Finance Concentration Courses
Inculcating Financial Comprehension
Doctoral candidates who concentrate in finance complete the two doctoral concentration seminars in finance and three advanced electives in finance.
Doctoral Concentration Seminar in Corporate Finance (FIN 821)
Explores a wide range of topics in theoretical and empirical corporate finance, like agency problems, capital structure and dividend policy, security design, optimal financial contracting, firm valuation, corporate governance, and risk management. Analyzes how corporate financial decision-making is affected by agency conflicts, information asymmetry, and incomplete contracting. Examines influential papers and current research. Enables students to develop new research ideas in the area. Provides partial preparation for doctoral comprehensive examination in finance.
Doctoral Concentration Seminar in Capital Markets (FIN 822)
Develops a comprehensive and sophisticated perspective of capital markets. Critically reviews the conceptual foundation and theoretical development of capital markets. Explores the major contemporary debates and problems of capital markets. Evaluates the research methodologies and findings that support various theories and viewpoints of capital markets. Identifies topics that require future research in capital markets. Provides partial preparation for doctoral comprehensive examination in finance.
In addition to the doctoral concentration seminar in finance, each candidate concentrating in finance completes three advanced graduate courses, selected in consultation with a faculty advisor. Most doctoral candidates select three of the courses in the following list because they emphasize theoretical structures and issues.