Sawyer Business School – Suffolk University

Suffolk University Executive MBA Program Structure

The Suffolk University Executive MBA Program at the Sawyer Business School spans 16 months of study. Courses meet in Boston on Saturdays, with some class sessions delivered online. The program includes four residential seminars, including a Global Travel Seminar. Students go through this program as a cohort and all Suffolk students start on the same date each September.

The program’s academic schedule is taught over four semesters. Although there are breaks between semesters, EMBA students take courses throughout the 16 months, including during a summer term. With courses meeting once per week (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.), the Saturday schedule is quite rigorous.


The Suffolk University Executive MBA curriculum comprises 12 courses and four travel seminars for a total of 45 credits. Courses that students will take include Organizational Behavior, Business Opportunities, Economic Analysis for Managers, and Value Based Financial Management. Students will also complete a capstone project.

In addition to classroom-based sessions, EMBA students attend a series of four required residential seminars: Self-Aware Leader Seminar, Leadership and Team Building Seminar, Washington Policy Seminar, and Managing in the Global Environment. Residential seminars range in length from three to seven days.

Class Profile

Each Suffolk University Executive MBA cohort is capped at 25 students. Students come from a range of industries and sectors, including financial services, life sciences, real estate, the military, and the nonprofit world.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition for the 2017-18 school year is $1,794 per credit for the Executive MBA program. Books and course materials, breakfasts and lunches every Saturday, and travel costs for all residential seminars are included in the EMBA program tuition.

Admissions Procedures

Students are accepted to the Suffolk EMBA program each September.

Applicants to the EMBA Program must have at least seven years of demonstrated management or leadership experience. Applicants to the program should hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. In select cases, Suffolk may consider an applicant who has displayed exceptional professional achievements in lieu of a degree. The GMAT is NOT required for consideration.

The EMBA Selection Committee evaluates applicants based on a variety of factors to determine a candidate’s potential for success in the program. The committee devotes extensive and individualized attention to every application, and views each candidate within the context of what he or she has to gain from and offer to the program.

The following is required to apply:

• Completed online application form with a $50 non-refundable application fee.
• Detailed resume describing employment history, listing dates, responsibilities, and duties of all positions held, as well as academic institutions attended.
• Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended.
• Two letters of recommendation: letters from past and present business and professional colleagues are most appropriate
• Statement of professional goals.
• A personal interview with the program director of the EMBA and a faculty member.

Application Deadlines

Deadlines for all of the Sawyer Business School MBA programs are as follows:

Fall Enrollment

March 15, 2018

Spring Enrollment

October 15, 2018

Summer Enrollment

April 1, 2018

Applications submitted after the deadlines noted are accepted on a rolling basis.