Suffolk’s undergraduate and graduate programs can help you turn your passions into action. Studying between the Massachusetts State House and Boston City Hall, you’ll enjoy unparalleled access to the halls of government and the legislators, policy makers, and others who work there. You’ll learn from—and make valuable professional connections through—our renowned faculty of scholars and practitioners. Your campaign to become a change agent starts here.
Undergraduate Areas of Study
The Suffolk University Government Department seeks to cultivate thoughtful, active, and responsible global citizens. Courses are intended to help students gain a foundational understanding of how institutions, ideas, and ideology shape politics, policy, and decision-making. Students may choose among four concentrations, including International Relations, American Politics, Law and Public Policy, and Political Theory.
The Government Department prepares undergraduate students for further study in graduate or professional schools, as well as careers in government, business, not-for-profit, and politics. Students develop expertise through a wide range of courses, close attention from faculty, student-driven research, and public service.
As demand for legal professionals grows, the Law Major offers undergraduates a unique interdisciplinary and cross-school educational experience. Students benefit from professional training and can take electives in a variety of disciplines. The major offers all students excellent preparation for further study in law, public policy, or further graduate work in a range of disciplines.
Certificate in Paralegal Studies
A Certificate offers you a work credential from the American Bar Association approved program. With just six classes, you are ready to step into a law firm government agency.
Politics, Philosophy & Economics Major
This new interdisciplinary program prepares students to grapple with current and enduring social issues, with coursework spanning policy, ethics, and economics.
Public Service Minor
This introduction to the field of public management teaches students how to lead a publicly controlled institution and how to contribute to policy formation and strategic planning. Public service minors accepted into Suffolk’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) program can waive up to four courses, enabling them to complete both degrees in only five years.
Graduate Areas of Study
Master of Public Administration
As one of the nation’s top-tier academic programs in public administration and one of only five New England schools fully accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA), Suffolk students learn to anticipate, respond to, and lead change. Our program emphasizes flexibility, including multiple concentrations and dual degrees with Mental Health Counseling, Political Science, Crime and Justice Studies, and Juris Doctor.
Master of Science in Political Science
Prepare to build a career advocating for issues and outcomes in local government, national politics, or international affairs. This program combines hands-on experience with academic rigor. Students choose between two distinct concentrations: Professional Politics or International Relations, as well as a dual degree with a Master in Public Administration.
Master of Science in Ethics & Public Policy
Is torture ever justiﬁed? Are whistleblowers heroes? When should the government be allowed to monitor our email exchanges? How do we strike a balance between keeping ourselves safe and preserving basic democratic principles? Combining coursework in philosophy, government, public administration, and business, this degree program trains students to identify and think through such complex issues.
While earning a JD, Suffolk Law students can gain practical experience in our nationally ranked clinical programs. Students with specific career ambitions can choose an area of focus such as law and public service, civil rights and human rights, international law, and immigration law, among others.