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PhD in Business (Finance)




What will I learn?

This rigorous and intellectually stimulating programme emphasises advanced study in the areas of finance, economics, statistics and quantitative research methods. The programme is taught by a group of dynamic faculty who consistently publish in top finance journals.

At the end of the programme, graduates will have the skills needed to conduct in-depth research into a specific sub-field in finance such as asset pricing, corporate finance and market microstructure. Graduates will also have a broad appreciation of the key research issues that resonate with the field. Given the tremendous relevance of finance to the global economy, a graduate of this programme will be well prepared for diverse careers in academia, industry, international organisations and the public sector. Our recent graduates have been placed at Fudan University and Shanghai University of Finance and Economics.

A rigorous and intellectually-stimulating programme, the PhD in Business (Finance) emphasises advanced study in areas of finance in economics, statistics and quantitative research methods. It is a full-time programme that begins in August with a typical duration of 4 years. There is only one admission each year. To be admitted into the programme, an applicant must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. A Master's degree is not required.

The programme aims at promoting research and contributing to advanced knowledge in the area of finance. It prepares the graduate for competitive entry into diverse careers in academic, industry, public sector and international organisations. It is a platform for master's students in preparation for their specialisation.

The curriculum consists of

  • 6 Foundation courses (6 course units)
  • 2 Electives (2 course units)
  • 4 Advanced Research Topics (ART) courses (4 course units)

The programme also requires the preparation and completion of a PhD Dissertation (28 course units).

Which department am I in?

Lee Kong Chian School of Business

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
SG$22,700.00 (13,96,064) per year
Registration Fee (One-time): SG $500

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

August 2023


Lee Kong Chian School of Business

Singapore Management University,

50 Stamford Road,

178899, Singapore

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have completed at least a good Bachelor’s degree. A Master’s degree is useful but not required. Good GRE or GMAT results.

For international students

Undergraduate Bachelor's degree


About Singapore Management University (SMU)

QS Stars Asian University Rankings awarded Singapore Management University 5-star ratings for overall excellence and employability.

  • Recognised as a world-class research institution
  • Excellent graduate outcomes and employer links
  • LKCSB MBA programme ranked 10th in Asia (FT 2022)
  • Master of IT – 93 percent recruitment within 6 months

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