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Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration – Finance

Faculty working with Students: 11
Students: 10
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 100%
Priority deadline:
  • Fall January 10
Campus:
  • Pullman: Yes
Tests required:
  • 7.5 IELTS Minimum score
  • 90 MELAB Minimum score
  • 62 Pearson Minimum score
  • 580 TOEFL Minimum score
  • 92 TOEFLI Minimum score

Degree Description:

The doctorate in business administration with an emphasis in finance at Washington State University is designed to prepare graduates for careers in research and teaching. The primary goal of the finance doctoral program is to train academics for placements at AACSB-accredited universities throughout the United States and abroad.

The program encompasses a variety of formal and informal interactions and projects with faculty and others, as well as course work, comprehensive exams, teaching experience and dissertation research. It enables students to develop substantial competencies in the theory, practice, and research methodology essential to the advancement of finance knowledge, while accommodating individual backgrounds, experiences, and objectives.

Course work covers topics associated with the scholarly pursuit of finance as well as topics from supporting fields of inquiry such as economics, accounting, and psychology. Extensive coverage of research methods and statistics associated with finance research is a large component of the program. In addition to specific coursework, the finance doctoral program also provides an environment in which students can develop research competencies in close association with the finance faculty and other graduate students.

Admission Requirements:

A minimum admissions index score of 1250 is required to be considered for admission. The index is based on the formula GPA x 200 + GMAT (and a TOEFL of 580 for ESL students). There is not a minimum GMAT score requirement. However, successful candidates typically exceed 650.

 

We prefer the GMAT, but we do accept the GRE test as a substitute. In either case, the exam must have been taken within 5 years of the time of application to WSU. A GMAT conversion will be applied to the GRE score submitted by applicants who take the GRE in lieu of the GMAT. The Educational Testing Service (ETS) provides a conversion chart. The converted GRE score will then be applied to the Carson College of Business admissions index score in the same manner as a standard GMAT score.

GMAT score report code 09D-TL-81 Pearson Test of English score report code: 8Z2-GT-38 Desired pre-requisite courses: 3 semesters college level calculus, 1 semester mathematics for economists, 1 semester of linear algebra, 2 semesters of probability and statistics, 1 semester of intermediate microeconomics, 1 semester of intermediate corporate finance, 1 semester of investments, 1 semester of financial markets and institutions.

Student Learning Outcomes:

All graduates will be able to:

  1.  Develop a comprehensive knowledge of theory and methods used in their chosen field and related disciplines.
  2.  A College of Business PhD graduate who has comprehensive knowledge of the theory and methods will be able to:
    •  Demonstrate an understanding of the content in their chosen field and related disciplines.
    •  Demonstrate an understanding of research methods applicable to their chosen field and related disciplines
  3.  Execute quality research.
  4.  A College of Business PhD graduate who can execute quality research will be able to plan, organize, design, construct, and execute research to assess/test research questions and/or  hypotheses.
  5.  Effectively communicate research.
  6.  A College of Business PhD graduate who can effectively communicate will be able to write and present research.
  7.  Be effective teachers.
  8.  A College of Business PhD graduate who is an effective teacher will be able to deliver course content effectively.

Student Opportunities:

Conference funding is generally available for students presenting a paper if the budget allows for it. 

Career Opportunities:

  • University Professor
  • Industry Analyst

Career Placements:

  • West Virginia University
  • University of Toledo
  • Oregon State University
  • University of Wyoming
  • Gonzaga University
  • Central Michigan University

Faculty Members:

Ahn, Sung K., Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Multivariate Time Series Analysis, Multivariate Statistical Analysis, Econometrics, Business Forecasting, Applied Financial Econometrics

Baker, Timothy, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Fairhurst, Douglas, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Factors impacting managerial decision making related to corporate financing and real investment decisions.

Fotopoulos, Stergios, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Fotopoulos’s research interests have been in the theoretical and applied fields of stochastic processes, applied probability, stable processes, probability and statistics under dependence structures, and change-point analysis.

Liu, Sheen Xin, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

McNamara, Mike

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

McTier, Brian, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Munson, Chuck, PhD

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Operations management

Reyes, Mario Gabriel

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Whidbee, David, PhD

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Corporate governance, corporate control, financial institutions, and insider trading.

Wu, Michelle Xiao

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Contact Information:

Dr. George Jiang
PO Box 644746
Todd Add 482
Pullman, WA 99164-4746
509-335-8727
509-335-3857