Overview

With just 3-5 additional courses beyond the MBA program, you can earn a joint MBA/MSA degree. You’ll learn how to apply accounting concepts and assess financial data to manage business challenges.

Armed with a strong background in strategic management, accounting, and financial management, you’ll graduate ready to join the ranks of key advisors for international or domestic organizations. You’ll also be eligible to take the CPA or CMA exam in Massachusetts.

The program is offered full-time and part-time at our main campus in Boston. The MBA portion of the joint degree can also be completed at North Campus. Many MSA courses are also available online.

Curriculum

Curriculum

14 to 24 courses
40 to 69 credits

Program Length
16-28 months of full-time study
24-46 months of part-time study

Required Introductory Course (1 Credit)

  • SBS-600 Effective Career Planning

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    SBS 600 is the first required course in Suffolk's graduate programs. The course is based on the precepts of experiential learning. Based on the idea that people learn best by participating in meaningful activities, this course provides students with the opportunity to learn about and experience first-hand the many complexities of business and the role of top managers. To accomplish this, SBS 600 is composed of several distinct parts, including the completion of a self-assessment instrument and their own written career development plan. In the campus sections of SBS 600, students will work in small groups as they take on the roles of top managers in a hands-on behavioral simulation. In the online sections, students will conduct a 360 degree evaluation to provide feedback.

    Type:

    MBA & Global MBA Required

MBA Core Courses (24 Credits)

May be waived with credit.

  • MBA-610 Organizational Behavior

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course explores human behavior and the overall functioning of organizational structures on three levels: the individual, the group, and the organization. Theoretical bases of behavior are used to provide understanding of people's attitudes, motives, and behaviors in group and organizational settings as they relate to leadership, motivation, power, perceptions, group dynamics, communication, diversity, organizational culture, and decision making.

    Type:

    MBA & Global MBA Core

  • MBA-622 Operations & Data Analysis

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course covers topics of operations management in the services, manufacturing and distribution industries while introducing statistics and quantitative analytic tools relevant to all functional areas. Applications include supply chain management, total quality management, forecasting, inventory planning and control, project planning and management, risk analysis, process design, and human resources issues in a global economy. Analytic tools for these applications include descriptive statistics and graphics, uncertainty assessment, inferences from samples, decision analysis and models, simulation, and regression analysis.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA & Global MBA Core

  • MBA-630 Economic Analysis for Managers

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course develops the basic tools for microeconomic and macroeconomic analysis with emphasis on business decision-making and the impact of economic policy on organizational performance and competitiveness with respect to global business.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA & Global MBA Core

  • MBA-640 Corporate Financial Reporting and Control

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Explores the structure and information content of the three principal financial statements of profit-directed companies, namely the income statement, balance sheet, and statement of cash flows. Students learn skills in how to use accounting information to analyze the performance and financial condition of a company, facilitate decision-making, planning and budgeting, and performance appraisal in a managerial context. Students with no prior background in accounting complete a programmed instruction in the mechanics of double entry accounting at the start of the course.

    Type:

    MBA & Global MBA Core

  • MBA-650 Value Based Financial Management

    Prerequisites:

    MBA 620, MBA 630, MBA 640

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course introduces the basic principles of corporate finance. The main focus is on fundamental principles such as time value of money, asset valuation, and risk and return tradeoff. Topics to be covered also include cost of capital, capital budgeting, and capital structure.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA & Global MBA Core

  • MBA-660 Marketing: the Challenge of Managing Value

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Marketing is changing - constantly driven by dramatic technology developments, globalization, and evolving consumption values, practices, and lifestyles. This course covers Marketing themes, theories, and trends that are critical for superior business performance in the 21st century. In this course, we will examine current marketing theory as it is being shaped by forward thinking academics and new developments in today's business practices. This course provides students with a strong foundation in marketing principles and practices required in upper level elective courses.

    Type:

    MBA & Global MBA Core

  • MBA-670 Information Management for Competitive Advantage

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course focuses on exploiting information systems (IS) and information technology (IT) for a competitive advantage. It explores the impact of IS and IT on the internal and external environments of organizations. It examines decisions needed for effective deployment of IS and IT, such as IT infrastructures selection, valuation of IT business models, and analysis of the operational benefits and risks. The course also introduces students to the opportunities and challenges of managing technology activities to meet the needs of business executives, IT executives, users, and IT partners.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA & Global MBA Core

  • MBA-680 Managing in the Ethical & Legal Environment

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course explores multidisciplinary analytical techniques and case analysis as strategic management tools to assist executives in successful navigation of an increasingly complex, evolving, and highly competitive business environment in which ethical, legal, economic, and regulatory forces are continuously reshaping the global marketplace both to create and limit competitive opportunities.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA & Global MBA Core

Note: If MBA 670 is not waived, substitute ACCT 865
If MBA 680 is not waived, substitute BLLS 800.

