First Doctoral Program of Its Kind

As the first financial engineering doctoral program to be developed in the nation, the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree is designed to prepare students to perform research or high-level design in financial engineering.​

The Hanlon Lab is an extremely helpful resource. It enables us to use software to solve financial challenges and provides financial databases which can be used for research, particularly Bloomberg which is widely used in the industry."


With an emphasis on an interdisciplinary approach requiring knowledge in finance, economics, mathematics, probability/statistics, operations research, engineering, computer science and systems thinking, the program gives graduates substantial expertise in key disciplines such as portfolio optimization, financial standards, systemic risk, behavioral finance, microstructure finance, investment banking, data analytics and securities trading.

Research Areas

Students work alongside faculty and perform transformative research in four crucial areas:

  • Quantitative Finance
  • Financial Services Analytics
  • Financial Risk & Regulation
  • Financial Systems

Doctoral Requirements

The doctoral degree consists of 54 credits post master’s with a minimum of 15 research credits.