PhD in Finance
The degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is designed to give the candidate a thorough and comprehensive knowledge of his or her professional field and training in methods of research. The final basis for granting the degree is the candidate's grasp of the subject matter of a broad field of study and a demonstrated ability to do independent research that makes a significant contribution to the body of knowledge. In addition, the candidate must acquire the ability to express thoughts clearly and forcefully both orally and in writing. The degree is not granted solely for the completion of coursework, residence and technical requirements, although these must be met. The typical length of the program is five years.
For a discussion of general program requirements, please consult the Texas A&M University Graduate Handbook, the Texas A&M Graduate Catalog, the Mays Doctoral Handbook, and the Finance Department PhD Handbook.
The doctoral program in finance brings the PhD student to the leading edge of knowledge in the field. Rigorous coursework and research activities provide the student with an in-depth understanding of the theoretical, conceptual and managerial foundations of finance. The program has three primary objectives:
- Providing candidates with the tools needed to publish their research in the top-tier finance academic journals.
- Developing advanced competencies for conducting quality research, directing research of others, and communicating research findings through teaching and writing.
- Preparing candidates for the varied responsibilities of academic careers or for positions requiring similar research and analytical skills.
Our recent graduates have accepted tenure-track faculty positions at many excellent business schools, including Wharton, Arizona, Georgia and Oklahoma State.
D. Scott Lee
Director, Finance Ph.D. Program