University of Southern California

Curriculum / Program Requirements

The program requires successful completion of one of the 15-unit modules listed below with a minimum GPA of at least 3.6 for all units applied to the certificate.

For current USC graduate students, units credited to 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. Applicability of these courses to the student's primary degree program is determined by the student's home department. Current MBA students may apply all 15 units of the graduate certificate program to their MBA degree. (Note: conferral of the certificate and documentation on the transcript requires that the individual formally apply to the program and be admitted. See the Admissions page for more information about this process.)

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 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 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.

Corporate Finance Option

Required Courses (15 Units)
Both of the following:
FBE-529Financial Analysis and Valuation (3)
ACCT-572Corporate Accounting and Reporting (3) *
At least two of the following:
ACCT-581Financial Statement Analysis (3)
FBE-531Corporate Financial Policy and Corporate Control (3)
FBE-532Corporate Financial Strategy (3)
At least one of the following:
ACCT-581Financial Statement Analysis (3)
FBE-527Entrepreneurial Finance: Financial Management for Developing Firms (3)
FBE-531Corporate Financial Policy and Corporate Control (3)
FBE-532Corporate Financial Strategy (3)
FBE-558Legal Environment of Business and Corporate Governance (3)
FBE-559Management of Financial Risk (3)

* Current MAcc students should consult the FAQ page of this site for further information.

Investment Management Option

Required Courses (15 Units)
Both of the following:
FBE-529Financial Analysis and Valuation (3)
FBE-555Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management (3)
At least one of the following:
ACCT-572Corporate Accounting and Reporting (3)
ACCT-581Financial Statement Analysis (3)
At least two of the following:
ACCT-572Corporate Accounting and Reporting (3)
ACCT-581Financial Statement Analysis (3)
FBE-535Applied Finance in Fixed Income Securities (3)
FBE-540 Hedge Funds (3)
FBE-543Forecasting and Risk Analysis (3)
FBE-554Trading and Exchanges (3)
FBE-559Management of Financial Risk (3)
FBE-589Mortgages and Mortgage-Backed Securities (3)

Student Investment Fund Program Option

Students who are selected to participate in the Marshall Student Investment Fund (SIF) seminar (FBE-553ab) are NOT automatically admitted to the certificate program. A separate formal application to the certificate program is required.

Required Courses (15 Units)
All three of the following:
FBE-529Financial Analysis and Valuation (3)
FBE-535Applied Finance in Fixed Income Securities (3)
FBE-553abApplied Portfolio Management (6)
At least one of the following:
ACCT-572Corporate Accounting and Reporting (3)
ACCT-581Financial Statement Analysis (3)

Future class schedules are available in the USC Schedule of Classes. Course descriptions are available in the USC Catalogue.

For questions regarding these requirements and degree completion timelines call (213) 740-0671 or write Financial.Analysis@marshall.usc.edu.

Tuition and Fees

Current USC tuition and fee information is available at http://www.usc.edu/soc. Select the next future semester and then the 'Tuition and Fees' tab on the left side of the screen. Tuition rates do increase each year. Marshall may assess an additional program fee of approximately $200 each semester to cover additional services provided exclusively to Marshall students. For non-MBA students, this charge is reversed prior to the payment deadline each semester.