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Darla Moore School of Business

Ph.D. Program

The finance department at the Moore School is composed of outstanding teachers and researchers whose interests include such areas as bank management, corporate restructuring, investment management, risk management, employee benefits and real estate finance. The finance department supports the mission of the university and the Moore School through its commitment to teaching, research and outreach.

Excellence in teaching is one of the most important pursuits of the faculty, as demonstrated by numerous awards recognizing our faculty for superior teaching performance. The awards include the AMOCO Outstanding Teaching Award, the Mortar Board Excellence in Teaching Award and the Michael J. Mungo Teaching Award. These awards are campuswide and represent the most prestigious forms of teaching recognition at the University of South Carolina. Our department has been honored twice with the Mungo Award, while six of our faculty have been recognized as top teachers by the Alfred G. Smith, Jr. Excellence in Teaching Award.

Application Process and Contact Information

The finance department will next admit students during the 2019-20 academic year (to start Fall 2020).

  • For detailed information about requirements, application process, and admissions timeline, as well as contact information for questions regarding the application/admission process, please visit the Graduate Applicants page
  • For more information about the Ph.D. concentration in Finance, please contact Allen Berger, Faculty Coordinator for the PhD-Finance program, at or 803-777-8440.

Finance Program of Study

The finance emphasis provides an advanced, integrated education in business administration with intensive training in research methods and theory applicable to finance problems. Students with a primary interest in finance will take the following finance seminars:

  • FINA 865 Theory of Finance
  • FINA 866 Current Issues in Finance
  • FINA 867 Advanced Topics in Finance
  • FINA 868 Empirical Methods in Financial Research
  • FINA 869 Seminar in Financial Research

In addition, students are required to take the core curriculum that includes courses in mathematical statistics, econometrics and stochastic processes, as well as several elective courses.

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