Quantitative Finance Track

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

  • Focus on equity, bond and derivative markets in a curriculum built on advanced mathematics, finance and statistics.
  • Hone your skills in such topics as traditional CFA-relevant finance principles, quantitative methods, complex financial instruments and mathematical modeling using stochastic calculus.
  • Prepare for a wide variety of finance careers, from managing foreign-exchange risk for a multinational corporation, to designing complex corporate securities at an investment banking firm, to managing interest rate risk using derivatives at a major commercial bank.

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
Meet our Team

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 undergraduate students may be able to complete the program in two semesters. All majors are welcome; however, business, math, economics and engineering majors are ideally suited to the program, provided you have the requisite calculus background.

Curriculum

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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


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 636LEC Complex Fin Instruments

This course deals with pricing and market mechanisms of such complex financial instruments as options, futures, and assets with contingent payoff structures. The investment usefulness of the financial instruments as well as applications of the pricing models of options are thoroughly covered.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018


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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