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The Texas McComb’s doctoral program in Finance prepares students for careers in research and teaching at the world’s leading academic finance departments.

The doctoral program provides an opportunity for specialized study in one or more of the following areas: corporate finance, investments, financial intermediaries, international finance and real estate.

The core of the program consists of a set of courses required of all students. This is supplemented with special courses and electives. In addition, students are required to become competent in two minor fields. Typically students choose economics, statistics, or mathematics, as these provide skills important to financial research.

The department typically produces a number of papers and books in an academic year, and faculty present papers at national meetings of the American Finance Association, European Finance Association, Western Finance Association, the Financial Management Association and the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association. Many faculty members serve on the editorial boards of academic journals.

The demand for skilled educators is strong, and doctoral graduates in finance from The University of Texas at Austin have enjoyed considerable placement success over the years.

If you aspire to a career as a financial educator and researcher, a doctoral degree from the Texas McCombs Department of Finance will give you the foundation for success.

Exclamation point inside a word bubbleOur application deadline for Finance is January 15th.

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Areas of Specialization

The doctoral program in Finance provides an opportunity for specialized study in one or more of the following areas:

Corporate Finance


Financial Intermediaries

Real Estate

Preparation and Qualifications

The Texas McCombs Finance doctoral program assumes that students have a taken advanced courses to establish a reasonable mathematical, statistics and economics background. Adequate computer programming skills are necessary in coursework.

Prospective applicants are required to hold a four-year bachelor’s degree (does not require a formal degree in the area of study) or equivalent prior to starting the program.

See Admissions for further information.


We prepare you to become an intellectual leader. The primary goal of the Texas McCombs Ph.D. program is to prepare students for exceptional academic careers. Over the last five years, McCombs Finance Ph.D. alumni have gone on to excel at:

Lee Seltzer 2021 The New York Fed
Jangwoo Lee
Chinese University of Hong Kong
Gregory Weitzner
McGill University
Xuewei (Erica) Jiang
University of Southern California
Garrett Schaller
Colorado State University
Shuo Liu
2019 City University of Hong Kong
Amin Shams Moorkani
2019 Ohio State University
Jacelly Cespedes 2018 University of Minnesota
Qifei Zhu 2018 Nanyang Technological University
Zack Liu 2017 University of Houston
Adam Winegar 2017 Norwegian Business School
Mark Jansen 2016 University of Utah
Carlos Parra 2016 ITAM
Ben Miao Zhang 2016 University of Southern California
Harvey Jing 2015 Xiamen University
Donghyun Kim 2015 University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Gonzalo Maturana 2015 Emory University
Mitch Towner 2015 University of Arizona



Are You Ready to Change the World?

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Texas McCombs Doctoral Program is seeking individuals who are interested in transforming the global marketplace. Are you one of these future thought leaders?