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Oklahoma State University
watson graduate school of management

Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University

Finance, PhD in BADM

A Ph.D. in Business Administration with a concentration in finance prepares the student for careers in academia, business, or government. The successful student will demonstrate a depth and breadth of understanding of all the major areas of finance, will demonstrate research competency, and will develop teaching skills. Small class size provides a supportive environment conducive to the exchange of ideas and the development of new insights by both faculty and students.

The Ph.D. program in Finance at OSU limits enrollment to 5-10 students at any given time. The small class size allows for extensive personal interaction with faculty as well as maintaining the quality of the program. Our graduates have benefited from this approach with an assortment of attractive employment opportunities.

Students with a wide variety of backgrounds are accepted into the program. Possession of a master’s degree or of a business degree is not required; however, each candidate is expected to have basic competence in the areas of business administration and quantitative methods. Students take extensive coursework in finance so as to gain an in-depth understanding of the theory and practice of finance. Support work is required in the areas of economics and quantitative methods. The student’s committee works closely with the student throughout the process of selecting the appropriate coursework.

Comprehensive examinations in the areas of investments, corporate finance, and financial markets are required of all doctoral candidates. The last portion of the program is dedicated to developing and completing a dissertation; this portion should take approximately one to two years.