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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

Note: The Finance area is not accepting new applications for the fall 2022 intake. They will accept new students for the fall 2023 intake. The application portal for next year's cycle will open in October 2022.

The Finance field in Laurier’s PhD in Management program is designed for the brightest and hardest-working individuals who are seeking academic and research positions. We welcome applications from students in business and related fields, such as economics, accounting, statistics and mathematics.

Our invigorating research environment is supported by highly productive and internationally recognized scholars who publish in top journals. As well, many of our graduate students have won best paper awards at conferences and have published their work in high-ranked journals.

Building on finance theory, our PhD students undertake research in four key areas of financial management: financial markets, corporate finance and governance, options and futures, and market microstructure.

We create a nurturing environment where you have access to:

  • Funding and help to apply for external grants to attend and present at premier conferences.
  • Widely used databases, such as WRDS, Bloomberg, Datastream, Markit, OptionMetrics.
  • A weekly finance seminar series.
  • A personalized approach and a small student-to-supervisor ratio.
  • Excellent research facilities through the Financial Services Research Centre.
  • Research funding and external grants.
  • Cutting-edge research.

Program Structure

The program is structured to be completed in four years. In the first two years, you will complete 11 half-credit courses and write the comprehensive exams. Comprehensive exams are completed at the end of your first year. In the third and fourth years of the program, you will propose and complete your dissertation. In order to develop and refine your research skills, you are expected to engage in research throughout the program.

Course Offerings

BU753: Empirical Studies in Fixed Income

This course presents some recent developments in empirical finance research in the field of fixed income markets. In particular, this course provides a broad overview of relevant econometric methods and empirical issues in these markets; and indicates and provides possible topics for future research. The course is quantitative in nature and students are expected to have had some prior training in and exposure to equity and fixed income assets.

BU802: Research Methodology

An introduction to the methods and instruments of business research, including scientific method, research design, and measurement. Basic descriptive and inferential statistics will be covered.

BU803: Theory of Asset Pricing

This seminar course covers the major principles of financial economics. Topics include the theory of corporate finance, portfolio theory and the capital asset pricing model, arbitrage pricing theory, and market microstructure.

BU823: Seminar in Financial Economics

This course covers the tools used in evaluating contingent claims. Topics include continuous time mathematics and its applications in options, futures and swaps and hedging. Both financial and commodity derivatives will be covered. Major empirical papers on these topics will also be discussed.

BU833: Empirical Asset Pricing

The second part of the Financial Econometrics seminar will be covered in this course. Time series techniques such as unit roots and cointegration will be studied. In addition, ARCH and GARCH Models, Binary Models and Non-Parametric tests will also be covered.

BU843: Seminar in Advanced Financial Econometrics

This course focuses on cross-sectional and panel data econometrics applied to asset pricing and corporate finance. The theoretical approach is based on the use of the generalized method of moments (GMM). However, maximum likelihood, estimation and minimum distance estimation are used for specific topics. The course covers basic theory, but focuses on financial applications covering classical contributions, recent developments and ongoing research.

BU853: Market Microstructure, Trading and Investment Strategies

This course focuses on the structure of financial markets, trading and investment strategies of institutional and individual investors, liquidity provision, information asymmetries, and securities markets regulation. Theoretical and empirical literature on liquidity, volatility, price informedness, strategic trading, trading profits and transaction costs are surveyed.

BU863: Empirical Corporate Finance

This course examines a selected set of the important topics in corporate finance, including both seminal papers and working papers on the cutting edge of the field. It also surveys the common methodologies used in empirical corporate finance research, with an emphasis on practical issues.

EC655: Econometrics

A survey of applied econometrics, including basic regression theory and an examination of a variety of econometric applications in both microeconomics and macroeconomics.

Faculty Supervisors

Diego Amaya
Assistant Professor (PhD, HEC Montreal)

Michael Brolley
Assistant Professor (PhD, University of Toronto)

Madhu Kalimipalli
Professor (PhD, University of Houston, Texas)
Equitable Life of Canada Fellow
Director, PhD and Research-based Master’s Programs in Management

Mary Kelly
Professor (PhD, University of British Columbia)
Chair in Insurance

Si Li
Associate Professor (PhD, Duke University)
Ira Gluskin Fellowship in Finance
Director, Financial Services Research Centre

Subhankar Nayak
Associate Professor (PhD, Yale University)

M. Fabricio Perez
Assistant Professor (PhD, Arizona State University)

Andriy Shkilko
Associate Professor (PhD, University of Mississippi)
Canada Research Chair in Financial Markets

Brian Smith
Professor (PhD, Western University)
BMO Financial Group Professorship of Entrepreneurial Finance

Jin Wang
Assistant Professor (PhD, Queen’s University)


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