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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 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.

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 included in the online application.

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.

Current USC Students - Creating a New Application

Q: I'm a graduate student at USC. What do I have to do to apply?

A: You will need to submit a new application to apply for admission to this program. Applications to the Graduate Certificate are submitted on-line via

- If you have not used this system before, you will need to create a login and password. If you have applied to USC using this system before, use your existing login and password to retrieve your file.
- Select the "Add Program" tab and follow the directions to request an application fee waiver.
- Under the "Add Program" tab search for "Program Level" Certificate and select the Graduate Certificate in Financial Analysis and Valuation from the list.
- Return to the "My Application" tab and complete the required portions of the application. Test scores and transcripts submitted to USC with your prior application should be on file in the USC admissions system, so you should not have to submit new official scores or official transcripts, but do upload scanned copies to your application.
- In the "Academic Background" section don't forget to add your current USC degree program to your education history.
- In the "Program Materials" quadrant, the "Questions" are required.
- Don't forget to "Submit Application."

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