PhD in Financial Economics
Who Should Apply?
Our PhD in Management Program is designed to develop graduates skilled in research with both theoretical and practical understanding of the complex problems of business management. Our doctoral program provides excellent preparation for academic, professional and research careers.
What Can You Expect?
Coursework that is designed to provide a solid theoretical foundation in Financial Economics combined with exceptional statistical and methodological training including research methods, research design, and quantitative analyses. Building on the Financial Economics theory, students undertake research in key areas of financial management: financial markets, corporate finance and governance, options and other structured products. Students will also have the opportunity to delve deeper into topics with special topic courses, electives, and directed studies.
Students will conduct their own research under the guidance of our faculty supervisors. Students are expected to engage in research throughout the program, culminating in the completion of their dissertation.
Students will be exposed to cutting edge research from our faculty supervisors and guest speakers, as well as networking opportunities within the academic community.
The primary objective of the PhD in Management program is to train students to become independent research investigators in their chosen field of study. The program is designed to develop graduates skilled in research with both a theoretical and practical understanding of the complex problems of business management.
The PhD in Management is a four year program:
The first two years are primarily course work. Students are required to successfully complete a comprehensive exam at the end of Year 2 in their field of specialization.
In Year 3, students are required to prepare and orally defend a dissertation proposal to an advisory committee consisting of the faculty supervisor and two other faculty members.
A Sampling of Required Courses
EC620 – Microeconomics
EC640 – Macroeconomics
EC655 – Econometrics
BU703 – Financial Economics
BU743 – Seminar in Empirical Market Microstructure
BU753 – Empirical Studies in Fixed Income
BU802 – Research Methodology
BU803 – Theory of Asset Pricing
BU807 – Accounting for Securities
BU823 – Seminar in Financial Economics
BU833 – Empirical Asset Pricing
BU891 – Comprehensive Exam
BU899 – Doctoral Dissertation
The full course structure is available here.
Detailed course descriptions can be found in the Graduate Academic Calendar 2012/2013.
$19,000 per year in funding, for up to four years.
Teaching assistantships, internal and/or external scholarship awards, and research assistantships are also available.
International PhD applicants can apply for an Ontario Trillium Scholarship, valued at $40,000 per year for up to four years. More information about this opportunity can be found here.
Information regarding external awards can be found on the Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies website.
Admission into the PhD program is judged primarily on the applicant’s ability to undertake research successfully and his/her prospects for completion of the program.
A Master’s Degree (or equivalent) in business or a related field with a minimum B+ average is normally required.
The School of Business & Economics requires that all applicants submit scores obtained on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). GMAT test scores of at least 85 percentile (generally a score of at least 650) are standard. Equivalent Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) scores will be accepted (generally, a composite score of at least 1100) when appropriate.
Applicants whose first language is not English, and who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree at an institution where English is the language of instruction, must furnish evidence of proficiency in English prior to admission. Normally, this evidence is an acceptable score on one of the following: TOEFL, IELTS, CAEL Assessment. For more information, please refer to the English Proficiency Requirements.
Applications will only be reviewed once you have applied online and we have received all supplementary materials in our office.
As this is a competitive program with a limited number of spaces available, meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the program.
Applications for September 2012 admission are currently being accepted. The early application deadline is January 15, 2012. We will continue accepting qualified applications after this date based on space availability in the program.
For program information, please contact Dr. Brian Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For application information, please contact Cora Hennel-Greer at email@example.com.