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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Since 2001, Tippie finance PhDs have accepted tenure-track faculty positions at an impressive list of universities as their initial placements:

  • Bilkent University, Turkey (2)
  • California State University-Fullerton (2)
  • City University of Hong Kong
  • Drexel University
  • Fordham University
  • Higher School of Economics, Russia
  • Iowa State University (2)
  • Kansas State University
  • Lehigh University (2)
  • Louisiana State University
  • Michigan State University
  • Singapore Management University
  • St. Louis University
  • Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea
  • University of Alabama-Huntsville
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Binghamton
  • University of Buffalo (2)
  • University of Missouri (2)
  • University of New Hampshire (2)
  • University of Richmond
  • University of Saskatchewan, Canada
  • University of Texas-El Paso
  • University of Toledo
  • Washington State University
  • West Texas A&M 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. Since 2001, our finance PhD have joined non-academic institutions such as:

  • Brattle Group
  • Ibbotson Associates
  • Jacob Levy Asset Management
  • Promontory Financial Group
  • Securities and Exchange Commission
  • State Street Global Advisors

Finally, our finance PhD program has a very long history – it goes back to the 1980s. Before the recent two decades, the initial placements of our finance PhDs already included a very impressive list of universities, such as:

  • Case Western University
  • Iowa State University
  • National Taiwan University
  • Tulane University
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Texas-San Antonio
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Yuan Ze University

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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Faculty Story
Richard Peter

"What brought me here is opportunity—it’s a great environment."