research tools
  • joint research projects with finance faculty
  • doctoral dissertation research, which is supervised by the finance faculty and funded by the college

As a doctoral student, you will also teach undergraduate courses in finance.

Successful students develop close working relationships with finance faculty, both in the classroom and through co-authored research. You are expected to publish your first research study before finishing the program, and to obtain jobs at universities rated “high” or “very high” in research activity by the Carnegie Foundation.

For more information about the finance specialization curriculum and research opportunities, contact Paul Koch.

* Please note that the doctoral program in finance only accepts admits for fall of odd years, starting with fall 2023.

Hear what our students have to say

Lezgin AyThe finance faculty ensured we understood the importance of research from day one. I had the opportunity to work on research projects with the faculty early in the program. I attended multiple conferences, presented my work, and met other scholars in my area. By the time I graduated, I had a couple of well-developed projects, some under review at top journals. These and the invaluable support and guidance from the faculty helped me succeed in the job market.” — Lezgin Ay, assistant professor, University of North Texas

Meet our faculty

  • profile image of Ginka Borisova

    Ginka Borisova

    Dean's Professor in Finance, Associate Professor
    Corporate Finance, Corporate Governance, Government Ownership, Asset Sales, International Finance, Privatization
  • profile image of James Brown

    James Brown

    Debbie and Jerry Ivy Chair in Business and Chair, Department of Finance, Professor, Director of Graduate Education for Real Estate Development
    Financing R&D and Innovation, Law and Finance, Financial Markets and Economic Performance, Corporate Liquidity Management and Investment Volatility, Private Equity and Entrepreneurial Finance
  • profile image of Arnie Cowan

    Arnold Cowan

    Wells Fargo Professor in Finance, Professor
    Climate Finance, Corporate Finance, Banking, Mergers and Acquisitions, Financial Regulation
  • profile image of Truong Duong

    Truong Duong

    Associate Professor
    Short selling, Mutual funds
  • profile image of Dermot Hayes

    Dermot Hayes

    Pioneer Hi-Bred International Agribusiness Chair, Professor
    Agricultural Markets and Trade, Agribusiness, Insurance, Options
  • profile image of Tyler Jensen

    Tyler Jensen

    Associate Professor
  • profile image of Paul Koch

    Paul Koch

    Kent Corporation Chair in Business, Professor
    Empirical asset pricing, Behavioral finance, Market anomalies, Investments, Market microstructure
  • profile image of Shaoting Pi

    Shaoting Pi

    Assistant Professor
    Corporate Governance, Shareholder Voting, ESG Investing, Hedge Fund Activism, Applied Game Theory
  • profile image of Mark Power

    Mark Power

    Principal Financial Group Professor, University Professor, Professor
    Risk Management and Insurance, Insurance Company Operations, Employee Benefits, Insurance Regulation, Pensions
  • profile image of Valentina Salotti

    Valentina Salotti

    Kingland MBA Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Associate Professor
    Banking Regulation, International Asset Sales, Relationship Banking, Statistical Methodology Issues in International Capital Markets, Charitable giving
  • profile image of Travis Sapp

    Travis Sapp

    Director, Master of Finance Program, Associate Professor
    Asset Pricing, Mutual Funds, Initial Public Offerings, Private Equity, Reverse Mergers
  • profile image of Hua Sun

    Hua Sun

    Associate Professor
    Real Estate Finance and Economics, Corporate Finance, Housing Market
  • profile image of Tracy Turner

    Tracy Turner

    Associate Professor
    Household Finance, Real Estate, Taxation
  • profile image of Xiaolu Wang

    Xiaolu Wang

    Associate Professor, Chartered Financial Analyst

Meet our doctoral students

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Research at Ivy

Faculty members across every department at the Ivy College of Business consistently contribute to their respective fields by regularly publishing in top journals. Researchers are vital to finding solutions to today’s business challenges.

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Please select Business and Technology as your major in the online application.

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