The MBA/Graduate Certificate in Accounting (GCA) Program gives you a head start preparing for the CPA or CMA exam. Graduates from the program go on to become leaders in many areas, such as public accounting, commerce, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies.

Within the MBA/GCA, you can focus on public accounting, corporate controllership, or not-for-profit controllership. And you don't need an undergraduate degree in accounting to apply. 

The MBA/GCA can be completed at the Boston location or fully online.

*The curriculum and course requirements listed below are for the 2016-2017 academic year. Visit the Academic Catalog to see the curriculum and course requirements for the current (2015-2016) academic year.

Curriculum

Total Credits MBA Credits Required: 55

Course descriptions are subject to change. The final version will be published in the 2016-2017 academic catalog.

Contextualize: from Boston to the World (4 credits)

SBS 700 and MBA 710 must be taken in first semester (Except NC and WEB students)

  • SBS 700 You as a Leader: Effective Career Planning

    CREDITS: 1.00
    COURSE DESCRIPTION:
    This highly experiential 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 700 is composed of several distinct parts, including the completion of a self-assessment instrument and their own written career development plan. In the on- campus sections of SBS 700, students work in small groups as they take on the roles of top managers in a hands-on behavioral simulation. This course provides students with the opportunity to learn about and experience first-hand the many complexities in the roles they encounter in their careers.

  • MBA 710 Understanding World Class Clusters (Cornerstone 1)

    CREDITS: 3.00
    COURSE DESCRIPTION:
    This first-semester MBA course introduces students to the topic of world-class clusters as a multi-level phenomenon. Beginning from the macro level of analysis and proceeding to the micro level, the course covers a panoply of concepts and frameworks for understanding why world-class clusters emerge at specific locations in the first place and then regularly succeed in transforming themselves to keep up with and even lead the pace of change in their respective industries. In the group projects that they conduct for this course, students are expected to emulate the characteristics of high-powered teams found in world- class clusters: the course thus begins with conceptual understanding of world-class clusters and then proceeds to have students emulate the behavior that can be observed in world-class clusters.

Core Courses (15 credits)

May be waived with credit

  • MBA 615 Economics

    CREDITS: 1.5
    COURSE DESCRIPTION:
    This course introduces the basic tools and concepts of microeconomics (2 classes) for supply and demand analysis; for consumer market behavior; and for production, cost, and pricing decisions in different market structures. Greater emphasis (4 to 5 classes) in the course is on the macroeconomic topics of national economic performance, the economic role of government and fiscal and monetary policy, and the banking and financial system in the current economic environment. The course is intended for MBA students who have no recent academic background in economics.

  • MBA 625 Managerial Statistics

    CREDITS: 1.5
    COURSE DESCRIPTION:
    Students will learn how to apply statistical methods in solving business problems and develop confidence in their ability to understand statistics in managerial decision-making contexts. Topics covered include descriptive statistics, probability and distributions, inferential statistics, and predictive statistics.

  • MBA 635 Operations Management: Design and Analysis

    CREDITS: 3.00
    COURSE DESCRIPTION:
    This course provides students with Operations Management concepts, techniques, and tools to design, analyze, and improve operational capabilities in any organization. Students will understand and analyze common OM decisions on managing inputs (materials, information, finance, and human resources) and processes to deliver desirable outcomes to customers. Topics covered include operations strategy, process analysis, quality management and lean operations, capacity analysis, inventory management, product development, supply chain management, project management, revenue management and pricing, decision analysis, and forecasting. Software tools used may include MS Excel, Visio, and Project Management.
    This course will contain experiential learning components related to Boston’s world-class industries, which may include guest lectures, simulation exercises, or visits to local organizations.

  • MBA 650 Value Based Financial Management

    PREREQUISITES: MBA 615, MBA 625 and MBA 640 CREDITS: 3.00
    COURSE DESCRIPTION:
    This course introduces the basic principles of corporate finance. The main focus is on fundamental principles, such as the time value of money, asset valuation, and the risk-return tradeoff. Topics covered also include the cost of capital, capital budgeting, and capital structure. Upon course completion, students should have a basic understanding of the development and implementation of effective financial strategies that help maximize the value of a firm as well as a fundamental knowledge of the financial environment. This course also contains an experiential component.

  • MBA 660 Marketing: the Challenge of Managing Value

    CREDITS: 3.00
    COURSE DESCRIPTION:
    At its core, marketing is about providing consumer value. The practice of doing this is changing constantly—driven by rapid and far-reaching changes in technology; globalization; and the evolution of consumer values, practices, and lifestyles. This course will present themes, theories, and trends that are critical for: 1. understanding the business of creating, capturing and sustaining value; 2. introducing students to the global, consumer, and technological realities of marketing in the 21st Century; and 3. providing students with a sound foundation to explore marketing in
    further depth in upper-level elective courses. This course also contains an experiential component.

Understand Business Fundamentals (9 credits)

  • MBA 720 Collaborate: Ethics, Teams & Project Management

    CREDITS: 3.00
    COURSE DESCRIPTION:
    This course teaches students three essential ingredients of Collaboration: Ethical Decision Making, How We Work Together, and Managing Projects. Ethical decisions are key to a company’s success—its reputation, value, profitability, strategy, morale, and ability to recruit talent. Workplace behavior matters and will be examined from the perspective of leadership, critical conversations, decision making and teams. Project management is important in the context of today’s complex, high-pressure work environments that thrive through collaboration and the ability to make disparate groups gel and produce quickly. This course will contain experiential components relating to Boston’s world-class industries

  • MBA 730 Innovate: Entrepreneurial Thinking, IT & Business Law

    CREDITS: 3.00
    COURSE DESCRIPTION:
    This course introduces students to three essential ingredients of innovation: Entrepreneurial Thinking, Information Technology in an Age of Disruption, and Law as Framework. Entrepreneurial thinking is a critical element in the creation, growth, and sustainability of an organization. In new ventures, entrepreneurs drive innovation with limited resources and within a flat organization. Information technology, strategically selected and implemented, can provide a significant, competitive advantage. Students will survey 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. This course will contain experiential components, relating to Boston’s world-class industries.

