Course Requirements in Finance


Foundation Courses

ECON 506 Econometrics (II)

ECON 507 Time Series Analysis

ECON 509 Mathematical Economics (1)

ECON 511 International Monetary Theory (l)

FIN 504 Finance Theory

FIN 505 Derivative Products and Markets

FIN 509 Advanced Investment Analysis

The doctoral program in the Finance Specialization consists mainly of three stages: core preparation, primary and secondary field requirements, and the writing of a dissertation. In addition, all students must complete a course in Contemporary Thought.


Core Course Requirement

The objective of the core courses is to provide the students with a broad and solid theoretical foundation, and the techniques by which data are assembled, evaluated and analyzed. As a rule, the core courses will not be waived. The comprehensive exams will cover the material ill ECON 600 and ECON 601.

Students may be allowed to start taking the core courses before completing certain foundation courses. FIN 504, FIN 505, FIN 509 and ECON 511 may be taken concurrently with any of the three cores. ECON 506 and ECON 507 may be taken concurrently with ECON 600 and ECON 510, but must be taken before taking ECON 601. ECON 509 is a prerequisite for all the three core courses.

Students may consult with the Director of the PhD Program to work out their study plan.

ECON 600 Economic Theory

ECON 605 Macroeconomic Theory

ECON 601 Advanced Econometrics

ECON 510 Mathematical Economics (II)

ECON680 Research Methodology

Primary Field

Students must complete FIN 600, and choose any two from ECON 603, FIN 506 and ECON 602. The comprehensive examination covering the contents in FIN 503 and FIN 600.??

Two compulsory courses below

FIN 600 Topics in Financial Economics

FIN 601 Topics in Empirical Finance

And choose any one from the followings

HN 506 Financial Engineering

ECON 603 International Monetary Theory (II)

ECON 602 Financial Econometrics


Secondary Field

Students must choose at least two courses as their secondary field. The secondary field requirement must be satisfied by passing the examinations with grades of 70 or higher. The recommended list of fields includes:


 1. International Trade Theory

 2. Environmental Economics

 3. Public Economics

 4. Development Economics

 5. Agricultural Economics

 6. Industrial Organization

 7. Industrial Organization

 8. Chinese Economy

 9. Urban and Regional Economics

 10. Political Economy

 11. Telecommunication Economics


In choosing the secondary field courses, students should note that the subject chosen should have a significant underlying body of literature and be broad enough to be recognizable as an area for teaching and research.