Courses

Ph.D. in Business Administration – Finance

REQUIRED COURSEWORK-TIMELINE

Ph.D. – Year One Course: Course: Course:
Fall Semester (9 hours required) (Fall One) FINC 688 – Finance Doctoral Seminar (3 cr hr) ECON 629 – Microecon I or approved elective/sub (3 cr hr) Econometrics Course or approved elective (3 cr hr)
Ph.D. – Year One Course: Course: Course:
Spring Semester (9 hours required) (Spring One) FINC 688: Finance Doctoral Seminar (3 cr hr) ECON 630 – Microecon II or approved elective/sub (3 cr hr) Econometrics course or approved elective (3 cr hr)
QUALIFYING EXAM This exam is generally given no later than three weeks after the end of the spring semester, in the first year.
Ph.D. – Year One Course:
Summer Semester (6 hours required) (Summer One) FINC 691: Research Hours (3 hours, required for all students)
Ph.D. – Year Two Course: Course: Course:
Fall Semester (9 hours required) (Fall Two) FINC 688: Finance Doctoral Seminar (3 cr hours) Electives (up to 6 cr hours) FINC 691: Research Hours (if needed)
Ph.D. – Year Two Course: Course: Course:
Spring Semester ( 9 hours required) (Spring Two) FINC 688: Finance Doctoral Seminar (3 cr hours) Electives (up to 6 cr hours- if needed and approved by the Ph.D. Advisor) FINC 691: Research Hours (if needed)
Ph.D. – Year Two Course:
Summer Semester (3 hours required if the student receives one month of financial support during the summer; 6 hours required if the student receives two or three months of financial support during the summer) (Summer Two) FINC 691: Research Hours
WRITTEN PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION (Submission of Original Research Paper – DUE BY SEPTEMBER 15 of the third academic year in the program)
Ph.D. – Year Three Course: Course:
Fall Semester (9 hours required) (Fall Three) FINC 688: Finance Doctoral Seminar (3 cr hours) FINC 691: Research Hours
Ph.D. – Year Three Course: Course:
Spring Semester ( 9 hours required) (Spring Three) FINC 688: Finance Doctoral Seminar (3 cr hours) FINC 691: Research Hours
ORAL PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION (Defense of Research Paper)
Ph.D. – Year Three Course: Course:
Summer Semester (Research Hours – 3 hours required if the student receives one month of financial support during the summer; 6 hours required if the student receives two or three months of financial support during the summer) (Summer Three) FINC 691: Research Hours
Ph.D. – Year Four Course: Course:
Fall Semester (9 hours required) (Fall Four) FINC 688: Finance Doctoral Seminar (3 cr hr) FINC 691: Research Hours
Ph.D. – Year Four Course: Course:
Spring Semester (9 hours required) (Spring Four) FINC 688: Finance Doctoral Seminar (3 cr hr) FINC 691: Research Hours
Ph.D. – Year Four Course:
Summer Semester –(3 hours required if the student receives one month of financial support during the summer; 6 hours required if the student receives two or three months of financial support during the summer) (Summer Four) FINC 691: Research Hours
DISSERTATION PROPOSAL DEFENSE
To maximize the student’s job market placement prospects, the department strongly recommends that the dissertation proposal defense be completed before job market applications are being mailed out. The recommended target defense date is between March and May of the student’s fourth year in the program.
PREPARATION OF JOB MARKET PACKAGE (August)
The degree plan illustrated on the next page for the fourth year assumes that the student has successfully defended the dissertation proposal and has been admitted to candidacy.Otherwise, the student must still enroll in every FINC 688 and FINC 690 course offered while in residence at the Texas A&M Campus, until admission to candidacy.