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Business-Finance, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #501 (ARWU) Auburn, AL, United States
The Ph.D. in Business-Finance at the Auburn University is a research oriented degree that prepares students for careers in research and teaching. It provides the depth of knowledge and skills required to conduct first-rate research in the field and present those findings in world-class scholarly publications.  Our faculty is supportive of our students and works closely with them.
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With the Business-Finance at the Auburn University students will typically work on a joint research project with one or more of their professors early in their program. Thus, students are quickly immersed in doing substantial research

Ph.D. candidates must be full-time, year around students. The doctoral program requires the development of a sense of scientific curiosity that permeates the extensive coursework and inquiry that is required.  

The core coursework is an intensive study of the theory and empirical analysis of Finance, focused on Investments, Corporate Finance, and Financial Institutions and Markets.  Most of the coursework can be completed in the first two years.  Students without master’s degrees or otherwise lacking an appropriate background may be required to take additional courses. 

Ph.D. students are admitted to candidacy when required coursework is completed and the preliminary examination has been passed.   Successful completion of the preliminary examination requires that the student produce and present both a satisfactory conference paper and a seminar paper.  Presentation of the conference paper precedes that of the seminar paper. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    80 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Theory of Finance
  • Econometrics 
  • Microeconomics 
  • Macroeconomics
  • Finance
  • Seminar Series
  • Seminar in Corporate Finance
  • Seminar Investments

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Applicants submit their application online
  • Three letters of recommendation 
  • Submit a Personal Statement  
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Official Transcripts

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15271 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15271 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    5641 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5641 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Auburn

  • 850 - 1300 USD/month
    Living Costs

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


Incoming students are generally offered a four-year Graduate Assistantship (GA) position that includes a tuition fellowship that covers tuition. Students are responsible for paying some University fees. University assistantships are enhanced by funds from the Raymond Harbert endowment.

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