University of Southern California

Curriculum

USC Marshall’s Master of Science in Finance gives you the keys to career success. Our one-year, intensive program offers a comprehensive foundation in finance and the flexibility to pursue your personal goals.

The program is built on a 36-unit curriculum that combines a broad array of required core and elective courses. Customize your focus with the mentorship of USC Marshall’s award-winning teachers, scholars and practitioners – renowned experts dedicated to honing your skills and advancing your future.

The MS in Finance experience starts with a week-long math boot camp and orientation featuring critical team building and alumni networking events.

Next up: summer term, where courses give you a solid grounding in key economics and accounting principles and develop your quantitative abilities.

By fall semester, you are ready to learn risk analysis, forecasting and portfolio management and to delve into issues around corporate financial policy. Now is the time to start specializing, with electives spanning topics like hedge funds, fixed income securities and real estate finance.

During the spring semester, you grow your knowledge of capital markets and financial valuation while increasing your electives in a wide range of subjects ranging from mergers and acquisitions to trading and exchanges to venture capital and private equity.

 
Sample Program
Course Number Title Units
Summer Term
GSBA 510 Accounting Concepts and Financial Reporting 3
GSBA 511 Managerial Economics 3
FBE 506 Quantitative Methods in Finance 3
GSBA 548 Corporate Finance 3
 
Fall Semester
FBE 531 Corporate Financial Policy and Corporate Governance 3
FBE 543 Forecasting and Risk Analysis 3
FBE 555 Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management 3
Elective Courses: Choose one from the list below.   3
 
Spring Semester
FBE 524 Money and Capital Markets 3
FBE 529 Financial Analysis and Valuation 3
Elective Courses: Choose two from the list below.   6
     
Total Units   36
     
Elective Courses:    
FBE 523 Venture Capital and Private Equity  
FBE 527 Entrepreneurial Finance: Financial Management for Developing Firms  
FBE 532 Corporate Financial Strategy  
FBE 533 CEO Pay, Incentives, and Corporate Governance  
FBE 535 Applied Finance in Fixed Income Securities  
FBE 540 Hedge Funds  
FBE 554 Trading and Exchanges  
FBE 557 Business Law and Ethics  
FBE 558 Legal Environment of Business and Corporate Governance  
FBE 559 Management of Financial Risk  
FBE 560 Mergers and Acquisitions  
FBE 562 Current Issues in International Finance  
FBE 563 Theory of International Trade  
FBE 565 Economics of Urban Land Use: Feasibility Studies  
FBE 571 Introduction to Financial Analysis: Practicum for CFA  
FBE 589 Mortgages and Mortgage-Backed Securities and Markets  
FBE 591 Real Estate Finance and Investment  
All electives are 3 units. NOTE: Not all electives are offered every semester. Consult the USC Schedule of Classes for course availability.