MSBA/MSF Dual Degree

Master of Science in Business Analytics/Master of Science in Finance

Learn more about this dual degree

STEM Classification

The MSBA/MSF is a dual degree program with a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) designation. Due to the demand of graduates with expertise in STEM fields, the Department of Homeland Security permits international students graduating from STEM programs to apply for a 24 month extension of their initial year of Optional Practical Training (OPT). For more detailed information, please visit the ISSO webpage.

MSBA/MSF Curriculum

19-22 Courses
53-62 Credits

Program Length:

  • Full-time in as few as 16 months
  • Part time in as few as 24 months

Required Introductory Courses (2 credits)

Must be taken on campus in first semester of program.

Credits:

1.00

Description:

SBS-700 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 you with the opportunity to identify your strengths

Prerequisites:

MSF and MSFSB students only;

Credits:

1.00

Description:

This is a boot camp-style course which introduces students to the basic concepts of math

Prerequisite Courses (9 credits)

May be waived. Must be taken or waived prior to enrolling in Finance core courses.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course is required for MSA and MSF students and it is also a recommended elective for MBA students with a finance concentration. This course develops an understanding of the concepts

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course deals with the structure and information content of the three principal financial statements of profit-directed companies

Prerequisites:

1 course from each of the following groups: MBA-615 or SBS-603; MBA-625, SBS-604, or ISOM-631; MBA-640 or ACCT-800; These courses may be taken prior to or concurrently with MBA-650.

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

Finance Core Courses (15 credits)

Must be taken on campus unless permission to take online granted by Academic Program Director.

Prerequisites:

MBA-650 or MSF Program Director Approval

Credits:

3.00

Description:

An in-depth analysis of financial statements

Prerequisites:

MBA-650

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course extends the body of knowledge acquired in MBA 650. Students expand knowledge of dividend theory

Prerequisites:

MBA-650 or MSF Program Director Approval

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students examine markets for investment procedures

Prerequisites:

MBA-650 or MSF Program Director Approval

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students explore the pricing of options and futures contracts

Prerequisites:

MBA-650

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students are introduced to mathematical statistics and basic econometrics. They study fundamental econometric tools as well as hypothesis testing

Business Analytics Core Courses (18 credits)

 

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course introduces students to the concepts and applications of data analytics on large data sets for managerial decision-making. Students will learn foundation skills needed to extract valuable information out of data

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Analyzes various real world business problems and explores the full scope of MS Excel's formulas

Prerequisites:

This course was formerly ISOM-815

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduces the importance of information as an organizational resource

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Provides students with an understanding of the nature of enterprise integration and enterprise software

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course teaches students how to build and maintain data warehouses

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Predictive analytics make predictions about unknown future events. It is crucial for companies to ask the right questions

Finance/Business Analytics Capstone Courses (6 credits)


Should be taken as late in the program as possible. Must be taken on campus unless permission to take online granted by Academic Program Director. 

Prerequisites:

Take ISOM-835

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course is built upon the predictive modeling course and covers a broad collect of data mining and business analytics techniques

Prerequisites:

Take FIN-808, FIN-810, and FIN-814. (FIN-814 can be taken concurrently)

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students examine financial theories

Concentration Descriptions and Applicable Elective Courses (12 credits)

Choose four (4) elective courses from the approved MSF electives list. Courses must be taken on campus, within Sawyer Business School, 800-level or above (exception MBA 740 and ISOM 730), unless permission to take online is granted by the academic Director.

MSBA/MSF Concentrations

Students may declare an MSF concentration in Corporate Finance, Financial Services and Banking, Fintech, Investments or Risk Management. If a concentration in Corporate Finance, Investments or Risk Management is declared, three electives must be in one concentration area.

If a concentration in Financial Services and Banking is declared students must complete FIN 816 and three approved Financial Services and Banking electives. If a concentration in FinTech is declared, students must complete ISOM 730, FIN 830, one approved FIN elective and one approved ISOM elective.

