Program Overview

The Ph.D. in Business Administration – Finance and Real Estate program prepares students to engage in productive scholarly research and teaching in the broad area of financial and real estate economics. Our graduates are typically placed with major research universities in the United States and abroad. The focus of the program is corporate finance, investments, financial intermediation, asset pricing, fintech, and behavioral finance

The department is primarily interested in placing students at research institutions to publish papers in top-tier journals (e.g., Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, and Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis). We treat students as colleagues and look forward to working with them on research projects as their skills develop. Our faculty are active in research and maintain an “open door” policy regarding visits. Our more successful students are those with a high degree of effective self-motivation.

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A Career in Academia

Being a professor is a pretty good job, but being a business school professor is much better than being a professor in another discipline.

Even if you are not planning on a career teaching in a business school, it may be a good place to start. Consulting firms, money management firms (including hedge funds), investment banks, technology firms, and government agencies all are willing to pay more for people who are experienced. They have found that people who are good teachers are usually good at making client presentations, and that people who do successful academic research also tend to be good at coming up with strategies for making money or boosting profits or writing good consulting reports.


Our Ph.D. program is built around placing graduates at reputable research universities worldwide. Our students have been placed at the following universities. Many of our graduates have enjoyed successful careers in academia and industry (e.g., litigation consulting firms).

  • Michigan State University
  • Syracuse University
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Hong Kong
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Miami
  • University of Missouri
  • University of Nebraska
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of South Carolina
  • Virginia Tech