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Topics Addressed In Frequently Asked Questions


SIF Students

Selection to participate in the Marshall Student Investment Fund (SIF) seminar (FBE-553ab) does NOT guarantee admission into the the certificate program. A separate formal application to the certificate program is required. Refer to the instructions under the "Admissions" link.

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 on the last day before the beginning of each semester.

Career Development and Placement Services

Certificate-only students are not provided with the same level of personalized career transition services afforded Marshall M.B.A. students seeking internships and/or permanent employment post-graduation. FAV students are welcome to take advantage of the readily accessible facilities of the Marshall graduate Career Resources Center (general information library, basic workshops, etc.), but the Center was created to serve the needs of the M.B.A. population, so “readily accessible facilities” do not include personal coaching, training in prospective employer relationship development, interview scheduling, or employer advocacy.

Documents and Essays

All applicants -- even current USC students -- are required to respond to the questions posed in the Downloadable Form provided for the Financial Analysis and Valuation program.

MAcc Students

Certificate students pursuing the corporate finance option who are simultaneously enrolled in the Master of Accounting program may be advised to not take ACCT-572. In this case they may (a) take it anyway for application to the Certificate only or (b) substitute an additional FBE course from the corporate finance option curriculum for ACCT-572 or (c) take ACCT-582 Accounting for Mergers and Acquisitions instead.

MBA Students - Creating a New Application

Q: I'm a Marshall graduate student. When I log into the application system it recalls my old application file. How do I change it to apply for the certificate program:
 
A: Unfortunately, applying to a new program requires a new profile and password in the application system. If you enter exactly the same name and contact information, the system may find a match and ask if you want to copy information from your original application into the new one. Another option is to open a separate browser and copy/paste information from your old application into the new application.
Also, 
- In the "Application Information" section, complete the current student waiver questions to avoid having to pay an application fee.
- In the "Academic Background" section don't forget to add your current USC degree program to your education history.
- In the "Recommendations" section, when the system asks for two recommenders, make up two faux names and check the box indicating that they will not be submitting recommendations online.
- Yes, the "essay" questions (see Downloadable Forms) are required.
- Test scores and transcripts submitted to USC with your prior application should be on file in the USC admissions system. You should not have to submit new scores or transcripts.


Other Current USC Students - Creating a New Application

Applying to this program requires a new profile, password, and application under the Marshall instance of the online admissions system (http://www.marshall.usc.edu/admissions/applyonline). Much of the required information is the same, so you might want to open two browsers and copy/paste information from your original USC application into the Marshall application.

Also,
- In the "Application Information" section, complete the current student waiver questions to avoid having to pay an application fee.
- In the "Academic Background" section don't forget to add your current USC degree program to your education history.
- Yes, the recommendations are required.
- Yes, the "essay/additional information" questions (see Downloadable Forms) are required.
- Test scores and transcripts submitted to USC with your prior application should be on file in the USC admissions system. You should not have to submit new scores or transcripts.


What did we miss?

For more information, write to Financial.Analysis@marshall.usc.edu or call (213) 740-0671.