Students should consult with their advisor if interested. Students who declare a concentration must submit an SBS Graduate Program Concentration Request Form.

The schedule of when courses within a concentration are offered vary by semester.

The concentration appears on the transcript, not the diploma.

Corporate Finance Concentration

Choose three courses from the following list: (9 credits)

Prerequisites:

MBA-650

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students analyze markets for financial assets

Prerequisites:

MBA-650

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students examine techniques and decision-making rules for the evaluation and selection of long-term investment projects by corporations and the interaction of investment and financing.

Prerequisites:

MBA-650 or MSF Program Director Approval

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course covers corporate financial decisions in an international setting with a focus on foreign exchange management and capital budgeting.

Prerequisites:

MBA-650 or MSF Program Director Approval

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course introduces students to the history

Prerequisites:

Take MBA-650

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The nature

Prerequisites:

Take MBA-650;

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course addresses the financial needs of private businesses

Prerequisites:

MBA-650

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students analyze the main functions of investment banks such as origination

Prerequisites:

MBA-650

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students develop a framework for understanding

Prerequisites:

Complete two of the following courses: FIN-750 FIN-613 FIN-805 FIN-713

Credits:

3.00

Description:

MSF Thesis work

Prerequisites:

MBA-650

Credits:

3.00

Description:

An in-depth analysis of timely special issues in the field of finance. Specific topics are announced when the course is scheduled.

Prerequisites:

Instructor's approval required

Credits:

3.00

Description:

A student-initiated directed study project

Prerequisites:

MBA-650 and Instructor's approval. Limited to MSF students only.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Provides a hands-on

Financial Services and Banking Concentration

Required Course (3 credits)

Prerequisites:

Take MBA-650;

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The course introduces students to the structure and management of international financial-services firms and methods through which financial institutions manage risk. The course discusses tools for identifying

Electives: (3 courses, 9 credits)

Prerequisites:

MBA-650

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students analyze markets for financial assets

Prerequisites:

MBA-650 or MSF Program Director Approval

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course covers corporate financial decisions in an international setting with a focus on foreign exchange management and capital budgeting.

Prerequisites:

MBA-650 or MSF Program Director Approval

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course introduces students to the history

Prerequisites:

FIN-810

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students learn theory and techniques of scientific portfolio management

Prerequisites:

MBA-650 or MSF Program Director Approval

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The foundation of most of modern financial models and theories are based on neoclassical economists' assumption that most economic agents are rational decision makers. Behavioral finance recognizes that our cognitive biases and errors along with our individuality are not always consistent with the rationality assumption and utility maximization. This course will examine the implications of human psychology

Prerequisites:

Take MBA-650

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The nature

Prerequisites:

Take MBA-650;

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course addresses the financial needs of private businesses

Prerequisites:

MBA-650

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students analyze the main functions of investment banks such as origination

Prerequisites:

Take MBA-650;

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students are introduced to the language and principles of real estate. Includes an overview of decision-making in the field

Prerequisites:

MBA-650

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students develop a framework for understanding

Prerequisites:

Take FIN-810

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The course is designed to provide information on various types of fixed income securities and markets

Prerequisites:

MBA-650

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The course introduces basic corporate valuation models and shows how risk arises in firms and how managing that risk can impact the firm's valuation. It shows different ways and contracts that can be used to change the risk profile of the firm. The course will introduce methods including using derivatives to hedge

Prerequisites:

Take FIN-810;

Credits:

3

Description:

Students examine fundamental equity analysis as the convergence of a number of skills such as accounting, financial, and strategic analysis with detective work and experience. Students practice communicating and defending an argument, use a business analysis framework that helps tie together strategy and finance, practice model building and practical approach to profitability in the markets.

