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Doctorate in Business Administration option in Finance

A Ph.D. in business administration with a concentration in finance prepares students for careers in academia, business or government. A successful student will demonstrate research competency and develop teaching skills. The small class size allows for extensive personal interaction with faculty as well as maintaining the quality of the program. Our graduates have benefited from this approach with an assortment of attractive employment opportunities.


  • The 60 credit hour program is for candidates who have completed a master’s degree prior to beginning the doctoral program.

Research and Faculty

The OSU finance faculty represents a well-balanced portfolio of academic scholars. The faculty is active with research and publication, dedicated to the students' learning experience and successful career development, committed to maintaining a collegial work environment and supportive of professional development.


Major research areas

  • Asset pricing
  • Risk management and risk taking
  • Corporate governance
  • Institutional investors
  • Market microstructure
  • Stock and bond returns
  • Capital structure and leverage
  • Corporate debt
  • Financial institutions
  • Retail investors

Major Publication Outlets

  • Journal of Corporate Finance
  • Review of Financial Studies
  • Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis
  • Journal of Futures Markets
  • Journal of Finance
  • Journal of Financial Economics
  • Journal of Banking and Finance
  • Financial Management

Meet our Departmental Faculty



The Finance Department has its own set of requirements for admittance, along with requirements for the OSU Graduate College. The Ph.D. program places primary attention on competency rather than formal credit hours. Please see department based requirements below:

  • The application deadline is Feb. 1.
  • GMAT or GRE test scores.
  • Sample of writing skills such as a term paper.
  • Statement of career goals in a a maximum of three pages.

Cost & Assistance

OSU is a Research-Extensive University, and graduate students play a vital role in its teaching, research and outreach missions. Doctoral students help finance their graduate education at OSU through employment as Graduate Research Assistants/Associates (GRA).




Assistantships & Funding Opportunities

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