Global Requirement (3 Credits)

  • MBA-780 Managing in Global Environment

    Prerequisites:

    All MBA core courses except MBA 670 and MBA 680 Students seeking special permission to take MBA 780 (concurrent with pre-req, above capacity, etc.) should contact the MBA Programs office at 617-573-8306

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course introduces the student to the fundamentals of the global business environment and the cross-cultural factors that affect management practice in this environment. Topics covered include: economic environment, free trade and regional integration, foreign direct investment, exchange rate determination and relevant government policies; the decision to go international; the multinational firm and its business functions.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA & Global MBA Required

*Prerequisites: all MBA core courses except MBA 670 and MBA 680

MSA Preparation Courses* (6 Credits)

*May be waived with credit.

  • ACCT-801 Graduate Financial Accounting II

    Prerequisites:

    ACCT 800 or MBA 640;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students learn the practice of financial accounting and reporting under USGAAP. They explore the measurement and reporting of various asset, liability, and equity accounts; measurement and reporting of revenue, expense and net income; and the presentation and interpretation of financial statements. Pronouncements of authoritative sources such as the SEC, AICPA and the FASB are also studied. Reference is made to accounting practices in other countries and to pronouncements by the IASB.

    Type:

    MBA Accounting

  • ACCT-804 Cost Information, Decision and Control

    Prerequisites:

    MBA 640 or ACCT 800;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students learn the concepts and practices of cost measurement: variable costing, cost-volume-profit analysis, setting goals and monitoring performance, standard costing and variance analysis. They learn how to work with multiple products - standard mix and mix variances; joint and by-product costing; measurement and control of overhead costs, and constructing operating, working capital and capital budgets. They study analysis in support of decisions, such as pricing, setting product line and customer profitability policy, and sourcing of products and services, and matching costing systems to strategy.

    Type:

    MBA Accounting


MSA Required Elective Courses (9 Credits)

  • ACCT-802 Graduate Financial Accounting III

    Prerequisites:

    ACCT 801;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Continues the treatment of financial accounting and reporting from ACCT 801. Students learn the US GAAP accounting treatment of corporate securities and derivative contracts, treasury stock, contingent and recognized liabilities - including post-retirement benefits, bonds and leases, and the allocation of corporate tax expense. Accounting for inflation and changing prices are also discussed.

    Type:

    MBA Accounting

  • ACCT-824 Corporate Financial Reporting and Analysis

    Prerequisites:

    ACCT 802 and MBA 650 or program director approval;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students learn about the assessment of corporate strategy in respect to creation and retention of value; identification and management of risk and valuation of companies and financial securities. Students develop a framework for analyzing corporate performance and projecting future performance, assessing quality of accounting and disclosure, and examining research relevant to financial reporting and analysis and equity prices in the public financial markets.

    Type:

    MBA Accounting

  • ACIB-872 Multinational Financial Analysis and Control

    Prerequisites:

    ACCT 801 or MBA 640; and MBA 650

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students develop an understanding of differences among nations in approaches to disclosure and choices of accounting measurement systems. They learn about the influence of the IASB and IOSCO on multinational accounting harmonization, contrasting historical cost/purchasing power accounting with other accounting approaches, including current value accounting. They will assess how differences in industrial and ownership structures affect accounting performance measurement. They will also analyze risk management, accounting for derivative contracts, consolidation accounting, budgetary control, and transfer pricing in a multinational company.

    Type:

    MBA International Business,MBA Accounting

MSA Core Courses (6 Credits)

*May be waived for substitution.

  • ACCT-825 Corporate Financial Planning and Control

    Prerequisites:

    ACCT 801 and ACCT 804 or program director approval;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students learn the importance of financial information to corporate strategy and assessment of key performance areas and principal sources of business risk. They develop a framework for designing responsible accounting systems to map corporate strategy, key performance indicators, and risk into the managerial organization and learn to balance financial and non-financial measures of performance. Students also research and study organizational issues around managerial incentives and performance measurement and creating a learning organization.

    Type:

    MBA Accounting

  • ACCT-865 Technology and Financial Information Systems

    Prerequisites:

    MBA 640 or ACCT 801;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students learn how information management technologies affect the provision of disclosing financial information to management and to the financial markets. Students learn financial modeling to support planning and control processes, decision and executive support systems, database design, technical aspects of organizational communication and the implementation of internal controls; privacy and data security issues.

