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:

    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

  • 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

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 MSA Program Director permission

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This is the first of two intermediate-level accounting courses that build on students' learning in ACCT 800, going in-depth into measurement and reporting of asset, liability, and stockholders' equity accounts for external financial reporting purposes. Discusses pronouncements of authoritative sources such as the SEC, AICPA, and the FASB. Introduces students to IFRS and their similarities to and differences from U.S. GAAP. Develops strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Accounting

  • ACCT-804 Cost and Managerial Accounting

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Examines the concepts and practices of cost measurement: variable costing, cost-volume-profit analysis, setting goals and monitoring performance, standard costing, and variance analysis. Students 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. Students study analysis in support of decisions, such as pricing, setting product line and customer profitability policy, sourcing of products and services, and matching costing systems to strategy.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Accounting


MSA Required Elective Courses (9 Credits)

  • ACCT-802 Graduate Financial Accounting III

    Prerequisites:

    ACCT-801 or MSA Program Director permission

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This is the second of two intermediate-level accounting courses. The critical thinking and problem-solving skills developed in ACCT 801 are broadened as this class tackles more complex accounting concepts, including: dilutive securities, earnings per share, investments, revenue recognition, income tax accounting, pensions and leases. Since accounting for many of these areas has been a source of substantial debate and major revisions in recent years, subject matter covered will be topical. Pertinent pronouncements of standard-setting bodies continue to be studied.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Accounting

  • ACCT-824 Financial Reporting and Analysis

    Prerequisites:

    MBA-650 and ACCT-801 or program director approval

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Explores 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.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Accounting

  • ACIB-872 International Accounting

    Prerequisites:

    ACCT-800 or MBA-640

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Imparts an understanding of differences among nations in approaches to disclosure and choices of accounting measurement systems. Students 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. Students will assess how differences in industrial and ownership structures affect accounting performance measurement. Students 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 Advanced Topics in Managerial Accounting

    Prerequisites:

    ACCT-804 and ACCT-800 or MBA-640 or program director approval

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Evaluates the importance of financial information in developing corporate strategies and assessing key performance areas. Students develop a framework to design accounting systems that comply with the corporate strategy and help managers to identify key performance indicators. Students learn how to balance financial and non-financial performance measures. Students also research and study organizational issues around the link between managerial incentives and performance measures.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Accounting

  • ACCT-865 Accounting Information Systems

    Prerequisites:

    ACCT-800 or MBA-640

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Describes various transaction processing cycles and their use in the structured analysis and design of accounting information systems. Students gain an understanding of Enterprise Resource Planning softwares, Quickbooks, database design, XBRL, implementations of internal controls, and privacy and data security issues.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    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:

    Addresses the leadership skills and knowledge required to serve effectively as senior financial professionals in a challenging global economy. Understanding various leadership styles and their effect on accounting is a key component of this course. We examine accounting policy making and the standard setting process. Discussion includes the roles of the SEC, AICPA, FAF and FASB and also shadow policy makers such as Congress and Political Action Committees and their respective roles in creating accounting policy and practice. Students demonstrate and hone their leadership skills by making presentations to professional panelists on current issues facing the accounting profession.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    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.