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:

  • Tulane University
  • Bilkent University in Turkey
  • Fordham University
  • Higher School of Economics in Russia
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Missouri
  • City University of Hong Kong
  • University of Saskatchewan
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Texas-El Paso

But it’s not just academia clamoring for finance PhDs. Industries like financial services are leaning on finance PhDs to steer their strategy. Recent Tippie PhDs have joined companies like State Street Advisors and Promontory Financial Group.

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. Thomas Berry-Stoelzle is an expert on insurance and risk management, often cited in research and media. And Yiming Qian has piled up awards for her research in corporate finance and governance.

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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Faculty Story
Amrita Nain

"I study mergers and acquisitions. I am curious about the impact on pricing that customers pay to buy products from companies who merge. I ask what’s fair and not fair to customers."

Publish and flourish

While you’re a PhD candidate at Tippie, you’ll complete a faculty-supervised research paper in both your second and third years, strengthening your resume and research chops—making you more competitive in the job search.

Our PhD candidates are often published in journals like PS: Political Science & Politics and the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization.