Master of Science in Finance or Financial Services & Banking Pathway

The Sawyer Business School offers Accelerated and Standard Pathway programs for qualified graduate students starting in the fall and spring.

The Accelerated Program is a one semester program which typically requires one Academic English course and three to four (3-4) required SBS graduate courses. The Accelerated Pathway Program is only offered in the fall or spring terms.

The Standard Pathway Program is a two semester program which typically requires two Academic English courses and two to three (2-3) required SBS graduate courses in semester one followed by two (2) additional Academic English courses and two to three (2-3) required SBS graduate courses in semester two. The Standard Pathway Program is only offered in the fall or spring terms. Students who begin the Standard Pathway Program in the fall will enroll in 2 consecutive terms-fall and spring. Students who begin the Standard Pathway Program in the spring will enroll in 2 terms-spring and fall. The summer term is not a required term, therefore, no SBS Graduate Pathway courses are offered.

SBS graduate course credits, earned in the SBS Accelerated or Standard Pathway Program, will apply to the corresponding graduate degree program if successful progression requirements are met. SBS Graduate Pathway students must meet all academic standing requirements and policies to remain within their SBS Graduate Pathway and subsequent SBS graduate program

MSF or MSFSB Accelerated Pathway

1 semester program
44 credit program
10 credits apply from Graduate Pathway
34 additional required credits to complete MSF or MSFSB program

Prerequisites:

INTO Pathway Students Only

Credits:

0

Description:

This course is designed for students pursuing the graduate pathway program at Suffolk University to develop students' critical thinking and analysis skills and knowledge for study at a US University. These skills are developed through cross disciplinary academic-related themes that are tailored to students' specific fields of interest/study. Course activities and assessments include critical reading, primary and secondary research, report writing, oral presentations, and career-focused networking. This is a non-credit course.

Prerequisites:

INTO Pathway Students Only

Credits:

0

Description:

This course provides students with the basic vocabulary needed to succeed in a variety of courses in accounting and finance. Students would be introduced to different terminology used in financial accounting, managerial accounting and corporate finance. After the successful completion of this course, students would have a fundamental knowledge of the terms and concepts used in accounting and finance courses bridging a potential gap for non-native English speakers, setting them up for success in future studies and career in the financial profession. This is a non-credit course.

Credits:

3

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, tools, and applications of economics at both the micro and macro level. The focus is on how economic analysis influences decision-making in the public and private sectors and how economic tools can enhance managerial effectiveness and organizational efficiency. The economic role of government and its impact on the business environment in a market economy, the factors that influence firm performance and competitiveness, and the role of financial institutions in the current economic environment are discussed throughout the course.

Credits:

3

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, including various descriptive and predictive analytics techniques. Students develop knowledge of data visualization and interpretation coupled with conveying data, results and insights. Issues on data acquisition, storage and management will be discussed.

Credits:

3

Description:

This course deals with 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. It develops skill in using accounting information to analyze the performance and financial condition of a company, and to facilitate decision making, planning and budgeting, and performance appraisal in a managerial context. This course also contains an experiential component by offering guided inquiry and real company cases.

Prerequisites:

MSF and MSFSB students only;

Credits:

1

Description:

This is a boot camp-style course which introduces students to the basic concepts of math, statistics, accounting, and finance. Given the technical nature of modern finance, this course is designed to prepare students for the challenges of taking advanced finance courses. The course is based on lectures, problem solving, and discussion of concepts.

MSF or MSFSB Standard Pathway

Required Courses: Semester One

Prerequisites:

INTO Pathway Students Only

Credits:

0

Description:

This course is designed for students pursuing the graduate pathway program at Suffolk University. Students will develop critical thinking, analytical skills and communication abilities. These skills are developed through interdisciplinary, academic-related themes tailored to students' specific fields of interest and/or study. This is a non-credit course.

Prerequisites:

INTO Pathway Students Only

Credits:

0

Description:

This course is designed for students pursuing the graduate pathway program at Suffolk University. This course is designed for international students who are studying abroad, emphasizing development, readiness, and academic success for Graduate Programs. This course covers western educational systems, university policies and procedures, writing skills and research resources, and graduate school study skills and methods. This is a non-credit course.

Prerequisites:

INTO Pathway Students Only

Credits:

0

Description:

This course provides students with the basic vocabulary needed to succeed in a variety of courses in accounting and finance. Students would be introduced to different terminology used in financial accounting, managerial accounting and corporate finance. After the successful completion of this course, students would have a fundamental knowledge of the terms and concepts used in accounting and finance courses bridging a potential gap for non-native English speakers, setting them up for success in future studies and career in the financial profession. This is a non-credit course.

Credits:

3

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, including various descriptive and predictive analytics techniques. Students develop knowledge of data visualization and interpretation coupled with conveying data, results and insights. Issues on data acquisition, storage and management will be discussed.

Credits:

3

Description:

This course deals with 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. It develops skill in using accounting information to analyze the performance and financial condition of a company, and to facilitate decision making, planning and budgeting, and performance appraisal in a managerial context. This course also contains an experiential component by offering guided inquiry and real company cases.

Required Courses: Semester Two

Prerequisites:

INTO Pathway Students Only

Credits:

0

Description:

This course is designed for students pursuing the graduate pathway program at Suffolk University. This course provides an in-depth review of a variety of key academic writing skills as well as professional communication.These skills are developed through interdisciplinary, academic-related themes tailored to students' specific fields of interest and/or study This is a non-credit course.

Prerequisites:

INTO Pathway Students Only

Credits:

0

Description:

This course is designed for students pursuing the graduate pathway program at Suffolk University. This course extends and reinforces concepts introduced in AE 052, including critical thinking, cross-cultural communication, academic and professional identity, advanced graduate program development, university resources, research methods, and presentation skills. This is a non-credit course.

Credits:

3

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, tools, and applications of economics at both the micro and macro level. The focus is on how economic analysis influences decision-making in the public and private sectors and how economic tools can enhance managerial effectiveness and organizational efficiency. The economic role of government and its impact on the business environment in a market economy, the factors that influence firm performance and competitiveness, and the role of financial institutions in the current economic environment are discussed throughout the course.

Prerequisites:

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

Credits:

3

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.

Prerequisites:

MSF and MSFSB students only;

Credits:

1

Description:

This is a boot camp-style course which introduces students to the basic concepts of math, statistics, accounting, and finance. Given the technical nature of modern finance, this course is designed to prepare students for the challenges of taking advanced finance courses. The course is based on lectures, problem solving, and discussion of concepts.