University of Nebraska-Lincoln Doctoral Program in Finance


The Finance Department at the College of Business, University of Nebraska, Lincoln is encouraging interested candidates to apply to the Doctoral Program in Finance. Candidates should have strong interest in research. Background and classes in Economics, Statistics, Mathematics and Quantitative methods is preferred, but not required. We’ll help you achieve success by providing funding opportunities, mentorship, office support and unique opportunities to develop your research and teaching skills. If accepted, you will receive a competitive stipend, tuition remission and access to basic coverage under the university’s student health insurance plan. The application deadline for priority consideration is January 1, 2023 for a start in August 2023.

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT: You will receive guidance from tenured and tenure track research-active professors that conduct cutting-edge research in in diverse areas of Finance including Corporate Finance, Asset Pricing, Banking, Financial Markets and Institutions, Fixed Income and Personal Finance. They publish in top-tier journals such as the American Economic Review, the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, the Review of Financial Studies, the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Management Science, the Journal of Corporate Finance and the Journal of Banking and Finance. Many professors work closely with the students to guide them in their research. You can learn more about the faculty in our department by visiting:


All full-time doctoral students are funded with a departmental teaching or research assistantship, university fellowship or external assistance. The assistantship includes a stipend of $25,000, tuition remission, health benefits and teaching and research opportunities for the expected four years of study. Other sources of funding can bring the total stipend to $30,000. Tuition remission covers up to 12 credit hours per academic semester, plus an additional 12 hours during the entire summer session. However, fees are not waived. We normally assign students as research assistants the first two years of the program, with teaching duties starting in the third year. As a full-time student, you will receive office space, computer resources and departmental office support.

Health Insurance:
All graduate assistants with appointments that qualify for full tuition remission receive an additional benefit of basic coverage under the university’s student health insurance plan. Approximately 21 percent of the annual cost of the individual health insurance premium will be billed directly to your account. Dependent plans are also available on an optional basis.

-All application materials must be received by January 1 for priority consideration.
-We admit only a handful of new students each full academic year, therefore we do not admit students mid-year. Normally, we have about 4 to 6 Ph.D. students in residence at any one time.

Admission Requirements:
• Academic transcripts that showcase excellent grades.
• Professional resume.
• Three letters of recommendation.
• GMAT or GRE score.
• TOEFL score (only for international students; minimum of 550 paper, 80 iBT or 6.5 IELTS).
Additional qualifications may be required, particularly for prospective teaching assistants.

At Nebraska, you’ll benefit from our small program’s collaborative and caring environment. The lock-step program includes a combination of classroom instruction, seminars, and work with different faculty members. You’ll be an active partner in our academic community, which fosters high academic achievement and diverse social organizations and events.

Home to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, the city of Lincoln consistently ranks among the highest U.S. cities for livability thanks to a low cost of living, great schools and friendly, community-minded residents. Set amidst a big sky and open landscape, the city is simple to navigate with a nationally noted low crime rate, a wide range of housing choices and a reliable public transit system. As one of the fastest growing metro areas in the Midwest, Lincoln boasts a growing technology sector, more parkland per capita than all but a few U.S. cities, an extensive bike trail network and numerous options for recreational and personal interest activities. It’s easy to feel at home here.

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