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MS Finance (MSF)

Master of Science in Finance

MSF

The primary objective of the USC Marshall Master of Science in Finance (MSF) program is to provide students with a flexible and rigorous STEM curriculum to prepare them for a wide range of career opportunities in finance. The MSF is a full-time program starting in August that allows students to earn a graduate degree in 16 months. All courses are taught on the University of Southern California campus by the Marshall School of Business’ award-winning teachers, researchers and practitioners.

Color photograph of students from the MS Finance program walking on the USC campus.
  • PROGRAM PROFILE

    Pacing: Full-Time

    Program Length: 16 months (Starts in August and Graduates by next December)

    Format: In-Person

    Class Schedule: Weekdays on campus

    Student Profile: Early-Career and Mid-Career Professionals

    STEM Designation: STEM Certified

MSF PROGRAM BENEFITS

  • The program prepares students for careers across a variety of functions including commercial and investment banking, asset management, quantitative research and trading, risk management, venture capital and private equity, consulting, sales and trading, impact investing and fintech.

MSF ACADEMIC OVERVIEW

  • The MS in Finance experience starts mid-August with a week-long math boot camp and orientation featuring critical team building, alumni networking events, and program and expectations overview. The fall term courses provide a solid foundation in key finance, economics and accounting principles and develop your quantitative abilities. 

    By spring semester, you begin to learn investment analysis and portfolio management, and financial analysis and valuation. Now is the time to start specializing, with electives spanning topics such as hedge funds, fixed income securities and real estate finance. 

    During the final fall semester, you delve into issues around corporate financial policy while increasing your knowledge in a wide range of subjects, ranging from mergers and acquisitions to trading and exchanges to venture capital and private equity.

APPLYING TO THE MSF PROGRAM

APPLICATION DEADLINES

  Deadline
Round 1 December 1, 2023
Round 2 February 1, 2024

Career Prospects

Enjoy an overview of the job opportunities that MSF alumni have experienced.

MSF FACULTY

Message From the Director: Julia Plotts

Decision-making is an essential management skill that can both drive and impede financial performance. The USC Master of Science in Finance Program (MSF) enables emerging business leaders to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the challenges and complexities of our business world. Our graduates become competent investors and financial analysts, responsible business professionals, skilled leaders, team players and ethical decision makers.

Our program is flexible, innovative and allows a degree of specialization that enables students to embark on careers across a variety of functions. We are committed to offering innovative classes, a collaborative culture and connections to the Trojan family. USC Marshall MSF experience includes learning from world-class researchers, accomplished practitioners and guest lecturers.

MSF STUDENT LIFE

  • Color photograph of students from the USC Marshall MS Finance program during a team building event on the USC campus.

    The Marshall Masters in Finance Association

    The Marshall Masters in Finance Association is a student-run organization that fosters community, professional development, career exploration and networking through corporate and alumni outreach, in addition to providing an avenue through which students can engage in extracurricular enrichment.

    GRADUATE STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

REQUEST INFORMATION

For more information about this program, please fill out the form below. If you have further questions you may EMAIL the admissions team directly.