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A Finance at the University of Pittsburgh grounded in research methods and strategies, with a mentorship model, that gives students an esteemed personal foundation.



Our goal is for students to join finance faculties at top research universities and to make significant scholarly contributions to the field of financial economics. We usually accept two or three new students per year so that we are able to give students a great deal of faculty attention.

Some of our alumni are now full or chaired professors at research-oriented schools including:

  • University of Alabama
  • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • University of Missouri

The Finance at the University of Pittsburgh focuses on research in financial economics, and most recently has studied phenomena such as corporate governance, restructurings, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, corporate valuations, corporate diversification, corporate disclosures, equity-based compensation, and issues related to international corporate finance. The finance group mentors students with an apprenticeship model, providing an early start in research projects both by and with faculty.

Over successive five-year periods between 1980 and 2014, graduates of the Katz PhD in Finance program ranked between 28th and 49th among doctoral programs worldwide depending mon the specific time interval over which productivity was measured. Most recently, our graduates ranked as the 17th most productive among finance graduates of U.S. public universities the 39th most productive among all programs worldwide. This is especially impressive given that the rankings do not make adjustments for differences in the number of graduates across programs.

Considering we are a relatively small program, our graduates have had an outsized impact in terms of producing high-impact research published in the leading finance academic journals.The upside of our small program size is that it allows for frequent interactions and collaborations among our faculty and our PhD students.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Finance Fundamentals
  • Econometric Theory
  • Advanced Microeconomic Theory

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 60 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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It is advantageous to have your completed application submitted earlier to facilitate the review process.


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®
GMAT admission requirements GMAT

Other requirements

General requirements

How to apply:

  • Online application
  • Application fee
  • Three recommendations
  • Unofficial transcripts (Official transcripts will only be needed if the doctoral committee is interested in admitting you.)
  • Official GMAT or GRE and TOEFL scores
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores

Tuition Fee

Tuition and fees vary based on program, residential status, and other factors.

Living costs for Pittsburgh

1148 - 1944 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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