The Boehly Center is proud to support these practitioner-led finance electives. Each course presents material from academic and practitioner perspectives. These case-based courses also provide students with invaluable opportunities for networking, as they often feature guest lecturers and case judges who are professionals in the field. For more information about each course, click the corresponding picture below.

Practitioner-led Finance Electives

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BUAD 492: Financial Services

Mr. Carl Tack ’78

This course introduces students to the institutional framework of financial markets and the financial services industry, advances students’ understanding of the application of basic financial concepts to “real world” situations encountered in the financial services industry and prepares students better for jobs in and around the financial services industry (and for getting those jobs).

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BUAD 422: Applied Financial Concepts

Mr. Glenn Crafford ’77

The goal of this course is to expose students to practices and recent developments within several specialized areas of the financial services sector utilizing a case method format. The course utilizes cases from leading graduate business schools as well as original cases written by case sponsors.

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BUAD 426: Fundamentals of Hedge Fund Management

Mr. Matthew B. Siano ’96

This course provides students an overview of the hedge fund industry. Topics covered include typical fund structures, primary stakeholders and partners, key regulatory and legal issues and important items for management to consider in the establishment and management of funds.

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BUAD 421: Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF)

Professor Jim Haltiner, Mr. Peter Gore

The purpose of this course is to provide portfolio management and security analysis experience through the management of the Mason School Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF). This course may be repeated one time.

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BUAD 492: Risk Management

Mr. Carl Tack ’78

This class engages prominent William & Mary alumni and friends who are specialists in the area of risk, including Jennifer Carella of TransRe, Kevin Nicholson of RiverFront Investment Group and others. Students also participate in an industry-developed simulation exercise as part of the course.