Overview

The Master of Science in Finance (MSF)/JD dual degree prepares you to be successful in a world where legal and business responsibilities are intertwined.

Having a combined expertise in law and finance opens the doors to career opportunities in finance and securities law, corporate law, intellectual property protection, and regulatory compliance.

Alumnus Chris Marston (MSF/JD ’04), CEO of Exemplar Law Partners, LLC, is one of many alumni who credits his success to the program.

“As the managing partner of a law firm, I cannot emphasize enough how important both my legal and financial skills have been in growing this business. My firm specializes in corporate legal matters, so having a strong understanding of financial principals is a huge part of what I do–and the skills I learned in the MSF/JD program allow me to add tremendous value to my clients every day,” Marston said.

Curriculum

Curriculum

12-17 Courses (MSF Portion Only)
32-47 Credits
*Refer to the Law School for the Law School Portion of your degree

Program Length
4 years of full-time study
5-6 years of part-time study

Required Introductory Courses (2 credits)

Must be taken on campus in first semester of program.

  • 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

  • FIN-601 Introduction to Statistics, Accounting, & Finance Intensive

    Prerequisites:

    MSF and MSFSB students only;

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    This is a two-day long, boot camp-style course which introduces students to the basic concepts of math, statistics, accounting, and finance. Given the technical nature of modern finance, this course is designed to prepare students for the challenges of taking advanced finance courses. The course is based on lectures, problem solving, and discussion of concepts.

Required Prerequisite Courses (12 Credits)

Must be taken or waived prior to enrolling in Finance Core Courses.

  • MBA-622 Operations & Data Analysis

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Introduces students to operations management in the services, manufacturing and distribution industries while covering 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, 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-622, MBA-630 and MBA-640 or ACCT-800;

    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

Elective Prerequisite Course (3 Credits)

May be taken at any point in program. Select one (1) Elective Prerequisite Course if none have been waived. If comparable business law courses are taken as part of your JD degree, this section may be waived. Contact the Graduate Programs in Finance Office for information and advising at 617-573-8641 or msf@suffolk.edu.

  • 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-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:

    Focuses on using information systems (IS) and information technology (IT) for a competitive advantage. Explores the impact of IS and IT on the internal and external environments of organizations. Introduces students to the opportunities and challenges of managing IS and IT to meet the needs of business executives, managers, users, and partners. Students discuss readings and learn from technology presentations to examine decisions pertaining to selection of IS and IT intended to maximize benefits while minimizing costs and risks of implementation.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA & Global MBA Core

  • MBA-680 Managing in the Ethical & Legal Environment

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Uses multidisciplinary analytical techniques and case analysis as strategic management tools to assist executives. Surveys the 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

Finance Core Courses (18 Credits)

  • FIN-800 Financial Statement Analysis for Financial Institutions

    Prerequisites:

    MBA 650

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    An in-depth analysis of financial statements, this course is designed to help investors and managers in their assessment of business entity. This course also analyzes financial services industry: bank financial statement analysis with an emphasis on off- balance sheet lending and borrowing, capital structure issues, and innovations in mortgage-backed securities and asset-based financing techniques are covered. Additionally, the tax implications of various derivative securities is studied.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Finance

  • FIN-808 General Theory in Corporate Finance

    Prerequisites:

    Take MBA 650

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course extends the body of knowledge acquired in MBA 650. Students expand knowledge of dividend theory, capital structure theory, capital budgeting, long-term financing decisions, cash management and corporate restructuring, market efficiency, and risk and liability management.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Finance

  • FIN-810 Investment Analysis

    Prerequisites:

    MBA 750 or MBA 650

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students examine markets for investment procedures, valuation models, basic analytical techniques, and factors influencing risk/return tradeoffs. This course emphasizes the professional approach to managing investment assets. A variety of investment vehicles are discussed, including stocks, bonds, options, and futures.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Finance

  • FIN-814 Options and Futures

    Prerequisites:

    MBA-650

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students explore the pricing of options and futures contracts, the characteristics of the markets in which these contracts are traded, options and futures strategies, and the application of these contracts in the hedging of financial positions. In addition, students are exposed to swap markets and a variety of swaps.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Finance

  • FIN-818 Financial Econometrics

    Prerequisites:

    MBA-650

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students are introduced to mathematical statistics and basic econometrics. They study fundamental econometric tools as well as hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, linear regressions, simultaneous equations, and models of qualitative choice.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Finance

  • FIN-820 Financial Policy

    Prerequisites:

    Take FIN-808, FIN-810, and FIN-814. (FIN-814 can be taken concurrently)

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students examine financial theories, techniques, and models applied to the study of corporate financial decisions, aspects of corporate strategy, industry structure, and the functioning of capital markets.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Finance

Concentration Descriptions and Applicable Elective Courses (12 Credits)

Choose between two (2) and four (4) Elective Courses (Depends on Waiver Status). Credits above reflect transcript review and indicate how many elective credits are required. If four (4) electives are required for your program, three (3) must be in the concentration of your choice.

