New Students

Congratulations and welcome to Sawyer Business School’s Graduate Programs! It’s time now to prepare for the upcoming semester by first reviewing the next steps that were outlined by Graduate Admission. Return to this page to review additional steps outlined for you below.

If you have not yet confirmed your enrollment, you must first submit your enrollment deposit by logging into your application portal.

Get Ready for Grad School

Prepare academically and professionally for your program and hit the ground running on the first day of classes. These resources will provide you with multiple preparation tools that best fit your needs and can help build your confidence to succeed in your graduate degree program.

Next Steps

The Sawyer Business School hosts New Graduate Student Orientation each fall and spring. All new Boston students are required to attend. Orientation welcomes you to the Business School community, connecting you directly to the faculty, students, and alumni in your program, all of whom will help you learn firsthand about your graduate degree program. You'll collect a wealth of additional information that will serve you throughout your Suffolk experience. The night ends with a networking reception where you have the opportunity to meet students and faculty from across the graduate programs community.

Register for Orientation now, using sbsgrad2020 as your password.

Suffolk University expects all students to be responsible individuals with high standards of conduct. Learn more about university policies and expectations to ensure your success.

Suffolk University offers various scholarships and fellowship opportunities, both full-time and part-time, to qualified graduate students. Sources of financial aid include federal and state government, institutional programs, and other agencies. Suffolk University is pleased to participate in the Yellow Ribbon program for Veterans and their family members.

All applicants, including international students, are automatically considered for merit-based aid at the time of admission. Merit scholarships are competitive and limited. To receive maximum consideration, you should meet all published admission deadlines.

You can access and track your financial aid and scholarship information in the My Suffolk Portal. If you have not yet applied for financial aid, check out information on financial aid and scholarships through the Office of Student Financial Services. They can be reached at 617-573-8470 or by email.

Shortly after you receive your admission letter you will receive a separate email with your individualized program of study (POS) attached. This program of study was created for you after a thorough review of your transcripts and outlines any courses you may have waived, any courses you should substitute with an elective (MSA & MST only), and the total number of credits you will need to take at the Sawyer Business School in order to earn your degree.

Any questions regarding your program of study, waivers, or transfer credits can be directed to your Graduate Program Advisor. All full-time MBA students and MAPS/CAPS students need to have an advising appointment before registering for courses. All other students are strongly encouraged to meet with their advisor periodically throughout their program.

Enrollment status is dependent on the number of registered credits you take within a given semester. You must be registered for at least 12 credits per semester to be considered full-time (and maximum of 15 credits*). Anything less than 12 credits per semester is considered part-time. If you need to take more than 15 credits in a given semester contact your graduate program advisor to learn more about the excess course petition process.

*During your first semester you may take 16 credits when taking SBS 700. MSF Students may take 17 credits in their first semester when taking SBS 700 and FIN 601.

During the summer sessions, students may take a maximum of 12 credits across all summer semesters, but may not exceed 7.5 credits in any one or combination of the following sets of summer modules: Module A, Module 1, and Module 3; or Module A, Module 2, and Module 3.

Online MBA graduate students may take a maximum of 12 credits across all summer semesters, but may not exceed 6 credits in any one or combination of the following sets of summer modules: Module A, Module 1, and Module 3; or Module A, Module 2, and Module 3.

Changes in your enrollment status may affect your financial aid. If your plans change after your financial aid award has been determined, please contact the Student Financial Services Office as soon as possible. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of six credits to be considered for financial aid per semester. During the fall and spring semesters, if you are enrolled as full-time you will be charged a per-semester rate. If you are enrolled part-time you will be charged on a per-credit rate. During the summer, tuition is charged at the per-credit tuition rate.

International students are required to maintain full-time status. For any exceptions, you must obtain special permission from the International Student Services Office prior to reducing your course load.

Course Waiver/Transfer Policies

In some instances, you may qualify to waive certain courses within you degree program or receive transfer credit for courses completed at a previous institution.

To determine if you meet the requirements for a course waiver or if you may be eligible to receive transfer credit, please review the waiver & transfer credit policy for your degree program. Please contact the program directly.

Proficiency Exams

Students enrolled in the MBA, MSA, MSBA, MSF, MSFSB, and MSM programs have the opportunity to complete proficiency exams to potentially obtain course waivers.

