MBA Concentrations

Sharpen your skills and gain a competitive edge.

Whether you want to develop a new expertise, position yourself for a promotion, or prepare to re-enter the job market, the Suffolk MBA concentrations allow you to tailor your degree to your career goals. Learn more in the Graduate Academic Catalog

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Accounting Concentrations

Students who are interested in assurance or advisory services, financial statement analysis and reporting, technical accounting, and financial and operations management should consider the Business Analysis and Reporting (BAR) concentration. The content in the BAR concentration includes a data analytics focus and assesses topics like financial risk management and financial planning techniques. BAR can also include more advanced technical accounting and reporting topics, including assessment of revenue recognition and leases, business combinations, derivatives, and hedge accounting, as well as employee benefit plan financial statements.

Accounting Principles will help you learn the basic financial accounting concepts and examine balance sheet and income statement items. You’ll also discover how accounting can be used to make managerial decisions.

Finance Concentrations

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Financial technology, commonly referred to as FinTech, has become a disruptive force in finance. In the FinTech Concentration, you will study the intersection of finance and advanced modern technology. Further, you'll learn how to apply machine learning software like MATLAB and Python to a financial setting. You will graduate with skill sets that will prepare you for a wide range of advanced analytical roles.

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Investments will help you understand asset management, security valuations, capital markets, portfolio management and the process of issuing securities. The MSF curriculum incorporates at least 70 percent of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge and was therefore accepted by the CFA University Affiliation Program. Work for a firm such as Fidelity Investments, State Street Corporation, and Citigroup on equity, fixed income and derivatives trading and research, and facilitate mergers and acquisitions, equity offering, and structured financing.

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The Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) provides the most credible affiliation in the Risk Management industry. Our Risk Management concentration integrates key areas of financial risk with global industry needs and best practices. You will learn how to assess and manage various types of financial risks in a global company, and are well on your way to earn GARP’s Financial Risk Manager (FRM) certification.

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Marketing Concentrations

Marketing intelligence has become a crucial tool for organizations to make accurate and confident decisions in their marketing strategies. In this concentration, students will focus on establishing this competency by deepening their knowledge and application in key topics such as research design, qualitative and quantitative data analysis, insights visualizations, and data-driven marketing strategies.

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Digital strategies are ubiquitous to any organization's marketing efforts. In this concentration, students will focus on establishing this competency by deepening their knowledge and application in key topics such as digital marketing analytics, content marketing, social media management, and website design.

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As more organizations adopt a customer-centric mindset, hiring talent that prioritizes the customer experience (CX) has become a common practice. In this concentration, students will focus on establishing and improving this competency by deepening their knowledge and application in key topics such as customer centricity, design thinking, user experience (UX), experimental designs, and neuromarketing.

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) is an increasingly important component of market offerings and marketing best practices. In this concentration, you will learn how to better understand AI, its strategic use in marketing, and its impact on marketing practice. Students will also develop skills with AI-powered applications and use them to complete projects and inform marketing decisions.

STEM Concentrations

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In order to survive in our competitive, modern economy, organizations need to manage various data resources, analyze data and visualize the results to improve performance management, optimize customer relations, monitor business activity, and support decision making. The market has a high demand for professionals with a solid understanding of data management and analysis, up-to-date knowledge on practical tools to solve business problems in various functional areas, e.g. marketing, finance, accounting and healthcare.

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Technology and business controls is a focus of the Information Systems and Controls (ISM) concentration. Students who are interested in assurance or advisory services related to business processes, information systems, information security and governance, and IT audits are encouraged to choose this concentration. Content for this concentration is focused on IT and data governance, internal control testing, and information system security, including network security, software access, and endpoint security.

Additional Concentrations

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Health sector industries are undergoing revolutionary change. Across these industries, people are harnessing new technology and data as they find better ways to address the health needs of growing and aging populations. The Health Sector Management concentration provides MBA students an introduction to the healthcare system and to selected health sector trends and business practices in technology and big data.

Students who pursue this concentration may build a solid foundation in healthcare and health-related businesses. These industries employ more people than nearly any other sector and, over the next decade, the number of jobs is expected to increase more rapidly than for most other industries. Demand for new business talent is strong. While this sector is extraordinarily complex, this concentration can help you make sense of the healthcare world and to learn how you can make a positive difference.

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Managers who are skilled at navigating business opportunities can be sidelined by interpersonal challenges. This concentration provides knowledge and skills to navigate the human side of management. And offers hands-on practice to develop the skills needed to effectively manage others and challenging situations that arise in the workplace that require influence, negotiation, and excellent communication.

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Cover topics that give special attention to the additional intricacies of nonprofit management within the field of public service.

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This concentration offers the fundamental principles, best practices, and practical skills necessary to implement integrated solutions to improve overall supply chain performance. No company can do better than its supply chain, a complex network of organizations such as suppliers, manufacturers, distributors and retailers that collaboratively manage transformation processes to deliver final products/services to customers. Managing a supply chain is a tremendous challenge for most firms which, paradoxically, can also be a crucial source of competitive advantage. A broad range of career opportunities are available in diverse areas such as sourcing, manufacturing/service operations, inventory, transportation, project management and information systems.

The three essential courses will cover all relevant topics with a hand-on approach. Together with the current MBA curriculum, nearly all relevant skills will be addressed.

View the academic requirements for the Supply Chain Management Concentration.