• Application Form and Fee

    Complete the Suffolk online application and submit a $50 application fee (non-refundable).

    Fee waivers are available to U.S. active military and veterans, Suffolk alumni, and currently enrolled degree students as well as students that visit Suffolk.

  • Official Transcripts

    Submit sealed, original transcripts from each college or university attended. These can be sent to: 

    Office of Graduate Admission
    Suffolk University
    73 Tremont Street
    Boston, MA 02108

    We can also accept electronic transcripts if sent from the Registrar’s Office at your college or university. Please note that these transcripts must be sent in a secure format, directly by the university Registrar or their designated delivery service such as Clearinghouse, Digitary, Docufide, etc. directly to gradadmission@suffolk.edu. We cannot accept electronic transcripts sent as attachments in emails from applicants. Please contact us if you have questions or are unsure if your transcript meets the requirements.

    Please Note: All materials submitted to the Office of Graduate Admission become the property of Suffolk University and cannot be returned to the student. 

    International Transcripts: Applicants who have attended an institution of higher education outside of the United States are strongly encouraged (and may be required) to submit an official “Course-by-Course Evaluation” of their academic credentials. All transcripts (mark sheets and diploma statements) must be accompanied by an official English translation. Please visit the International Students page for details.

    Note for U.S. Study Abroad Students: All coursework and grades must be reflected on an official transcript.

  • Confirmation of Undergraduate Degree

    Your undergraduate degree must be from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States or must be an equivalent degree granted by an institution in another country (as determined by the Office of Graduate Admission). 

    If you are currently completing your undergraduate degree, you must arrange to have your final transcript sent to the Office of Graduate Admission before classes begin.

  • Goal Statement

    Please outline your reasons for applying to the program. Include a candid analysis of professional objectives, both long- and short-term, and indicate how the graduate program to which you are applying will help you achieve them. There is no minimum or maximum length for this statement; however, one to two pages is usually sufficient.

  • Resume

    Submit a current resume summarizing your academic qualifications, appropriate work and volunteer experience, relevant skills, and any honors or awards you have received.

  • Recommendations

    Recommendation letters are required of all applicants. All graduate programs in the College of Arts and Sciences require two letters. Most programs at the Sawyer Business School require one letter of recommendation for your application. Please note that the Masters of Healthcare Administration and Masters of Public Administration dual degree programs do require two letters of recommendation. If you are a student applying to the MBA program with less than one year of working experience we also require two letters. Letters of recommendation should be written by faculty members with whom you have studied or from people with whom you have worked professionally (preferably a direct supervisor). You will be required to provide recommender contact information when completing your application. Recommenders will then receive a unique link for submission. Alternatively, a paper letter may be submitted. The recommender should use personal letterhead when available, sign the letter, include their full name and contact information, and submit in a sealed, signed envelope. These can be sent to:

    Office of Graduate Admission
    Suffolk University
    73 Tremont Street
    Boston, MA 02108

  • Academic Testing

    Many graduate programs do not require testing.  For those that do, most allow students with good undergraduate academic records to waive the GMAT or GRE.  Please refer to our waivers page for information on testing for your specific program.

    For those programs that do require testing, examination scores must be submitted directly by the testing agency to the Office of Graduate Admission to complete the application process. Scores are valid from the date taken for five (5) years. In addition, test scores will be reviewed once and only once. Students may not submit new scores after admission in order to be reconsidered for merit aid.

    Suffolk University's code for ETS test scores is 3771. No department code is needed for GRE test-takers.

    Suffolk University's codes for the GMAT are program-dependent, as follows:

    MBA full-time: ZWT-BN-92
    MBA part-time: ZWT-BN-83
    Executive MBA: ZWT-BN-29
    Other Master's: ZWT-BN-55

    Examination scores must be submitted directly by the testing agency to the Office of Graduate Admission to complete the application process. Scores are typically valid from the date taken for five (5) years.

  • English Proficiency

    International applicants must submit proof of English proficiency via successful completion of the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE-Academic. Additional details, including exemption criteria, can be found on the International Students page.


  • Interviews

    Admission interviews are required for certain programs. Please refer to your program of interest for more information.

    Additionally, the Admission Committee may request an interview for any program if deemed necessary. 

    The Ph.D. program receives approximately 300 applications each year. We thoroughly review these and invite 65-70 candidates to Suffolk University for an interview weekend. Applicants invited to interview weekend are required to interview with two different faculty members.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend interview weekend in person.  If circumstances preclude in person attendance at interview weekend, the department will attempt to schedule Skype interviews but this is not guaranteed.