Overview

With an MBA/MST dual degree, you’ll learn how to handle taxation for corporate strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, and other business transactions in the global arena. You’ll graduate able to anticipate tax law changes and manage their impact on businesses.

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

Curriculum

Curriculum

15 to 25 courses
43 to 73 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* (21 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 and 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-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

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

Accounting Preparation Courses (9 Credits)

*May be waived with credit.

  • ACCT-800 Graduate Financial Accounting I

    Prerequisites:

    Restricted to MSA, MST, GDPA, MSA/MST, MSA/MSF, MST/GDPA

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This introductory-level accounting course provides students with a solid base in accounting fundamentals, including U.S. GAAP, the conceptual framework, nature of accounts, journal entries, and ultimately, financial statements. Provides in depth coverage of the process by which accountants analyze, journalize, post, and summarize transactions. Reviews and analyzes multiple examples of current financial statement presentations. Financial ratio analysis and time value of money techniques will be integral to this learning experience.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • 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-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

Tax Core Courses* (21 Credits)

*May be waived for substitution.

  • TAX-801 Issues in Federal Taxation I

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Focuses on the federal income taxation of individuals with some discussion of business taxation. Explores the basic structure of individual income taxation, including the individual tax formula, income, deductions, and credits, and provides an introduction to property transactions. Emphasizes how tax laws affect everyday personal and business decisions.

    Type:

    MBA Tax

  • TAX-861 Tax Research

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Examines the history and evolution of the tax policy and budget process in the United States and the players in that process. Considers the issues of fairness, simplicity and efficiency in the context of the current tax system and evaluating past and current tax policy to make recommendations to craft new policy. Emphasizes the ethical dimensions involved in the tax policymaking process.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Tax

  • TAX-862 Taxation of Corporations

    Prerequisites:

    TAX-801 and TAX-861

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Introduces concepts, principles and practices of taxation of corporations and their shareholders. Covers the effects of taxation on corporate formation, capital structures, distribution and liquidation.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Tax

  • TAX-863 Tax of Pass-Through Entities

    Prerequisites:

    TAX-801 and TAX-861

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Presents concepts, principles, and practices of taxation of partnerships and S-corporations, including the use of pass-through entities for tax planning.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Tax

  • TAX-864 Tax Practice and Procedures

    Prerequisites:

    TAX-801 and TAX-861

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Explores strategies of tax practice before the Internal Revenue Service. Covers tax deficiencies, assessments, claims for refunds, rulings, statutes of limitation, penalties, interest assessed, and appeals.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Tax

  • TAX-871 Taxation of Estates, Trusts and Gifts

    Prerequisites:

    TAX-801 and TAX-861

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Identifies concepts, principles and practices of the transfer taxation of decedents' estates, trusts and lifetime gifts. Covers valuation of property subject to estate and gift taxes, Generation Skipping Transfer Taxes, and the use of trusts for tax planning.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Tax

  • TAX-876 Tax Policy

    Prerequisites:

    TAX-801, TAX-861, and 1 additional TAX course

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Covers policy considerations in the development of proposed tax legislation. Examines tax policy issues in relation to empirical, political, and legal studies. Explores the tax legislative process.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Tax

Electives (15 Credits)

Electives 1-4 must be 800 level or above MBA Electives

No more than 2 in a functional area

1 elective must be in the International Business area *Tax 865 fulfills International Business requirement

Elective 5 must be TAX elective

Required MBA Capstone (3 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

Waiver/Transfer Policy

Waiver Policy

MBA core courses may be waived with credit. Accounting preparation courses may be waived with credit. Tax required courses may be waived with substitution. Required MBA Courses (SBS 600, MBA 780 and MBA 800) cannot be waived.

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

All waiver requests are evaluated upon a student’s acceptance into the MBA/MST 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/MST 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/MST students must, however, complete a minimum of 43 credits (14 courses and SBS 600) in the Sawyer Business School.

Students Who Leave Boston Before Their Degree is Complete

Occasionally, Suffolk MBA/MST students must leave the Boston area having not yet completed their degree. The Business School has several options available to insure completion of the Suffolk MBA/MST. You may be able to transfer in six credits of elective courses from an AACSB-accredited MBA or MST Program 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.

Transfer Credit Policy

Any candidate seeking transfer credits, taken at the graduate level from an AACSB-accredited graduate program in business, will be reviewed on a case--by-case basis. These credits may be considered for transfer 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/MST program. However, at the discretion of the MST program director, tax required courses may not be transferred if the subject material has changed significantly since completion. A maximum of six credits may be considered for transfer.