The Finance concentration offers an environment for intellectual growth and challenge. The concentration is designed to develop skills needed to pursue careers in major universities and as researchers in industry and government. Students will work closely with the faculty to produce publishable research. Much of the formal curriculum is devoted to economics and to the examination of theoretical and empirical research considered seminal in the area of finance. Necessarily, the doctoral program is quite theoretical in nature, with heavy emphasis on quantitative methods used in empirical research.
To succeed in this discipline, students need excellent quantitative skills. If you feel your quantitative skills need improvement, you should take refresher courses in statistics and calculus prior to applying/entering the PhD program.