Overview

With an MBA/MST joint 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 joint 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* (24 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 & 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-622; MBA-630; 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:

    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

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 (6 Credits)

*May be waived with credit.

  • ACCT-801 Graduate Financial Accounting II

    Prerequisites:

    ACCT 800 or 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 III

    Prerequisites:

    ACCT 801;

    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

Tax Core Courses* (12 Credits)

*May be waived for substitution.

  • 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

  • TAX-861 Tax Research

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Tax research methods, including identifying and defining tax questions, locating appropriate authority, and interpreting statutes, cases and rulings. Effective communication of research findings and recommendations, and proper administration, ethics and responsibilities of tax practice are emphasized in this course.

    Type:

    MBA Tax

  • TAX-862 Taxation of Corporations

    Prerequisites:

    TAX 801 and TAX 861

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Concepts, principles and practices of taxation of corporations and their shareholders. The effects of taxation on corporate formation, capital structures, distribution and liquidation are covered.

    Type:

    MBA Tax

  • TAX-863 Tax of Pass-Through Entities

    Prerequisites:

    TAX 801 and TAX 861

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

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

    Type:

    MBA Tax

Electives (15 Credits)

All electives must be taken within the Sawyer Business School and be 800-level or above. TAX-864, TAX-871 and TAX-876 are required electives. Maximum one additional TAX elective. Other than TAX, a maximum two electives (6 credits) in any functional area. One elective must be in the international business area (Can be a course in international tax. Elective offerings vary depending on semester and location (Boston campus, North Campus, online).

MST Required Electives (9 Credits)

  • TAX-864 Tax Practice & Procedures

    Prerequisites:

    TAX 801 and TAX 861

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Strategies of tax practice before the Internal Revenue Service. Topics covered include tax deficiencies, assessments, claims for refunds, rulings, statutes of limitation, and penalties.

    Type:

    MBA Tax

  • TAX-871 Tax of Estates,trusts, & Gifts

    Prerequisites:

    TAX 801 and TAX 861

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Concepts, principles and practices of taxation of decedents' estates, trusts and lifetime gifts. Topics covered include valuation of property subject to estate and gift taxes, and the use of trusts for tax planning.

    Type:

    MBA Tax

  • TAX-876 Tax Policy

    Prerequisites:

    4 TAX prefix courses, including Tax 801 and 861

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Policy considerations in the development of proposed tax legislation are covered. Tax policy issues are examined in relation to empirical, political and legal studies. Throughout the course the tax legislative process is explored.

    Type:

    MBA Tax

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.