Finance is the study of markets for real and financial assets. The practical implications of modern financial theory are widely recognized and implemented by Wall Street and corporations. The PhD program provides students with an understanding of the theory on which the field is based and the tools they need to conduct theoretical and applied research.
Once required coursework in microeconomics and macroeconomics theory is completed, students are free to develop their programs of study and research with the guidance of faculty members. Often, faculty offer students an opportunity to participate in and expand on faculty research interests.