Effective solutions for complex business problems.

Simon’s methodological approach to finance emphasizes formal modeling of problems and empirical testing of theories. Explore topics related to areas such as corporate finance, financial institutions, and asset pricing using principles of economics, mathematics, and statistics.

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Program Outline: Accounting

The First Year

The first year gives students solid training in microeconomics and econometrics and introduces them to basic issues in accounting and finance, including accounting and finance seminars which introduce students to current research topics. Students are required to take courses offered by Simon Business School as well as the University of Rochester's Economics Department. First year students are required to take the preliminary exam, which is given at the end of the spring term, and complete a first year research paper, due by September 15 of the student's second year. The paper will be presented in AEC510 or in an Accounting Workshop in the fall of the student's second year.

The Second Year

In the second year, students are expected to take PhD level courses in accounting and finance. In addition, participation in accounting, finance, and applied economics seminars is required. This training provides the foundation from which to develop research topics/ideas in general, and specifically a thesis topic. Students are required to submit a paper by September 15 of their third year. This paper will be presented in AEC510 or in an Accounting Workshop the fall of the student's third year and serves as the student's accounting qualifying exam.

The Third Year and Beyond

In the third year students move from coursework to active research with the objective of identifying a viable thesis topic. Continued participation in all accounting and applied economics seminars is required.


Advancement to Candidacy

This is achieved after passing the Preliminary and Qualifying Exams. At the conclusion of the qualifying exam, the faculty administering the qualifying exam evaluate the student and through that evaluation make a recommendation to the PhD Faculty Director and Senior Associate Dean of Faculty that the student advance to candidacy.


Thesis and Proposal

Students are expected to submit a Thesis proposal paper along with a faculty advisor and committee that has agreed to serve on the dissertation committee. The dissertation must be an original critical or synthetic treatment of a suitable subject, an original contribution to creative art, or a report on independent research formulated in a manner worthy of publication. The exact form and timing of this proposal is defined by the area requirements.


Required Courses.

The Course Catalog contains degree requirements and course descriptions. Please refer the Simon Registrar's website for the current Course Catalog.


PhD Finance Courses

FIN 505. Theory of Finance
FIN 511. Continuous Time Theory in Finance
FIN 512. Empirical Asset Pricing
FIN 513. Agency Theory
FIN 514. Empirical Corporate
FIN 522. Advanced Empirical Asset Pricing
FIN 523. Advanced Agency Theory
FIN 524.  Financial and Economic Networks
AEC 510. PhD Workshop in Applied Economics