University of Southern California MSF Student Review #3

As I mentioned in my previous post, the University of Southern California MSF program has been amazing and has helped me with a number of student perspectives and reviews of their MSF program. This is the third installment of these reviews. I have a few more to come so keep coming back!

Why did you pursue a Masters in Finance program? Why the USC MSF in particular?

  • From learning FX rates at age 10 to investing in my free time, I have always known I wanted to pursue a career in finance. I decided to pursue the MSF degree to gain a better understanding of the ins & outs of the financial services industry.
  • I chose the USC MSF because I wanted to learn from the reputable professors at the Marshall School of Business and gain access to unique opportunities such as the CFA scholarship. The USC MSF program taught me to think critically and prepared me for analytical roles in many industries beyond banking, such as risk management and data analytics.

Pros / Cons (if any) of the program?

  • Pros:
    • Being surrounded by like-minded, driven individuals from across the globe.
    • The support system the program administration and career center provide.
    • The depth of the coursework.
  • Cons:
    • I’m already counting the days to go back for my Ph.D.!

Who would you recommend this degree to?

  • What I love about MSF is that there is no “ideal candidate”. Students come from diverse educational and geographical backgrounds, which makes the program unique. That being said, anyone interested in finance, investing, management, business, entrepreneurship, and/or accounting can consider this program. The USC MSF is exceptionally valuable for those passionate about finance.
  • Favorite classes or favorite aspects of your experience in the program.
    • Classes:
      • FBE 501: Investment Banking Fundamentals
      • FBE 543: Forecasting & Risk Analysis
      • FBE 551: Quantitative Investments
      • DSO 510: Business Analytics
    • Aspects:
      • The fun team-building events the program administration holds.
      • Meeting amazing individuals from across the globe who I know will be my friends for life.

I can’t express my appreciation to these students who take the time to write these reviews. They are instrumental in helping interested applicants when they are making their decision on which program to apply to.


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


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