If you are a student in one of these programs, you may choose to take exams for a single course, multiple courses, or all of the MBA Core Courses, MSA Management Preparation Courses, or MSF Required and Elective Prerequisite Courses.

Each proficiency exam can only be taken once and are equivalent to a comprehensive final exam in the course. For more information, contact the SBS Graduate Programs Office by email or by phone at 617-305-1941.

You are issued a Suffolk University email account ( once your deposit is received and your enrollment is confirmed. Any email sent from Suffolk departments, or individual faculty and staff will be sent to your Suffolk email account, so make sure to check your email so you don’t miss important information, deadlines, and events.

To access your email account on the web go to our email page. Initially you will receive a user ID and temporary password. The temporary password must be updated immediately. Please review the password policy for details. You can also manage your email by configuring outlook, setting up your mobile device/tablet, or forwarding your Suffolk email to an external address.

If you need assistance accessing your Suffolk email account, or confirmed your enrollment over two weeks ago but have not received information about your email, contact the IT Service Desk by email or by phone at 617-557-2000.

It is important that you familiarize yourself with logging on and navigating MySuffolk. Review the MySuffolk FAQ section if you have any questions about MySuffolk.

For login issues, or if you forgot your username and password, please contact the IT Service Desk:
Phone: 617-557-2000
Location: Sargent Hall, 6th Floor
Office Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. M-F, except during University closures

You will need your University ID number to request login information.

Registering during priority registration is the best way to get the courses and sections you prefer.

The university has a Pre-Registration Period when courses are viewable and you can search and select to your registration wish list. This is typically two weeks prior to the Graduate Priority Registration date when you are able to officially register for courses. You are encouraged to register as close to the Graduate Priority Registration date as possible to ensure your first choice of courses. Pre-registration and Graduate Priority Registration dates can be found on the academic calendar.

Note that, as a new SBS graduate student, you are required to take SBS 700 You as Leader: Self-Awareness, Feedback and Decision-Making, a one-credit course, in your first semester and as part of your degree program.

SBS 700 is offered each fall and spring and held over one weekend (Friday from 4-8pm and Saturday from 8am-6pm) with various sections to choose from.

*SBS 700 is not required for MPA or any of the graduate certificate programs.

To register for classes, log in to your My Suffolk portal. Detailed information is available on the University Registrar Office’s Graduate Registration page where you will find step-by-step instructions on how to add classes to your wishlist, register for classes, registration approval, add/drop schedules, semester course load information, and various registration forms.

Always consult your Program Evaluation and/or advisor, so you know which courses you’ll need to take. If you need help logging into the My Suffolk portal, contact the IT Help Desk by email or by phone at 617-557-2000. If you have questions or issues with registering you can also contact the University Registrar Office by email or by phone at 617-573-8430.

The Office of the Bursar (Student Accounts) will provide you with information about tuition and fees, payment due dates, billing FAQs, payment plans, and managing your online e-bill.

SU Pay – Billing & Payment Gateway: SU Pay allows you to view real-time tuition statements and make payments online. It also enables you to sign up for semester-based payment plans as well as authorize other users to view your account.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your tuition and finances, you can reach the Office of the Bursar by email or by phone at 617-573-8407.

Once you register for courses through the My Suffolk portal, you’ll be able to purchase books or other course materials.

Please note that required books/course materials may not be announced upon course registration. Faculty will make books/course materials available closer to the start of the semester through the bookstore website, Blackboard and your syllabus.

Massachusetts state law requires immunization and health insurance for all full-time students and international students. Detailed information can be found in the Health, Wellness, & Counseling’s new student requirements. Students who already have valid insurance can submit a waiver request.

You can obtain your Suffolk ID card at either:

  • The Sawyer Building (8 Ashburton Place, Boston, MA 02108) security office on the second floor
  • Sargent Hall (120 Tremont St. Boston, MA 02108) security office on the first floor

To verify your status, you must present a copy of your registration and a valid picture ID (photos may be submitted online).

ID cards are available Monday through Sunday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. There is no cost for the ID card, but a replacement fee of $25 will be assessed for lost cards.

Students should carry ID cards at all times. Your Suffolk ID not only gets you access to Suffolk University buildings and events but also may qualify you for discounts at surrounding retailers.