Matt Stalcup, Master of Science in Financial Analysis '13
Invest in Your Financial Future from Here
“I really liked that the (Financial Analysis) program helped me achieve my personal goals while also working toward the greater good.”
Matt Stalcup, MSFA ‘13, was looking for a career in finance that aligned with the values he learned while in the United States Army. He found what he needed at USF.
After spending four years on active duty in the United States Army and four years in the Reserves, Matt Stalcup was looking for a way to get back into civilian life and the job market.
With an undergraduate degree in finance already under his belt, he found the Master of Science in Financial Analysis (MSFA) at the University of San Francisco (USF) was a perfect fit.
“I was looking for a way to transition back into the job market,” he said. “I discovered the MSFA program when I was looking at the MBA program. I really liked how it was tailored. It was very specific."
Stalcup said he liked that the MSFA program is a CFA Preferred Program Partner and that the program helped him hone his expertise.
The MSFA focuses on investment management, whether it is private or corporate finance, and that’s exactly what I wanted,” he said. “It also helped me to prepare for the CFA exam, which was invaluable.
USF’s values as a school aligned with Stalcup’s values on a personal level.
“USF embraces that there’s more to your career than personal gain and that’s important,” he said. “USF’s culture of service and effecting positive change has been very accommodating and very similar to those types of pursuits and thoughts, and it encouraged me to embrace that side of myself.”
During his earlier career in finance, Stalcup found his job unfulfilling. His MSFA degree and USF’s culture of changing the world from here has helped him do more.
Rather than make “rich people richer,” Stalcup now works with an endowment whose profits go toward scholarship money for the University of California, Berkeley. “When you have hard days or you start questioning why you are doing what you do,” he said, “or what the real purpose of what you’re doing is, you have an answer.”