Ph.D. Program:

The doctoral program in finance in the Pamplin College of Business is a research-oriented program leading to the Ph.D. degree in Finance. The program is designed to prepare students for careers in college or university research and teaching. Although the doctoral program in finance at Virginia Tech is relatively young (first Ph.D. degree granted in 1979), our graduates have procured jobs at well renowned universities. As of fall 2014, nine students are enrolled in the program.

One indicator of the strength of a doctoral program is the quality of the publications of its faculty. The finance faculty at Virginia Tech has published extensively in the top journals in finance and economics (Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Business, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, American Economic Review, and Journal of Political Economy). In a recent ranking conducted by Arizona State University, the Finance Department at Virginia Tech was ranked in the top 20 of the public universities in the US, based on research publications in the top 4 finance journals for the 2001-2006 period. The Department has a long-term commitment to research excellence among its faculty and doctoral students. To date our doctoral graduates have published nearly 50 articles in the top journals in the field. In another recent (2005) study by two professors at Ohio State University, the Finance Ph.D. graduates from Virginia Tech were ranked 26th amongst all Ph.D. programs in Finance internationally, and 12th amongst the public universities in the US, based on their research publications in the first five years after graduation.

Ph.D. Program Committee:

Dr. John Easterwood, Director of Ph.D. Program
Dr. Greg Kadlec
Dr. Ugur Lel
Dr. Jin Xu
Dr. Tong Wang