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Have a question about the
Master of Business Administration?

Kristen Ryan
Interim MBA Director
Phone: (716) 375-2175
Fax: (716) 375-2191

Mahar, James

TITLES/RESPONSIBILITIES Associate Professor, Finance
Coordinator, BonaResponds
ACADEMIC SCHOOL School of Business
CONTACT INFORMATION Office Phone: (716) 375-2359
OFFICE LOCATION 104B, Swan Business Center
  • 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
  • Ph.D., Penn State University
  • M.B.A, University of Rochester
  • B.B.A., Finance and Management Sciences, St. Bonaventure University

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)


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

Professional Memberships (Clubs) 

  • Financial Management Association
PERSONAL INTERESTS/COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT Corporate finance, investments, running, cycling, outdoors activities, yoga

What Can I Do With This Major?

 MBA Program Now Available Online 
Same rigorous program, same outstanding faculty, 100% online

Learn more at or by calling 1-844-424-4960

St. Bonaventure's MBA program is offered at the Olean campus and at the Buffalo Center in Hamburg.


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 and online

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

The Olean and Buffalo Center academic calendars can be found here.
  • 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 evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Buffalo Extension Center at Hilbert College. Students take one course at a time in five weekend modules. (NOTE: MBA 649, the required capstone course, is offered on the main campus only; students must travel to the Olean campus to complete this course.)
  • ONLINE FORMAT: Classes are available fully online.

NOTE: For the on-campus MBA, elective and foundation courses are occasionally offered ONLINE.

Students typically enter the program at the beginning of the fall or spring semesters, though summer entrance is also possible for most students.

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.

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