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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 empirical corporate finance, and investments. 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: choice of debt financing, initial public offerings (IPOs); capital structure; the role of credit ratings in financing decisions, corporate governance; executive compensation; international finance and cross-listings.

The study of investments and asset pricing is centred on how the individual and coordinated impact of financial decisions made by households and professional investors impact financial markets. Faculty at Ivey is currently involved in several research projects in the areas of investments and asset pricing including, among others: household investment and saving decisions; the structure and practices of managers in the mutual fund industry; strategies of successful value investors; the value of financial advice; market microstructure; and 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
  • Corporate Governance
  • Capital Raising
  • Investments
  • Mutual Funds

Post-graduate Opportunities

The doctoral program in Finance is designed for those interested in pursuing academic careers in finance at top business schools.

Please note that Finance is currently not accepting applications.