MS Finance

Graduate Career Services


The USC Marshall Graduate Career Services team draws upon the experience of seasoned professionals in a wide range of industries and functions – including consulting, consumer packaged goods, financial services, investment banking, healthcare, human capital management, marketing, management, nonprofit, retail and supply chain operations. Students meet with career advisors and global sector leads (GSL) for individualized coaching and guidance on skill building, strategic career planning and employment negotiations to help target a job search strategy for specific positions or companies.

Appointments with advisors may be made directly online via the My Career Services Online Portal (MCSO).


Lesley Adams

Associate Director, Career Strategist

Lesley G. Adams is the Career Strategist for the Master of Science in Finance program within Marshall’s Graduate Career Services team. She coaches MSF students on all aspects of their professional development – including resume writing and interviewing, job search strategy, social media presence, and much more -- to help them reach their career goals.

Lesley joins the Marshall team with a 20 year history of recruiting and coaching, including 15 years as Assistant Director of Graduate Career Management at Loyola Marymount University, where she coached and advised MBA, EMBA, and Specialty Masters students and alumni undergoing career transitions. During that time, she also oversaw the LMU MBA Alumni Association, including all of their seminars and networking events.

Prior to LMU, Lesley built and ran the corporate college relations program at Universal Studios, where she recruited the interns and MBA hires and facilitated the summer college program season. Her other positions include Human Resources and Recruiting within the non-profit, manufacturing, and engineering sectors, including two years with  Habitat for Humanity, Los Angeles, where she roofed the 2nd floor of a home on a 26 home build.  

Lesley received a Leadership Certificate in 2019 from LMU, a Human Resources Management Certificate from LMU in 2001, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the USC Dornsife School of Letters, Arts, and Sciences. She is a proud Trojan, and has been a volunteer leader for many years, serving on the USC Alumni Association Second Decade Society and on the Alumni Leadership Conference Planning Committee. Lesley is passionate about guiding individuals to their professional goals, and truly enjoys the process of assisting someone to find their calling.

In her spare time, you’ll find Lesley enjoying college football, wine tasting, taking walks on the beach, watching movies in a theater, and spending quality time with her family and friends.


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All career resources are uploaded to MCSO portal for 24/7 access. In addition, selected resources are also available in print format in the Career Services Center lobby, Popovich Hall 310.

A Calculated Career Move

Our team will help you get your financial career on track.

Fast track your career with USC Marshall’s MS in Finance. We do more than hone your talent – we also show you where it can lead. Ours is an individual approach, tailoring cutting-edge career resources to your individual goals. Expert advisors at Marshall connect you with:

  • Career Foundations Workshop Series (CFWS)
  • Alumni panels and networking events
  • One-on-one career advising
  • Peer-to-peer mentorship program
  • On-campus recruiting (career fairs and employer information sessions)
  • Online employment platform
  • Access to the Trojan Family, with more than 374,000 members worldwide


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