- Course Information
Those who know how to manage money and can develop new financial solutions are always in demand. In the Financial Management PhD specialization, you will explore research and development analyses used to manage and allocate financial resources, and develop effective strategic planning for projection and ROI issues. Working with NCU’s professors, you will learn advanced finance skills, including financial statement analysis, advanced financial business decision models, investment selection techniques and how financial institutions generate earnings and manage risks. Our finance PhD graduates work as educators at the university level or pursue a variety of research or practitioner-oriented positions in statistics, investment banking, financial analysis and financial planning.
General Degree Requirements
Admission to a doctoral program at NCU requires a master's degree from an accredited institution.
The PhD program may be completed in 60 credits. Up to an additional 15 credit hours will be allowed as needed to complete dissertation research. The University may accept a maximum of 12 semester credit hours in transfer toward the doctoral degree for graduate coursework completed at an accredited college or university with a grade of "B" or better.
Completion Period for Doctoral Degrees
Northcentral University allows 7 years to complete all doctoral programs of 60 credits or less. Normal time to complete varies depending upon course take rate and credits transferred.
Foundational Competencies for DBA Programs
- Graduate-Level Research Methods Competency - PhD students are required to complete BTM8102, BTM8103, BTM8104, BTM8106, BTM8107, BTM8108 and BTM8109 at Northcentral.
- Graduate-Level Statistics Competency - PhD students are required to complete BTM8107 Statistics II at Northcentral.
- Computer Competency - Doctoral students are required to have computer skills necessary for completing a dissertation. Students must be able to prepare documents using advanced word processing skills (e.g., creation of tables and figures, headers and footers, page breaks, tables of contents, hanging indents). Students must use computer programs for the statistical analysis of data (e.g., SAS). Students must produce a computer-based presentation (e.g., PowerPoint) for their dissertation oral defense.
Advanced Corporate Finance
This course examines advanced components of corporate finance with an emphasis on theories that shape the decision-making process. Through the analysis of various concepts, the student will gain an understanding how corporate decision makers, use financial reports, manage investments based on supply and demand, and build relations with external stakeholders. This course will help the student relate to the decisions made by the principal, owners, and corporate managers to reduce risks and debt and increase return on investments.
Investment Portfolio Analysis
This course examines the advanced components of investments with an emphasis on financial markets and pricing models. This course will help students gain financial knowledge that can be used to make sound investment decisions. Shareholders, stakeholders, financial manager, and investors will be able to further identify key sources of funding to grow their business or gain a greater return on investments.
Managing Financial Institutions
This course examines the most important advanced components of financial institutions with an emphasis on topics more closely related to academic research. The course includes an examination of advanced content as well as relevant academic papers. The student is required to develop some in-depth papers on the primary academic topics within financial institutions. Moreover, the student will be reviewing and assessing relevant academic papers to better prepare the student to potentially write papers within this area of finance. The course begins with an analysis of the financial system and financial institutions. It continues with an examination of financial statements for financial institutions. It provides a careful examination of interest rate risk and credit risk. Next the course studies derivative securities for financial institutions. The course finishes with a thorough examination of an academic paper and then the development of a presentation on financial institutions.
Advanced Financial Statement Analysis
This course examines the most important advanced components of financial statement analysis with an emphasis on topics more closely related to academic research. The course includes an examination of advanced content as well as relevant academic papers. The student is required to develop some in-depth papers on the primary academic topics within financial statement analysis. Moreover, the student will be reviewing and assessing relevant academic papers to better prepare the student to potentially write papers within this area of finance. The course begins with an analysis of the balance sheet and income statement. It continues with an examination of financial ratios. It provides a careful examination common size statements. Next the course studies the decomposition analysis and the impacts of financial leverage. The course finishes with a thorough examination of an academic paper and then the development of a presentation on financial statement analysis.
Financial Management for International Business
This Doctoral level course examines advanced components of international finance with an emphasis on topics more closely related to academic research. The course includes an examination of advanced content as well as relevant academic papers. The student is required to develop in-depth papers on the primary academic topics within international finance. Moreover, the student will be reviewing and assessing relevant academic papers to better prepare the student to compose potentially publishable papers within this area of finance. The course begins with an analysis of the global financial environment. It continues with an examination of the foreign exchange market and an examination of the issues involved with managing foreign exchange risk. Students will then explore global financing and investment decisions. The course finishes with a thorough examination of an academic paper and the development of a presentation on international finance.
Accounting and Control for Nonprofit Organizations
This doctoral level course is important for the advanced financial and accounting professional to better understand the planning and control systems within nonprofit organizations. This course provides a complete review of the accounting principles and practices used in Not-for-Profit organizations with a heavy focus on governmental accounting practices. The course materials on accounting principles and practices can be applied to the culture of hospitals, colleges and universities, health and welfare agencies, and other similar organizations. The course includes issues related to decision ethics and planning and budgeting for these types of organizations. The course assessments include cases, problem solving, and written research narratives.
At Northcentral University, we pride ourselves in being completely transparent when it comes to tuition and fees. If a cost is not included in our Cost Per Course Tuition Rate, we let you know up front. Currently, the only additional cost above your program rate* is books. Learn more about the NCU’s PhD in Business Administration costs below:
- Per credit cost: $1,129
- Per 3 credit course cost: $3,387
- Program cost: $68,090 - $71,477
- Average book cost per course: $110
- Application Fee: $0
- Learning Management Fee (one-time per program): $350
- Registration Fee: $0
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*Program rates are subject to change and generally increase at the start of each calendar year.
Total program costs reflected are calculated based on standard degree program credits exclusive of the program’s potential evaluation track. The actual cost of a program is determined based upon the program and track the student enters, transfer credits if any, and other unique student factors. For more information: please contact Admissions or refer to the catalog.
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