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Admissions

Graduate Certificate in Financial Analysis and Valuation

The Graduate Certificate in Financial Analysis and Valuation program is designed to enhance the individual's graduate-level education.

The program is open to current USC graduate students, USC alumni who have earned a graduate (master's or Ph.D.) degree in a related field, and individuals holding an MBA or related master's or Ph.D. degree from another institution. To qualify for admission to the program:

  • Current USC Marshall graduate business students must have a earned a minimum cumulative GPA in Certificate-related courses (microeconomics, macroeconomics, corporate finance, accounting) of at least 3.5.
  • Alumni must have completed their graduate degree with a cumulative USC graduate GPA of at least 3.3 and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 in Certificate-related courses.
  • Graduate students in other USC departments and those holding a master's or Ph.D. degree from another institution must have completed basic graduate/master's-level (post-baccalaureate) courses in accounting, microeconomics, macroeconomics, and corporate finance comparable to the first-year MBA curriculum while earning a minimum graduate GPA of 3.5 for those courses. Successful applicants will have scored above the 85th percentile on the GMAT and should have at least three years of full-time work experience.
     
  • Successful applicants will have achieved a score in at least the 85th percentile on the GMAT or the GRE and should have at least three years of full-time work experience.
     
  • For International students who did not spend 4 years completing a bachelor's degree at an American, British, Canadian or Australian college or university, proof of proficiency in English is required for admission. We accept scores from any of the following tests. (Only one is required. The minimums listed are not flexible.) Test scores are considered valid only if earned within 2 years of the applicant's intended first day of classes at USC.
    • The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a score of at least 100 with no less than 20 on each of the four test components.
    • The PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic) with a minimum score of 70.
    • The IELTS with a score of 7, with no less than 6 on each band score.

The program can be started in the fall, spring or summer term. Applicants are advised to consult the USC Schedule of Classes at classes.usc.edu for future course offerings to ensure that it will be possible to complete the program in the time allowed.

The Application Process

Applications to the Graduate Certificate in Financial Analysis and Valuation program (code 1340) are submitted online at gradadm.usc.edu/apply/.

A complete application includes the following items:

  • Completed on-line application form. (Current USC students should read the following information and also visit the FAQ page.)
  • Official Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or GRE scores no more than 5 years old.
  • Resume.
  • Responses to several short-answer/essay questions.
  • A nonrefundable application fee (waived for current USC students, USC staff, and USC alumni - see the FAQ page).
  • Transcripts: One official transcript from the registrar of each college or university attended except for USC received in an envelope sealed by the issuing institution. If all college or postgraduate work has not been completed, transcripts must be sent again when work in progress is completed and the degree is posted. Transcripts written in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified English translation.
  • Degree Verification: Applicants who completed degrees at institutions in non-English speaking countries are advised to submit documents verifying their degrees through the International Education Research Foundation (www.ierf.org/usc). Please visit the IERF website for details about required documents and fees. Use the USC link above to receive a USC discount.
  • International applicants must also submit TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores no more than 2 years old (from the start of the individual's first class) and verification of sufficient financial support. International applicants are advised to see the instructions for International Students published in the USC Graduate Admissions Application Booklet.

Note to USC Students and USC Alumni:

  • Current USC Marshall students and USC Marshall alumni are not required to submit an application fee, new GMAT or GRE scores, or new official transcripts to verify degrees earned prior to their attendance at USC. Copies must be uploaded to the application as instructed. Current USC student applicants may upload a copy of their STARS report in lieu of a USC transcript. Every applicant must submit responses to the short-answer questions included in the Program Materials section of the application.
  • USC students and alumni who have not previously applied to a graduate program in the Marshall School of Business must submit GMAT or GRE scores, but are not required to submit an application fee or new official transcripts to verify degrees earned prior to their attendance at USC. Copies must be uploaded to the application as instructed. Current USC student applicants may upload a copy of their STARS report in lieu of a USC transcript. Every applicant must submit responses to the short-answer "Questions" included in the Program Materials section of the application.
  • For more tips that simplify the application process, visit the FAQ page.

GMAT and PTE scores must be issued directly to USC by the GMAT testing service using the Marshall MBA school code - 389-9C-23.

GRE and TOEFL test scores must be released by the Educational Testing Service directly to USC school code 4852.

Test score time limits: GMAT and GRE scores must be from tests taken within the list five years of the anticipated start date. TOEFL and PTE scores must be from tests taken within two years of the anticipated start date.

Transcripts: Unofficial copies of transcripts are submitted as uploaded attachments to the online application. For expedited processing, official transcripts (in envelopes sealed by the issuing institution) may be sent to:

      Financial Analysis and Valuation Program
      c/o Susan Hunt
      STO 301, USC
      837 Downey Way
      Los Angeles, CA 90089-1145

For application deadlines refer to the Dates and Deadlines page of this web site.

For more information, write to Financial.Analysis@marshall.usc.edu or call (213) 740-0671.

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Marshall Spotlight

"I found the Certificate really beneficial for my career. The Certificate provided me with solid financial knowledge that helped me tremendously in my job. I would highly recommend the Certificate to students who are interested in a finance career."

Samuel Ho
FAV, 2013