A Flexible Curriculum

Students will gain comprehensive knowledge of finance and while having the flexibility to pursue individual interests.


USC Marshall’s Master of Science in Finance gives you the keys to career success. Our intensive program offers a comprehensive foundation in finance and the flexibility to pursue your personal goals.

The STEM-designated program is built on a 36-unit curriculum that combines a broad array of required core and elective courses. The 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 are taught on the University of Southern California campus by the Marshall School of Business’ award-winning teachers, scholars and practitioners.

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 the fall term, where courses give you a solid grounding in key economics and accounting principles and develop your quantitative abilities.

By spring semester, you are ready to learn risk analysis, forecasting and portfolio management and financial valuation. Now is the time to start specializing, with electives spanning topics like hedge funds, fixed income securities and real estate finance.

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

The MSF Course Plan

Term 1:

Term 2:


Term 3:

GSBA 542
Communication for Management
(1.5 units)
FBE 529
Financial Analysis & Valuation
(3 units)
FBE 531
Corporate Financial Policy & Corporate Governance
(3 units)
GSBA 510
Accounting Concepts & Financial Reporting
(3 units)
FBE 555
Investment Analysis & Portfolio Management
(3 units)
(3 units)
GSBA 511
Microeconomics for Management
(3 units)
(3 units)
(3 units)
GSBA 548
Corporate Finance
(3 units)
(3 units)
(1.5 units)
FBE 506
Quantitative Methods in Finance
(3 units)

Some electives choices that MSF students can choose from:

  • Venture Capital and Private Equity 
  • Entrepreneurial Finance: Financial Management for Developing Firms 
  • Applied Finance in Fixed Income Securities
  • Hedge Funds 
  • Trading and Exchanges 
  • Business Law and Ethics 
  • Law for Structuring, Financing, and Managing Businesses 
  • Management of Financial Risk 
  • Mergers and Acquisitions 
  • Behavioral Finance
  • Theory of International Trade 
  • Economics of Urban Land Use: Feasibility Studies
  • Introduction to / Intermediate / Advanced Financial Analysis: Practicum (only 1 level is approved)
  • Advanced Real Estate Law 
  • Mortgages and Mortgage-Backed Securities and Markets 
  • Real Estate Finance and Investment  
  • Special Topics
For more detailed descriptions of each course please visit the USC Schedule of Classes.