PhD Program in Finance 2016-17 Curriculum Outline The MIT Sloan Finance Group offers a doctoral program in Finance for students interested in research careers in academic finance. The requirements of the program may be loosely divided into five categories: the Finance Seminar, coursework, the general examination, the research paper, and the dissertation. Students are expected to attend the weekly Finance seminars throughout their time at Sloan. During the first two years, students are engaged primarily in coursework, taking both required and elective courses, and preparing for their general examination at the end of the second year. Students are required to complete a research paper by the end of December of their fifth semester at MIT, present it in front of the faculty committee, and receive a passing grade. After that, students are required to find a formal thesis advisor by the end of their sixth semester, and are expected to form their Thesis Committee by the end of their eighth semester. The Thesis Committee should consist of at least one tenured faculty from the MIT Sloan Finance Group. REQUIRED COURSESThe following set of required courses is designed to furnish each student with a sound and well-rounded understanding of the theoretical and empirical foundations of finance, as well as the tools necessary to make original contributions in each of these areas.