Prerequisites:

Take MBA-650

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course provides introduction to quantitative business analytics methods and their applications in credit risk analysis. It covers the steps involved in building

Prerequisites:

Complete two of the following courses: FIN-750 FIN-613 FIN-805 FIN-713

Credits:

3.00

Description:

MSF Thesis work

Prerequisites:

MBA-650

Credits:

3.00

Description:

An in-depth analysis of timely special issues in the field of finance. Specific topics are announced when the course is scheduled.

Prerequisites:

Instructor's approval required

Credits:

3.00

Description:

A student-initiated directed study project

Prerequisites:

MBA-650 and Instructor's approval. Limited to MSF students only.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Provides a hands-on

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The Immersion course provides an opportunity for students to link their program work to hands-on experience and visits to real-life global companies. The highly experiential

FinTech Concentration

Required Courses (6 credits)

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course is introductory to use Python for business analytics

Prerequisites:

MBA-650 or MSF Program Director Approval

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course introduces students to the history

Finance Elective Course (1 course, 3 credits)

Take one from the following list of electives:

Prerequisites:

MBA-650

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students develop a framework for understanding

Prerequisites:

Take FIN-810

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The course is designed to provide information on various types of fixed income securities and markets

Prerequisites:

MBA-650

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The course introduces basic corporate valuation models and shows how risk arises in firms and how managing that risk can impact the firm's valuation. It shows different ways and contracts that can be used to change the risk profile of the firm. The course will introduce methods including using derivatives to hedge

Prerequisites:

Take FIN-810;

Credits:

3

Description:

Students examine fundamental equity analysis as the convergence of a number of skills such as accounting, financial, and strategic analysis with detective work and experience. Students practice communicating and defending an argument, use a business analysis framework that helps tie together strategy and finance, practice model building and practical approach to profitability in the markets.

Prerequisites:

Take MBA-650

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course provides introduction to quantitative business analytics methods and their applications in credit risk analysis. It covers the steps involved in building

ISOM Elective Course (1 course, 3 credits)

Take one from the following list of electives:

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduces the fundamental principles of information and big data security. Security vulnerabilities

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduces business intelligence and data analytics. Business intelligence and data analytics help organizations in strategic and operational decision making by improving performance management

Investments Concentration (9 credits)

Choose three courses from the following list:

Prerequisites:

MBA-650

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students analyze markets for financial assets

Prerequisites:

MBA-650 or MSF Program Director Approval

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course introduces students to the history

Prerequisites:

FIN-810

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students learn theory and techniques of scientific portfolio management

Prerequisites:

MBA-650 or MSF Program Director Approval

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The foundation of most of modern financial models and theories are based on neoclassical economists' assumption that most economic agents are rational decision makers. Behavioral finance recognizes that our cognitive biases and errors along with our individuality are not always consistent with the rationality assumption and utility maximization. This course will examine the implications of human psychology

Prerequisites:

Take MBA-650

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The nature

Prerequisites:

Take MBA-650;

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course addresses the financial needs of private businesses

Prerequisites:

MBA-650

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students analyze the main functions of investment banks such as origination

Prerequisites:

Take MBA-650;

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students are introduced to the language and principles of real estate. Includes an overview of decision-making in the field

Prerequisites:

MBA-650

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students develop a framework for understanding

Prerequisites:

Take FIN-810

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The course is designed to provide information on various types of fixed income securities and markets

Prerequisites:

MBA-650

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The course introduces basic corporate valuation models and shows how risk arises in firms and how managing that risk can impact the firm's valuation. It shows different ways and contracts that can be used to change the risk profile of the firm. The course will introduce methods including using derivatives to hedge

Prerequisites:

Take FIN-810;

Credits:

3

Description:

Students examine fundamental equity analysis as the convergence of a number of skills such as accounting, financial, and strategic analysis with detective work and experience. Students practice communicating and defending an argument, use a business analysis framework that helps tie together strategy and finance, practice model building and practical approach to profitability in the markets.

