University of Southern California

Program Overview

The Master of Science in Finance is an accelerated program that allows students to complete a graduate degree in 12 months, making them more marketable for finance careers. The program is open to graduating seniors of baccalaureate programs, as well as applicants who have already attained their bachelor’s degree or master’s degree; applicants who have earned or expect to earn a master’s degree in a related field could have some required courses waived.

Who would benefit from an MS in Finance?

The primary objective of the Master of Science in Finance is to provide individuals with the necessary skills and knowledge to become experts in finance and thus advance their careers. Both business and non-business students — with degrees in every subject from engineering to economics to cinematic arts to pharmacy — will benefit from the in-depth study of finance, preparing them for roles in management, acquisitions and other areas. The program provides students with tools, ideas and frameworks that will aid them in applying finance principles to businesses.

What are the advantages of an MS in Finance at Marshall?

The Master of Science in Finance allows undergraduates to earn a graduate degree without having to wait to acquire the work experience required for admission to an MBA program. Students complete the program over three terms, beginning coursework in the summer and finishing the following May. Because of the accelerated nature of the program, the Master of Science in Finance is also a cost-effective option for those considering a graduate degree.

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Program Features

More marketable: This program prepares students with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in finance and to understand the challenges of a rapidly evolving business environment.

No waiting: Unlike an MBA program, there are no minimum years of work experience required.

Accelerated program: Students can finish the program in three terms, beginning coursework in the summer and finishing the following May.

Cost-effective: The accelerated nature of the program makes it a cost-effective option for those considering a graduate degree.

Flexible curriculum: Students can personalize their degrees with elective courses on such topics as real estate, mergers and acquisitions, and international trade.

World-class faculty: All courses are taught on the USC campus by Marshall School faculty—award-winning teachers, scholars and practitioners. Our professors have earned their Ph.D. degrees at the best doctoral programs in the world, including Harvard, Stanford, and Wharton.

Trojan Network: USC is has more international students than any other university. The Trojan Network has loyal alumni in many countries who help each other after graduation. Our campus is in Los Angeles, a vibrant center for business and culture in the Pacific Rim.