USF B.S. Business Administration Finance Major

From individual portfolio management to corporate investment analysis, the dynamic nature of the world of finance demands instruction that’s both diverse and experienced.

The USF Finance faculty consists of accomplished experts across the field – all of whom possess a doctorate degree in Finance, Economics, or International Business.

With a focus on providing students with a practical education, the Finance faculty members use real-life events and statistics when teaching in order to prepare their graduates to transition seamlessly into the business world.

Ivan Asensio

Assistant Professor

Ivan Oscar Asensio brings to USF more than 15-years of professional experience at global investment banks. He has worked at HSBC, Merrill Lynch...


Ph.D., Economics, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2013 | M.A., International Economics, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2011 | M.S., Statistics, University of California, Los Angeles, 2005 | B.S., Finance, University of Southern California, 1998 | B.A., Mathematics, University of Southern California, 1998


Investments, Macroeconomics for Finance, Fixed Income Valuation I, Derivatives I, Derivatives II, Fixed Income Valuation II, Financial Econometrics

Ludwig Chincarini

(415) 422-6992

Professor Ludwig B. Chincarini brings to USF over fifteen years of professional experience in the financial industry, specializing in portfolio...


Ph.D., Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1995 | B.A., Economics (Summa Cum Laude), University of California at Berkeley, 1991


Special Topic: Finance, Directed Study, Investments, Student Managed Fund I, Student Managed Fund II, Financial Markets, Applied Investment Analysis, Capital Market Theory

Xiaoya (Sara) Ding

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-4558

Xiaoya (Sara) Ding is an assistant professor of finance in the School of Management. Her research interests are primarily in international finance,...


Ph.D., Finance, School of Business, Queen’s University, Canada | M.A., Economics, College of Business and Economics, University of Guelph, Canada | M.A., Finance, School of Economics, Nankai University, China | B.A., Finance, School of Economics, Nankai University, China


International finance, empirical corporate finance, and empirical asset pricing


International Financial Management

Barry Doyle

Associate Dean / Professor
(415) 422-6129

Professor Barry W. Doyle, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and is a much-admired leader and educator in the undergraduate, MBA, and Executive MBA...


Ph.D., Finance, University of Oregon, 1985 | M.S., Management Science, University of California, Berkeley, 1979 | B.A., Psychology, Dartmouth College, 1970


Global Business Practicum, MBA Internship, Directed Study

Cathy Goldberg

Associate Professor
(415) 422-6991

Professor Cathy S. Goldberg is a highly accomplished scholar and teacher, with extensive expertise in corporate finance and emerging markets,...


Ph.D., Finance, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2001 | M.A, Education/Mathematics, Tulane University, 1996 | B.A., Commerce (#1 of graduating class), McGill University, 1986


Principles of Finance, Honors: Principles of Finance

John Gonzales

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-5245

Assistant Professor John Gonzales is internationally recognized for his service work as an economist focusing on transition economies, emerging...


Ph.D., Economics, University of Wisconsin, 1983 | M.A., Economics, University of Wisconsin, 1980 | B.A., Economics, California State University, Fullerton, 1978


Investment Analysis, Financial Institutions and Markets, Managerial Finance, MBA Internship, Microeconomics for Finance, Corporate Finance, Macroeconomics for Finance, Equity Valuation, International Finance, Capital Market Theory, Money, Banking, and Financial Institutions, Monetary Economics

Robert Mefford

(415) 422-6408

Robert Mefford, Professor of Finance, brings a breadth of international experience to USF, with research emphasis on global supply chains, lean...


Ph.D., International Business, University of California, Berkeley, 1983 | M.A., Economics, University of California, Berkeley, 1981 | M.B.A., Management, University of California, Los Angeles, 1966 | B.S., Industrial Management, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 1965


International Financial Management, International Finance I, International Finance II, Global Distribution and Channel Management

Frank Ohara

Department Chair / Professor
(415) 422-6406

Finance Department Chair Frank Ohara is recognized for his dedication to teaching excellence by the School of Management as the eight-time recipient...


Post Doctorate, Finance & Accounting, Hough Graduate School of Business, University of Florida | J.D., Santa Clara University, CA | B.S., Cornell University, Ithaca, NY


Investment Analysis, Intermediate Corporate Finance, Financial Statement Analysis, Special Topic: Finance, Finance, Directed Study, Corporate Financial Reporting and Analysis, Financial Case Analysis

Mehrnoush Shahhosseini

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-6228

Professor Shahhosseini is an assistant professor of finance at USF's School of Management. Her fields of research include banking, household debt,...


Ph.D., Economics (Focus in Finance), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL, 2016 | M.A., Economics, Sharif University of Technology, Iran, 2010 | B.S., Industrial Engineering, Alzahra University, Iran, 2007


Principles of Finance, International Financial Management

Manuel Tarrazo

(415) 422-2583

Manuel Tarrazo has taught a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses throughout his career at USF, including: financial management, investment...


PhD, Economics and Finance, State University of New York, Albany, NY, 1993 | MA, Economics, State University of New York, Albany, NY, 1985 | Licenciado, Economics (with concentration in Business and Public Finance), Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain, 1981


Corporate finance, financial management, investment analysis, entrepreneurial finance, and investing


Investment Analysis, Honors: Principles of Finance, Entrepreneurial Finance and Accounting

Nicholas Tay

(415) 422-6100

Professor Nicholas Tay’s research focuses on building theoretical models and conducting empirical studies to understand how human behaviors and...


PhD, Finance, Price College of Business, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK | ABD, Physics, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL | MS, Physics, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL | BS with Honors, Physics, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

John Veitch

Program Director / Professor
(415) 422-6271

John Veitch, Professor of Finance, and Director of the M.S. in Financial Analysis program, is an esteemed faculty member with over two decades of...


C.F.A. (Chartered Financial Analyst) designation, 1999 | Ph.D., Economics, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1985 | Degree: B.A., Economics and Mathematics, Trinity College, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1981


Global Business Conditions, MBA Internship, Macroeconomics for Finance, AGI Wall Street: Advanced Equity Valuation, Advanced Financial Statement Analysis, Ethics and Finance I, Econometrics, Financial Econometrics, MSFA Directed Study

Contact Info

Admission: Undergraduate

Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. and Saturdays by appointment

University of San Francisco
Main Campus
Lone Mountain, Second Floor
2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 422-6563