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Admission to the PhD Program in Finance

Our Strength: Our Program

The PhD Program in Finance is looking for accomplished graduate and undergraduate students, with strong backgrounds in economics, finance, quantitative methods or related fields. Our admission is highly competitive. We encourage you to explore our website to discover what makes a successful candidate.

APPLICATIONS FOR SEPTEMBER 2024 ARE NOW CLOSED. Applications for Fall 2025 will be open in September 2024.

Who Are We Looking For?

Accomplished graduate students with a Masters Degree in economics, finance, quantitative methods or related fields;

Outstanding undergraduates: we admit outstanding undergraduates with a strong background in Economics, Finance, quantitative methods or related fields directly into the PhD Program;

Transfers from PhD programs in Economics and related fields: Students who have done extremely well in their first or second year of their PhD Program who are interested in transferring to Finance.

Admission is highly competitive: we only admit two-to-four students each year. Successful applicants in the past have demonstrated their excellence through outstanding undergraduate grades, top scores on GMAT/GRE, excellent quantitative skills and other indications of an interest and ability to achieve excellence in research on finance-related topics. Finance PhD students join a broader graduate-student community that includes more than 20 new admits each year in Economics and a current cohort of 80 Rotman PhD students in seven academic areas. 

Before being offered admission, selected students will be interviewed via video conference and may be invited to visit campus. The program can be completed in four to five years, depending upon prior training and student progress.

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