University of Southern California Master in Finance Program **Updated**

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USC is rolling out an MSF program now, giving the West Coast another much needed master in finance option.

The inaugural class is starting this May with 50 students. Right now GMAT/GRE is optional, but I would imagine that will change. I've reached out to admissions to get more information as the site is still in a process of development. Very exciting stuff.

http://msfhq.com/university-of-southern-california...

**** Update 2/5/13 ****

USC will NOT be rolling out a program this year. They are still discussing the possibility of starting a program and put the website up by mistake. There is a good possibility the program will start up in the future, but right now it is not happening.

Comments (68)

Jan 18, 2013

Wow.
Just in time.

Any word on GPA/GMAT targets? Would you expect them to be roughly equivalent to their full time MBA program. or the MACC?

Jan 18, 2013
lasampdoria:

Wow.
Just in time.

Any word on GPA/GMAT targets? Would you expect them to be roughly equivalent to their full time MBA program. or the MACC?

Well it seems like their class is already full so I wouldn't get too excited. Not sure what to think right now. I've reached out to them and am waiting to hear back.

Jan 18, 2013

Thank ANT

Jan 18, 2013

USC MSF = Very exciting

Jan 18, 2013

from marshall, seems very legit

Jan 18, 2013

If I am every able to relocate to SoCal, I would definitely consider this. I don't even really want a MSF, but if I could get employer sponsorship, I bet it would be a blast.

Jan 18, 2013

Requires no GMAT or GRE... interesting.

'Before you enter... be willing to pay the price'

Jan 18, 2013

Would imagine that without GMAT/GRE, GPA would have to be 3.7+.

But would definitely bite the bullet and wait a year to improve my profile if this program is legit.

Jan 19, 2013
lasampdoria:

Would imagine that without GMAT/GRE, GPA would have to be 3.7+.

But would definitely bite the bullet and wait a year to improve my profile if this program is legit.

I know Marshall is semi-target for Cal / West Coast, but is it really that good of a school? I'm not trying to be a douche, I'm really curious.

'Before you enter... be willing to pay the price'

Jan 19, 2013
BepBep12:
lasampdoria:

Would imagine that without GMAT/GRE, GPA would have to be 3.7+.

But would definitely bite the bullet and wait a year to improve my profile if this program is legit.

I know Marshall is semi-target for Cal / West Coast, but is it really that good of a school? I'm not trying to be a douche, I'm really curious.

Didn't get that impression at all BepBep12, no worries.

As a SoCal kid, I have seen first hand that for the LA IBD/high finance scene, USC/UCLA are more than enough to open the BB door. Is it that good of a school? It is certainly not as well regarded as Berkeley or Stanford, but it is certainly well-regarded by SoCal employers. If you want to go anywhere but LA/SF/San Diego, you might struggle competing with more grads from more prestigious schools.

USC usnews ranking: 24
USC forbes ranking: 95

For my goals and location preference, USC is definitely top 5.

Jan 19, 2013

That's really interesting, I literally might just toss my application in the mix to see what happens.

'Before you enter... be willing to pay the price'

Jan 19, 2013

Guys, do realize a couple things.

1) This program is already full this year

2) It is very likely that this is an overflow for international MBA applicants

3) I'd say it will take a couple years for this to be more formalized

Happy to see the program and a great addition, just be cognizant of this.

Jan 19, 2013
TNA:

Guys, do realize a couple things.

1) This program is already full this year

2) It is very likely that this is an overflow for international MBA applicants

3) I'd say it will take a couple years for this to be more formalized

Happy to see the program and a great addition, just be cognizant of this.

:( Opps.

'Before you enter... be willing to pay the price'

Jan 19, 2013

Bummer.

But if it's full, why is there a mention about a March 31 deadline, etc?

Not calling you out, just curious.

Jan 19, 2013

Opps, you are correct. When I read it the first time it seems as if they have filled their initial cohort. Looks like the are still accepting applications.

Jan 19, 2013

Wonder what the tuition will be? Seems to be a little bit of a range when it comes to MSF programs.

Jan 19, 2013
ALF.:

Wonder what the tuition will be? Seems to be a little bit of a range when it comes to MSF programs.

