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Financial Management Track

Kenneth Kim, associate professor of finance

Through the financial management track, you will become a better financial strategist and policy maker by enhancing your theoretical and analytical skills and knowledge of practical business applications. 

Based on 2016 changes to the curriculum, the UB MS Finance degree now qualifies as a STEM-designated program in Financial Mathematics, which provides an additional 24 months Optional Practical Training (OPT) for international F-1 visa holders who either enroll in the program starting in Fall 2016 or later, or who graduate from the program in February 2017 or later.

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Learn more about the structure of the track: Financial Management curriculum

With this finance-intensive track, you will enhance your career opportunities in corporate finance, portfolio analysis and management, investment banking and the management of financial institutions. Specific positions our graduates earn include: portfolio manager, commercial lending officer, investment banker, corporate treasurer and chief financial officer.

The MS Finance program is a full-time residency program, requiring three semesters of study. An applicant must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited university with a minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0. All applicants must submit either a GMAT or GRE score. If the applicant’s undergraduate degree is in a non-business discipline, the applicant must have completed courses in the following areas:  

  • Economics (Equivalent to MGE 302) 
  • Finance (Equivalent to MGF 301) 
  • Statistics (Equivalent to MGQ 301)

Under a newly approved pilot program, if an applicant does not meet the above mentioned criteria for admission, students will be conditionally admitted to the MS Finance program (boot camp) which requires applicants to complete a self-guided curriculum in the following disciplines: accounting, economics, finance and statistics. Applicants who do not have the required business background but are strong with math and engineering are encouraged to still submit an application for the MS Finance program under this new pilot.