PhD Course Work

In the summer prior to the first year of the program, it is strongly recommended that students take a mathematical economics course.
The curriculum in the PhD Program includes both required courses and electives. Required courses cover the fundamental tools that every financial economist must possess to conduct research in the finance area. Electives provide additional tools that are suitable to pursue the student’s specific research interests.
The PhD in finance requires all students to take a minimum of 15 doctoral courses (45 credit hours) in economics, statistics and econometrics, corporate finance and investments. Other topics include information economics, financial intermediation, derivatives, term structure models, and international finance.
Students may also pursue specific interests by taking elective courses in advanced statistics and mathematics, or economics. Courses will be taken in Kenan-Flagler and the UNC’s Economics Department. Students also have the option to attend specific courses at DukeUniversity. Students choose their course work under the supervision of their advisors and the director of the PhD Program in Finance.