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Degree Requirements

Law School and School of Management Joint J.D.-Ph.D. in Finance Program

(1) Course Requirements:

SOM: Eight courses, including the following seven required courses:  Economics 500 (General Economic Theory: Microeconomics); Economics 501b (General Economic Theory: Microeconomics, which is the course covering an introduction to game theory ); Economics 550a and 551b (Econometrics I and II); MGT 740 (Financial Economics I); MGT 545 (Financial Engineering); and MGT 742 (Corporate Finance and Market Microstructure). 

Note: Students may substitute Financial Economics II for MGT 545. If MGT 742 is not offered in the student’s second year in the program, the student may choose in its place one of the following graduate finance courses: Behavioral Finance; Empirical Corporate Finance; or Empirical Asset Pricing.  

Law School: 71 credit units, which include the required first term courses taken in one semester (Contracts, Torts, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law); Criminal Law; a course satisfying the legal ethics requirement; and Business Organizations.

(2) Pre-dissertation Writing Requirements:

Two papers are required: (1) a paper fulfilling the SOM second year research paper requirement and (2) a paper fulfilling one of the Law School writing requirements (substantial or supervised analytic writing).  Note: an accepted SOM second year research paper will fulfill the student’s remaining law school paper requirement by registration for independent research credit with the student’s law school faculty advisor.

(3) Qualifying exam in finance: The section of the qualifying exam pertaining to MGT 740 and MGT 742 (or the doctoral finance course taken in place of MGT 742 when it is not offered in the student’s second year in the program).  The qualifying exam is currently taken after the student has completed all of the required graduate finance courses.

(4) Dissertation and oral defense.