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PhD in Financial Management
Expert financial management is essential to the growth and stability of any organization. These skills allow you to analyze the financial health of institutions, businesses, and nonprofits, helping them plan strategically, improve performance, increase profitability, and achieve their goals. For this reason, jobs in financial management are expected to grow faster than average with higher than average salaries over the next decade.
This PhD specialization in Business Administration concentrates on research and development analyses used to manage and allocate financial resources and develop effective strategic planning for projection and ROI issues. You’ll analyze financial and non-financial organizations—from private to public to corporate. In addition to core business studies and dissertation research instruction, the coursework focuses on international financial issues, investment analysis, managing financial institutions, analyzing financial statements, and accounting for nonprofit organizations.
A conferred master’s degree from a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution. In addition to this general requirement, applicants have two options for entering the doctoral program in the School of Business:
1. Direct Entry – You may immediately begin the doctoral program through the DBA or PhD track with a previously completed master’s degree in one of the following:
- A generalized business area, such as business management or business administration
- A specialized business area (Master of Finance, Master of Human Resources Management, etc.) AND an undergraduate degree in business
- A master’s in any field AND an undergraduate degree in business
For the PhD in Business Administration, Financial Management, you must complete a minimum of 60 credit hours (20 courses), including a minimum of five core courses, five specialization courses, two statistical courses, five research courses, and one doctoral elective. The estimated time needed to complete this certificate is 73 months.
Program Learning Outcomes
Students earning the Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration, Financial Management specialization will learn to:
- Develop business knowledge based on a synthesis of current theory
- Defend theories, applications, and perspectives related to business to diverse audiences
- Evaluate business practices that positively impact society
- Evaluate the relationship between the global environment and business decisions
- Formulate solutions to problems identified in extant business research
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