MSBA/MSF Dual Degree

This dual-degree program is designed to combine analytics capabilities with an advanced financial education. You’ll graduate with communication skills, a mastery of analytics, and strategic insights.

The Suffolk MSBA/MSF dual degree bridges the gap between business analytics and the larger financial world. By completing this expedited program, you’ll be ready to take a leading role in the practice of financial planning and advising. Customized curriculum options let you personalize your experience and specialize in your area of choice.

Suffolk’s Master of Science in Finance degree is one of the only programs in New England that’s a member of both the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute University Affiliation Program and a Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) Academic Partner.

Upon graduation, you will be qualified to earn the CFA designation, and your courses will be designed to help you earn the elite Financial Risk Manager (FRM) designation, valued by top employers across diverse businesses.

Paying for Graduate School

Tuition (2018-2019)
Full-time, per semester
Cost Per Credit (2018-2019)
For part-time students

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester: March 15 (priority), then rolling
Spring Semester: October 15 (priority), then rolling
Summer Semester: April 1 (priority), then rolling
Learn about the advantages of priority applications.

Application Materials

  • Completed online application
  • $50 application fee
  • Resume
  • Goal statement (essay)
  • Letter of recommendation (Learn more)
  • Official GMAT or GRE scores (Note: Testing requirements vary by program, and some students may qualify for a waiver. Learn more.)
  • Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE-Academic scores (international students only)

Note: Students must have passed a university-level statistics course in the past five years or have equivalent industry experience.


The Graduate Programs Office and academic departments provide academic advising to both full-time and part-time students. All students are encouraged to discuss their goals and concerns with their Graduate Programs Advisor. Students are encouraged to discuss their academic interests and career goals with faculty especially when choosing elective courses.

Waiver/Transfer Policy

Waiver Policy

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

Business Analytics core courses may be waived but credits must be substituted with an approved elective. For MSBA core courses to be considered as waived with an approved elective for substitution, a student must successfully complete equivalent academic coursework at the undergraduate/graduate level in the seven (7) years prior to the MSBA/MSF matriculation, "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. 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 56 credits (16 courses and SBS 700 and FIN 601) in the Sawyer Business School.

Transfer Credit 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 five (5) 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.

Courses & Requirements

Learn more about the classes, requirements, and different options available to complete the program.

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