University of Southern California

Marshall Introduces a Master of Science in Finance
First Cohort to Start May 2014
October 24, 2013 • by News at Marshall

A new Master of Science in Finance degree program offered by the USC Marshall School of Business will allow students to complete an advanced degree in 12 months. Marshall’s Finance and Business Economics department will welcome its first cohort of students in May 2014; the application deadline for first-round admission is December 1, 2013.

The primary objective of the Master of Science in Finance is to provide students with the necessary skills and knowledge to excel in finance and gain a comparative advantage over the competition that can be applied to many fields.

Students will complete the accelerated program over three terms, with inaugural-round students beginning coursework in the summer and finishing the following May.

“We are pleased to offer a Master of Science in Finance for individuals who are interested in acquiring critical business skills and a comprehensive understanding of finance,” said James G. Ellis, dean of the Marshall School of Business. “By supplementing students’ knowledge in another field, this graduate program will better position them for success in a highly competitive economy.”

All courses will be taught on the University of Southern California campus by the Marshall School of Business’ award-winning faculty.

The curriculum will include 12 courses (nine required and three elective). Core courses in accounting, economics, finance and statistics will be supplemented with courses on the role of finance in corporations, investment analysis and portfolio theory, and forecasting and risk.

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

“Opportunities exist for people who have the skills needed to understand today’s financial environment,” said James P. Cunningham, associate professor of clinical finance and business economics and academic director of the Master of Science in Finance degree program. “Financial innovators know that a knowledge base of the fundamentals must be combined with applications, as well as the ability to perceive constraints and how the business environment changes.”

The Master of Science in Finance degree is accepting applications from graduating seniors of four-year baccalaureate programs, as well as applicants who have already attained their bachelor’s degree or master’s degree.


About the USC Marshall School of Business
Consistently ranked among the nation's premier schools, USC Marshall is internationally recognized for its emphasis on entrepreneurship and innovation, social responsibility and path-breaking research. Located in the heart of Los Angeles, one of the world's leading business centers and the U.S. gateway to the Pacific Rim, Marshall offers its 5,700-plus undergraduate and graduate students a unique world view and impressive global experiential opportunities. With an alumni community spanning 123 countries, USC Marshall students join a worldwide community of thought leaders who are redefining the way business works.