University of Southern California MSF Program Update – May 2021

It’s been a little while since I last checked in on the University of Southern California MSF program and when I was going through their website I found a bunch of information that I thought might be of interest. We are getting into the heart of application season for these masters programs and USC is always one of the most popular ones. I figure an update right about now would be perfectly timed. Enjoy!

2019 Placement Results

When I last updated everyone about the program there were only 2018 placement results posted (also going back to 2015 – very nice touch). In the interim, the university posted the most recent career report and it looks amazing. Below are the high points. You can find this report and the other, past reports by clicking this LINK.

  • Class Size 65
  • Students Seeking Jobs 88%
  • Accepted an Offer 95%
  • Employment at Graduation 50%
  • Employment 6 months after Graduation 95%
  • Average Base Salary $74,987
  • Median Base Salary $67,104

Key things to focus on are the 95% employed after graduation (which is great) and average base salary (also great). The USC MSF program is mainly international students (74% per the last class profile) which increases the difficulty in placing that many students in top permanent positions. The average base salary is high, indicative of the number of finance jobs graduates were able to get.

Below is a select list of organizations that have hired University of Southern California MSF graduates:

Amgen, IncEvercoreMorgan Stanley
Bank of AmericaGoldman SachsPwC (HK)
Bank of ChinaJP MorganRBC Capital Markets
CitigroupKPMGRoth Capital
DeloitteMattelWilshire Associates

The website has a number of US and international firms list, most of which you will be able to recognize quickly. The school also mentions where students find employment which I found very interesting. Obviously, California is heavily represented, but graduates went to work in Houston, New York, Seattle, Salt Lake City, and multiple cities in Asia.


I don’t have a lot to say that already hasn’t been said, but I did want to bring to everyone’s attention that USC is currently accepting applications on a space-available basis. If you want to apply and hopefully be accepted to this program, I would encourage you to do so quickly and also to reach out to admissions to see how many spaces are really open. Good luck.

That does it for this update. I am going to try and get some student reviews since I do not believe I have one for this program (or at least a recent one). More to come.


Here is a link to the University of Southern California MSF Program


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