University General Course Catalog 2022-2023 
    Sep 28, 2022  
University General Course Catalog 2022-2023

Business Administration (Finance Specialization), Ph.D.,

The Ph.D. in Business Administration is the umbrella degree within the College of Business that will allow for the nurturing and training of the next generation of social scientists in the fields of Management, Marketing, Finance, Information Systems and Accounting. The fundamental core of this Ph.D. program is the development of experts who create and test theories that expand the knowledge base and can be translated into practical solutions for society.

The Ph.D. in Business with a concentration in Finance prepares the next generation of financial economists with foundational knowledge and skills in the areas of asset pricing, corporate finance, insurance, and real estate. Training in research methods and statistics prepares students to create and test finance theory. The curriculum is focused on training the next generation of finance academics. However, the training is also valuable to those wishing to pursue a career in industry.

Contact Information

Joseph Halford, Ph.D. 
Graduate Program Director
(775) 682-9174

Program Objectives/Student Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • demonstrate the theoretical, empirical and quantitative skills necessary to identify and explore important finance problems;
  • be able to critically evaluate and determine the validity of both academic, industry, and popular research done by others;
  • demonstrate the oral and written communication skills necessary to both produce and creatively communicate research findings to both academic and lay audiences;
  • demonstrate the knowledge and skills to be an outstanding teacher in a higher education environment;
  • demonstrate the social, collaborative, and team work skills necessary to conduct multi- party inter-disciplinary research;
  • demonstrate the ability to develop research relevant questions and write grants to successfully compete for extramural funding;
  • demonstrate training in the professional culture and norms expected of Ph.D. professionals including appropriate ethical standards.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the University and the Graduate School. All applicants must submit Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores and must arrange for three letters of recommendation from people familiar with the applicant’s academic record and potential for doctoral work in management. The GRE/GMAT may be waived from an applicant who has already earned a Ph.D. from a regionally accredited or similar university. 

Foreign students are required to submit TOEFL scores: minimum score of 550 (paper), or 79 (Internet-based version), or 6.5 on the IELTS (must be academic version) test.

I. Program Requirements (72 units)

II. Total Units (72 units)

III. Recommended Schedule

A. First Year

Fall Semester (12 units)

Spring Semester (12 units)

B. Second Year

Fall Semester (12 units)

Spring Semester (12 units)

C. Third Year

Fall Semester (6 units)

Spring Semester (6 units)

D. Fourth Year

Fall Semester (6 units)

Spring Semester (6 units)