Pursue an academic or professional career in the financial management of corporations and financial institutions.

Using the economics of uncertainty as applied to financial decisions and a wide range of statistical tools, researchers in finance study three basic areas:

  • Investments - The efficiency of the capital market, the pricing of financial assets, the management of portfolios, and the microstructures of the markets where assets trade
  • Corporate finance - Capital structures, the market for corporate control and the financial management of corporate assets
  • Financial institutions - Issues related to the management of such institutions

Work Alongside Renowned Researchers

You will work with finance faculty members who are committed scholars, nationally known for their research achievements. They are actively engaged with their students, often working jointly with them on various research projects. In addition, our faculty:

  • Publish in top journals in finance, including Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Finance, and Review of Financial Studies. You will be expected to publish in these journals upon graduation.
  • Have international experience.
  • Interact closely with area business professionals. 

The Academy of Management Journal ranks our faculty as among the most productive, nationwide, in the creation of real-world research. Faculty research interests in finance include:

  • Market microstructure
  • Corporate control
  • Financial markets

Land a Position at a Leading University

Our finance graduates accept positions at major universities throughout the U.S. and the world, as well as at leading consulting and research firms. Placements include:

  • University of Michigan
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • University of Maryland
  • St. Bonaventure University
  • Indiana University
  • Syracuse University

For more information about finance faculty research, visit our faculty profiles. If you wish to speak to a faculty member directly, contact Sahn-Wook Huh, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Finance.

For degree requirements, consult the PhD handbook.