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ABOUT
About the M.S. in Finance

Develop the technical skills required for specialist and management roles in financial enterprise by completing our Master of Science in Finance degree program at UB’s Ernest C. Trefz School of Business. This highly specialized degree will focus exclusively on issues related to finance, economics, and money markets. We will introduce you to modern concepts, such as financial regulation and behavioral finance, that play a critical role in today’s marketplace.

At UB, you will gain the decision-making, problem-solving, and analytical capabilities to solve financial problems, including how to:

  • Evaluate and price a financial opportunity
  • Gauge the appropriate level of risk to discount future projections
  • Compare across investment opportunities at a given time and how to allocate among them in an optimal way
  • Create useful tools for answering financial questions so that reports can be generated automatically and progress can be tracked
  • Assess and manage risk

Why UB?


  • STEM designated program
  • Ability to complete your degree as an add-on to our MBA program, in as little as two additional semesters
  • Courses taught by award-winning faculty with extensive real-world, professional business experience that combine academic lessons with professional development
  • Opportunity to gain industry certifications and licensure, including foundation for the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) and Series 7 – General Securities Representative Qualification Examination (GS)
  • Close proximity to NYC, Stamford, and Greenwich allows for easy access to and internship possibilities at some of the world’s most powerful hedge fund, insurance, investment, and banking companies, including 18 on the Fortune 500
  • Supportive Center for Career Development to help you launch or elevate your finance career
  • Access to expansive library resources and SMART technology-equipped classrooms

 

Educational Objectives


Students will integrate the knowledge and skills they have gained throughout the Master of Science in Finance degree program to develop and evaluate financial and risk management strategies by:

Technical

  • Demonstrating an understanding of concepts learned throughout their graduate program
  • Testing a hypothesis or market strategy through robust historical evaluation
  • Using research methods and instruments to price assets, evaluate risk, and manage portfolios
  • Explain and differentiate standard financial models and their assumptions

Human

  • Communicating complicated information at a professional level using appropriate acumen
  • Demonstrating initiative, discipline, and follow-through on assignments
  • Facilitating meaningful dialogue and reasoned disagreements related to class topics and current financial events

Conceptual

  • Evaluating the advantages and disadvantages associated with evolving regulatory environments
  • Analyzing organizational decisions relating to risk management and financial practice
  • Applying the theories and techniques learned throughout the graduate finance program