Finance

In this specialization, you can develop and use financial models and theoretical tools to help gain an understanding of some of the most challenging national and international financial problems. You can pursue original research and advanced knowledge in areas such as corporate finance and financial management. You will also have an opportunity to analyze case studies, incorporate principles of social and behavioral research, and expand your expertise in financial theories, systems, and practices. This specialization can help prepare you for a career in private industry, international agencies, consulting, or collegiate teaching.

Completion Requirements

  • 86 total quarter credits 
    • Core courses (20 cr.)
    • Foundation research course sequence (15 cr.)
    • Advanced research course sequence (5 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (20 cr.)
    • Proposal, dissertation, and oral presentation (26 cr.) 
  • 4 PhD residencies to equal a minimum of 16 days

The majority of our students take over 2 years to complete their doctoral study or dissertation.

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Recommended Course Sequence

Year Course Code Course Credits
Year Year 1: Qtr. 1 Course Code MGMT 8015M Course Gateway to Doctoral Studies Credits 5
Year Year 1: Qtr. 2 Course Code MGMT 8025M Course Perspectives on Organizations and Their Implications for Leaders Credits 5
Year Year 1: Qtr. 2 Course Code MGMT 8035M Course Complexity and Applied Systems Thinking Credits 5
Year Year 1: Qtr. 3 Course Code MGMT 8045 Course Mechanics of Individual and Group Decision Making Credits 5
Year Year 1: Qtr. 3 Course Code RSCH 8110M Course Research Theory, Design, and Methods Credits 5
Year Year 1: Qtr. 4 Course Code MGMT 8610M Course Financial Decision Making for Individuals and Firms Credits 4
Year Year 1: Qtr. 4 Course Code MGMT 8620 Course Financial Markets: Risk and Return, Capital Structure, and International Dimensions of Finance Credits 4
Year Year 2: Qtr. 1 Course Code MGMT 8630M Course Corporate Financial Management Credits 4
Year Year 2: Qtr. 1 Course Code RSCH 8310M
or
RSCH 8210M
Course Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis

Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis
Credits 5

5
Year Year 2: Qtr. 2 First Half Course Code MGMT 8640 Course Valuation of Assets, Entities, and Opportunities Credits 4
Year Year 2: Qtr. 2 First Half Course Code MGMT 8990 Course Developing a Prospectus Credits 2
Year Year 2: Qtr. 2 2nd Half Course Code MGMT 8650M Course Financial Analysis, Planning, and Forecasting Credits 4
Year Year 2: Qtr. 3 Course Code MGMT 8100 Course Dissertation Mentoring Credits 0
Year Year 2: Qtr. 3 Course Code RSCH 8310M
or
RSCH 8210M
Course Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis

Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis
Credits 5

5
Year Year 2: Qtr. 4 Course Code MGMT 8100 Course Dissertation Mentoring Credits 0
Year Year 2: Qtr. 4 Course Code RSCH 8260M
or
RSCH 8360M
or
RSCH 8460M
Course Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis

Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis

Advanced Mixed-Methods Reasoning and Analysis
Credits 5

5

5
Year Year 3: Qtr. 1 Course Code MGMT 8991M Course Writing a Proposal Credits 4
Year Year 3: Qtr. 1 Course Code MGMT 9000M Course Doctoral Dissertation Credits 5
Year Year 3: Qtr. 2 Course Code MGMT 9000 Course Doctoral Dissertation Credits 5
Year Year 3: Qtr. 3 Course Code MGMT 9000M Course Doctoral Dissertation Credits 5
Year Year 3: Qtr. 4 Course Code MGMT 9000M Course Doctoral Dissertation Credits 5

Doctoral Writing Assessment

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code DRWA 8000G Course Doctoral Writing Assessment Credits 0
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