Quantitative Finance Track

MS Finance student standing outside of Alfiero.

Use complex mathematical models and large datasets to analyze financial markets and securities. 

Prepare for a variety of finance careers, such as managing foreign-exchange risk for a multinational corporation, designing complex corporate securities at an investment banking firm or managing interest rate risk using derivatives at a major commercial bank.

  • Focus on equity, bond and derivative markets in a curriculum built on advanced mathematics, finance and statistics
  • Understand the rapidly changing forward, futures, options and swaps (and other related derivative types) with an emphasis on asset pricing models of complex financial instruments using both classical economic theory and advanced mathematical techniques
  • Learn sophisticated financial approaches, including investment strategies across asset classes, optimal portfolio construction based on investor type, and risk measurement and management
  • Hone your skills in such topics as traditional CFA-relevant finance principles, quantitative methods, complex financial instruments and mathematical modeling using stochastic calculus

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 nonbusiness discipline, you must have completed business and mathematics courses equivalent to those below:

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.