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About the Program
The primary objective of the Master of Science in Finance is to provide individuals with the necessary skills and knowledge to become experts in finance and thus advance their careers. Both business and non-business students — with degrees in every subject from engineering to economics to cinematic arts to pharmacy — benefit from the in-depth study of finance, which prepares them for roles in management, acquisitions and other areas. The program provides students with tools, ideas and frameworks that aid them in applying finance principles to businesses.
The Master of Science in Finance allows undergraduates to earn a graduate degree without having to wait to acquire the work experience required for admission to an MBA program. Because of the accelerated nature of the program, the Master of Science in Finance is also a cost-effective option for those considering a graduate degree.
Program Format and Schedule
Students complete the MS in Finance program over three terms, beginning coursework in the summer and finishing the following May.
The curriculum includes 36 units, consisting of nine required courses and three elective courses. All courses are taught on the University of Southern California campus.
Core courses cover accounting, economics, finance and statistics. Students learn linear algebra and probability theory and use Stata and Matlab programming languages. The foundation is supplemented with courses on the role of finance in corporations, investment analysis and portfolio theory, and forecasting and risk.
Marshall’s flexible curriculum allows students to personalize their degree with elective courses in areas such as real estate, mergers and acquisitions, and hedge funds.