Financial Risk Management Track

Are you ready for the next step in your finance career?

  • Immerse yourself in a rigorous introduction to risk diversification and measurement, portfolio theory, statistics, programming finance models in statistical software and Excel skills.
  • Apply your knowledge to such topics as foreign currency trading and risk, interest and inflation rate models and hedging strategies. You’ll also perform statistical analysis using big data, learn about investments, financial derivatives, fixed income securities and financial institutions.
  • Take courses in corporate finance, financial modeling, programming and independent research. You can even take graduate courses outside the Finance Department to complete a customized program that fits your interests.
  • Prepare for the CFA exam with a curriculum that matches the topics on the exams, to help you prepare for that career-differentiating certification.

Contact Us

Graduate Programs Office
School of Management
University at Buffalo
203 Alfiero Center
Buffalo, NY 14260-4010

Tel:  716-645-3204
Fax: 716-645-2341
som-apps@buffalo.edu
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The MS Finance is a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) curriculum with 36 credits typically completed in three semesters. Some students extend to a fourth semester, and UB undergraduates may be able to complete the program in two semesters. All majors are welcome to apply; however, business, math, economics and engineering majors are ideally suited to the program.

Currciulum

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Fall Start

MGF 696LEC Portfolio Theory & Strategy

This course focuses primarily on stock investment strategies for active investors in inefficient markets and secondarily on portfolio strategies in efficient markets. Students will gain an understanding of the technical analysis of price movements, psychology of market participants, and multi-factor expected return models. Typical investment approaches such as value and growth investing are thoroughly examined.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017
Co-Requisite: MGF 633


STEM or Non-STEM Elective (select two)

Capstone Course (select one):

MGF 644LAB Conduct Research Fixed Income

Students will learn to conduct research using one or more fixed-income databases. The learning process includes a limited number of lectures on fixed-income pricing theory and models, formal training onaccessing and analyzing data from the database(s), and guidance in the development and presentation of a professional research report.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


MGF 645LAB Conduct Research Equities

Students will learn to conduct research using one or more databases that contain accounting and market equity data. The learning process includes a limited number of lectures on empirical finance and financial analysis, formal training on accessing and analyzing data from the database(s), and guidance in the development and presentation of a professional research report.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017 | Spring 2018


Spring Start

MGF 635LEC Financial Derivatives

The objective of this course is to give students and understanding of the wide range of derivative financial securities including forwards, futures, swaps and options. Financial securities and markets are changing rapidly and the objective of this course is to help students be better prepared to enter a career in finance. Students will learn how these securities are priced and used in risk management and speculative strategies by individuals and companies. This course is the introductory course in a two course sequence with MGF636 Complex Financial Instruments.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017 | Spring 2018
Co-Requisite: MGF 633 or MS Accounting Majors.


STEM or Non-STEM Elective (select two)

Capstone Course:

MGF 644LAB Conduct Research Fixed Income

Students will learn to conduct research using one or more fixed-income databases. The learning process includes a limited number of lectures on fixed-income pricing theory and models, formal training onaccessing and analyzing data from the database(s), and guidance in the development and presentation of a professional research report.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


MGF 645LAB Conduct Research Equities

Students will learn to conduct research using one or more databases that contain accounting and market equity data. The learning process includes a limited number of lectures on empirical finance and financial analysis, formal training on accessing and analyzing data from the database(s), and guidance in the development and presentation of a professional research report.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017 | Spring 2018


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