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 one-year, intensive program offers a comprehensive foundation in finance and the flexibility to pursue your personal goals.

The 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 in the end of May with a week-long math boot camp and orientation featuring critical team building, alumni networking events, and the summer term, where courses give you a solid grounding in key economics and accounting principles and develop your quantitative abilities.

By fall semester, you are ready to learn risk analysis, forecasting and portfolio management and to delve into issues around corporate financial policy. Now is the time to start specializing, with electives spanning topics like hedge funds, fixed income securities and real estate finance.

During the spring semester, you grow your knowledge of capital markets and financial valuation 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

MSF Course Plan

List of approved electives MSF students are eligible to take: 

FBE 523 –  Venture Capital and Private Equity 
FBE 527 –  Entrepreneurial Finance: Financial Management for Developing Firms 
FBE 535 –  Applied Finance in Fixed Income Securities
FBE 540 –  Hedge Funds 
FBE 554 –  Trading and Exchanges 
FBE 557 –  Business Law and Ethics 
FBE 558 –  Law for Structuring, Financing, and Managing Businesses 
FBE 559 –  Management of Financial Risk 
FBE 560 –  Mergers and Acquisitions 
FBE 563 –  Theory of International Trade 
FBE 565 –  Economics of Urban Land Use: Feasibility Studies
FBE 571, 572, or 573 –  Introduction to / Intermediate / Advanced Financial Analysis: Practicum (only 1 level is approved)
FBE 588 –  Advanced Real Estate Law 
FBE 589 –  Mortgages and Mortgage-Backed Securities and Markets 
FBE 591 –  Real Estate Finance and Investment  
FBE 599 –  Special Topics
For more detailed descriptions of each course please visit the USC Schedule of Classes.