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.

A Customizable Curriculum

“Here at Marshall I have been able to learn a lot of knowledge that hasn't been just from a textbook but more real-world experience – things that you wouldn't necessarily learn at any other school.”
- Katherine Breiding
MSF Class of 2015

“Overall the general breadth of the whole curriculum is the programs greatest asset.”
- Kimberly Su
MSF Class of 2015