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        Frequently Asked Questions

        Application Process and Selection


        Program Questions

        • What is the placement record of PhD graduates in Finance?

          The Harbert College of Business PhD in Business, Finance is a relatively new degree. Our first class was admitted in 2014, and we graduated five students in 2019. All graduates were placed in tenure track positions as Assistant Professors. Placements included Ryerson University (Toronto), Neoma Business School (France), Manhattan College (New York), California State University, Dominguez Hills (Los Angeles), and Troy University (Troy, AL).

          For information about the program and placements, please read the recent news story about our first graduating class.
        • What kind of academic focus does the program provide?
          The program focuses on the core areas of investments, corporate finance and financial institutions and markets. The strengths of the faculty also include theoretical and empirical work in options and futures.
        • I want to be a consultant. Is this a good program for me?
          Our program is primarily designed to train future academicians and is focused on research. Choose Auburn if you are interested in and motivated to do research in the field of finance.
        • Can I do the program part-time or in the evenings?
          No. The program is a traditional residency based program.
        • How important is statistics?
          Very important. We will typically require two or more courses in econometrics and other key methodologies required for rigorous research in empirical and theoretical finance.
        • What kind of academic position can I get after earning this degree?
          We expect all graduates to be competitive for tenure-track positions at universities in the U.S. and abroad. Having accepted publications before graduation is extremely important for successful job placement.
        • What makes Auburn special?

          Several things:

          • Our PhD program is new, and we are well funded due to the Endowment of Raymond J. Harbert. We have a strong, dedicated faculty, many of whom are leading experts in their fields. Moreover, the Harbert Endowment allows us to recruit additional faculty with strong research records. 
          • Our graduate student stipends are expected to be competitive with those of most major state universities.
          • Our people and collegial atmosphere. Auburn is a great small college town with easy access to larger cities such as Atlanta and Birmingham.

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        Harbert College of Business

        Jimmy Hilliard

        Program Officer