    Type:

    MBA Accounting

*These courses may be waived and another elective substituted at the discretion of the Director of Graduate Programs in Accounting.

Electives (15 Credits)

All electives must be taken within the Sawyer Business School and be 800-level or above. ACCT-802, ACCT-824 and ACIB-872 are required electives. Three MBA electives cannot be ACCT or ACIB. Beyond ACCT, no more than two electives in one functional area. Elective offerings vary depending on semester and location (Boston campus, North Campus, online).

Required Capstones (6 Credits)

  • MBA-800 Strategic Management

    Prerequisites:

    All MBA core courses and MBA 780 Students seeking special permission to take MBA 800 (concurrent with pre-req, above capacity, etc.) should contact the MBA Programs office at 617-573-8306

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    In this course, students will develop a multi- functional general management perspective. Students will be required to integrate and apply knowledge and techniques learned in the core courses of the MBA program. Students will also learn about the principal concepts, frameworks, and techniques of strategic management, they will develop the capacity for strategic thinking, and they will examine the organizational and environ- mental contexts in which strategic management unfolds. Students will achieve these course objectives through a variety of learning activities, such as case studies, computer simulations, examinations, project reports, and experiential exercises.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA & Global MBA Required

  • ACCT-861 Leadership in the Financial Professions

    Prerequisites:

    ACCT 802 or program director approval;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students learn theories and practice of income measurement and valuation of assets and liabilities; accounting policy making and the standard setting process; the SEC, AICPA, FAF and FASB, and the FEI; and their respective roles in accounting policy and practice. They discuss aspects of professionalism and ethics for the public and corporate accountants. They learn about the limitation of liability, tort reform and the U.S. accounting profession, access to U.S. public financial markets, approaches to accounting measurement and standard setting in other countries, and the role of the IASB

    Type:

    MBA Accounting

Waiver/Transfer Policy

Waiver Policy

Core courses may be waived. Required MBA Courses (SBS 600, MBA 780 and MBA 800) cannot be waived.

To waive a core course, a student must successfully complete equivalent academic coursework at the undergraduate/graduate level in the seven years prior to MBA matriculation (“B” or better).

All waiver requests are evaluated upon a student’s acceptance into the MBA Program and are waived during the student’s first semester. A student receives credit for each course waived, thereby reducing the total number of courses for the MBA degree. You may also elect to take a proficiency exam to gain a waiver. Proficiency exams must be taken in the first semester. All MBA students must, however, complete a minimum of 31 credits (10 courses and SBS 600) in the Sawyer Business School.

Students Entering the Suffolk MBA or Global MBA

Six credits of elective courses, taken at the graduate level from an AACSB-accredited graduate program in business, may be transferred if the credits do not apply to a previously completed degree. Transfer credits must have an earned grade of "B" or better and be taken within five years prior to entering the Suffolk MBA programs. Transfer credits apply only to electives.

Students Who Leave Boston Before Their Degree is Complete

Occasionally, Suffolk MBA students must leave the Boston area having not yet completed their degree. The Business School has several options available to ensure completion of the Suffolk MBA. You may be able to transfer in six credits of elective courses from an AACSB-accredited MBA close to your new place of residence. Courses must be pre-approved by Suffolk’s assistant dean of graduate programs and have a grade of "B" or better.

Students who leave the area may also complete their Suffolk MBA online.

Regardless of proficiency exams and waiver or transfer credits, all students must complete a minimum of 31 credits (10 courses and the one-credit SBS 600 Effective Career Planning course) in the Sawyer Business School to earn the Suffolk MBA. Global MBAs must earn at least 33 credits within the Sawyer Business School. In some instances, students may have to substitute Sawyer Business School electives for waived core courses. 

Transfer credits from the Moakley Center for Public Management’s certificate programs to the MBA

Students who have completed a certificate program through the Suffolk University Moakley Center for Public Management may transfer a maximum of 12 elective credits to the MBA or the MBA/Nonprofit elective portion of the MBA degree. Graduate course transfers may be considered for students who completed a P.AD 800 level graduate course equivalent, receiving a B or better within 5 years prior of entering the MBA program. Applicants must successfully complete the certificate prior to enrolling in the MBA and cannot be enrolled in two programs at the same time. Applicants must also meet MBA admission standards. All transfers are reviewed on a case by case basis by the MBA Programs Office.