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.

View the MSBA/MSF Curriculum

Open More Doors with a Dual Degree from Suffolk

Suffolk University's dual degree programs give you an opportunity to obtain two degrees in a shorter time frame and with less cost than pursuing the two graduate degrees consecutively. Upon completion you will have earned two distinct graduate degrees, giving you the needed competitive edge to land a top job in a wider field.

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester: July 15 (International Applicants), August 15 (Domestic Applicants), then rolling
Spring Semester: December 1 (International Applicants), January 4 (Domestic Applicants), then rolling
Summer Semester: April 1 (priority), then rolling
Learn about the advantages of priority applications.

Application Materials

  • Completed application
  • $50 application fee
  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcripts of all post-secondary work. Admitted students enrolling in the program will need to have official transcripts, including proof of degree conferral, on file prior to their first class
  • 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)

Cost of Graduate School at Suffolk (2021-2022)

Full-time per semester Per Credit
Per Credit $1,604

Financial Aid for Graduate Study

Suffolk University is pleased to offer both merit- and need-based financial aid to graduate students—these awards can be up to $20,000 per academic year. Merit-based aid is awarded based on the applicant's academic credentials presented on the admission application. No separate application is required for merit consideration.

Advising & Other Resources

Suffolk University offers graduate students—incoming, current, and alumni—help with navigating financial aid and payments, searching for career opportunities, and building a strong professional network. Our Graduate Student Services team supports you every step of the way with various services including application advising, financial aid counseling, international student resources, and other resources such as the Career Development Center or the Center for Learning and Academic Success. We also offer you value-added professional development workshops to bolster your experiential education and other professional skills while studying at Suffolk University.

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.

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