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Finance  Doctoral


What is Finance at WVU like?


The Ph.D. in Business Administration with a major in Finance is a full-time, in-residence program lasting 4-5 years. It is a relatively small, high-quality program. The primary goal of the program is to prepare students for careers in research and teaching at comprehensive universities. The program of study requires the satisfactory completion of coursework, a first year summer research paper, a comprehensive examination, and dissertation research.

Students will take courses in economic theory, econometrics and finance, followed by a comprehensive examination and dissertation research.

The program is built around an applied curriculum with a strong theoretical and quantitative foundation. This involves taking doctoral courses, passing a finance comprehensive exam, and defending a dissertation. The program curriculum includes 13 doctoral courses.

The Ph.D. Program in Business Administration at WVU is a full-time graduate program and requires at least three years in residence. The residency requirement is important because the doctoral degree has aspects of an apprenticeship which can only be accomplished on campus, working directly with the business faculty, and because teaching on campus is a requirement of the program. To prepare Ph.D. candidates for university teaching responsibilities, students are expected to teach after their second year in the program. They will work closely with faculty to ensure quality instruction and receive feedback on their development as university-level teachers.

Application Deadlines

Each graduate program sets their own term of admission and application deadline. Applicants can only apply for admission for the term displayed below. Any questions regarding the application deadline should be directed to the graduate program representative.

Fall: December 1

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What are the requirements to apply for Finance at WVU?

University Requirements

To be eligible for admission into a graduate program at WVU an applicant must submit official, bachelors degree transcripts from a regionally accredited institution and hold a GPA of at least 2.75.

WVU operates decentralized admissions. Decentralized admissions allows each graduate program to set its own application requirements in addition to the University requirements.

Program Requirements

To be eligible for admission into the Finance graduate program an applicant must submit the following documentation:

  • GMAT
  • GRE
  • Résumé /CV
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of Recommendation - Two

Additional considerations for applicants:

  • English Proficiency Test Scores (International Applicants Only) TOEFL: 600 (paper test), 250 computer-based), 100 (TOEFL-iBT) IELTS: 7.0 (Note: applicants are required to take the Academic Reading/Writing test within IELTS, not the General Training Reading/Writing test) PTE Academic: 68 Duolingo English Test: 120

Applications that are incomplete or are submitted after the deadline may be reviewed if openings remain.

International Applicants must also submit the materials outlined here.

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