Student Organizations

We encourage graduate students to take advantage of everything that Suffolk University has to offer, including joining student organizations as a volunteer, member, or association leader.

Please take a moment to visit the Graduate Student Organizations page to become familiar with our student-run associations:


The Suffolk University Graduate Business Association (SUGBA) is an organization of graduate students that develops business, social, and academic initiatives that support the goals of the university and alumni while building our careers.

The goal of the Graduate Student Association (GSA) is to unite all of Suffolk’s graduate students. Regardless of which degree you are pursuing, we urge you to get involved whether through your participation in events, seeking professional development or just simply offering your suggestions and ideas.

Contact: Isabella Russo 

ASCEND is the largest non-profit Pan-Asian organization for business professionals in North America. ASCEND reaches 60,000 people, with 40 student chapters and 17 professional chapters located in both the United States and Canada around major business hubs and educational institutions. Suffolk has both undergraduate and graduate chapters of ASCEND, and both chapters have joint events, such as Public Speaking Practice Sessions & Competition, Alumni Panel Discussion & Networking Event, Spring Festival Celebration, and Moon Festival Gathering. ASCEND helps our students prepare for their business careers.

Contact: Cheng Guan Lim

The ICMA Suffolk Chapter strives to create opportunities for students interested in public administration, and municipal management in particular, to learn alongside industry professionals from across the globe. Chapter members gain full access to the ICMA network, which includes professional development programs, association conferences, research, publications, data and information, technical assistance, and training to thousands of city, town, and county chief administrative officers, their staffs, and other organizations throughout the world.

The Chapter also organizes topical panel discussions, networking receptions, career orientation, and other events here on the Boston campus. Suffolk University was the first Massachusetts college or university to found a student chapter and is one of only a few in New England to offer students this professional development opportunity.

Contact: Brendan Sweeney

Join an elite group of accounting undergraduate and graduate students in the Beta Alpha Psi honor society.

Beta Alpha Psi recognizes outstanding academic achievements in accounting. It also promotes the study and practice of accounting and provides leadership and networking opportunities for members.

Adding Beta Alpha Psi to your resume can help open doors to career opportunities. Employees recognize the society as a premier collegiate organization.

Graduate Students: All eligible to apply for membership. No minimum GPA required.

President: Christine Hraiz

ALPFA is a national organization whose mission is to empower and develop Latino/Latina men and women as leaders of character for the nation, in every sector of the global economy. Suffolk’s graduate student chapter embodies this mission through programming and community partnerships.

Contact: Mynor Diaz.

FHLA is a student organization designed to support Suffolk University graduate students with an interest in healthcare administration. FHLA's mission it to serve as a catalyst for the careers of Suffolk graduate students that are interested in healthcare by leveraging the Suffolk alumni community and Suffolk's relationship with Boston's dense healthcare field to connect students to these opportunities. Its vision is to shape the future of the U.S. healthcare sector by preparing Suffolk graduate students to become leaders, discover new opportunities, and to ignite passion to serve our community through healthcare outlets.


The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is a not-for-profit organization located just across the Charles River in Cambridge, MA with a preeminent role worldwide in healthcare systems improvement and innovation. The Suffolk Chapter of IHI will have the opportunity to tap into IHI’s renowned knowledge base, connect with visionaries across the field, and become active participants in the movement to transform healthcare delivery.

The Chapter’s guiding principles are to advance the quality/patient safety agenda and grow the professional competencies of its members. The Chapter will be comprised of students, faculty, alumni and professionals from across the healthcare industry who are committed to advancing the quality of medical care. We hope our diversity and collective energy can propel the group to become a permanent fixture in the Boston healthcare community.

The Chapter aims to explore a specific quality theme each semester by a mix of independent studies and courses through a tuition-free membership to the IHI Open School and also connect to the field through guest lectures, site visits, external events, and community projects.

Contact: Athiyaman Eniyathenral

MPASA strives to bring students together in social events and encourages student involvement in professional, academic, and social interest development.

The association also aims to further the interest and ideals of all students in the Suffolk MPA Program; assist in providing post-graduation employment assistance through networking; and cooperate in joint representation with faculty, MPA students, and MPA alumni.


Graduate Women In Business (GWIB) is an on-campus student organization representing graduate students in the Sawyer Business School at Suffolk University. We are dedicated to empowering aspiring businesswomen by providing panel events, networking opportunities and resources to help students foster valuable relationships and connect with like-minded individuals. We aim to support and assist our members with career development, mentoring and alumni relations. We also hope to give back to our community through on-campus and off-campus partnerships.

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