University of Southern California

Graduate Certificate in Financial Analysis and Valuation

The Graduate Certificate in Financial Analysis and Valuation offers advanced training for individuals dedicated to working in the world of finance.

The certificate program is designed to offer students the intensive instruction and training needed to successfully compete in rapidly developing global financial markets. Advanced coursework in the theories and practice of financial accounting, financial analysis, valuation, credit analysis, and financial instruments and markets expands their analytical capacities to better understand and develop strategic financial decisions. The program provides students with a competitive edge as they pursue a number of different career paths within the financial marketplace.

Key learning objectives include the following:

  • To provide students with rigorous exposure to financial analysis and valuation, credit analysis, and financial instruments and markets.
  • To develop the analytical skills necessary for applying fundamental financial concepts and tools in the decision-making process in investment management and corporate finance.
  • To learn the qualities that characterize successful financial professionals such as ethics, professionalism, and creative and critical thinking by interacting with individuals and institutions engaged in financial markets of corporate finance.
  • To visibly distinguish and prepare our students as a highly interacting, competitive, and qualified pool of candidates and increase their earning potential as we help place them in the financial services and corporate finance marketplace.

Students admitted to the program focus on one of two curricular options -- Corporate Finance or Investments. For detailed information about the program curriculum click here.

The program is open to all individuals who have completed basic graduate-level (post-baccalaureate) courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics, accounting, and corporate finance comparable to the first-year curriculum of a traditional MBA while earning a minimum combined GPA for those Certificate-related courses of 3.5. Successful applicants will have scored above the 85th percentile on the GMAT and should have at least three years of full-time work experience.

For current USC graduate students, course work for the Graduate Certificate in Financial Analysis and Valuation may be completed in conjunction with course work required for the program in which the student is already enrolled. (Note: Completion of the certificate requires an application and formal admission.) Applicability of these courses to the student's primary degree program is determined by the student's home department.

For USC alumni, courses completed in conjunction with the individual's prior degree may not be credited toward the certificate. An appropriate substitution for two of the required courses in the Corporate Finance or Investment Management options may be allowed, subject to approval and documentation by by the program director prior to enrollment in the substitute course(s). Alumni who applied more than two of the required courses to a prior degree will not be able to complete the certificate program. An appropriate substitution for one of the three required courses in the Student Investment Fund Program may be allowed, subject to approval and documentation by by the program director prior to enrollment in the substitute course. Alumni who have applied more than one of the courses required for the SIF option to a prior degree will not be able to complete the certificate program.

Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate program is documented on the graduate's USC transcript and acknowledged with a certificate (diploma) issued by the University of Southern California.

Marshall Spotlight

"Great selection of courses, dedicated and accessible faculty – Marshall’s Graduate Certificate in Financial Analysis and Valuation proved to be a highlight during my two years at USC."

Holger Paas
FAV, 2013