Skip to main content

Finance PhD Program

Finance PhD Program

The finance Ph.D. program is designed to prepare students for academic careers in financial economics. Financial economics is the study of how individuals and firms raise and invest resources, and how financial assets are priced. Specific topics in asset pricing include the determinants of asset returns, pricing of risk, behavior of investors, and trading mechanisms. Specific topics in corporate finance include capital structure, payout policy, financial intermediation, internal capital markets, venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance.

Finance PhD Program


Job Market Candidates

The program maintains a supportive and collegial environment that fosters collaboration between faculty members and PhD students. All students are assigned one or more faculty mentors for the duration of their studies, and faculty members are actively engaged in supervision of student research.

PhD Students



    December 15, 2023: Application Deadline - Accounting, Data Sciences & Operations, and Management & Organization* 

    January 15, 2024: Application Deadline - Finance & Business Economics and Marketing 

    The link to the PhD Program application is available on the Admissions page and the next opportunity to apply is for Fall 2024 admission. Late applications may or may not be considered at the discretion of the admissions committee. 

    Admissions decisions are made from mid-February to mid-April. You will be notified by email when a decision has been made.


    Ph.D. Program
    USC Marshall School of Business
    3670 Trousdale Parkway, BRI 306
    Los Angeles, California 90089-0809