Overview

Finance is currently not accepting applications.

Finance is an applied branch of economics that deals with how individuals and organizations allocate financial resources overtime. Reflecting the expertise and interests of the current faculty, the PhD program in Finance at the Ivey School of Business is particularly focused on research topics in corporate finance, investments and behavioural finance. Our goal is to train excellent scholars that can distinguish themselves as productive researchers and effective teachers

The study of corporate finance emphasizes the monetary decisions of business entities and the decision-making process of their managers. The Ivey finance faculty is actively conducting research in many corporate finance topics including, but not limited to: initial public offerings (IPOs); capital structure; corporate governance; executive compensation; international finance and cross-listings

The study of investments is centred on financial decisions of households and professional investors and how they impact prices in financial markets. Behavioural finance incorporates insights from individual and social psychology in modern financial theory to deepen our understanding of financial decision-making. Faculty at Ivey is currently involved in several research projects in the area of investment and behavioural finance including, among the others: household investment and saving decisions; strategies of successful value investors; the value of financial advice; market microstructure; pre and post retirement financial decisions.

The finance curriculum reflects the deep interconnections between finance and economics. In the first year, students are required to complete courses in the UWO Department of Economics (e.g., microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics). In the second year, students will integrate advanced courses from the Department of Economics with specific finance courses offered at Ivey such as corporate finance, investments and empirical research in finance. 

The PhD in finance has a strong focus in quantitative research. As a result, a strong background in statistics and econometrics can help students to successfully complete the required coursework. If you are considering applying to our PhD in Finance and you have questions regarding the program, please feel free to contact the PhD Finance Coordinator or any finance faculty member doing research in your specific area of interest.

Areas of Research Focus

  • Corporate finance
  • Investments
  • Behavioural finance

Post-graduate Opportunities

The doctoral program in Finance is designed for those interested in pursuing academic careers in finance at top business schools. Typical courses in the first two years are listed below.

Program Requirements

Please note that Finance is currently not accepting applications.

Each area group has a coordinator who has multiple roles: provide mentorship and guidance to students, liaise with PhD office, carry out students’ annual review, administer comprehensive exams, and to provide other assistance the student might require (e.g. CV-polishing, recommending coursework, mock interviews etc.).

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