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The Graduate Certificate in Financial Analysis and Valuation program is designed to enhance the individual's graduate-level education.

The program is open to current USC graduate students, USC alumni who have earned a graduate (master's or Ph.D.) degree in a related field, and individuals holding an MBA or related master's or Ph.D. degree from another institution. To qualify for admission to the program:

  • Current USC Marshall graduate business students must have a earned a minimum cumulative GPA in Certificate-related courses (microeconomics, macroeconomics, corporate finance, accounting) of at least 3.5.
  • Alumni must have completed their graduate degree with a cumulative USC graduate GPA of at least 3.3 and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 in Certificate-related courses.
  • Graduate students in other USC departments and those holding a master's or Ph.D. degree from another institution must have completed basic graduate-level (post-baccalaureate) courses in accounting, microeconomics, macroeconomics, and corporate finance comparable to the first-year MBA curriculum while earning a minimum graduate GPA of 3.5 for those courses. Successful applicants will have scored above the 85th percentile on the GMAT and should have at least three years of full-time work experience.
  • Successful applicants will have achieved a score in at least the 85th percentile on the GMAT or the GRE and should have at least three years of full-time work experience.
  • For International students who did not complete a 4-year bachelor's degree at an American, British, Canadian or Australian college or university, proof of proficiency in English is required for admission. We accept the following test scores, as long as they are not more than 2 years old:
    • the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a score of at least 600 on the paper-based test, 250 on the computer-based version, or 100 on the Internet-based examination with no less than 20 on each of the four test components.
    • the PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic) with a minimum score of 70
    • the IELTS with a score of 7, with no less than 6 on each band score.

    U.S. citizens and permanent residents may begin the program in the fall, spring or summer term. Due to immigration rules, international (non-resident alien) applicants who come to the U.S. to complete this program only (without being enrolled in a master's program at USC) must complete the full program (5 classes - 15 units) in one semester or take 3 extra units and complete the program over two semesters (9 units each semester). International applicants are advised to consult the USC Schedule of Classes for future course offerings to ensure that it will be possible to complete the program in the time allowed.

    The Application Process

    Applications to the Graduate Certificate in Financial Analysis and Valuation program (code 1340) are submitted on-line through the USC Marshall School of Business Admissions web site at http://www.marshall.usc.edu/admissions/applyonline/.

    A full application includes the following items:

    • Completed on-line application form. (Current USC students should read the following information and also visit the FAQ page.)
    • Official Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or GRE scores no more than 5 years old.
    • Resume.
    • Responses to several questions. 
    • Two letters of recommendation.
    • A nonrefundable application fee (waived for current USC students, USC staff, and USC alumni).
    • One official transcript from the registrar of each college or university attended except for USC. If all college or postgraduate work has not been completed, transcripts must be sent again when work in progress is completed and the degree is posted.  Transcripts written in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified English translation. Applicants who completed degrees at institutions outside of the United States are advised to submit documents verifying their degrees through the International Education Research Foundation (www.ierf.org/usc). Please visit the IERF website for details about required documents and fees. Use the USC link above to receive a USC discount.
    • International applicants must also submit TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores no more than 2 years old (from the start of the individual's first class) and verification of sufficient financial support. International applicants are advised to see the instructions for International Students published in the USC Graduate Admissions Application Booklet.

    Note to USC Students and Alumni:

    • Current USC MBA students and USC MBA alumni are not required to submit an application fee, new GMAT or GRE scores, letters of recommendation, or transcripts to verify degrees earned prior to their attendance at USC. USC applicants are not required to submit USC transcripts. Every applicant must complete the Essays & Documents section of the application by submitting responses to the questions in the Downloadable Form for The Fiancial Analysis and Valuation program.
    • USC students and alumni who have not previously applied to a master's program in the Marshall School of Business must submit GMAT or GRE scores and letters of recommendation, but are not required to submit an application fee or transcripts to verify degrees earned prior to their attendance at USC. Applicants are not required to submit USC transcripts. Every applicant must complete the Essays & Documents section of the application by submitting responses to the questions in the Downloadable Form for The Fiancial Analysis and Valuation program.
    • All current USC students must include their recent USC academic work in the Academic History section of the application BUT are NOT required to submit a USC transcript. Every applicant must complete the Essays & Documents section of the application by submitting responses to the questions in the Downloadable Form for The Fiancial Analysis and Valuation program.
    • For more tips that simplify the application process, visit the FAQ page.

    GMAT and PTE scores must be issued directly to USC by the GMAT testing service using the Marshall MBA school code - 389-9C-23.

    GRE and TOEFL test scores must be sent by the Educational Testing Service directly to USC school code 4852.

    GMAT and GRE scores must be from tests taken within the list five years. TOEFL and PTE scores must be from tests taken within the last two years.

    If required, letters of recommendation should be processed through the electronic "Recommendations" section of the on-line application system, but may be sent via email  (Financial.Analysis@marshall.usc.edu). Hard copy letters may be sent to the address below.

    Unofficial copies of transcripts may be submitted as uploaded attachments to the online application. Official transcripts should be sent to:

    Financial Analysis and Valuation Program
    c/o Susan Hunt
    STO 301, USC
    837 Downey Way
    Los Angeles, CA 90089-1145

    Individuals who completed degrees outside of the United States who do not complete the degree verification process prior to admission must complete the process through the International Education Research Foundation (www.ierf.org/usc) or World Education Services (www.wes.org/usc). Please see the websites of these organizations for details on required documents and fees.

    For application deadlines refer to the Dates and Deadlines page of this web site.
    For more information, write to Financial.Analysis@marshall.usc.edu or call (213) 740-0671.

Marshall Spotlight

"I found the Certificate really beneficial for my career. The Certificate provided me with solid financial knowledge that helped me tremendously in my job. I would highly recommend the Certificate to students who are interested in a finance career."

Samuel Ho
FAV, 2013