Online MSBA/MSA Dual Degree

Suffolk’s MSBA/MSA dual degree combines hands-on accounting experiences and study with a solid grounding in data analytics and interpretation.

This expedited program focuses on preparing you to apply accounting concepts and assessments of financial data to a multitude of business situations.

Complementing your accounting education with vital skills in business analytics enables you to make critical data-driven decisions which allows you to create unique value for businesses by using statistical and operations analysis. You'll be well prepared to earn elite certificates in the field’s most popular software: SAS, SAP, and Excel. You’ll also be CPA-ready! Suffolk’s Master of Science in Accounting degree meets the educational requirements for students to take the CPA exam in Massachusetts. And whether you have a career, family, or other obligations that make earning a master’s degree challenging, Suffolk is pleased to offer this dual-degree program in a part-time, fully online format.

In the MSBA portion, you will learn to use advanced software to manage, prepare, and analyze data acquired and stored in data warehouses and enterprise resource planning systems. You will understand how to leverage best practices in managing the business analytics lifecycle, from defining business opportunities to implementing solutions. What’s more, you will gain the vital data storytelling skills to turn data into business insights, and eventually into effective business decisions. Our coursework prepares you, through hands-on tutorials and projects, to use in-demand software such as Excel, Tableau, SQL, SAS, SAP, and Python, which are valued in many analytics positions.

In the MSA portion, you will take courses that integrate Becker's CPA Exam Review Course, giving you supplemental material to help you ace your classes while also preparing you for success on the CPA exam. Study with Suffolk and you’ll get the hands-on experience you need to understand the evolving regulatory, financial, and strategic challenges accountants currently face. You’ll also learn the spectrum of skills that today’s accountants need to stand out in the job market.

View the MSBA/MSA Online Curriculum

For students who wish to learn in the heart of downtown Boston, Suffolk is pleased to offer this dual-degree program in a full- and part-time on-campus format.

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.

State-by-State CPA Exam Eligibility Requirements

See information about the educational requirements necessary for CPA exam eligibility for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall – August 15
  • Spring – January 4

Learn about the advantages of priority applications.

Application Materials

  • Completed application
  • $50 Application Fee (waived for alumni and applicants who attended a Suffolk graduate programs event)
  • 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)
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE-Academic Scores (international students only)

Note: For the MS in Business Analytics, applicants must have passed a university-level statistics course in the past five years (B or better); have equivalent industry experience; or have an undergraduate or graduate degree in natural science (biology, chemistry, physics), engineering, math, business, computer and information sciences, finance, marketing, or social and behavioral sciences (psychology, economics, sociology and political science). Applicants not meeting these criteria should submit GMAT or GRE scores for consideration.

Cost of Graduate Study at Suffolk (2021-2022)

Program Per Credit Rate
All Online Master Programs $1,231

Financial Aid for Graduate Study

Suffolk offers a variety of options to help finance your graduate education. Opportunities for assistance range from federal educational loans to alumni scholarships, and award programs available through partner organizations. You are encouraged to connect with the Office of Student Financial Services to help you estimate the cost of your education, determine your eligibility for aid, and find the best way to finance your education.

Partner Scholarship Program

Are you an employee looking to expand your skills and credentials with a master’s degree? You may be eligible for Suffolk University's Partner Scholarship Program, reducing your tuition and waiving your $50 application fee. Review our list of participating employer partners, including Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Tufts Medical Center, and more.