Typical Course Sequence

Required courses for Finance Department doctoral students are offered through the Finance, Economics and Accounting departments during Fall and Spring semesters. Select elective courses are offered during Fall and Spring.

Pre-Fall Session (end of July, first 3 weeks of August)

Fall Session    
Economics 519, Math for Economists    
SAS Workshop    

First Year Coursework (24 units)

Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer
Economics 501A, Microeconomic Theory I Finance 601, Financial Decision Making June: Qualifying Examination in Economics
Economics 501B, Microeconomic Theory II Economics 501C, Microeconomic Theory III August: Find a faculty advisor for the second year paper
Economics 520, Theory of Quantitative Methods in Economics Economics 522A, Econometrics I  
Finance 542, Fixed Income, or a Finance, Economics, Math or Accounting elective Accounting 682, Advanced Financial Accounting, or a Finance, Economics, Math or Accounting elective  

Second Year Coursework (18 units)

Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer
Economics 522B, Econometrics II Finance 695A, Investments June: Comprehensive Finance Exam
Finance 602, Dynamic Asset Pricing Finance, Economics, Math or Accounting elective  
Finance 602A, Financial Markets and Corporate Finance Finance, Economics, Math or Accounting elective  
  February: Present second year proposal to the faculty August: Present completed second year paper to faculty

Third Year Coursework

Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer
Finance, Economics, Math or Accounting elective Finance, Economics, Math or Accounting elective August: Dissertation proposal / Oral Exam
Dissertation (3 units) Dissertation (3 units)  

Fourth Year Coursework

Fall Semester Spring Semester  
Dissertation (6 units) Dissertation (6 units)  

* Students receiving financial aid or not receiving a graduate assistantship may be required to take nine hours per semester to be considered full-time.

Schedule of Classes

Please visit The University of Arizona Office of Curriculum and Registration Schedule of Classes for the most current list of class offerings.

Contact Kay Ross, Director, Graduate Programs and Academic Affairs, for questions on specific classes and scheduling requirements.