Finance Major

Finance BBA

Build a solid foundation of technical and theoretical skills and learn how to connect them to real-world applications with our rigorous, business-oriented curriculum. This degree will jumpstart and provide a seamless transition to your accounting career with its comprehensive academic plan.

Accelerated BBA

Want to do more in less time? In addition to our four-year BBA program, the Fox School offers an accelerated program for motivated students who want to finish their bachelor’s in three years and transition directly into the Fox Specialized Master’s Finance Suite. Click the “Learn More” button below to see the accelerated three-year plan.

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Finance Minor

The Finance Minor teaches students how to use financial principles to manage and improve a variety of public and private organizations. The minor can be especially attractive for Accounting, Marketing, Risk Management, and Real Estate majors. Business and non-business students are eligible.

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Finance Masters

Master of Science in Investment Management (MSIM)

MSIM students build cutting-edge financial skills to standout in today’s competitive global economy with a curriculum that balances research, best industry practices, and real-world experience. Students explore financial theory and quantitative tools underpinning the global investment industry. To support their career ambitions, MSIM students may pursue CFA® Level I and Level II exams during the program and complete the CFA® Level III exam the year after graduation. MSIM students can fast track to new career opportunities with a distinguished professional pedigree and are offered individualized educational support and career counseling tailored to their unique program.
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Master of Science in Financial Engineering (MSFE)

Financial engineering is the art of applying mathematical tools and market experience to evaluate, structure, and price financial risk. The task is often daunting, with practitioners charged with providing visibility in seemingly unpredictable financial markets. The field transcends traditional department boundaries, reflecting the integrated work of investigators across many different business and scientific disciplines. True to the challenge, the Fox MSFE program offers a captivating and rewarding course of graduate training in this exciting area. Enhancing global career opportunities, MSFE coursework offers students the option to complete FRM Part I-II exams during the program.
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Master of Science in Financial Analysis and Risk Management (MSFA-RM)

The financial analysis of evolving global market opportunities draws on the principles of economics, financial reporting, corporate finance, investments, and quantitative methods. Effective enterprise risk management requires added expertise in complex derivative products and structured capital market transactions. This range of financial expertise drives the sales and trading, investment banking, equity research, credit analysis, quantitative research, asset management, valuation advisory services, and corporate audit and risk management operations of today’s financial services industry. In the same way, the Fox MSFA-RM program develops a pinnacle breadth and depth of financial expertise. To fuel their career ambitions, MSFA-RM students may complete the CFA® Level I, II, & III, and FRM Part I & II exams over the program’s 22-month timeframe.

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Finance Doctorate

PhD in Finance

Our institution offers a Business Administration specialization, or PhDBA, which readily equips professionals to continue their careers at aspirant and peer institutions, as well as corporations and organizations. Students are trained rigorously in a broad range of subfields in finance with an emphasis on corporate finance. Our outstanding faculty members individually mentor each PhD student to guide them through the program offer resources, tips and connections, and help maximize each student’s research potential. The end result is completion of a program built around your aspirations and strengths.

The program involves coursework for two or two-and-one-half years, a preliminary exam in statistics and econometrics, first-year and second-year research papers, a comprehensive exam in finance, and a dissertation. In addition, students must meet teaching and residence requirements. On average, it takes about five years to complete the program.

Admission to the PhD program requires a year of college-level calculus. In addition, a Master’s degree in business, economics, or a related area (or an equivalent research and teaching background) is required. Funding and scholarship options for new PhD in Finance students are available from Fox School Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships. You are highly encouraged to submit your application before December 15, which is the deadline for fellowship consideration.

Comprehensive Exam Requirement:
PhD students in Finance are required to pass a Comprehensive (Preliminary) Exam in February of the third year. The exam is designed to test whether the student has a comprehensive and integrated understanding of the theories, methodologies, and empirical findings in finance. It primarily focuses on the knowledge gained in the concentration seminars and theory courses, albeit other pertinent materials may also be included in the comprehensive exam.

The comprehensive exam is administered by a committee consisting of faculty who teach the three concentration seminars (FIN 9001, FIN 9002, and FIN 9005) and the core course, BA 9203 (Financial Economics). The exam contains four parts relating to each of the above four courses. The exam is closed book and closed note. If a PhD student fails the comprehensive exam on the first attempt, the student must retake and pass the comprehensive exam within a reasonable time frame (usually 2-3 months).
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