The Business School Experience

Since 1906, Suffolk University has prepared students to be successful leaders in business and public service. The Sawyer Business School—founded in 1937—is career-focused from day one. Here, you learn more than business knowledge: You build a toolkit for personal success.

At the Sawyer Business School, you'll embark on a transformative journey to excellence. Your education includes hands-on learning programs, personal support from faculty, enhanced global awareness, civic engagement projects, unparalleled networking opportunities, and a diverse community of teachers and learners. Together, they create a business school experience that uniquely prepares you for success in the workplace...and in life. Explore these characteristics of the Business School Experience in more detail.

The Boston Advantage

As the only university in downtown Boston, we provide unique access to the city’s cultural and professional offerings.

Imagine being just steps away from internship and career opportunities at the State House, financial district, and major health centers. Envision working at organizations like Fidelity, ZipCar, EY, the Department of Labor & Standards, Mass General Brigham, and State Street Global Advisors, to name just a few.

Our location brings the real world into your classroom. Hear business leaders speak in your courses. Consult with real, Boston-based clients. Get career advice from professors who work in the industry. Build your professional network starting your very first day.

Learn by Doing

Live your dream. Whether you choose to study in Boston or overseas, you’ll work side-by-side with thought leaders, business professionals, and innovators. In the classroom, you’ll dive into consulting projects and examine case studies from real businesses. Outside the classroom, targeted internships and work opportunities deepen your skills and knowledge.

First-Year Experience

The first-year experience (FYE) at Suffolk University's Sawyer Business School (SBS) includes two semesters of academic and extra-curricular programming that supports our learners' sense of security, belonging, and purpose.

During the first semester, learners will build community and confidence, while exploring and gaining foundational knowledge, in support of business concepts, problem-solving, career pathways, and major/minor connections. This exploration includes experiences in creative, strategic, career, and major/minor opportunities.

The experience continues into the second semester, where learners begin building a theoretical foundation to support future courses in the functional areas of business. Theoretical curriculum and activities focus on globalization, team building, the entrepreneurial mindset, communication in the workplace, and professionalism, all preparing a more confident and aware learner.

Personal Support

Receive exceptional support that begins when you arrive and continues after you graduate. Professors here are more than teachers. They are your mentors. You are the center of their focus. They will nurture your growth, develop your talents, and help you launch your dreams.

A Global Mindset

Share our global mission. Business today is global. Your business reaches the world or the world comes to you. We extend education beyond conventional boundaries with Global Travel Seminars, international internships, and study abroad experiences.

Learn more about our global engagement

Social Responsibility

Join students who are aware and committed to public service. Deal with real issues in the community, such as helping children or veterans in need. Get involved and make a difference in your community.


Create an unparalleled peer and professional network at Sawyer Business School. Suffolk is at the crossroads of city and state government and deeply connected to the city’s business, legal, and cultural communities. You have extraordinary access to global businesses, research opportunities, and internships.


Enrich your learning experience by studying in a diverse and inclusive community. Two-thirds of our students come from the Boston area, 20 percent are from overseas, and the rest arrive from across the country. Faculty members come from all around the world. The diversity of our environment is intentional and important for teaching cultural awareness to future leaders of global business and public service.