The University of Cincinnati Department of Finance, Real Estate and Insurance and Risk Management teaching and research interests include:

  • Corporate finance
  • Financial management of financial institutions
  • Working capital management
  • Cost of capital and capital budgeting
  • International finance
  • Speculative markets
  • Financial theory and strategy
  • Experimental financial economics
  • Real estate investment and capital market
  • Real estate finance and valuation
  • Investments and portfolio management

The department is one of UC's best in terms of student retention, graduation, time-to-degree, and placement. At UC we have high standards and strive to continually improve.

The University of Cincinnati Finance Department offers a rigorous, systematic, and highly structured doctoral program that develops quantitative, analytical, and teaching skills required for a successful career as a financial economist or as a faculty member. Our primary objective is to train scholars who will join top academic and research institutions and make high-impact contributions to the field of financial economics.

The department has experienced phenomenal growth in the past few years, with exceptionally talented and highly energetic fresh PhDs from Columbia University, Indiana University, London Business School, and the University of Michigan joining our internationally renowned faculty. We work with a select number of PhD candidates each year on a wide range of empirical and theoretical research topics of finance.

Our faculty publications appear in such diverse journals as: Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Research, Financial Review, Journal of Real Estate Finance & Economics, Quarter Journal of Business and Economics, Journal of International Business Studies, and the Pacific-Basin Finance Journal. Detailed information regarding our recent faculty publications can be seen here.

Lindner doctoral students receive excellent research support. We have a regular seminar series that features prominent researchers with frontier research. In spring 2015, we will also launch a regular brown bag seminar series that allows doctoral students and faculty to present their prelimilary research and to receive constructive feedbacks in a casual and stimulating way. Our department has subscriptions to all major finance and accounting databases through WRDS, and funding is available to doctoral students for travel to conferences. Our top-ranked Carl H. Lindner III Center for Insurance & Risk Management and UC Real Estate Center provide a great opportunity for doctoral students to interact with practitioners.

A collegial environment has long been a hallmark of the Lindner College of Business PhD program. Students frequently collaborate with one another and with faculty to produce original research. We strongly encourage these collaborations and place a high priority on students pursuing their own research agendas as quickly as possible. Due to the selectivity of the program, our faculty work closely with each doctoral student to customize a program of study that meets his or her interests and needs. The goal of this interaction is for you to develop the ability to conduct original research that will become the cornerstone of your dissertation.

In order to enhance our students’ ability to teach well, the University of Cincinnati and Lindner College of Business offer teaching workshops to develop their classroom skills. In our program, students are mentored by  department faculty while in various teaching assistant roles and they are given hands-on teaching experience in the classroom to complete their teacher training.

The program begins with a thorough grounding in quantitative methods and economic and financial theory and is complemented by a sequence of seminars covering all the major areas of financial economics. Detailed information regarding the curriculum is available online. Through your work on an independent research paper, you will develop the skills and ability necessary to conduct original research. Satisfactory performance on a written comprehensive examination will mark your transition from coursework to full-time thesis research. A brief list of the research topics that you may choose to pursue as a dissertation topic include theoretical, experimental, or empirical aspects of asset pricing, corporate finance, financial institutions, market microstructure, or real estate. A list of recent graduates and their thesis topics is available here.


Hui Guo

Hui Guo
Finance Phd Program Coordinator
Briggs Swift Cunningham Professor of Finance
Phone: 513-556-7077