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Basic Degree Information/Description
The College of Business offers opportunities for advanced study and research leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Finance. The Ph.D. program in Finance provides a comprehensive study in the areas of corporate finance, investments and asset pricing and financial econometrics. Graduates will be prepared for careers as university professors focused on research and teaching, as well as careers as government researchers and industry experts.
Why a Finance Ph.D.?
- The college's doctoral classes are diverse in terms of professional experience, academic experience, cultural influences and international experiences.
- Commitment to research and a passion for teaching are two of the qualities that distinguish both our doctoral faculty and our graduates.
- Students work closely with faculty members in small classes, seminars, research projects and other assignments, aimed toward developing the analytical skills competencies to conduct independent quality research.
Admission Requirements and Prerequisites
Admission to the program is limited and competitive. Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Competitive applicants often exceed minimum requirements.
For more specific requirements, please visit the Online Graduate Catalog.
- Required Degree: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.
- Other Degree Requirements: Candidates who do not possess a master’s degree in a business or business-related discipline with sufficient quantitative rigor are required to complete a program consisting of a minimum of 84 semester credit hours. Candidates whose backgrounds are determined to be insufficient may be directed to take additional background or leveling courses before proceeding to the program’s required courses.
- General University Requirements: A degree seeking applicant must meet university wide requirements.
- Application: A complete Graduate School application.
- Transcripts: Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae: A resume or curriculum vita.
- Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation from academic or professional sources familiar with the applicant’s background.
- Statement of Purpose: A statement of academic interests and goals for pursuing a Ph.D. in Finance.
- Test Scores: General GMAT or GRE, not older than five years.
- Other: Applicants may be asked to appear before the admissions committee for a personal interview.
- Evaluation of Foreign Credentials: All applicants including non-U.S. citizens (International), U.S. citizens (Domestic), or permanent residents who have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions are required to submit an evaluation from an approved Foreign Credential Agency of transcripts from all foreign institutions attended. If official transcripts are used in the foreign credential evaluation, the official transcript requirement will be considered met. However, if unofficial documents are used in the foreign credential evaluation, final official transcripts must be sent to UTSA.
- An approved evaluation requires a detailed course-by-course evaluation. Summaries will not be accepted.
- The Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA) is a private corporation that provides evaluations of foreign school credentials. The application is available at: Application for Credentials Evaluation.
- IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5.
- TOEFL: Minimum scores of 79 or 60 for Internet or paper versions, respectively.
Career Options Available for a Ph.D. in Finance
- Private industry
Research Opportunities Available in UTSA College of Business Doctoral programs
Our professors do research in their fields which keep them current. In turn, this also helps students keep current and aware of trends/changes in the fields of Accounting, Finance, Information Systems & Cyber Security (IT), Marketing, Management and Organization Studies (Management) and Management Science and Statistics.