In business, the big questions are usually finance questions.

Prompted by the Great Recession, and the government’s response to it, some of the greatest questions facing businesses and policymakers today are questions of finance.

Can asset bubbles be predicted and avoided? How do markets respond to political policies? More sophisticated financial modeling than ever before is opening up new avenues of study, thanks to huge volumes of data and technology-driven mathematical tools.

With your PhD in finance, you’ll work shoulder-to-shoulder with our world-renowned faculty, perfecting your research, writing, and teaching skills. By the time you hold that PhD in your hand, you’ll have everything you need to explore answers to the big finance questions—and many more of your own.

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Tippie finance PhDs have accepted faculty positions at impressive institutions over the past few years, including:

  • California State University
  • City University of Hong Kong
  • Drexel University
  • Fordham University
  • Lehigh University
  • Louisiana State University
  • Michigan State University
  • Singapore Management University
  • Tulane University
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Buffalo
  • University of Missouri
  • University of New Hampshire
  • University of Richmond
  • University of Texas
  • University of Toledo
  • Washington State University

But it’s not just academia clamoring for finance PhDs. Financial service industries and financial market regulators are leaning on finance PhDs to steer their strategy. Recent Tippie PhDs have joined companies and government agencies such as State Street Global Advisors, Promontory Financial Group, and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Respected and renowned

Our faculty are among the best in the world in researching and teaching. Our dream team is composed of faculty like Erik Lie, one of the world’s most influential thinkers on managerial compensation, and Professor David Bates, a renowned researcher on the stochastic process of stock returns and option pricing. The finance faculty members are actively doing research on a diverse set of topics, including corporate finance, asset pricing and investment management, risk management and insurance, and real estate.

You’ll work closely with these and many more finance faculty, and among them you’ll find mentors and dedicated scholars alike.

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Student Story
Finance PhD Candidate Ke Shen reflects on his experience earning a PhD in Finance at Tippie College of Business

"When you say you’re getting your PhD at Iowa, schools are immediately interested."