Financial Risk Management/Fintech Track

Build a financial career on fintech innovation.

Will you be ready to meet industry needs?

Acquire a comprehensive set of skills to understand how disruptive and innovative new technologies give organizations a competitive edge in the financial sector with our Financial Risk Management/Fintech track. Organizations need professionals who understand the integration of technology and finance as customers expect more customization and personalization of their financial services. 

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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

  • Learn fundamental concepts of finance, such as performance and risk measurement, diversification and financial modeling
  • Visualize, interpret and manipulate large financial data sets
  • Understand how the financial ecosystem evolves with emerging technology and regulations
  • Explore the impact of cybersecurity on the finance industry
  • Prepare for the CFA exam by taking relevant finance courses and gain the technical expertise to implement finance concepts

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.

Curriculum

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Electives

Path 1

MGS 613LEC Database Mgmt Systems

This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of database management systems (DBMS) and the skills needed to design and implement a relational database. Students will be introduced to data modeling concepts, modeling tools, the process of transforming conceptual models into relational database designs, and finally the steps needed to implement those designs. Emphasis is placed on Entity-Relationship diagramming, data normalization, database administration, and data definition, data manipulation and query development using Structured Query Language (SQL). Other topics covered include: object-oriented databases, database security and integrity, web/database integration, application development in a Client/Server environment, distributed databases, data warehousing, data mining and knowledge management via the Internet to support electronic commerce. Readings, lectures, interactive case assignments and a database design project reinforce the role of DBMS in supporting organizational systems, transaction processing and decision support applications.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2019 | Summer 2019


Fall 2019 (08/26/2019 - 12/06/2019)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
12271 F1S LEC MW 2 - 3:20 p.m. Frnczk 454 Mulgund, Pavankumar Pralhad
12043 F2S LEC MW 12:30 - 1:50 p.m. Frnczk 454 Mulgund, Pavankumar Pralhad
19834 F3S LEC TR 3:30 - 4:50 p.m. Nsc 218 Mulgund, Pavankumar Pralhad

Summer 2019 (06/24/2019 - 08/16/2019)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
12789 I1S LEC MW 1 - 4 p.m. Alfier 103 Mulgund, Pavankumar Pralhad

MGS 614LEC Systems Analysis & Design

This course provides an introduction to the systems development life cycle (SDLC) emphasizing the recent adaptive approaches to SDLC, such as the unified process life cycle and agile methods. The course focuses on the disciplines of business modeling, requirements analysis, and logical design and utilizes the Unified Modeling Language (UML) for analysis, modeling, and design of business-oriented information systems. Information assurance issues of system controls and security are covered with respect to their impact on system requirements and design models.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2020


Spring 2020 (01/27/2020 - 05/09/2020)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
19661 S3S LEC TR 11 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. Jacobs 122 Mulgund, Pavankumar Pralhad
15754 S2S LEC F 1 - 3:50 p.m. Jacobs 110 Basile, Jennifer Lynn
11330 S1S LEC TR 9:30 - 10:50 a.m. Jacobs 122 Mulgund, Pavankumar Pralhad

MGS 642LEC IS Auditing for IT Managers

The course is designed to introduce basic tenets of IT auditing and structured way of conducting IT audits. The course will teach students concepts and approaches to audit, control, monitor, and assess an organization's information technology and business systems. The course will impart skills and knowledge to assess vulnerabilities, report on compliance and institute controls within an enterprise.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2019


Fall 2019 (08/26/2019 - 12/06/2019)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
20614 F1S LEC T 6:30 - 9:10 p.m. Jacobs 112 Gupta, Manish

MGS 650LEC Information Assurance

This is an interdisciplinary course in Information Assurance that has two primary objectives: 1) to introduce students to fundamental concepts, terminologies, IA models and practices. 2) to view how different fields of disciplines interact in this area. The course will familiarize students with the technical, legal, socio-political, and managerial issues of IA. Broadly, the issues that we will cover in this course include: security investigation and analysis; ethical, legal, and professional aspects of Information assurance; risk management and implementation and maintenance of information assurance.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2019
Pre-Requisite: MGS 602.


Fall 2019 (08/26/2019 - 12/06/2019)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
18818 F2S LEC TR 5 - 6:20 p.m. Nsc 222 Cleary, Kevin Patrick

Path 2

MGS 602LEC Global IT Infrastructure Mgmt

This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of business data communications. The objective of the course is to provide students with a firm foundation for covering more advanced topics in subsequent courses. The student will develop an understanding of networks including the internet and the development of World Wide Web based applications. The course will also cover the basic principles of network operating systems concepts and the role of network operating systems in developing Web applications. The course includes extensive coverage of business telecommunication including voice and data. Coverage is extended to coding and digitizing, modems, protocols, and network architectures as well as management aspects. Cases on telecommunications and electronic commerce, as well as current readings, will also be part of the pedagogy.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2019


Fall 2019 (08/26/2019 - 12/06/2019)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
12132 F1S LEC MW 5 - 6:20 p.m. Capen 262 Katerinsky, Alan A

MGS 613LEC Database Mgmt Systems

This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of database management systems (DBMS) and the skills needed to design and implement a relational database. Students will be introduced to data modeling concepts, modeling tools, the process of transforming conceptual models into relational database designs, and finally the steps needed to implement those designs. Emphasis is placed on Entity-Relationship diagramming, data normalization, database administration, and data definition, data manipulation and query development using Structured Query Language (SQL). Other topics covered include: object-oriented databases, database security and integrity, web/database integration, application development in a Client/Server environment, distributed databases, data warehousing, data mining and knowledge management via the Internet to support electronic commerce. Readings, lectures, interactive case assignments and a database design project reinforce the role of DBMS in supporting organizational systems, transaction processing and decision support applications.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2019 | Summer 2019


Fall 2019 (08/26/2019 - 12/06/2019)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
12271 F1S LEC MW 2 - 3:20 p.m. Frnczk 454 Mulgund, Pavankumar Pralhad
12043 F2S LEC MW 12:30 - 1:50 p.m. Frnczk 454 Mulgund, Pavankumar Pralhad
19834 F3S LEC TR 3:30 - 4:50 p.m. Nsc 218 Mulgund, Pavankumar Pralhad

Summer 2019 (06/24/2019 - 08/16/2019)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
12789 I1S LEC MW 1 - 4 p.m. Alfier 103 Mulgund, Pavankumar Pralhad

MGS 650LEC Information Assurance

This is an interdisciplinary course in Information Assurance that has two primary objectives: 1) to introduce students to fundamental concepts, terminologies, IA models and practices. 2) to view how different fields of disciplines interact in this area. The course will familiarize students with the technical, legal, socio-political, and managerial issues of IA. Broadly, the issues that we will cover in this course include: security investigation and analysis; ethical, legal, and professional aspects of Information assurance; risk management and implementation and maintenance of information assurance.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2019
Pre-Requisite: MGS 602.


Fall 2019 (08/26/2019 - 12/06/2019)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
18818 F2S LEC TR 5 - 6:20 p.m. Nsc 222 Cleary, Kevin Patrick

MGS 618 Special Topics in Information Systems - Digital Product Management

An alternative graduate course may be approved by the program director as an elective.