The Finance Doctoral Program trains students to be future faculty members at leading research universities. The program provides students with a rigorous background in finance, both theoretical and empirical, economics, mathematics and statistics. These tools, plus opportunities for supervised independent research, enable students to make their own contributions to the understanding of financial markets and institutions.
Current theoretical and empirical research in the Department of Finance broadly spans the areas of asset pricing and corporate finance. Active current research topics include macro-finance, financial crises, international finance, market microstructure, regulation, and financial econometrics. Moreover, PhD candidates have the opportunity to interact with the broader research community at the Kellogg School and the adjacent Economics Department of Northwestern University.