The Quantitative Finance track will provide motivated and talented students with a curriculum that is intensive in mathematics, finance and statistics. Students will learn to value existing complex securities and also to design new complex securities. The program differs from the MS in Finance - Financial Management track in terms of the intense focus on advanced mathematics related to finance.
Graduates of the program will be able to choose from a wide variety of career opportunities. For instance, a graduate might find a position with a multinational corporation, managing its foreign-exchange risk or its executive stock option program. Alternatively, a graduate might be hired by a major investment banking firm, designing complex corporate securities such as bonds or bilateral contracts involving derivatives. Still another graduate might be hired by a major commercial bank or other financial institution to manage its interest rate risk using derivatives. Another graduate could aspire to manage a mutual or pension fund’s portfolio risk using derivatives.
Note: The MS Finance programs are full-time residency programs, 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 a score on either the GMAT or the GRE exam. All applicants must have completed the following business and mathematics courses.
In addition, we strongly recommend prior courses in computer programming.
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 MSF 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 MSF program under this new pilot.
Graduate Programs Office
School of Management
University at Buffalo
203 Alfiero Center
Buffalo, NY 14260-4010