Prerequisites:

Take MBA-650

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course provides introduction to quantitative business analytics methods and their applications in credit risk analysis. It covers the steps involved in building

Prerequisites:

Complete two of the following courses: FIN-750 FIN-613 FIN-805 FIN-713

Credits:

3.00

Description:

MSF Thesis work

Prerequisites:

MBA-650

Credits:

3.00

Description:

An in-depth analysis of timely special issues in the field of finance. Specific topics are announced when the course is scheduled.

Prerequisites:

Instructor's approval required

Credits:

3.00

Description:

A student-initiated directed study project

Prerequisites:

MBA-650 and Instructor's approval. Limited to MSF students only.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Provides a hands-on

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The Immersion course provides an opportunity for students to link their program work to hands-on experience and visits to real-life global companies. The highly experiential

Risk Management Concentration

Required Courses (6 credits)

Prerequisites:

Take MBA-650;

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The course introduces students to the structure and management of international financial-services firms and methods through which financial institutions manage risk. The course discusses tools for identifying

Prerequisites:

MBA-650

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students develop a framework for understanding

 Elective Course: (1 course, 3 credits)

Prerequisites:

MBA-650 or MSF Program Director Approval

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course introduces students to the history

Prerequisites:

FIN-810

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students learn theory and techniques of scientific portfolio management

Prerequisites:

MBA-650 or MSF Program Director Approval

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The foundation of most of modern financial models and theories are based on neoclassical economists' assumption that most economic agents are rational decision makers. Behavioral finance recognizes that our cognitive biases and errors along with our individuality are not always consistent with the rationality assumption and utility maximization. This course will examine the implications of human psychology

Prerequisites:

Take FIN-810

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The course is designed to provide information on various types of fixed income securities and markets

Prerequisites:

MBA-650

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The course introduces basic corporate valuation models and shows how risk arises in firms and how managing that risk can impact the firm's valuation. It shows different ways and contracts that can be used to change the risk profile of the firm. The course will introduce methods including using derivatives to hedge

Prerequisites:

Take MBA-650

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course provides introduction to quantitative business analytics methods and their applications in credit risk analysis. It covers the steps involved in building

Prerequisites:

Complete two of the following courses: FIN-750 FIN-613 FIN-805 FIN-713

Credits:

3.00

Description:

MSF Thesis work

Prerequisites:

MBA-650

Credits:

3.00

Description:

An in-depth analysis of timely special issues in the field of finance. Specific topics are announced when the course is scheduled.

Prerequisites:

MBA-650 and Instructor's approval. Limited to MSF students only.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Provides a hands-on

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The Immersion course provides an opportunity for students to link their program work to hands-on experience and visits to real-life global companies. The highly experiential

Approved Finance Electives

Note: Students wishing to take SBS 920 for an elective in the MSF Program must consult with the MSF Advisor for guidance on how to be considered for this option.

London Financial Services Travel Seminar is the only seminar approved as an MSF elective. Any other travel seminar requires MSF Academic Program Director approval.

Prerequisites:

MBA-650

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students analyze markets for financial assets

Prerequisites:

MBA-650

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students examine techniques and decision-making rules for the evaluation and selection of long-term investment projects by corporations and the interaction of investment and financing.

Prerequisites:

Take MBA-650;

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The course introduces students to the structure and management of international financial-services firms and methods through which financial institutions manage risk. The course discusses tools for identifying

Prerequisites:

MBA-650 or MSF Program Director Approval

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course covers corporate financial decisions in an international setting with a focus on foreign exchange management and capital budgeting.

