Have you ever thought about getting a Ph.D.? A doctoral degree qualifies you to pursue an academic career as a researcher and educator. An academic career provides not only tremendous intellectual freedom, but makes it possible to work with bright people throughout your life. You really can make a difference through the scholarly research you create, and the lives you shape through your teaching. The life style is great, and the pay is good! Frequently, finance Ph.D. graduates’ starting salary range from $140K to $180K, depending on placement, which is largely determined by performance in the doctoral program. Moreover, the job market for Finance PhDs has been strong, and in recent years more positions have been available than candidates pursuing jobs. Thus, it is not surprising that the position of a university professor is frequently ranked as one of the most desirable jobs in the world.
Why in Finance? A PhD in Finance provides students with a solid foundation in the theoretical and empirical tools of modern finance, drawing heavily on the discipline of economics. Students build on this foundation and apply these tools to study frontier issues in asset pricing, corporate finance, financial institutions, international finance, and behavioral finance. We develop the cutting edge ideas that mutual fund managers, investment bankers, and CEOs use to make their firms more productive.
Why at Georgia Tech? GT’s Ph.D. program is strongly research oriented, and emphasizes the early involvement of our students in research projects with world-wide leading faculty. The finance group has a proven track record of teaching students the skills necessary to conduct original research. Our Ph.D. students have gone on to publish a number of papers in leading finance journals. The Ph.D. program will also help you sharpen your instruction skills as you teach during the final years of the program.
Given the small size of the program, the tutorial-mentor model is the primary educational approach employed. Thus, doctoral students experience significant attention and support by a diverse set of world-class faculty.
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Here is what some current and former PhD students have to say about Georgia Tech's Ph.D. program in Finance:
"I really enjoyed the learning environment that the finance faculty had provided. The first and second year papers were very effective in motivating me to think and work on research projects leading to my dissertation during early years of my study."
"Getting a PhD in finance at Georgia Tech was one of the best decisions I have made in my life. I love my career as a professor. The research and teaching are both challenging and rewarding. The faculty at Tech were excellent mentors and the program truly prepared me for a successful academic career."
"I owe much of my academic success to the Georgia Tech PhD program. The training I received there has laid a good foundation for me to become a top-level researcher."
"What I have learned from Georgia Tech Finance Program is how to do research. Faculty are very
approachable and are willing to share their knowledge and experience with Ph.D. students. I had a great opportunity to work with them and got two papers published before graduation! I strongly believe that my experiences at Georgia Tech will surely help me to be a successful research in the future."
Along with the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER), the finance group hosted annually for eleven years the leading international finance conference in the world. Keynote speakers have included a number of Nobel laureates.
How do I finance the program, and how do I apply? If admitted to the program, we’ll pay you to go to school to get your degree! Your tuition will be waived and you will receive a monthly stipend. The application deadline is December 6th for admission the following fall semester (starting mid-August). All relevant financial information, including the application package is online at http://mgt.gatech.edu/programs/phd.html?link=left_info_for. Contact the Finance PhD coordinator, Professor Cheol Eun at
for any remaining questions.
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