Corporate Finance Concentration

A corporate manager is continuously faced with financial choices. These choices include deciding which projects to pursue, allocating scarce resources to maximize profit, and finding alternative approaches to provide funds for various projects. Corporate Finance is the study of a framework that can be used to evaluate these choices.


  • FIN-801 Money & Capital Markets

    Prerequisites:

    MBA 650

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students analyze markets for financial assets, including the money market and various bond and stock markets. They learn determinants of the level and structure of interest rates, the Federal Reserve impact on markets, how financial institutions operate with respect to their sources and uses of funds, essentials of the regulatory structure of financial markets, transaction costs, and interrelations among markets.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

    Type:

    MBA Finance

  • FIN-812 Capital Budgeting

    Prerequisites:

    MBA-650

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students examine techniques and decision-making rules for the evaluation and selection of long-term investment projects by corporations and the interaction of investment and financing.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Finance

  • FIN-851 Working Capital Management

    Prerequisites:

    Take MBA-650;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Theoretical and practical issues involved in the management of current assets and liabilities, with emphasis on the formulation and the financing aspects of a working capital policy.

    Type:

    MBA Finance

  • FIN-880 Investment Banking

    Prerequisites:

    MBA 650

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students analyze the main functions of investment banks such as origination, syndication, and distribution of security issues. They examine pricing of new issues and secondary offerings by investment banks, mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, valuation of closely held companies, and restructuring of distressed companies. The role of investment bankers in restructuring industry and financing governments and ethical issues faced by investment bankers will be studied.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    MBA Finance

  • FIN-882 Applied Risk Management

    Prerequisites:

    FIN-810 (may be taken concurrently)

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students develop a framework for understanding, analyzing, and valuing modern financial instruments. Students examine several types of derivative securities and their use in managing financial risk. While the interests of issuers, intermediaries, and investors will all be considered, the primary emphasis will be on the perspective of corporate financial managers and the use of modern financial technology in the creation of value for shareholders.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    MBA Finance

  • FIN-895 MSF Thesis

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    MSF Thesis work

  • FIN-910 Directed Individual Study

    Prerequisites:

    Instructor's approval required

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    A student-initiated directed study project, generally for three credit hours and completed within one quarter or semester. The student and faculty advisor must concur on a written proposal and final report, and the proposal must be approved by the Office of the Dean prior to registration.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Finance

  • FNIB-825 Multinational Financial Management

    Prerequisites:

    MBA-650 OR MBA-750

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course covers corporate financial decisions in an international setting with a focus on foreign exchange management and capital budgeting.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA International Business,MBA Finance

  • MGIB-850 Global Travel Seminar

    Prerequisites:

    SBS-600

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The seminar is designed to develop student's awareness, understanding and knowledge of managing in an international context. The format will consist of several preparatory sessions, at Suffolk and an intensive one week seminar outside the United States. Topics will include, but are not limited to, managing cultural and structural differences, geo-political-economic considerations, international human resources and strategic management issues. The scheduling and the host country destination, as well as content emphasis, will vary from term to term. A maximum of two off-campus courses is permitted subject to the 30 credit residency requirement.

    Type:

    MBA International Business,Global MBA Required

Risk Management Concentration

The Risk Management concentration integrates key areas of financial risk with global industry needs and best practices. You will learn how to assess and manage various types of financial risks in a global company. The curriculum also aligns with the Global Association of Risk Professionals’ Financial Risk Manager certification program.

  • FIN-816 Global Financial Institutions Management

    Prerequisites:

    Take MBA-650;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students learn concepts and techniques required for successful management. They also analyze the interplay between regulation and innovation, and their joint effect on the organizational structure of financial institutions.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Finance

  • FIN-831 Portfolio Management

    Prerequisites:

    FIN 810

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students learn theory and techniques of scientific portfolio management, including the establishment of portfolio objectives, evaluation of portfolio performance, asset allocation strategies, and the use of derivative securities in portfolio insurance.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

    Type:

    MBA Finance

  • FIN-882 Applied Risk Management

    Prerequisites:

    FIN-810 (may be taken concurrently)

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students develop a framework for understanding, analyzing, and valuing modern financial instruments. Students examine several types of derivative securities and their use in managing financial risk. While the interests of issuers, intermediaries, and investors will all be considered, the primary emphasis will be on the perspective of corporate financial managers and the use of modern financial technology in the creation of value for shareholders.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    MBA Finance

  • FIN-884 Fixed Income Securities

    Prerequisites:

    Take FIN-810

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The course is designed to provide information on various types of fixed income securities and markets, theories and concepts of the term structure of interest rates and valuation of fixed income securities, measurement and management of risk for traditional bonds and bonds with embedded options, understanding of the role of derivatives such as mortgage-backed securities, asset-backed securities, swaps and exotic options, credit analysis and bond rating, portfolio management and performance evaluation. This course is generally offered as an intensive elective.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

    Type:

    MBA Finance

  • FIN-885 Enterprise Risk Management

    Prerequisites:

    MBA-650

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Theory, practice and problems of risk-bearing in business, and personal pursuits including life, property, and casualty insurance and dealing with contract analysis and investments as well as corporate risk management. Topics in personal financial planning, estate planning, and the role of wills and investments are reviewed in detail. Prerequisites: FIN 808 or FIN 810.

