The Finance PhD program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign provides an opportunity to work with, and learn from, a well-known faculty in a stimulating intellectual environment. The emphasis of the program is research, and the goal is to produce high-quality scholars and to prepare them for successful academic careers. As one step in this process, the program provides students with rigorous training in finance, economics, and statistics. The program covers all aspects of finance, including the core finance areas of investments, asset pricing, corporate finance, and financial intermediation. In addition, students are able to specialize in insurance or real estate finance.

The strength of the program is the close interaction it provides between the faculty and students. The faculty work intensively with students, offering their time, expertise, and experience to facilitate the students’ understanding of financial markets and institutions and their research. As part of this process, Professors and students frequently collaborate in joint research and publication.