  • MBA 740 Immerse

    CREDITS: 3.00 COURSE DESCRIPTION: The Immersion course provides an opportunity for students to link their MBA work to hands-on experience and visits to real-life global companies. The highly experiential, intensive course combines classroom learning with a direct business and cultural experience. Students will work in teams directly for a client or several clients, solving real challenges, using their analytical skills, MBA knowledge, and experience to develop feasible solutions. Required for all students, the course will be offered globally, nationally, and locally to accommodate a variety of student needs.

GCA Core Courses (21 Credits)

If course is "waived must substitute" select an elective off of Aproved GCA Electives List

  • 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. For MSA, GDPA, & MST Students this is the first course in the financial accounting sequence. For MBA students, this potential elective course builds upon concepts learned in MBA 640 which is why it should be taken after completing or waiving MBA 640.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MSA Prep Course

  • 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,MSA Core Course

  • 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,MSA Core Course

  • 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. For MSA, GDPA, & MST Students this is the first managerial accounting course you will take. For MBA students, this potential elective course builds upon concepts learned in MBA 640 which is why it should be taken after completing or waiving MBA 640.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Accounting,MSA Prep Course

  • ACCT-805 Auditing and Assurance Services

    Prerequisites:

    ACCT-800 or MBA-640

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Introduces the field of auditing, with a concentration in auditing historical financial statements in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards, and some exposure to auditing the internal control over financial reporting of large public companies. Covers the environment, standards, regulation, and law of auditing in the US, with some exposure to the international environment. Covers audit planning, risk, and materiality assessments, audit evidence, evaluation of internal control, documentation, and audit reports. Includes researching and resolving practice-oriented problems and practice in using computer-assisted audit techniques and electronic confirmations.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Accounting,MSA Core Course

  • 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,MSA Core Course

  • TAX-801 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,MSA Core Course,MST Course Course

Construct the Big Picture (6 credits)

  • MBA 750 Building Global Connections

    PREREQUISITES: SBS 700, MBA 710, MBA 615, MBA 625, MBA 635, MBA 640, MBA 650, MBA 660, MBA 720 and MBA 730
    CREDITS: 3.00
    COURSE DESCRIPTION:
    Students engage in a variety of learning activities, such as case studies, computer simulations, examinations, project reports, and most especially, experiential exercises involving competition. Students will develop a multi-functional general management perspective. The course is designed to help students integrate and apply their knowledge and techniques learned in the core courses of the MBA program into an overall view of the firm, evaluate the environment, and speculate on the future direction of the organization. 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 environmental contexts in which strategic management unfolds.
    This course will make extensive use of experiential activities and projects designed to get students to experience the dynamics of competition right in the classroom.

  • MBA 760 World Class Strategies

    PREREQUISITES: SBS 700, MBA 710, MBA 615, MBA 625, MBA 635, MBA 640, MBA 650, MBA 660, MBA 720 and MBA 730
    CREDITS: 3.00
    COURSE DESCRIPTION:
    Students engage in a variety of learning activities, such as case studies, computer simulations, examinations, project reports, and most especially, experiential exercises involving competition. Students will develop a multi-functional general management perspective. The course is
    designed to help students integrate and apply their knowledge and techniques learned in the core courses of the MBA program into an overall view of the firm, evaluate the environment, and speculate on the future direction of the organization. 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 environmental contexts in which strategic management unfolds.
    This course will make extensive use of experiential activities and projects designed to get students to experience the dynamics of competition right in the classroom.

Lead and Implement Change (3 Credits)

  • MBA 770 Leading and Implementing Change

    MPREREQUISITES: SBS 700, MBA 710, MBA 615, MBA 625, MBA 635, MBA 640, MBA 650, MBA 660, MBA 720, MBA 730, MBA 740, MBA 750, MBA 760
    CREDITS: 3.00
    COURSE DESCRIPTION:
    The final course in the MBA curriculum ties together the integral components of the four industry clusters, strategy and business fundamentals to the experience of leading change. Students experience the change process personally through a simulation. Students then apply their learning to an applied project based in one of the four clusters that is team-based, client- focused, grounded in research, and integrates MBA concepts as required with a final presentation to a live client. As part of understanding change, students will also evaluate the wider societal impacts of the business change. Finally, students reflect on their MBA program in total, revisiting their career plan and vision. This course uses multiple approaches, defining, understanding and experiencing the strategic value of change at the organizational, team, and individual levels.

Waiver/Transfer Policy

Waiver Policy

MBA Core Courses may be waived with credit. GDPA Courses may be waived with substitution. Required MBA Courses (SBS 600, MBA 780 and MBA 800) cannot be waived.

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

All waiver requests are evaluated upon a student’s acceptance into the MBA/GDPA 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/GDPA 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/GDPA students must, however, complete a minimum of 37 credits (12 courses and SBS 600) in the Sawyer Business School.

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/GDPA program. However, at the discretion of the MSA Program Director, GDPA Courses may not be transferred if the subject material has changed significantly since completion. A maximum of six credits may be considered for transfer.

Students Who Leave Boston Before Their Program is Complete

Occasionally, Suffolk MBA/GDPA 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/GDPA. You may be able to transfer in six credits of elective courses from an AACSB-accredited MBA 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.

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