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Master of Business Administration?

Brian C. McAllister, C.P.A.
MBA Director
School of Business
Phone: (716) 375-2098
Fax: (716) 375-2191
What Can I Do With This Major?
St. Bonaventure's MBA program is offered at the Olean campus and at the Buffalo Center in Hamburg.

Master of Business Administration

Only 5% of business schools worldwide are accredited by the Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business.
St. Bonaventure's School of Business is proud to display the AACSB seal, signifying accreditation at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
This assures that you're getting a top-quality education, and it tells employers that you're ready to perform from day one.
What's more, we're in the business of preparing our students to be not only truly outstanding professionals, but truly outstanding people as well. You'll develop skills and insights to help you compete in the global economy while learning to make decisions rooted in moral and ethical values that define our Franciscan tradition.

Flexible programs, two campuses

St. Bonaventure's MBA program is designed to meet the needs of the busy consumer. We offer our program in three formats – part time, full time and weekends only – and at two locations: our main campus in Olean, N.Y., and at our Buffalo Center on the Hilbert College campus in Hamburg, N.Y.

  • PART-TIME FORMAT: Classes are generally held once a week in the late afternoon or evening at the main campus in Olean.
  • FULL-TIME FORMAT: Classes are generally held once a week in the late afternoon or evening at the main campus on a semester basis. Students with the appropriate academic background may be able to complete degree requirements in one year.
  • WEEKEND FORMAT: Classes are held on Friday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Buffalo Center. Students take one course at a time in five weekend modules.

Students typically enter the program at the beginning of the fall or spring semesters.

Students with appropriate academic background may be able to complete degree requirements in 15 months. Most students, however, are able to complete degree requirements in approximately two years.

We're ready to serve you

We invite you to learn more about the MBA Program and to join the next class of enthusiastic and committed students who are becoming extraordinary at St. Bonaventure University.

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Mahar, James

Titles/Responsibilities Associate Professor, Finance
Coordinator, BonaResponds
Academic School
School of Business
Academic Department Finance
Contact Information Office Phone: (716) 375-2359
Office Location 104B, Swan Business Center
Courses Taught
  • FIN 401. Advanced Corporate Finance
  • FIN 402. Problems in Finance
  • FIN 410. Student Investment Fund
  • MBA 604. Financial Foundations
  • MBA 610. Financial Management 
  • MBA 630. Student Investment Fund
Academic Degrees
  • Ph.D., Penn State University
  • M.B.A, University of Rochester
  • B.B.A., Finance and Management Sciences, St. Bonaventure University
Personal Interests/Community Involvement Corporate finance, investments, running, cycling, outdoors activities, yoga
Other Education
Professional Background

Peer Reviewed Publications 

  • The Behavior of Implied Volatility of Oil Futures Options Surrounding OPEC Meetings with Stephen Horan and Jeffrey Peterson. 2003 Energy Journal
  • Using Football to Teach Finance-with Rodney Paul-BQuest. A University Journal of Applied Business 2003
  • "Adelphia Communications: A Case Study in Accounting Fraud,” Journal of Accounting and Finance Research, Vol. 11, No. 4, (Fall 2003), with Carol Fischer
    Phillippe Communications-with Carol Fischer — A Finance case.  BQuest A University Journal of Applied Business 2004
  • Implied Volatility and Auditor Reputation: the Andersen case.  Research in Finance. With Jonathan Godbey, 2004.
  • An examination of Stock Market Response to NASCAR Race Performance with Rodney Paul and Laurie Stone.  Journal of Marketing Management, Fall 2005.
  • Endorsers -- With Betsy Drewniak and Mike Russell. Journal of Marketing Management, Fall 2005.
  • The Forecasting Power of Implied Volatility: evidence from Individual Equities. BQuest A University Journal of Applied Business 2007. With Jonathan Godbey (2007)
  • The Betting Market Response to the 2-Point Conversion in the NFL" accepted for publication in the Journal of Business and Economic Perspectives.  With Andrew Weinbach and Rodney Paul. (forthcoming 2008)
Teaching Philosophy
Current Research Interests/Projects


  • BonaResponds
  • Numerous university committees
  • Several local boards of directors

Professional Memberships (Clubs) 

  • Financial Management Association