Financial Risk Management Track

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Identify and analyze areas of potential risk threatening the assets, earning capacity or success of a business.

As a fund manager, investor or advisor, you will minimize and control the exposure of investments to such financial risks as high inflation, volatility in capital markets, recession and bankruptcy.

  • 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, and learn about investments, financial derivatives, fixed income securities and financial institutions
  • Take courses in corporate finance, financial modeling, programming and independent research, or consider graduate courses outside of the Department of Finance to complete a customized program that fits your interests
  • Prepare to earn your CFA—a career-differentiating certification—with our MS Finance curriculum, which aligns with the topics on the exams

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
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STEM Eligible

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.


First Semester Second Semester Third Semester Electives Prerequisites

If your undergraduate degree is in a non-business discipline, you must have completed business courses equivalent to those below:

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

If you do not have a business background, but are strong in math or a quantitative discipline like engineering, we encourage you to apply for the MS Finance program. If you are conditionally admitted, you may be required to complete a preparatory curriculum in accounting, economics, finance or statistics.