Sawyer Business School – Suffolk University

Suffolk University Full-Time/Part-Time MBA Program Structure

The Suffolk University MBA program at the Sawyer Business School can be completed within 10 months depending on the number of courses a student is eligible to waive. Students can take classes on a full-time or part-time basis, and they can begin the program during the fall, spring, or summer semesters. At the school’s main campus in Boston, the North Campus and online campus all core and required classes meet only once per week during the fall and spring semesters. Classes are convened both during the day and at night.

In addition to completing courses in Boston and at the North campus, full-time students may take up to two of their courses online.


The Suffolk University MBA offers small classes and a focus on global business and practical learning. The total number of credits required to successfully complete the Suffolk MBA ranges from 34 to 49.

All eight of the program’s three-credit core courses can be waived. To waive a core course, students must successfully complete equivalent academic coursework at the undergraduate/graduate level within the seven years prior to MBA matriculation (“B” or better).

A student’s waiver request will be considered once they have been accepted, and qualifying courses will be waived during their first semester. A student receives credit for each course waived, thereby reducing the total number of courses for the MBA degree. A proficiency exam can also be taken during the first semester in order to have a course waived. However, all MBA students must complete a minimum of 34 credits in the Sawyer Business School.

Sawyer Business School offers a number of accelerated scheduling options for students who are attorneys, CPAs or Berklee Music School Music Management graduates. Students who enter the Suffolk MBA program having already completed graduate business courses at an AACSB-accredited program can transfer up to six elective credits (for courses in which a “B” grade or better was received) if these credits did not apply to a completed degree. The three-credit Global Requirement and the MBA capstone course Strategic Management are required. In addition, students must complete 12 credits of elective coursework at the 800-level or higher, though there are a few 700-level electives that may qualify based on the concentrations that the student is enrolled in. However, a concentration isn’t required. Students will also take courses in two other areas: Construct the Big Picture and Lead and implement Change.

Suffolk offers 12 concentrations: accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, healthcare administration, business intelligence, international business, marketing, nonprofit management, organizational behavior, strategic management, supply chain management, and taxation. To complete a concentration, students must take three to four electives in that area. In most cases, students have a longer list of courses from which to choose.

To fulfill the elective requirements, Suffolk University MBA students can also participate in an optional three-credit internship program. Interns may or may not receive payment for their work, and internships typically require a commitment of about one day per week. Another for-credit optional experiential learning program is the week-long Global Travel Seminar. During this trip, led by members of the faculty, Sawyer students visit companies and meet executives while learning about the culture and customs of the region. In the past, seminars have been held in Brazil, China, England and Germany.

Students with highly focused interests may enroll in one of Suffolk’s specialized MBA degrees: Global MBA, MBA/Health, and MBA/Nonprofit. Suffolk also offers an MBA/Graduate Diploma in Accounting and MBA joint degree programs in finance, accounting, taxation, and law.

Class Profile

The most recent Suffolk grad class featured 370 total students enrolled across all of the MBA programs.


MBA students are required to take a one-credit course, Effective Career Planning, to help them plan their career tracks. The two-day course brings together full and part-time MBA students from all campuses. Each student completes an online self-assessment tool to measure his/her business competencies, networking savvy, emotional intelligence and influential power.

Students also have access to Suffolk’s EDGE Professional Development workshops, which are open to all graduate students across all campuses. Led by executive coaches and corporate consultants, the workshops help students build their resumes, expand their networks, write a cover letter, and polish interview skills.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition for the 2017-18 academic year is $21,360 per semester for full-time students completing 12 to 15 credits of coursework. Students who exceed the 15-credit limit will be charged an additional $1,424 per credit. Part-time students who take 12 or fewer credits are charged $1,424 per credit. All graduate students are charged $26 each semester for the student activity fee. Additional costs include a $330 MBA entry fee, health insurance, technology fees for online courses and housing.
Admitted full-time and part-time MBA students do not need to submit additional materials to be considered for merit-based fellowships and scholarships, which are based on a candidate’s undergraduate academic performance and GMAT or GRE scores.

Domestic students seeking financial assistance can explore federal loan opportunities. International students are not eligible for U.S. federal loan programs but are eligible for campus jobs at Suffolk.

Admissions Procedures

Admission to the Suffolk University MBA is competitive. Components of a completed application include an online application form, official transcripts from all academic institutions attended, a résumé, a statement of a candidate’s professional goals, two letters of recommendation and a $50 application fee, which may be waived for current students and alumni of Suffolk.

Admission requirements include:

The equivalent of one year of full-time work experience:

  • Full-time MBAs average three years of work experience
  • Part-time MBAs average five to seven years of work experience

Official GMAT or GRE scores. In certain cases, students can be granted a waiver. Interested individuals should check with Sawyer Business school for all of the waiver criteria.

TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE-Academic scores for international applicants:

  • TOEFL score required: 550 paper format or 80 on the new IBT format
  • IELTS score required: 6.5 or above
  • PTE-Academic score required: 65 or above

Suffolk University’s Office of Graduate Admission has complete information regarding additional admission requirements, application deadlines, and the online application process.

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.