Admission to the Program

Haslam’s Ph.D. in finance typically only admits two students per year. All students must apply online through the university graduate admissions office. There is not a separate department application process.

Priority Deadline January 15 (applicants considered until class is filled)
Undergraduate Degree All accepted
Master’s Degree Not required
GPA Recommended minimum of 3.5
GMAT Recommended minimum of 650 (about a 321 GRE score)
Preferred Skills Strong writing, computer programming, and quantitative skills are highly desirable
Interview Mandatory, in-person preferred
English Language Proficiency
  • PBT: 600 or higher
  • CBT: 250 or higher
  • IBT: 100 or higher
IELTS 7.0 or higher

The TOEFL or IELTS is required for non-native English speakers, except students who have earned a degree from a U.S. institution within two years prior to enrollment.

Financial Aid

Students accepted into the program are granted assistantships with an annual stipend that has averaged approximately $28,000 in recent years. All admitted students also receive a tuition waiver and health insurance benefits.

Our assistantships are year-round, 20-hour per week positions. A typical assistantship pairs a doctoral student with one or two faculty members over the course of a semester to assist with research and/or teaching as needed. Research-related tasks include gathering data, assisting with computer code, and summarizing papers. Examples of teaching-related tasks are holding office hours, grading, and record-keeping. Each student will also teach a full-semester course approximately twice during the program. Teaching a course accounts for a portion of the student’s assistantship hours.