PhD in Management Science, Finance Concentration
The PhD in Management Science with a concentration in Finance degree is designed for students seeking training in the most advanced issues, both theoretical and applied, in the field of managerial finance and analysis.
Applicants should have at least a bachelor’s degree. Admission is based on grade point average, graduate examination test score (GRE or GMAT), letters of reference (at least three, with two from academic references), business and professional experience (if applicable), a written statement of personal objectives and compatibility with faculty research activities. Since the School of Management starts making first-round admission decisions on January 16th, it is best to complete the entire application process no later than January 15th. While applications will be accepted after that date, applying after January 15th may significantly lower your chance of acceptance.Apply for PhD Program
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Our PhD program is designed to produce well-trained researchers. Students take classes that equip them with the latest research tools and expose them to cutting edge research. They have access to a large pool of accomplished faculty who are actively engaged in research on corporate finance, asset pricing and financial intermediation.
Students must complete at least 75 semester credit hours of approved graduate work before a degree may be conferred. Credit may be granted for courses taken elsewhere.
Calculus, matrix algebra, computer programming and statistics are prerequisites for the doctoral program – every admitted student is responsible for ensuring he/she has satisfied these prerequisite requirements before joining the program.
Master’s-Level Courses (12 semester credit hours)
Students entering the program without an MBA or equivalent must complete a minimum of four courses typically required of MBA students to provide them knowledge required of professional managers. In certain instances, a higher-level course approved by the PhD Finance advisor may be substituted for an MBA-level course. However, if a student enters the program with a prior business degree, the PhD advisor may require him to take additional courses in mathematical sciences to address any deficiencies in this area.
Advanced Master’s-Level Courses (3 semester credit hours)
Research Methods Core
The Management Science PhD core curriculum consists of a minimum of 9 courses.
Please visit the Management Science Degree Plan page for core and secondary core course requirements.
Doctoral Seminars (12 semester credit hours)
- Finance Theory Core (FIN 7330 Asset Pricing Theory and FIN 7340 Theory of Corporate Finance)
- Finance Empirical Core (FIN 7310 Seminar in Contemporary Finance, FIN 7335 Empirical Asset Pricing and FIN 7345 Empirical Corporate Finance)
Additional Coursework (21 semester credit hours)
- Electives may be from accounting, computer science, economics, finance, mathematics, statistics or other fields. Specific courses must be approved by the Finance PhD advisor.
Students in the program are expected to write research papers each year. Typically, they devote each summer entirely to research. Each fall, they present their research to faculty and their fellow students. Students are encouraged to both collaborate with faculty on research projects as well as develop research independently of faculty.
Written Preliminary and Qualifying Examinations
PhD in Finance students take a written preliminary exam at the end of their first year in the program over a set of core courses (ECON 6309 Econometrics I, MECO 6315 Statistics, MECO 6345 Advanced Managerial Economics, MECO 6350 Game Theory, OPRE 7353 Optimization). At the end of their sixth semester in the program, students take a written qualifying exam over research core and finance theory core courses, which they must pass before admission for candidacy for the doctorate degree.
The dissertation is written under the supervision of the dissertation committee. The student must identify a committee and a chairperson within one semester following successful completion of the written qualifying examination. Students must present and pass their dissertation proposal before they can proceed to their final oral defense. Twelve to 24 semester hours may be granted for the dissertation toward the minimum 75-hour requirement for the degree.
The PhD program in Finance at Naveen Jindal School of Management, UT Dallas, has a strong record of placing PhD graduates at top universities and corporations.
|2015||Jong Min Oh||The University of Central Florida||Orlando, FL|
|2015||Alex Holcomb||The Univeristy of Texas at El Paso||El Paso, TX|
|2015||Paul Mason||Baylor University||Waco, TX|
|2014||Chongyang ‘Ben’ Chen||University of Memphis||Memphis, TN|
|2014||Seong-Kyu Byun||University of Mississippi||University, MS|
|2014||Wenyun ‘Michelle’ Shi||Shanghai Jiao Tong University||Shanghai, China|
|2013||Zeng ‘Timothy’ Fan||Shanghai University||Shanghai, China|
|2013||Yihua Zhao||Tulane University||New Orleans, LA|
|2013||Yue ‘Layla’ Ying||Zhejiang University||Hangzhou, China|
|2013||Yuqian ‘Jessica’ Wang||Winona State University||Winona, MN|
|2011||Yin ‘Jay’ Li||City University of Hong Kong||Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong|
|2010||Michael Keefe||Victoria University of Wellington||Wellington, New Zealand|
|2010||Xuying ‘Cathy’ Cao||University of Texas at Dallas||Richardson, TX|
|2009||Lin Zou||Texas Woman’s University||Denton, TX|
|2009||Walter Pohl||University of Zurich||Zurich, Switzerland|
|2009||Jess Cornaggia||Indiana University||Bloomington, IN|
|2008||Xin Zhou||Fudan University||Shanghai, China|
|2008||Mehmet Goktan||California State University, East Bay||Hayward, CA|
|2007||Yiyu Shen||Governors State University||University Park, IL|
|2006||Qian ‘Joyce’ Wang||Washington State University||Pullman, WA|
|2005||Rabih Moussawi||Barclays Global Investors|
|2005||Zhengzheng ‘George’ Li||New Jersey City University||Jersey City, NJ|
Below are examples of student publications in 24 leading business journals.
Jess Cornaggia, Kimberly J. Cornaggia, Han Xia, 2016. “Revolving doors on Wall Street,”Journal of Financial Economics, Vol. 120.
Jay Yin Li, Dragon Yongjun Tang , 2016. “The leverage externalities of credit default swaps”. Journal of Financial Economics, Vol. 120.
Jess Cornaggia, Yifei Mao, Xuan Tian, Brian Wolfe, 2015. “Does banking competition affect innovation?” Journal of Financial Economics, Vol. 115.
Nina Baranchuk, Robert Kieschnick, Rabih Moussawi, 2014. “Motivating innovation in newly public firms,” Journal of Financial Economics, Vol. 111.
Itzhak Ben-David, Francesco Franzoni, Augustin Landier, Rabih Moussawi, 2013. “Do hedge funds manipulate stock prices?” Journal of Finance, Vol. 68.
Jess Cornaggia, 2013. “Does risk management matter? Evidence from the U.S. agricultural industry,” Journal of Financial Economics, Vol. 109.
Jess Cornaggia and Kimberly Cornaggia, 2013. “Estimating the costs of issuer-paid credit ratings,” The Review of Financial Studies, Vol. 26.
Zhonglan Dai, Douglas Shackelford, Harold Zhang, Chongyang Chen, 2013. “Does financial constraint affect the relation between shareholder taxes and the cost of equity capital?” The Accounting Review, Vol. 88.
Itzhak Ben-David, Francessco Franzoni, Rabih Moussawi, 2012. “Hedge fund stock trading in the financial crisis of 2007-2009,” The Review of Financial Studies, Vol. 25.
Theodore Day, George Li, Yexiao Xu, 2011. “Dividend distributions and closed-end fund discounts,” Journal of Financial Economics, Vol. 100.
Alexander Butler and Jess Cornaggia, 2011. “Does access to external finance improve productivity? evidence from a natural experiment,” Journal of Financial Economics, Vol. 99.
Aleandar Butler, Jess Cornaggia, Gustavo Grullon, James Weston, 2011. “Corporate financing decisions, managerial market timing, and real investment,” Journal of Financial Economics, Vol. 101.