PhD in Finance

PhD in Finance

Academic leadership. Deep collaboration. True excellence.


Chart your course to a career as a professor of finance under the guidance and instruction of our incredible faculty.

We’re known for forming close working relationships with our doctoral students and offer excellent research experience through joint projects.


The Program

Program Essentials

Just a few select individuals are admitted as Finance PhD students each year, which means our faculty can work closely with each student and collaborate on joint projects. Throughout your program, you’ll prepare for an exciting career in scholarly research and teaching.

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During the first two years of our program, you’ll devote yourself first to coursework and the beginnings of your own research projects, then your first research proposal presentation. During your remaining years, you’ll conduct research, write a dissertation and focus coursework more narrowly.

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The best part of the Finance doctoral program at the University of Arizona is the people. There is no way I would have obtained a tenure-track position at Emory University as an Assistant Professor of Finance without all the support I received from the faculty, staff, and fellow doctoral students.

Aizhan Anarkulova '23 PhD (Finance)

Alice Bonaime

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Associate Professor of Finance

The Eller Experience means being part of a community that supports each other in our common goal of producing top-notch research and a high-quality educational experience for our students.

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Doctoral Admissions Process

You’ll need to meet the minimum entrance requirements to apply (including a GMAT score of 650+ and GPA of 3.5+), and then apply online, plus have transcripts sent directly to the Department of Finance.

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Finance PhD students receive full funding and have tuition waived and a living stipend of approximately $29,400 for serving as a graduate teaching assistant. Students are responsible for miscellaneous university fees of about $650 per semester.

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Application Deadline

January 15, 2024: Next Application Deadline for Fall 2024 Admission (Domestic and International)

Doctoral students are admitted only in the fall semester, and all application materials must be submitted online.

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PhD Minor in Finance

Students from other University of Arizona doctoral programs can earn a PhD minor in finance by selecting one of two tracks and completing four graduate-level finance courses. There are two required prerequisites as well, both being offered in the summer prior to starting the program.

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Thanks to in-depth preparation and an entire team of faculty supporting students’ placement efforts, our newly-minted finance PhDs fare well, finding excellent positions in Tier-1 educational institutions such as the Emory University, the University of Oklahoma, and the University of Tennessee.

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Finance Faculty

With degrees from internationally recognized universities and a dedication to consistent publication in top finance journals, our faculty fuel a department-wide standard of excellence. They enjoy developing close research mentorships with our doctoral students and undertaking cutting-edge projects together.

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Start Your Journey to the Top of Your Field

Small class sizes. A great faculty-to-doctoral-student ratio. Incredible research resources. A stellar track record. And you.

Contact us with any questions, or if you're ready to apply to the Eller Doctoral Program in Finance, just click below. We look forward to making breakthroughs together.

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