Welcome to the Smith Finance PhD program!

Our PhD program aims to produce scholars who contribute to the discovery and dissemination of knowledge in finance. Our goal is to develop students who can develop into independent thinkers and advance knowledge at the frontiers of finance. We offer students several resources. None is more important than the ongoing research interactions with faculty who are engaged in research and all of whom are committed to a successful PhD program.

This is a wonderful time to be a Smith finance PhD student. We have more than doubled in faculty size. We have benefited from a $12.3 million infusion into the Smith School PhD program and our students have been placed in tenure track positions at schools such as Georgetown, Indiana, Minnesota, and UCLA. The resources available to students include:

  • Faculty: 20+ faculty with interests in both theory and empirical work in all areas of finance, including asset pricing, corporate finance, intermediation, derivatives, mathematical finance, corporate governance, microstructure, and so on.
  • Other complementary fields: strength in supporting areas such as economics, computation, mathematics, and statistics.
  • Data: we provide an extensive set of research-quality databases and a financial market laboratory with state-of-art research capabilities.

We welcome you to explore these pages and consider becoming part of our program.