Overview

The MBA/GDPA Program prepares you for either the Certified Public Accountants (CPA) or the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exam. Graduates from the program go on to become leaders in public accounting, commerce, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies.

Within the MBA/GDPA, you can focus on public accounting, corporate controllership, or not-for-profit controllership.

The MBA/GDPA can be completed at our Boston location or fully online.

Curriculum

Curriculum

13 to 21 courses
37 to 61 credits

Program Length
12-22 months of full-time study
16-34 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) 

  • 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:

    This course covers topics of operations management in the services, manufacturing and distribution industries while introducing 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, simulation, 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 620, MBA 630, MBA 640

    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:

    This course focuses on exploiting information systems (IS) and information technology (IT) for a competitive advantage. It explores the impact of IS and IT on the internal and external environments of organizations. It examines decisions needed for effective deployment of IS and IT, such as IT infrastructures selection, valuation of IT business models, and analysis of the operational benefits and risks. The course also introduces students to the opportunities and challenges of managing technology activities to meet the needs of business executives, IT executives, users, and IT partners.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA & Global MBA Core

  • MBA-680 Managing in the Ethical & Legal Environment

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course explores multidisciplinary analytical techniques and case analysis as strategic management tools to assist executives in successful navigation of an 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

* May be waived with credit.
**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

GDPA Courses (15 Credits)

  • ACCT-801 Graduate Financial Accounting I

    Prerequisites:

    MBA 640

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students learn the practice of financial accounting and reporting under USGAAP. They explore the measurement and reporting of various asset, liability, and equity accounts; measurement and reporting of revenue, expense and net income; and the presentation and interpretation of financial statements. Pronouncements of authoritative sources such as the SEC, AICPA and the FASB are also studied. Reference is made to accounting practices in other countries and to pronouncements by the IASB.

    Type:

    MBA Accounting

  • ACCT-802 Graduate Financial Accounting II

    Prerequisites:

    ACCT 801 or permission of instructor

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Continues the treatment of financial accounting and reporting from ACCT 801. Students learn the US GAAP accounting treatment of corporate securities and derivative contracts, treasury stock, contingent and recognized liabilities - including post-retirement benefits, bonds and leases, and the allocation of corporate tax expense. Accounting for inflation and changing prices are also discussed.

    Type:

    MBA Accounting

  • ACCT-804 Cost Information, Decision and Control

    Prerequisites:

    ACCT 801 or MBA 640

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

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

    Type:

    MBA Accounting

  • ACIB-872 Multinational Financial Analysis and Control

    Prerequisites:

    ACCT 802 or MBA 640; and MBA 650

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students develop an understanding of differences among nations in approaches to disclosure and choices of accounting measurement systems. They 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. They will assess how differences in industrial and ownership structures affect accounting performance measurement. They 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

  • TAX-801 Issues in Federal Taxation

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This first course in taxation concentrates on the federal income taxation of individuals with some discussion of business taxation. The objective of the course is to explore the basic structure of individual income taxation, including the individual tax formula, income, deductions and credits and an introduction to property transactions. A major emphasis is placed on how tax laws affect everyday personal and business decisions.

    Type:

    MBA Tax

These courses may be waived and another elective substituted at the discretion of the Director of Graduate Programs in Accounting.

Elective Courses (9 Credits)

Elective courses must be chosen at the 800-level or higher. Can be TAX, but not ACCT or ACIB. ACCT 865, if used as a substitute for MBA 670, this elective cannot be ACCT or ACIB. MBA Electives must be taken within the Sawyer Business School and be 800 or above. Elective offerings vary depending on semester and location (Boston campus, North Campus, online).

GDPA Electives (6 Credits)

Consult the director of graduate programs in accounting for advising.

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. 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.