Prerequisites:

MBA-650 or MSF Program Director Approval

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course introduces students to the history

Prerequisites:

FIN-810

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students learn theory and techniques of scientific portfolio management

Prerequisites:

MBA-650 or MSF Program Director Approval

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The foundation of most of modern financial models and theories are based on neoclassical economists' assumption that most economic agents are rational decision makers. Behavioral finance recognizes that our cognitive biases and errors along with our individuality are not always consistent with the rationality assumption and utility maximization. This course will examine the implications of human psychology

Prerequisites:

Take MBA-650

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The nature

Prerequisites:

Take MBA-650;

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course addresses the financial needs of private businesses

Prerequisites:

MBA-650

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students analyze the main functions of investment banks such as origination

Prerequisites:

Take MBA-650;

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students are introduced to the language and principles of real estate. Includes an overview of decision-making in the field

Prerequisites:

MBA-650

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students develop a framework for understanding

Prerequisites:

Take FIN-810

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The course is designed to provide information on various types of fixed income securities and markets

Prerequisites:

MBA-650

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The course introduces basic corporate valuation models and shows how risk arises in firms and how managing that risk can impact the firm's valuation. It shows different ways and contracts that can be used to change the risk profile of the firm. The course will introduce methods including using derivatives to hedge

Prerequisites:

Take FIN-810;

Credits:

3

Description:

Students examine fundamental equity analysis as the convergence of a number of skills such as accounting, financial, and strategic analysis with detective work and experience. Students practice communicating and defending an argument, use a business analysis framework that helps tie together strategy and finance, practice model building and practical approach to profitability in the markets.

Prerequisites:

Take MBA-650

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course provides introduction to quantitative business analytics methods and their applications in credit risk analysis. It covers the steps involved in building

Prerequisites:

Complete two of the following courses: FIN-750 FIN-613 FIN-805 FIN-713

Credits:

3.00

Description:

MSF Thesis work

Prerequisites:

MBA-650

Credits:

3.00

Description:

An in-depth analysis of timely special issues in the field of finance. Specific topics are announced when the course is scheduled.

Prerequisites:

Instructor's approval required

Credits:

3.00

Description:

A student-initiated directed study project

Prerequisites:

MBA-650 and Instructor's approval. Limited to MSF students only.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Provides a hands-on

Prerequisites:

SBS-700. International students must complete 2 academic semesters before approved. Approval of Program Director/Course Coordinator and SBS Dean of Graduate Programs required.

Credits:

0.00

Description:

This internship course is for students who are working in an approved graduate level internship in a company

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The Immersion course provides an opportunity for students to link their program work to hands-on experience and visits to real-life global companies. The highly experiential

Waiver Policy

To waive an MSF prerequisite course a student must successfully complete equivalent coursework at the undergraduate/graduate level in the seven (7) years prior to the MSBA/MSF matriculation, with a grade of "B" or better, and provide official transcripts (with English translations, if applicable).

For FIN and ISOM core courses to be considered for substitution, a student must successfully complete equivalent academic coursework at the graduate level in the seven (7) years prior to the MSBA/MSF matriculation, with a grade of "B" or better, and provide official transcripts (with English translations, if applicable).

All waiver requests are evaluated upon a student's acceptance into the MSBA/MSF Program and are waived during the student's first semester. Students may also elect to take a proficiency exam, for a fee, to gain a waiver for the prerequisite courses. Proficiency exams must be taken in the first semester and are administered on the Boston campus.

All MSBA/MSF students must complete a minimum of 53 graduate credits in the Sawyer Business School.

 

Transfer Policy

Any candidates 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 have been taken within the seven (7) years prior to entering the Suffolk MSBA/MSF program. However, at the discretion of the MSF program director, finance core courses may not be transferred if the subject material has changed significantly since completion. A maximum of six (6) credits may be considered for a transfer.

Students Who Leave Boston Before Their Degree is Complete

Occasionally, Suffolk MSBA/MSF 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 MSBA/MSF. You may be able to transfer six (6) credits of elective courses from an AACSB-accredited program close to your new place of residence. Courses must be preĀ­-approved by Suffolk's Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs and have a grade of "B" or better.

Students who leave the area may also be able to complete the MSBA (all or a portion) of their Suffolk MSBA/MSF on a part time basis online. The MSF portion of the degree is not available online.