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Required Courses in the Curriculums

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ACADEMIC YEARS BEGINNING WITH AN ODD YEAR

Year 1: Pre-Summer (1 Course)

  • ECON 7180 - Mathematical Economics I

    This course covers the necessary mathematical foundations for economic theory, including financial economics.

Year 1: Fall Semester (3 Courses)

  • ECON 7510 - Advanced Price Theory I (consumer theory and theory of the firm)
  • ECON 7160 - Econometrics 1 (coverage of probability theory and basic econometrics)
  • ECON 7530 – Advanced Income and Employment Theory (macroeconomics)

Year 1: Spring Semester (3 Courses)

  • BUSN 7010 – Financial Economics Theory
  • ECON 7170 - Econometrics II (advanced topics in econometrics)
  • ECON 7175 - Econometrics III (applied econometrics)

ACADEMIC YEARS BEGINNING WITH AN EVEN YEAR

Year 1: Summer (1 – 2 courses plus preliminary exam)

  • Econometrics preliminary examination (given by economics department)
  • BUSN 7140 - Empirical Research Paper I (see first year paper description above)
  • ACCN 6030 - Financial Reporting I (if you have not taken an equivalent course in the past)

Year 2: Fall (3-4 Courses)

  • ECON 7130 – Advanced Topics in Microeconomics (Game Theory)
  • BUSN 7210 - Empirical Research in Finance Seminar I
  • BUSN 7150 – Empirical Research in Accounting Seminar I
  • ACCN 6040 - Financial Reporting II (if you have not taken an equivalent course in the past)

Year 2: Spring (3 - 4 courses)

  • BUSN 7XXX - Empirical Research in Accounting Seminar II – (New Course)
  • BUSN 7220 – Empirical Research in Finance Seminar II
  • BUSN 7141- Empirical Research Paper II (Research with various faculty)
  • BUSN 7020 - Investments & Asset Pricing Seminar*

    *This seminar may be offered depending on faculty availability

Year 2: Summer

  • Finance and Financial Accounting Comprehensive Exam

Year 3:

  • Third Year Paper & Presentation
  • BUSN 9990 – Dissertation Research
  • Electives

Year 4 and beyond:

  • BUSN 9990 – Dissertation Research

ELECTIVE DETAILS

Students who want to pursue a career in financial accounting are required to take Financial Reporting I & II (ACCN 6030 & ACCN 6040) if they have not taken equivalent courses in the past. They are encouraged to take additional accounting electives such as Advanced Financial Accounting and Financial Statement Analysis and/or finance electives. Students are encouraged to take these classes early in the program if possible.

Students who want to pursue a career in finance but who lack a finance background must take at least two graduate level finance courses, ACCN 6010 External Reporting and Financial Analysis (or equivalent), and ACCN 6020 Internal Reporting and Financial Analysis (or equivalent). Students are encouraged to take these classes early in the program if possible.

Doctoral electives are available in the Economics Department.

Additional doctoral electives in business may be offered depending on staffing availability and support.