Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Financial Economics




Courses Overview

What will I learn?
The Department of Economics and Finance at the University of New Orleans offers a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Financial Economics. The innovative curriculum incorporates both contemporary economic and financial analysis into a program that reflects the growing integration of these two disciplines. It is one of the first programs to formally respond to the substantial demand for financial economists in research and policy making positions in universities, business and government.
Program Specializations & Tracks
A student is required to complete 5 advanced specialized courses the department offers the following courses in the following fields:
International Financial Economics
Financial Institutions
Corporate Finance
The doctoral program in Financial Economics is divided into three stages: core preparation, advanced specialization, and dissertation. All graduate students must have the approval of the Graduate Coordinator for the courses that they take. The current UNO catalog may be downloaded on the Registrar's website.
Principles of Financial Management (FIN 3300), Calculus and Statistics are prerequisites to all graduate courses in the program. Prospective candidates for the Ph.D. degree in Financial Economics should be advised that mathematical modeling is used heavily in the field. Indeed, it is virtually impossible to read any current major journal (much less contribute one is own research to them) without considerable training in modeling methods. Those entering doctoral study without command of calculus will be judged deficient. More than one semester in calculus is recommended.
The successful completion of the Ph.D. program is carried out in three stages:
Core courses that culminate in a Qualifying Exam
Five field courses with a corresponding General Exam
A dissertation and its Oral Defense.
The Graduate Coordinator, in cooperation with members of the Departmental Graduate Studies Committee, will advise students through the course requirements of the curriculum. Entering students will be required to complete a common body of knowledge of core courses.


Which department am I in? College of Business Administration

Entry Requirement From Vietnam

Applicants must score a minimum Grade Point Average of 2.5 and Math score of 460 or ACT score of 19. Other English language requirements : TOEFL with a paper-based score of 550 and Computer-Based score of 213.

Entry Requirement For International Student

All students enrolling in the doctoral program must have a bachelor is degree from an accredited college or university. At a minimum, their undergraduate training must include principles of economics, money and banking, intermediate microeconomic and macroeconomic theory, financial management, one year of statistics, and one semester of calculus. (See foundation courses listed below). Admission decisions will be based primarily on the applicant is undergraduate grade point average (GPA), Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), and letters of recommendation. Preferred levels of performance will be a 3.0 GPA, 1100 (combined raw scores for verbal and quantitative) on the GRE, or 550 on the GMAT. These levels will be viewed as general guidelines since particular strength in one set of credentials may be viewed as sufficient to offset a modest deficiency elsewhere. Additionally, international students must score a minimum of 600 on the TOEFL Exam.
Other English language requirements:
TOEFL Computer-based test score of 550; PTE (Pearson Tests of English) Academic score of 58; IELP Intensive English Language Program at UNO; Satisfactory completion of the Intensive English Language Program at UNO. Minimum Scores on IELP Test: Listening Comprehension: 70; Grammar/Reading/Vocabulary: 63; Writing/Composition: 75.

Path Way Options by Other Partners

Pathways options
Offered by other partners
This university accepts pathways courses from Trinity College - The University of Melbourne
UNSW Foundation Studies

Full Time (4 years)

US$13,462.00 per year

Expected August 2018

College of Business Administration Kirschman Hall, University of New Orleans, 2000 Lakeshore Drive, NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana, 70148, United States