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PhD in Business with a Specialization in Finance Plan of Study

Degree Requirements


60 credits (Post-Master’s degree)
90 credits (Post-Bachelor’s degree)

  • 15 credits of core courses
  • 30 credits of specialization requirements
  • 15 credits of dissertation research
  • 30 credits for students without master’s degree

Specialization Courses

Students specializing in finance take the following courses in addition to the PhD core courses:

  • ECON 910: Advanced Microeconomics I
  • ECON 920: Advanced Macroeconomics I
  • ECON 940: Econometrics I
  • ECON 941: Econometrics II
  • FIN 920: Foundations of Finance Theory
  • FIN 924: Seminar in Macro Finance
  • FIN 928: Applied Capital Markets
  • FIN 922: Corporate Finance Theory
  • Three electives with the permission of the adviser

Learn more in the Drexel catalog

Academic Timeline

Year 1

  • 20 hours of research assistant work per week
  • Present at least one idea during PhD Idol (winter/spring)
  • 1st year comprehensive exam (summer)
  • 1st year summer paper (summer)
  • 1st year assessment

Year 2

  • 20 hours of research assistant work per week
  • 2nd year exam
  • Solo-authored term paper (by end of summer)
  • 2nd year assessment

Year 3

  • Teach one course in fall or winter quarter
  • Teach two courses in the subsequent quarter
  • 1st paper submitted to a top-three journal (by the end of the third year/early 4th year)

Year 4

  • Teach two courses (if not completed in year three)

Year 5

  • Proposal Defense before the FMA
  • FMA interviews (fall)
  • Final defense (spring)

Connect with Us

Thank you for your interest in the Finance PhD Specialization. For more information, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.

Naveen Daniel, PhD

Denis O'Brien Research Scholar in Finance

(215) 895-5858

Gerri C. LeBow Hall 1142