    Type:

    MBA Finance

 *Students who choose the Risk management Elective Concentration must take FIN 816 & FIN 882 as part of their program.

Investments Concentration

Investments will help you understand asset management, security valuations, capital markets, portfolio management and the process of issuing securities. The MSF curriculum incorporates at least 70 percent of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge and was therefore accepted by the CFA University Recognition Program.

  • FIN-801 Money & Capital Markets

    Prerequisites:

    MBA 650

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students analyze markets for financial assets, including the money market and various bond and stock markets. They learn determinants of the level and structure of interest rates, the Federal Reserve impact on markets, how financial institutions operate with respect to their sources and uses of funds, essentials of the regulatory structure of financial markets, transaction costs, and interrelations among markets.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

    Type:

    MBA Finance

  • FIN-831 Portfolio Management

    Prerequisites:

    FIN 810

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students learn theory and techniques of scientific portfolio management, including the establishment of portfolio objectives, evaluation of portfolio performance, asset allocation strategies, and the use of derivative securities in portfolio insurance.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

    Type:

    MBA Finance

  • FIN-880 Investment Banking

    Prerequisites:

    MBA 650

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students analyze the main functions of investment banks such as origination, syndication, and distribution of security issues. They examine pricing of new issues and secondary offerings by investment banks, mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, valuation of closely held companies, and restructuring of distressed companies. The role of investment bankers in restructuring industry and financing governments and ethical issues faced by investment bankers will be studied.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    MBA Finance

  • FIN-881 Real Estate

    Prerequisites:

    Take MBA-650;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students are introduced to the language and principles of real estate. Includes an overview of decision-making in the field, with particular emphasis on investment and asset management.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    MBA Finance

  • FIN-882 Applied Risk Management

    Prerequisites:

    FIN-810 (may be taken concurrently)

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students develop a framework for understanding, analyzing, and valuing modern financial instruments. Students examine several types of derivative securities and their use in managing financial risk. While the interests of issuers, intermediaries, and investors will all be considered, the primary emphasis will be on the perspective of corporate financial managers and the use of modern financial technology in the creation of value for shareholders.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    MBA Finance

  • FIN-884 Fixed Income Securities

    Prerequisites:

    Take FIN-810

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The course is designed to provide information on various types of fixed income securities and markets, theories and concepts of the term structure of interest rates and valuation of fixed income securities, measurement and management of risk for traditional bonds and bonds with embedded options, understanding of the role of derivatives such as mortgage-backed securities, asset-backed securities, swaps and exotic options, credit analysis and bond rating, portfolio management and performance evaluation. This course is generally offered as an intensive elective.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

    Type:

    MBA Finance

  • FIN-885 Enterprise Risk Management

    Prerequisites:

    MBA-650

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Theory, practice and problems of risk-bearing in business, and personal pursuits including life, property, and casualty insurance and dealing with contract analysis and investments as well as corporate risk management. Topics in personal financial planning, estate planning, and the role of wills and investments are reviewed in detail. Prerequisites: FIN 808 or FIN 810.

    Type:

    MBA Finance

  • FIN-887 Fundamental Equity Analysis

    Prerequisites:

    Take FIN-810;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students examine fundamental equity analysis as the convergence of a number of skills such as accounting, financial, and strategic analysis with detective work and experience. Students practice communicating and defending an argument, use a business analysis framework that helps tie together strategy and finance, practice model building and practical approach to profitability in the markets.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

    Type:

    MBA Finance

  • FIN-895 MSF Thesis

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    MSF Thesis work

  • FIN-910 Directed Individual Study

    Prerequisites:

    Instructor's approval required

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    A student-initiated directed study project, generally for three credit hours and completed within one quarter or semester. The student and faculty advisor must concur on a written proposal and final report, and the proposal must be approved by the Office of the Dean prior to registration.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Finance

  • MGIB-850 Global Travel Seminar

    Prerequisites:

    SBS-600

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The seminar is designed to develop student's awareness, understanding and knowledge of managing in an international context. The format will consist of several preparatory sessions, at Suffolk and an intensive one week seminar outside the United States. Topics will include, but are not limited to, managing cultural and structural differences, geo-political-economic considerations, international human resources and strategic management issues. The scheduling and the host country destination, as well as content emphasis, will vary from term to term. A maximum of two off-campus courses is permitted subject to the 30 credit residency requirement.

    Type:

    MBA International Business,Global MBA Required

How to Apply

Students applying to this program must meet the admissions requirements for both the JD and the MSF programs.

New Students

Submit your JD/MSF application to the Law School only. If accepted to the JD/MSF, the LSAT is substituted for the GMAT or GRE score.

Visit http://www.law.suffolk.edu and www.suffolk.edu/gradadm for more information regarding the admission process.

Current Law Students

Apply to the MSF portion of the JD/MSF dual degree through the Graduate Admission Office, indicating you’re already in the Suffolk Law program

Current MSF Students
Apply to the Law School for the JD/MSF, indicating you’re already in the Suffolk MSF Program