Department of Finance

The formal course work in a PhD Program in Finance is very important because it provides students an efficient way to learn frontier developments in the fields of interest and serves as a foundation for further scholarly research. The coursework requirements for the PhD Program in Finance are described in detail in the Finance Ph.D. Handbook. Below is an overview. The Graduate School of The Ohio State University requires Ph.D. students to maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.


A. Fisher College of Business Master Level Course Requirements

In addition to the prescribed sequence of PhD level courses, students are required to complete certain Master level courses depending on their previous degrees. Students should consult with the Finance Ph.D. coordinator to determine which course are most appropriate for them.

Incoming Ph.D. students in finance who have not completed a Master's degree in Business Administration or Master's degree in Finance must consult with the Ph.D. coordinator(s) to create a program of master level course that will make up for possible deficiencies. A suitable program could be to take:

a) Four seven-week Master level elective courses in finance. Commonly suggested classes include:

  • Mergers and Acquisitions (Business Finance 7212)
  • Corporate Restructuring and Bankruptcy (Business Finance 7213)
  • Fixed Income Analysis (Business Finance 7222)
  • Quantitative Portfolio Management (Business Finance 7232)


b) One semester of Master level accounting course:

  • Corporate Financial Reporting I (AMIS 7200)
  • Financial Statement Analysis I (AMIS 7220)


B. Competency in Microeconomic Theory

PhD students in Finance must understand and demonstrate competency in the material in the following courses:

  • Microeconomic Theory IA (Economics 8711)
  • Microeconomic Theory IB (Economics 8712)
  • Microeconomic Theory IIA (Economics 8713)
  • Microeconomic Theory IIB (Economics 8714)

After the satisfactory completion of all these classes, Finance Ph.D. students must take the Microeconomic Theory Qualifying Examination Administered by the Economics Department and achieve a minimum grade of "M.A. Pass" on the examination.

Although not required, Ph.D. students in Finance also are encouraged to develop an understanding and competency in the material in the following macroeconomics courses:

  • Macroeconomic Theory IA (Economics 8721)
  • Macroeconomic Theory IB (Economics 8722)

Students choosing to study this material typically take these courses after their first year in the Ph.D. program.


C. Finance Major Field Coursework Requirements

The Ph.D. students in Finance must understand and demonstrate competency the material in the following courses:

  • Seminar: Asset Pricing Theory (Business Finance 8210)
  • Seminar: Empirical Asset Pricing (Business Finance 8220)
  • Seminar: Corporate Finance Theory (Business Finance 8230)
  • Seminar: Empirical Corporate Finance (Business Finance 8240)
  • Seminar: Advanced Asset Pricing (Business Finance 8250)
  • Seminar: Advanced Corporate Finance (Business Finance 8260)
  • Seminar: Research in Finance (Business Finance 8280)
  • Seminar: Finance Research Topics (Business Finance 8290)


D. Research Tool Requirements

The minimum required courses in research tools for the PhD students in finance are:

  • Econometrics I (Economics 8731)


E. Electives

Students must take two semester-equivalent electives chosen from:

  • Applied Stochastic Processes (Statistics 6540)
  • Advanced Quant Methods 1 (AEDECON) 7110
  • Advanced Quant Methods 2 (AEDECON) 7120
  • Survey of Statistical Methods in Economics (Economics 6701)
  • Macroeconomic Theory IA (Economics 8721)

  • Macroeconomics Theory IB (Economics 8722)

  • Macroeconomics Theory IIA (Economics 8723)

  • Macroeconomics Theory IIB (Economics 8724)

  • Econometrics II (Economics 8732)
  • Econometrics III (Economics 8733)
  • Advanced Economics I (Economics 8830)
  • Micro Econometrics (Economics 8833)
  • Advanced Time Series Econometrics (Economics 8834)
  • Applied Regression Analysis (Statistics 6545)
  • Statistical Analysis of Time Series (Statistics 6550)
  • Theory of Probability (Statistics 7201)
  • Multivariate Analysis (Statistics 7560)
  • Advanced Statistical Theory I (Statistics 7301)
  • Advanced Statistics Theory II (Statistics 7302)
  • Bayesian Analysis and Decision Theory (Statistics 7303)
  • Bayesian Analysis (BUSML 7244)
  • Doctorial Seminar in Accounting & MIS (ACCTMIS 8780)
  • Doctorial Seminar in Managerial Accounting (ACCTMIS 8383)
  • Doctorial Seminar in Accounting Topics (ACCTMIS 8890)


F. Second Field Requirement

Each student in the Ph.D. Program in the Business Administration should choose a second field based on specific interests and the requirements set by various departments. Second field requirements include a minimum of six (6) hours of graduate course work including at least one 8000 level (or equivalent doctoral level) course. Microeconomics is strongly recommended as the second field for Ph.D. students in finance. Ph.D. students in finance meet the requirements for a Microeconomics second field by taking Economics 8711, 8712, 8713, 8714 and passing the Microeconomic Theory Qualifying examination with an M.A. pass. Second fields in other disciplines may be chosen with the written approval of the major advisor and the Coordinator of the Ph.D. program in Finance. A suggested schedule of courses for the finance doctoral students with a second field in Microeconomics is listed in the Handbook.