DBA in Finance

Preparatory Requirements

A strong background in the theory of finance, financial management, and intermediate-level microeconomics is required. More specifically, a candidate should have completed the following finance courses (or their equivalents):

  • FIN 501 Financial Management
  • FIN 601 Financial Policies

Degree Requirements

The doctoral degree requires a minimum of sixty-four semester credit hours (forty-four hours of courses, twenty hours of doctoral research) with a minimum grade point average of 3.0. Participation in DBA classes limited only to those students admitted to the DBA program, ensuring the highest caliber peer group in the classroom.

DBA Core Courses

  • Multivariate Statistical Methods
  • Applied Multivariate Statistical Analysis
  • Business Research: Analysis and Applications
  • Seminar on Business Teaching Methods

Finance Core Courses

  • FIN 801 Theory Seminar (3-0-3)
  • FIN 802 Seminar in Corporate Finance (3-0-3)
  • FIN 803 Seminar in Investment and Portfolio Models (3-0-3)
  • FIN 804 Seminar in Financial Institutions and Markets (3-0-3)
  • FIN 805 Seminar in International Financial Management (3-0-3)
  • FIN 806 Seminar in Real Estate (3-0-3)
  • FIN 807 App. Research Methods and Design in Finance (3-0-3)
  • FIN 891 Doctoral Research in Finance (variable credit)
  • FIN 895 Dissertation Research Seminar (3-0-3)
  • FIN 896 Current Problems in Finance (variable credit)
  • FIN 899 Dissertation (variable credit)

See the Graduate Catalog for details and course descriptions on the Doctoral program in Finance.

Admission Information

Every three years students are admitted to the program in a cohort group. You will complete the DBA program with the same group of students with whom you begin. This approach, with an emphasis on collaboration, sustains motivation through peer support throughout the program.

The next DBA cohort begins Fall 2017. The deadline to apply is February 17, 2017.
Applications will not be processed until Spring 2016.

For More Information

Contact the DBA program at or 216.687.4889 and ask for Jessica Spiker.