Yeah I'd expect tuition to match their MACC program. ANT, do new programs initially struggle with offering scholarships/grant aid? Is this something that more mature programs tend to offer? Thanks again,

Jan 20, 2013

their macc costs a fortune just for an accounting degree...

Jan 22, 2013

Update: USC MSF webpage has vanished.

Jan 25, 2013

Any more news on this alleged program? The webpage is still missing. Seems strange..

Sometimes when you bring the thunder... you get lost in the storm.

Jan 25, 2013

Yeah I updated my post about it. I think they are updating it or wasn't ready for the full attention they were receiving. I am sure it will be back.

Jan 25, 2013

No gmat required? Seems like kind of a red flag, no? I have no idea how USC normally places though.

Jan 27, 2013

How is the program full if they don't even have a site up?

Jan 28, 2013

Woah, even I'm interested in this. Very cool. Hope to hear more down the road.

"Millionaires don't use astrology, billionaires do"

Jan 28, 2013

must be pricey

Jan 30, 2013

Yo TNA. Any update on this development?

"Millionaires don't use astrology, billionaires do"

Jan 30, 2013

Nothing. I hit them up on twitter and got no response. Site is still down. I think they just freaked out some. I was sending like 20 clicks a day at their link, who knows how many more went through Google.

Jan 30, 2013

I see. Well cool, let us know if there's any updates. Thanks.

"Millionaires don't use astrology, billionaires do"

Feb 6, 2013

Major bummer. But life goes on.

Nov 15, 2013

I know its been a minute since this has last been discussed. But has any heard anything about this program since feb????

Nov 18, 2013
PaulOwen:

I know its been a minute since this has last been discussed. But has any heard anything about this program since feb????

Program is up and running for Summer 2014

Nov 21, 2013

I just saw this yesterday. Thanks!

Nov 21, 2013

I just saw this yesterday. Thanks!

Feb 4, 2014

does anyone know how much the tuition is? cant find anything online (using their other programmes as reference points i assume that it must be around $50K)

Oct 12, 2014

Tuition is around 65,000. They;ve updated their website

Oct 12, 2014

Post the link when you get a chance, I wasn't able to find it on google. Thanks! Edit: Used your link. Nice website!

@TNA I'm actually really interested in this. How will this program place relative to other MSF programs? I did a finance undergrad at a state school and am in an FLDP w/ a F100, but curious about using an MSF to switch to IB. Any thoughts? I turn 24 in May 2014.

Oct 12, 2014

Not 100% sure since it is going to be a new, first year program. USC's brand and reputation is really good and there are going to be a ton of alumni on the street. The West Coast doesn't have a ton of MSF programs so this is a welcome addition. I'd look at it like UT Austins first year. You'll be leveraging the schools brand and alumni mainly since there won't be any historic MSF placements.

Oct 12, 2014

Heads-up, your MAcc site is down

Oct 12, 2014

I'm currently a junior at a non-target,practicing my technicals, ramping up my networking, etc. so it is still possible for me to land IB straight out of undergrad...but damn I wouldn't mind going here. In the back of my mind I need to have plan B in case I don't get an internship this summer/FT recruiting doesn't go well.

Didn't want to borrow $30k/yr to attend there for undergrad but I'd borrow a decent amount of money for a masters there.

Thanks for the updates TNA

Oct 12, 2014

Thanks. Yeah. I need to convert it to the MSF hosting.

Oct 12, 2014

Hey TNA have you talked to anyone from USC about this yet? Just wondering when there will be information other than the brochure available

Oct 12, 2014

Website is back on line:

http://www.marshall.usc.edu/msf

Thanks to a WSO User for alerting me right away.

Oct 12, 2014

Very interested in this program. Be sure to post on here when there is a student review.

Oct 12, 2014

I'm going to do an updates post this week. I received more information from the program last week.

Oct 12, 2014

You know I like the curriculum but without any history of placements it's a risky move.

Oct 12, 2014
Thurnis Haley:

You know I like the curriculum but without any history of placements it's a risky move.

