PhD Finance

The mark of highest achievement in finance scholarship.

The PhD in Business Administration with a concentration in finance is a research-oriented program designed to prepare students for professions in the academic and business communities. The program is an intensive course of study in the theory and empirical analysis of finance. Coursework is designed to introduce the student to all essential areas of finance, but the responsibility for mastering the material lies with the student. To be successful in this program, students must be committed to the highest level of academic achievement. A combination of classroom instruction, seminars, independent studies, and individual work with faculty prepares the student for continued research in the field of finance.

Our Areas of Research

  • Banking
  • Capital structure
  • Credit ratings
  • Consumption-based asset pricing
  • Corporate governance
  • Corporate finance
  • Financing decisions
  • Financial derivatives
  • Financial disclosure
  • Financial innovation
  • Financial intermediation
  • Fixed-income securities
  • Household finance
  • Indexing
  • Institutional investors
  • Real estate finance
  • Risk management
  • Poverty
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Beyond the PhD

Our alumni enjoy successful careers in academia. Institutions that employ our graduates:

  • American University
  • Baylor University
  • Belmont University
  • Binghamton University
  • Lehigh University
  • National Taiwan University
  • San Diego State University
  • Sacramento State University
  • Texas Christian University
  • University of Mississippi
  • University of Missouri – St. Louis
  • University of North Texas
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Faculty Feature

Don Chance
Finance Professor & James C. Flores Endowed Chair of MBA Studies

When he took a job at a regional bank, Don Chance never expected that he would one day be the author of three books and numerous journal articles. Professor Chance’s research focuses on foreign exchange risk management, dividend rights as executive compensation, the performance of random securities analysts, the measurement of alphas from option strategies, corporate boasting, and companies that move from the NYSE to the Nasdaq. He is also involved in developing and authorship the derivatives and risk management curriculum in the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program. In 2015, he received the C. Stewart Shepard Award for his many years of service to the CFA Institute in the development of its educational programs.




Contact Us

Department of Finance

2900 Business Education Complex
501 South Quad Dr.
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

Carlos Slawson

Director of Graduate Studies - PhD Finance Program
2927 Business Education Complex