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Carroll School of Management Graduate Programs

Academic Program

 

Doctoral students in finance at Boston College complete a program of study that leads to competency in three areas: quantitative methods, economics, and finance. The program begins with course work in quantitative methods, economics, and finance. In the third year, students complete a major research project designed to develop their ability to do original research. Through hands-on experience as teaching assistants, students gain important pedagogical experience. Finally, each student completes a doctoral dissertation that contributes substantial, original work to the field of finance.

 

COURSEWORK

PhD candidates in finance must complete three doctoral courses in quantitative methods, two in economics, four in finance, one in accounting and four MBA-level courses. These requirements are typically satisfied by taking 14 courses in the first three years of the program. In some cases, coursework completed prior to entering the program may be substituted for required courses; however, each student must complete a minimum of 12 courses while in the program.

COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION

Satisfactory performance on a comprehensive examination marks the transition from coursework to full-time thesis research, typically no more than three months after the completion of the first year of studies. Students are expected to demonstrate substantial knowledge of the literature and theory of finance and economics, and competence in quantitative methods.

RESEARCH

Doctoral students are expected to engage early in research; by the end of the third year, students submit an independent research paper. The culmination of the program is the doctoral dissertation, a substantial, significant, and original contribution to the field that is prepared under the guidance of a thesis committee of three or more faculty members. When the research is complete, students present a thesis-defense seminar that is open to the Boston College community.

RESEARCH AND TEACHING ASSISTANT REQUIREMENT

Doctoral students at the Carroll School are expected to serve as research or teaching assistants throughout their studies. Typically, a student works as a research assistant for 16 hours a week during the first two years of the program, then acts as a research assistant in the third and following years. In exchange, the Carroll School provides financial support for doctoral students in the form of a stipend and tuition remission.

 

 YEAR 1 - FALL
 Microeconomic Theory I
 Investments
 Statistics
 YEAR 1 - SPRING
 Microeconomic Theory II
 Econometrics
 Corporate Finance Theory
 PhD Seminar in Corporate Finance Theory
 PhD Seminar in Asset Pricing Theory
 Comprehensive Exam
 YEAR 2 - FALL
 PhD Seminar in Empirical Corporate Finance
 PhD Seminar in Empirical Asset Pricing
 Derivatives and Risk Management
 YEAR 2 - SPRING

 Management of Financial Institutions
 Applied Econometrics

 YEAR 3 - FALL

 Research Paper
 Research Paper Defense

 YEAR 3 - SPRING
 Dissertation Research
 YEAR 4 - FALL
 Dissertation Research
 YEAR 4 - SPRING

 Dissertation Research
 Dissertation Proposal Defense

 YEAR 5 - FALL
 Dissertation Research and Writing
 YEAR 5 - SPRING

 Dissertation Research and Writing
 Dissertation Defense