I worry less about placements and more about alumni base, business school reputation, and curriculum. I think as long as there is a good network in a location you would like to work, then you're certainly capable of getting of job in IB.

Oct 12, 2014

Agreed, but USC is a powerhouse in Cali and OCR should be strong. Probably easier to get in on the 1st year if you're a weaker applicant.

Oct 12, 2014

Just got an email from USC Admissions.

They said they received over 900 applications for this program. They will be sending out Acceptance letters in the next few weeks.

That is all I got from them. This is for the May 2014 Cohort.

Hope that helps

Good luck ALL.

Oct 12, 2014

SC got 900 applications specifically to its new MS Finance program? I wonder who all of those applicants were, because my impression has been that MSF programs typically get maybe 200-300 applicants and accept about a third.

Oct 12, 2014

USC has the worst MFE & Math Finance program. Literally no statistics/reviews post graduation.
So I have my doubts about this one.

Oct 12, 2014

MFE and Math Finance are run by Engineering and Math schools: MSF is in the Marshall Business School, different ball game ;)

Oct 12, 2014

What the hell, the average GMAT for the masters of finance program for USC is higher than their MBA.

Oct 12, 2014
undefined:

What the hell, the average GMAT for the masters of finance program for USC is higher than their MBA.

This does not surprise me as there is usually a large chinese (read: higher quant scores) contingent at these MSF programs. In fact, I would not be surprised if most of the top MSF programs have GMAT averages at or above their MBA counterparts.

Oct 12, 2014

This might apply to most MSF programs! but ye BobtheBanker's comment is not entirely true. check out the USC MSF website http://uscmsf.com/, the class is maybe 10-15% chinese

Oct 12, 2014

call them. useless to ask placement here. they'd love to tell how their grads placed. But from their crappy online resume book for MSF, i say don't expect too much out of them.

Oct 12, 2014
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Oct 12, 2014

USC's MSF program is run by a professor. Professors tend to now focus on placements, but on admitting students with the highest scores and best stats. Why? Because education is the end in itself. Admissions officers tend to think about placements which means you admit someone with slightly lower stats, but the ability to place.

Because of this I think you will see less emphasis on placements from USC's program. Does this mean it is a bad program? No.

If you are a domestic student with a modicum of social ability you will be able to land top jobs from the USC MSF program. There was a posted who did their MAcc degree right before the MSF went live and he landed an IB job from the USC network.

USC has a ridiculous network. There MBA is strong in that area. The school is a semi target. Simply network, talk with the MBA career office and take advantage of OCR. You don't need historic placements to tell you that students can succeed from this program if they take advantage of the resources available to them.

Oct 12, 2014
undefined:

USC's MSF program is run by a professor. Professors tend to now focus on placements, but on admitting students with the highest scores and best stats. Why? Because education is the end in itself. Admissions officers tend to think about placements which means you admit someone with slightly lower stats, but the ability to place.

Because of this I think you will see less emphasis on placements from USC's program. Does this mean it is a bad program? No.

If you are a domestic student with a modicum of social ability you will be able to land top jobs from the USC MSF program. There was a posted who did their MAcc degree right before the MSF went live and he landed an IB job from the USC network.

USC has a ridiculous network. There MBA is strong in that area. The school is a semi target. Simply network, talk with the MBA career office and take advantage of OCR. You don't need historic placements to tell you that students can succeed from this program if they take advantage of the resources available to them.

agree with everything except below:

"Professors tend to now focus on placements, but on admitting students with the highest scores and best stats. Why? Because education is the end in itself. Admissions officers tend to think about placements which means you admit someone with slightly lower stats, but the ability to place."

I think they tend to look for people who overqualify.
Since MSF is an afterthought to MBA and undergrads, if you don't have enough stats, you can't win in a dogfight of leftover OCR spots.

Oct 12, 2014

Looks like they improved the general formatting of this year's resume book - last year's was absolutely terrible

Oct 12, 2014
undefined:

Looks like they improved the general formatting of this year's resume book - last year's was absolutely terrible

agreed, the formats are much better.
a few trends: maybe 50% is from USC undergrad?! and everyone has this USC MSF Association thing..

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