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

Zehua Zhang

Finance and Business Economics
Zehua joined the PhD program (Finance) at DeGroote School of Business in September 2014. His research and study interests focus on Empirical Assets Pricing, ...
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Our Faculty

John Maheu

Finance and Business Economics
Available to supervise

Clarence C.Y. Kwan

Finance and Business Economics

Rosemary (Guo Ying) Luo

Finance and Business Economics
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Recent Grads

Shivalika Handa

Graduated 2009
Shivalika Handa has been a Research Associate with the Software and Wireless team at RBC Capital Markets since May 2010. Prior to joining the research ...
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