Graduate Catalog
2019-2020
 
Policies, Procedures, Academic Programs
Business, Finance
Pamplin College of Business
Academics and College of Business administration. Known as Commerce Hall 1957-69; renamed Pamplin Hall in May 1969. Building completed Fall 1957; cost $734,645; 49,060 sq. ft. Named after Robert Boisseau Pamplin (1911-2009) and Robert Boisseau Pamplin Jr. (1941- ) who was a member of the Class of 1964.
1016 Pamplin Hall, 880 West Campus Drive (Mail Code 0221) Blacksburg VA 24061
Pamplin Hall
Degree(s) Offered:
• MS
MS Degree in Business, Finance
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Offered In:
Blacksburg
• PhD
PhD Degree in Business, Finance
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Offered In:
Blacksburg
Email Contact(s):
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Phone Number(s):
540/231-5904
Application Deadlines:
Fall: Jan 22
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Department Head : Vijay Singal
Graduate Program Director : Roger Edelen (Associate Professor)
Professors: Gregory Kadlec; Arthur Keown; Raman Kumar (National Capital Region); Ruth Lytton; Sattar Mansi (National Capital Region); George Morgan; Vijay Singal
Associate Professors: Randall Billingsley; John Easterwood; Roger Edelen; Jin Xu
Assistant Professors: Andrew MacKinlay; Bradley Paye; Ngoc Tran; Pengfei Ye
Professor of Practice: Michael Kender
R. B. Pamplin Professor of Finance: Gregory Kadlec
R.V & A.F Oliver Professor of Investment Management: Raman Kumar (National Capital Region)
Wells Fargo Professorship in Financial Risk Management: Sattar Mansi (National Capital Region)
SunTrust Professor of Finance: George Morgan
J. Gray Ferguson Professor of Finance: Vijay Singal
R.B. Pamplin Professor of Finance: Arthur Keown

Finance Introduction

The Department of Finance, Insurance and Business Law offers graduate studies leading to two advanced degrees: the Ph.D. and M.S. in Business (with specialization in Finance).

The M.S. is a 30-hour non-thesis program designed for a limited number of highly qualified students who wish to undertake specialized training in finance. However, students are not always admitted to the M.S. program.

The PhD program requires dissertation on an approved topic in finance and is designed to prepare students for academic careers in research-oriented schools of business. Accordingly, the program's primary focus is on research. Over the first two years in the program students develop their conceptual and empirical tool kits by taking a series of graduate level courses in Economics, Statistics, Econometrics and four semesters of doctoral seminars in Finance. Students are also required to write research papers after their first and second year in the program, in addition to the dissertation. They are also provided the opportunity to teach at least three courses during the program. Thus the program aims to prepare them for the research and teaching missions of their academic career. As a small program with an enrollment of two or three a year, the students get plenty of personal attention from our department faculty which is nationally recognized for its contribution to research. More information may be found on the Finance webpage at https://finance.pamplin.vt.edu/academics/phd-program.html.


Offered In (Blacksburg)

Degree Requirements

Minimum GPA: 3.0
Institution code: 5859
Testing Requirements:
  • TOEFL
    • Paper
      • 600.0
    • Computer
      • 250.0
    • iBT
      • 80.0
  • GMAT

The M.S. is a 30-hour non-thesis program designed for a limited number of highly qualified students who wish to undertake specialized training in finance. However, students are not always admitted to the M.S. program.

Offered In (Blacksburg)

Degree Requirements

Minimum GPA: 3.0
Institution code: 5859
Testing Requirements:
  • TOEFL
    • Paper
      • 600.0
    • Computer
      • 250.0
    • iBT
      • 80.0
  • GMAT
      • Total : 600.0

Students admitted into the program typically have a master's degree, competitive GMAT scores, strong transcripts and letters of recommendation. Financial aid is provided for four years conditional on satisfactory academic progress. Additionally, the department provides a "Professional Development Fund" to each student to help defray costs of conference travel, journal submission fees, etc. Fifth year funding is available based on a case by case basis.

During the first two years students are required to take about 40 hours of course work including nine 3-credit courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics, statistics and econometrics, and four 3-credit doctoral seminars in finance --- two each in Corporate Finance and Investments. Additionally, the students sign up for at least 50 hours of Research and Dissertation credits over the four years, adding up to at least 90 credit hours required to graduate from the doctoral program. In addition to the course work the students are required to successfully present their first and second year research papers to the faculty to better prepare them for their upcoming dissertation. The submission and presentation of the second year paper is one of two key events in the program. The other key event is the dissertation defense.

Finance Facilities Introduction

 The Finance department is located in Pamplin Hall with the main department office at 1016 Pamplin.

_Finance Facilities Introduction

The Finance department is located in Pamplin Hall with the main department office at 1016 Pamplin.
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