Compelling for their coverage of both theory and empirical analysis, the Ph.D. programs at GSEFM offer a two-year cycle of doctoral-level courses developed specifically to transmit a rigorous methodological framework in the core areas of each program, followed by courses designed to expose students to the research frontier in a variety of fields of specialization (accounting, development and international economics, econometrics, finance, macroeconomics, marketing, and microeconomics). The overarching objective of the GSEFM Ph.D. programs is to thoroughly prepare graduates for taking on leading positions in academia or serving as experts in international institutions, government, and the private sector, in all cases bringing to bear insights based on independent and novel research.
Quantitative Master of Science (MSQ)
The strongly research-oriented Master Programs in Quantitative Accounting, Quantitative Economics, Quantitative Finance, and Quantitative Marketing, collectively called "Quantitative Master of Science" or "MSQ" Programs, are unique in that students participate in the same set of analytically rigorous and quantitatively oriented courses in accounting, economics, finance, and/or marketing as are taken by the Ph.D. Program students. Program students who complete the first year of the MSQ Program with strong success, including passing the Ph.D. Program Qualifying Examinations, have the option of joining the corresponding Ph.D. Program, and are strongly encouraged to do so. Students who complete their studies at GSEFM with the M.Sc. degree can qualify for careers in international institutions, government or the private sector that involve challenging quantitative issues. This is facilitated by the fact that second-year courses discuss how to carry out frontier research and that part of the second-year studies also is to write a Master’s thesis that involves adducing valuable results on a substantive research question.