Doctor of Finance
Program Identifier: DFINANC
Program Start: Immediate-Rolling Admission
Students considering the Doctor of Finance program should also consider the Doctor of Philosophy in Finance program.
The Doctor of Finance degree, D. Fin., is the highest level of professional qualification within the domain of finance for the practicing manager. The purpose of the D.Fin. is to provide the student with a solid grasp of all aspects of financial research at the doctoral level as they are applied to the practice of financial management in the day-to-day operations of the firm. Students pursuing this degree are interested in examining financial problems from an applied standpoint and are also capable of carrying out independent research at a doctoral level. Students entering this program are active within the professional financial industry or intend to enter professional business in the capacity of CFO, COO, CEO, V.P. Finance upon graduation.
The award of the D. Fin. degree is based on the completion of six (6) finance courses, research methodology course component and a thesis of between 40,000 to 60,000 words in length. It should constitute a significant and substantial piece of applied research. The duration of the program is typically between three to four years of study. The maximum time allowed for completion of the degree is five years.
Program Start Dates
Students may start the program immediately upon acceptance.
Study Mode – Residential & International Mode
- International (Remote-Study)
All Doctoral programs are 36 months in duration. Enrolled candidates complete the program either in residence or remotely as an international student. All students complete the program using the state of the art Moodle Learning Platform under the supervision of the faculty and their dissertation supervisor. International students fall under the Symposium rule whereby the are expected to complete their residency requirement within scheduled symposiums. Symposiums are offered in Zug, Switzerland and Dubai, UAE. Additional symposium may be required by the administration depending on the performance of the candidate. All candidates are required to be on-campus for the final dissertation defense (viva voce).
The D.Fin. is comprised of six (6) finance courses taken before the candidacy phase of the program. Upon completion of the course-work component the student enters the candidacy phase of the program where the research methodology courses and research proposal perfecting module are completed. Once the candidacy phase is completed the student enters the research phase of the program where the dissertation is completed. The research methodology course component covers both qualitative and quantitative research methodology and design and is intended on providing the student with a solid understand of all aspects of research. The outcome of the research proposal perfecting module is the research proposal which describes the research contemplated by the student and provides a roadmap for completion.
Once the candidacy phase is completed the student enters the research phase of the program and works with his/her supervisor to complete the dissertation work. When the final draft of the dissertation has been approved by the student’s supervisor the student then submits the dissertation for evaluation. After the dissertation has been approved the student then presents the work in the form of a viva voce or committee defense required for the Doctor of Finance degree. The evaluation of this degree is based on both the grade average of the course-work and the quality of the final dissertation presented to the committee. Students have a limit of 60 months from program start within which they must defend their dissertation in front of the committee.
To prepare students for the rigors of professional practice the Doctor of Finance program is designed with a course-work component. The course-work component consist of six (6) finance related courses taken in sequence. Students must maintain a grade average of B-, 70% in order to be eligible to move into the research phase of the program. Student not able to maintain this average will be asked to resit courses.
Each candidate is required to complete a dissertation that focuses on a topic of interest within the domain of financial theory contributing to new practical knowledge in the field. Dissertations are typically between 60,000 and 80,000 words. The research methodology used within the dissertation will be determined by the student as an outcome of the research methodology course.
ECTS & Hours of Study
The Doctor of Finance program accounts for 180 credits under the ECTS scheme, European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System. The ECTS are split between the course-work component and the research component on a 50%-50% basis. The Research Methodology course and the Dissertation stage are completed only once the student completes the course-work component to a satisfactory level. Doctoral students must maintain a minimum average of a B-, 70% average in order to move in to the dissertation phases of the program. Students not attaining this threshold may be asked to resit certain courses. Each ECTS represents 25 hours of study. Therefore, the program accounts for 4,500 hours of study. Though the allocated allotment of study hours may vary per student, the program design is based on the following:
Course Phase: (18 Months)
- Course #1: Fin 601-Advanced Corporate Finance (15 ECTS: 375 hours) (Course Outline)
- Course #2: Fin 605-Advanced Investments (15 ECTS: 375 hours) (Course Outline)
- Course #3: Fin-610-Advanced Derivative Pricing (15 ECTS: 375 hours) (Course Outline)
- Course #4: Fin-615-Advanced International Markets (15 ECTS: 375 hours)
- Course #5: Fin-620-Advanced Perspectives in Finance (15 ECTS: 375 hours) (Course Outline)
- Course #6: Fin-625-Advanced Real Estate Finance (15 ECTS: 375 hours)
Candidacy Phase: (10 Months)
- Quantitative Research Methodology Module (15 ECTS: 375 hours)
- Qualitative Research Methodology Module (15 ECTS: 375 hours)
- Research Proposal Perfecting Module (20 ECTS: 500 hours)
Research Phase: (8 Months)
- Research Manuscript Completion & Perfecting (40 ECTS; 1000 hours)
- Candidate Defends Dissertation in Committee (1 Day Event, Max 2 Hours, Obligatory)
The research learning objectives are specifically identified within the Research Methodology course and pertain to the entire thesis preparation and defense.
Program Available To
- Graduates from accredited undergraduate business programs with an average grade of B+ or above. Undergraduate students must demonstrate superior academic and personal qualifications in order to be accepted directly into Doctoral studies.
- Graduates from accredited master programs in finance or related fields with an average grade of B- or above.
- Graduates from the Monarch Business School Master of Finance or M. Phil. in Business Research programs.
DBA, Ph.D. or D.Phil. Candidates from other Universities may be eligible to complete their dissertation work at Monarch given that they meet the eligibility requirements. Eligibility is determined on an individual basis and candidates should contact the administration to inquire. There is a minimum 24 month stay in the program for doctoral transfer students.
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Tuition Payment Method
Tuition Fees are to be paid by international wire transfer.
Scholarship For Students Originating From Developing Countries
In order to help make available the opportunity to complete higher degrees for students originating from developing countries, as defined by the OECD, the Office of the Dean of the Faculty provides partial scholarships equivalent to 20% of the total standard program tuition. Eligible students must indicate their intention to request such tuition relief upon application to the program. The Dean Scholarship is available under the Distance Learning Option only. Please note that as a private university UGSM-Monarch Business School is not in a position to provide full scholarships as it does not receive support from government agencies.