2017-18
Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Management Finance (MGF)

School of Management

Office of Undergraduate Programs
204 Alfiero Center
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4010
Ph: 716-645-3206
F: 716-645-2341
W: mgt.buffalo.edu
Paul E. Tesluk
Dean
BobbyJo LaDelfa
Associate Dean
David Murray
Chair, Undergraduate Program
Diane Dittmar
Assistant Dean

The Learning Environment

Students take a series of prerequisite courses early in their academic careers that serve as a foundation for the upper-level core curriculum. There are 12 upper-level core requirements cutting across multiple management disciplines providing a comprehensive understanding and application of contemporary management practices. Many courses are project based integrating case studies. Capstone courses offer academic training with real-world exposure through experiential learning.

About half of the 12 courses are delivered via Digital Access or in lecture halls, while the other half average 45 students. Recitations that accompany core courses are taught by teaching assistants in class sizes of approximately 30 or less. Concentration courses typically average 45 students. Opportunities for independent study and study abroad are available both during the regular semester and over summer/winter breaks.

About Our Facilities

The Jacobs Management Center and the adjacent Alfiero Center offer a complete home for management students, faculty and staff. Together, they are among only a few buildings at UB that commingle classrooms and offices, creating an interactive community of professionals, students and scholars. The School has a computer lab open over 100 hours a week with access limited to just Management students.

There are nine student breakout rooms each outfitted with a large monitor for displaying laptop content. There are another 26 tables throughout the three floors of the atrium that are available as well.

The Undergraduate Learning and Community Center includes three classrooms (of the 12), a community area, tutoring facilities and a group study area — all exclusively to our undergraduates, with technology throughout to enhance their experience. The new center offers a bright, colorful space dedicated exclusively to them, to help undergrads feel at home at UB.

About Our Faculty

The School of Management includes six departments with a total of 56 tenured/tenure track faculty members, 20 full-time clinical faculty members, 20 part-time adjuncts, and 22 graduate teaching assistants who support our courses. Our faculty includes some of the most experienced and knowledgeable teachers you will find on any business school campus. Their research is published frequently in leading academic journals and textbooks, and their expertise and advice is sought regularly by the business community and mainstream media.

In the classroom, this expertise enables them to illustrate the theoretical side of business concepts and bring them to life with practical industry examples. Our faculty's commitment to teaching, along with their contacts, availability and friendliness, makes them a powerful and highly approachable resource for our students.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Business Administration department website for additional information about our faculty.

MGF Courses


  • MGF 100LEC Personal Finance
    Lecture

    Personal Finance course is designed to provide students new financial skills or strengthening existing skills that are necessary to make practical and sound money-related decisions. This course will provide practical knowledge in personal financial planning, common saving and investing methods, rights and responsibilities when using credit cards, credit report and credit score, early warning signs and financial difficulty.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Winter
  • MGF 199SEM UB Seminar
    Seminar

    The three credit UB Seminar is focused on a big idea or challenging issue to engage students with questions of significance in a field of study and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world. Essential to the UB Curriculum, the Seminar helps students with common learning outcomes focused on fundamental expectations for critical thinking, ethical reasoning, and oral communication, and learning at a university, all within topic focused subject matter. The Seminars provide students with an early connection to UB faculty and the undergraduate experience at a comprehensive, research university. This course is equivalent to any 199 offered in any subject. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade of F or R may not be able to repeat the course during the fall or spring semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Students who have already successfully completed the first year seminar course may not repeat this course. If you have any questions regarding enrollment for this course, please contact your academic advisor.
  • MGF 301LEC Corporation Finance
    Lecture

    Introduces the scope and objectives of financial management, along with the concept of the risk-return trade-off. Also considers financial planning with special emphasis on evaluating capital projects and managing working capital. Discusses the methods employed to obtain funds, along with the costs associated with each alternative.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: MGA 201, completion or concurrent enrollment in MGQ 301, and junior standing in the School of Management. Students may not repeat upper-level School of Management courses in which they have earned passing grades without consulting with an academic advisor.
  • MGF 401LEC Financial Institutions
    Lecture

    The financial services industry is very dynamic and continues to undergo dramatic changes. Many forces contribute to the changes including interest rates, overall market and credit factors, consolidation within the industry, and regulations. From this perspective, the course explores the basic management problems in the credit, investment, and financing administration functions of financial institutions, including commercial banks in the United States and abroad.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: MGF 301, junior or senior standing in accounting or business administration majors
  • MGF 402LEC Investment Management
    Lecture

    Discusses techniques of analyzing various companies and industries, as well as recent research on security markets, portfolio theory, and the measurements of investment performance.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
    Other Requisites: MGF 301, junior or senior standing in accounting or business administration majors
  • MGF 403LEC International Financial Management
    Lecture

    Provides the conceptual framework necessary for financial decision making in an international context. Focuses on implementing analytical tools and theory through problems and analysis of real-world global decision making. From this global perspective, explores the following traditional areas of corporate finance: investments, capital budgeting, cost of capital and financial structure, evaluation and control of operations and risk management. Within these areas, we concentrate on those decision variables that purely domestic firms tend to overlook, such as fluctuating exchange rates, differing rates of inflation between countries, differing tax systems, exchange controls, segmented capital markets, and such political risks as nationalization and expropriation.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: MGF 301, junior or senior standing in accounting or business administration majors
  • MGF 405LEC Advanced Corporate Finance
    Lecture

    Discusses the theory and practice of financial decision making under uncertainty. In particular, considers in depth the problems of working capital management, capital budgeting, cost of capital, dividend policy, and merger analysis.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
    Other Requisites: MGF 301, junior or senior standing in accounting or business administration majors
  • MGF 407LEC Financial Derivatives and Their Markets
    Lecture

    Gives students an understanding of the wide range of derivative financial securities developed over the past fifteen years and better prepares them for the types of careers available in today's complex global markets. Students learn how these securities are priced and used in risk-management and speculative strategies by individuals and companies. Financial securities and markets are changing rapidly, and this course helps students be better prepared to enter a career in finance.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: MGF 301, junior or senior standing in accounting or business administration majors
  • MGF 420LEC Special Topics in Finance
    Lecture

    Topics vary by semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Other Requisites: MGF 301, junior or senior standing in accounting or business administration majors
  • MGF 439LEC Security Trading and Exchange Design
    Lecture

    For simplicity, most finance courses assume that securities trade in an idealized costless, frictionless world. In reality there are many frictions: bid-ask spreads, trade impact on price, brokerage commissions, quantity limitations, time delays, etc. We will walk through the trading process, consider how trading algorithms work, and discuss current topics in security trading and market design.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Other Requisites: MGF 301, junior or senior standing in accounting or business administration majors
  • MGF 496TUT Finance Internship
    Tutorial

    Provides students within the finance option with an opportunity to apply classroom theories to real-life situations. Students choose their own placement from a listing available from the Internship program Office. The placement process is similar to that of a job search. Thus, students have the opportunity to send their resumes to sites of their choosing and interview for placement. Each site assigns a specific project to the student to be completed within 150 hours during the course of the semester. Finance students work under the supervision of a finance professional and receive exposure to the day-to-day operations within a professional setting.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • MGF 499TUT Independent Study
    Tutorial

    Instructional and practical experience in the skills and techniques of research through association with a faculty member actively engaged in research. Credit up to 6 hours, depending on the type and amount of research activity. May be taken for credit more than once.

    Credits: 1 - 8
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Published: November 16, 2017 08:33:00 AM