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

Accounting Concentrations

The accounting profession has a high demand for professionals with a solid understanding of data management and business intelligence as well as up-to-date knowledge of practical tools to solve business problems. Learn to design databases, retrieve data from business processes, visualize and analyze results, and communicate solutions with the Business Intelligence concentration. Students will have opportunities to work with Tableau, MS Excel including Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), SQL, SAP Lumira, SAS Enterprise Guide, and Data Warehouse.

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Students seeking careers within a corporation require a solid background in both finance and accounting. Therefore, the need to develop both competencies for financial management positions, including a CFO role, is widely recognized. Those enrolled in the corporate accounting and finance concentration will learn how to interpret the world around them through numbers and will be prepared for careers that influence corporations’ internal operations. Students will have opportunities to develop an understanding of topics such as financial analysis and forecasting, capital structure, capital budgeting, and corporate valuation, which will help them determine where and how to invest corporate funds.

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Gain the skills necessary to protect your business from loss due to fraud, theft, and malfeasance. The concentration in forensics takes a three-pronged approach. First, you will learn about white collar crime in general, and financial statement fraud in particular. You will explore the definition of fraud, how we prevent it, and how we detect it. Then, you will learn how to protect your company.

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Gain knowledge in the unique accounting principles, financial reporting structures, budget controls, program planning, and management controls in not-for-profit organizations and governmental units. Career opportunities in this space are vast and exist in cities, counties, states, K-12 public and private school districts, public and private nonprofit colleges and universities, healthcare organizations, charitable or religious organizations, and federal agencies like the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

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Finance Concentrations

Having a better understanding of Corporate Finance will allow you to help your business fund projects, manage working capital, make acquisitions, and plan for the company’s financial future. Work for a large global company such as Bose, Raytheon, or Boston Scientific with high-growth potential.

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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

Learn how to assess foreign market attractiveness, formulate marketing plans for global market entry and expansion, and devise marketing strategies in multiple areas of the world.

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Demand for market research and analytic skills is high in most industries today. You will develop knowledge and skills to design and implement qualitative and/or quantitative research studies, analyze data, and extract insights to inform high-quality strategic marketing decision-making.

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Gain broad understanding about marketing management in terms of product/service development and delivery, brand strategy, pricing decisions, sales forecasting, and innovative ways in which to communicate and engage with customers.

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Additional Concentrations

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.

View the academic requirements for the Business Intelligence Concentration.

This concentration encourages students to select 3 (from 7) courses that may be combined to provide knowledge about creativity, innovation, and organizational change all in an entrepreneurial context of creating something new and valuable.

People who wish to be change makers by either starting their own businesses, driving product and service changes in large corporations or in the public service/social innovation space may find this concentration provides a series of course offerings that can be tailored to your specific needs and interests. Courses in start-ups, design and crowdfunding can be leveraged into development and launch of successful business opportunities. Courses in corporate entrepreneurship and design may be valuable to people seeking to bring new solutions to their organizations no-matter what functional discipline they choose. Courses in corporate entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, and green and sustainable business may help to better inform managers (across disciplines) of the ways that companies are providing for the needs of their customers in the ever competitive international business arena.

View the academic requirements for the Creative Disruption Concentration.

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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This concentration gives you the tools to understand and analyze business organizations in a holistic way as they relate to their competitive and institutional contexts. You will understand how firms mobilize and reinvent their resources, outperform competition, and deliver superior performance to shareholders and other key stakeholders.

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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.

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