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Sample Schedules: Finance Specialization

Each student is required to complete 60 credits of Graduate work. For students with a Masters degree transfer credits can be provided. For students who do not have a Masters degree and are unable to obtain transfer credits, selected MBA classes can be taken to earn an en-route MBA.

The Ph.D. coordinator works with doctoral students to tailor the academic program to suit their research interests and educational backgrounds. A typical student would follow the timeline and take most of the courses listed below.

The electives could be courses from various fields of economics, specialized econometrics and statistics courses, courses in real analysis and stochastic processes, accounting courses.

Year One
Fall Semester
ECO 82000
Econometric Theory
ECON 70100 Microeconomic Theory I
ECON 82100 Econometrics I
ECON 83000 Financial Markets/Instruments
Spring Semester
ECON 70200 Microeconomic Theory II
ECON 82200 Econometrics II
FIN 77000 Internat Fin Mrkts/Institutns
FIN 81100 Corporate Finance Theory
Summer Semester
Begin Research Paper

Year Two
Fall Semester
FIN 81000 Corporate Finance Theory
FIN 89000 Options Markets
Spring Semester
ECON 82300 Applied Microeconometrics
FIN 83200 Sem Cap Mrkts/Portfolio Theory
FIN 85700 Sem in Financial Institutions
Summer Semester
Comprehensive Examination

Year Three
Fall Semester


Spring Semester

Year Four
Fall Semester
Dissertation proposal
Spring Semester

Year Five
Fall Semester
Job Market
Spring Semester
Dissertation Defense


The Examinations: In the accountancy, finance, information systems, and marketing specializations, the first examination consists of a position paper. In management the Second Examination comes first.

First Examination: The First Examination must be taken before the completion of 45 credits.  The examination consists of (1) a research paper or a written examination and (2) an oral examination conducted by three members of the faculty.

Second Examination: The Second Examination, conducted in the student's area of specialization, is in two parts: (1) a written examination or a research paper and (2) an oral examination, conducted by three faculty members from the student's area of specialization.  The choice of research paper versus written examination varies by specialization.  In specializations where the First Examination is a research paper, the Second Examination is a written examination.  In both cases, the student has two opportunities to pass the second examination.

Dissertation Proposal: Students must make public presentations of their proposals. All members of the student's dissertation committee must be present at this public presentation and must sign a form to that effect. Generally, the area coordinator schedules the proposal presentation at the advisor's request and invites all students and faculty in the department. In order to facilitate attendance by students and faculty, the public proposal presentation cannot be scheduled during the summer months.

Dissertation Defense: The student should notify the doctoral program office four weeks prior to the dissertation defense so that the office can, in turn, notify the Graduate Center.  As of 2001, all dissertation defenses are to be open to the public.  However, they may be scheduled during the summer.  The defense can have one of four possible outcomes: pass, fail, major revisions, or minor revisions.  The entire committee must review and sign off on major revisions whereas the advisor alone reviews minor revisions.  (Above information is adopted from Faculty Handbook).

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