The PhD program in Business Administration at DeGroote offers students the opportunity to study and conduct leading-edge research with some of the top researchers in their fields. Students develop the theoretical and methodological expertise required to create original research that makes a significant impact on the business community.

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The PhD field in Finance is designed for highly-motivated and academically strong students with a solid Master’s level training in Finance, Economics, Mathematics, Physics, Engineering or related subjects who wish to pursue academic careers or research-related opportunities in the financial industry or the public sector.

Strong quantitative skills are required. PhD students undertake two years of course work, followed by a set of comprehensive exams. They then work with a faculty supervisor to develop a research topic and complete a thesis.

The experienced research faculty within the Finance & Business Economics Area are well-equipped to supervise students working in a variety of specialties, including corporate finance, capital markets and derivatives.

Required Courses

  • B790 – Seminar on Management Theory
  • Five Finance PhD courses:
    • F770 – Financial Economics and Quantitative Methods
    • F771 – Financial Economics I
    • F772 – Financial Economics II
    • F773 – Empirical Methods in Finance
    • F774 – Seminar in Finance
  • Five courses from the Department of Economics:
    • 721 – Microeconomic theory I
    • 722 – Microeconomic theory II
    • 723 – Macroeconomic theory I
    • 761 – Econometrics I
    • 762 – Econometrics II
  • Students are also required to take one additional 700-level course in business, economics or mathematics. The specific course will be determined in consultation with the student’s supervisor.


Our Students

Hao (Arthur) Luo

Finance and Business Economics
Arthur joined the PhD program (Finance) at the DeGroote School of Business in September 2012. His current research interests include asset pricing, investment, ...
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Our Faculty


Sherman Cheung

Finance and Business Economics

Richard Deaves

Finance and Business Economics
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Recent Grads

Dr. Umar Butt

Graduated November 2012
Umar joined the PhD program (Finance) offered at DeGroote School of Business in 2007. His research interests lie in the field of Corporate Governance, ...
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