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Sample Coursework

The first and second year of the Doctoral Program in Finance & Economics are primarily dedicated to coursework. Below you will find a sample of the courses that we offer:

First Year | Fall Semester

Course Number Title Instructor 
G6410 (At Economics Dept.) Math Methods for Economists To Be Announced
B9206/B9207 Economic Analysis I & II Geoffrey Heal
B9323 Economics and Statistical Inference Assaf Zeevi 
B6001 (Sections 001-008) Accounting I: Financial Accounting (Offered at MBA Program) Varies on Section
B9122 Computing for Business Research Yash Kanoria

First Year | Spring Semester

Course Number Title Instructor 
B9208/B9209 Economic Analysis III & IV Paolo Siconolfi 
B9325 Financial Econometrics I Robert Hodrick
B9326 Financial Econometrics II Wei Jiang
B9302 Finance Theory  Lawrence Glosten
B9316 Empirical Corporate Finance  To be announced

Second Year | Fall Semester

Course Number Title  Instructor 
B9319 Theoretical Asset Pricing Tano Santos
B9320 Empirical Asset Pricing Lars Lochstoer
B9317 Theoretical Corporate Finance Partick Bolton 
G6215 Macroeconomics I (at the Economic Dept.) To be Announced 

Second Year | Spring Semester

Course Number Title Instructor 
B9304 Continuous Time Finance Neng Wang
B9310 Behavioral Finance  Kent Daniel 
G6216 Macroeconomics II (at the Economic Dept.) To be Announced

Third Year | Fall Semester

Course Number Title Instructor 
B9305 Pre-Thesis Seminar Gur Huberman


A partial list of elective courses:

  • Computational Bayesian Methods 
  • Empirical Asset Pricing II
  • Seminar in International Finance
  • Contract Theory (at the economics department)
  • Applied macroeconomics and finance
  • Advanced derivatives/computational finance
  • Monte Carlo Methods
  • Computational Bayesian Methods
  • Advanced econometrics courses (at the economics department)
  • Advanced statistical inference, probability theory and stochastic processes courses (at the statistics department)
  • International finance (at the economics department)
  • International money and finance (at the economics department)


A student who wishes to exempt out of some first year courses will approach the director of the PhD program.  A student who exempts out of courses will still have to take the first year certification exams.

Application Deadlines

Master of Science in Marketing >

For Fall 2016 Entry:

Available: August 1st, 2015
Deadline: January 4th, 2016


Master of Science in Financial Economics >

For Fall 2016 Entry:

Available: August 1st, 2015
Deadline: January 4th, 2016


Master of Science in Management Science and Engineering >

For Fall 2016 Entry:
To be determined


Available 8/1/15
Sept 2016

Deadline: 01/05/16

MS Marketing
Deadline: 01/04/16

MS Financial Economics
Deadline: 01/04/16


Doctoral Program News

Young Alumni Balseiro wins George B. Dantzig Dissertation Award

At the 2014 Informs national meeting, Santiago Balseiro was honored for his work in "Competition and Yield Optimization in Ad Exchanges". We congratulate Santiago on his accomplishment.

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Ethan Rouen wins Deloitte Doctoral Fellowship in Accounting

The Deloitte Foundation has awarded $25,000 grants to 10 top accounting Ph.D. candidates through the Deloitte Foundation’s annual Doctoral Fellowship program. Given to students who plan to pursue academic careers upon graduation, the award will support the 2015 recipients’ final year of coursework and the subsequent year to complete their doctoral dissertation.

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Honigsberg featured in Ideas at Work

The August issue of Ideas at Work features research that doctoral candidate Colleen Honigsberg led in conjunction with Sharon Katz.

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Wazlawek featured in Ideas at Work

Abbie Wazlawek's joint research with Professor Daniel Ames is featured in the June 24th, 2014 edition of Ideas at Work

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Ethan Rouen featured in Ideas at Work

Ethan Rouen's joint research with Professor Dan Amiram is featured in the May 15th, 2014 edition of Ideas at Work

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Rivas Wins Fellowship

The PhD program is proud to congratulate Miguel Duro Rivas, who was awarded the Nasdaq Educational Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship.

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Wong wins Deloitte Fellowship

We are proud to announce that Yu Ting (Forester) Wong is one of the recipients of the 2014 Deloitte Foundation Doctoral Fellowship in Accounting.

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The PhD Program Congratulates John Yao

PhD student John Yao was a finalist in the 2013 M&SOM (Manufacturing & Service Operations Management) student paper competition.

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Honigsberg Named Postdoctoral Fellow

The PhD program is proud to congratulate Colleen Honigsberg, who was named the Postdoctoral Fellow in Corporate Governance at the Millstein Center at Columbia Law School in October 2013

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Top Ten Doctoral Program Questions

Here are the most frequently asked questions about the Doctoral Program.

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The Program takes a minimum of four years to complete. Most students complete the process in five years.

We do not require a business undergraduate degree or masters to apply or be accepted to our Doctoral Program. We have had several students from degree programs including: Economics, Statistics, Psychology, Sociology, Mathematics, and Engineering, among others.

Unlike an undergraduate or master level program, where individual courses are incorporated with a highly structured learning experience, the doctoral education places an emphasis on self-directed learning and close relationships with a select few faculty in a particular area of specialization. Programs typically involve intense reading of academic journals and writing original research. Doctoral students usually grow close relationships with their faculty mentors. These advisors work closely with the students to define a course of research and help provide guidance in the dissertation process.

You can study in one of our five divisions: Accounting, Decision, Risk and Operations, Finance and Economics, Management, or Marketing. A more nuanced understanding of these fields can be seen in the areas of expertise of the Business School’s faculty research.

Unfortunately our Doctorate is available only as a full time, in residence program.

Apply using our online application. We ask that you do not send any documents directly to the School, all materials can be submitted online. Please comply with the posted application deadlines, being sure to include all required components of the application.

The aim of our Program is to accept 23 students per year (Accounting: 4, DRO: 4, Finance: 6, Management: 5, Marketing: 4).

While we have no prerequisites for application, students with limited quantitative backgrounds may benefit from taking accounting, mathematics, econometrics and statistics before enrolling. We encourage you to explore each Division’s requirements before applying the Analytical thinking and quantitative tools have a significant influence on success in the program.

No, the goal of the Doctoral Program is to place graduates in academic institutions as top researchers and instructors. If you have a different goal in mind we encourage you to investigate our MS Programs which combine the Doctoral level coursework in a masters package.

A full financial aid package is offered to most admitted students, this includes tuition, fees, and stipends. Our living stipend is provided in the form of a fellowship. Students are not required to secure jobs as teaching or research assistants. However, most students do during their careers as a way to supplement their funding package.

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