Master of Science in Finance

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Non-Business Majors Welcome!

A solid foundation in finance can provide an advantage over the competition that can be applied to many fields, from cinematic arts to engineering.

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The Master of Science in Finance allows students to earn a graduate degree over three terms, beginning coursework in the summer and finishing the following May. The program’s accelerated nature is a cost-effective option for people considering a graduate degree.

Our program is young, yet it has already distinguished itself among similar offerings at top business schools nationwide. The uniqueness of its curriculum, the breadth and depth of faculty expertise and mentoring and the power of USC’s renowned Trojan Family – now more than 374,000 members strong, worldwide – have made the MS in Finance a premier destination for students looking to leverage opportunity and jump start their futures.

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 make an immediate impact as analysts within the various realms of finance and thus advance their careers. The program is open to both business and non-business undergraduates and equips them with tools, ideas and frameworks to excel in early-stage finance jobs.

Our MSF curriculum is designed to offer a comprehensive foundation in finance and flexibility to pursue individual interests. Core courses in accounting, economics, finance and quantitative analysis are 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 hedge funds. All courses will be taught on the University of Southern California campus by the Marshall School of Business’ award-winning teachers, scholars and practitioners.

The Marshall Difference

The USC Marshall School of Business stands at the forefront of creating and delivering programs that educate tomorrow's global business leaders, creating knowledge of management and the business environment, and addressing critical problems facing business and society, both locally and across the world.

Ours is a full-time residential program and all classes are thought on the University of Southern California vibrant campus located in the heart of one of the most diverse and dynamic metropolises on the planet.

USC Marshall has a world-class faculty of leading scholarly researchers and noted practitioners, all of whom make it their business to help you attain your goals.

Join our Trojan Family

The Master of Science in Finance program connects students to a global network that will yield career-wide – and lifelong – benefits.

Spanning 123 countries, the Trojan Family Network includes more than 85,000 Marshall alumni and 374,000 members USC-wide. These are your connections, your peers and your mentors, for the rest of your career, and throughout your life.

David Melstrom

“Being a Trojan is being ambitious, courageous, and resilient. Trojans push each other to strive for greatness and never give less than 110%. Trojans leave legacies.

Nothing compares to the power of the Trojan Network. Whether you are in LA, Manhattan, London, or Hong Kong, you will always run into other members of the Trojan Family. We share an unbreakable bond characterized by a dedication to excellence.”

David Melstrom
MSF Class of 2016

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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.

Pre-experience program: There are no minimum years of work experience required to be eligible to apply for the MSF program.

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 hedge funds.

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 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.