If you are contemplating a career in public service, there is no better place to start than at Suffolk University’s Sawyer Business School. Uniquely positioned beside the Massachusetts State House near the heart of downtown Boston, we are the ideal training ground for future public servants. Whatever your goals, Suffolk University will accommodate your busy schedule and prepare you for a career supporting the common good.

US News Rankings logo for Best Public Affairs Programs for 2023At Suffolk University, you’ll learn from some of the best in the field. Our full-time and adjunct faculty members bring years of public service experience, as well as academic expertise into the classroom. Many receive research grants to study and publish articles on topics, such as public safety, public budgeting, labor law, and education policy. We recruit a well-rounded team of faculty members who are academically and professionally qualified.

Suffolk prepares students to enhance the responsiveness, efficiency, and effectiveness of public service organizations, while adhering to the democratic values of inclusion, egalitarianism, and respect for diversity, and place students just like you in management and leadership positions in federal, state, and local government; nonprofit agencies; and private sector organizations, as well as in the Presidential Management Fellowship program. Our students have received Rappaport Public Policy awards in competition with a variety of students from area universities, including Harvard, Brandeis, Northeastern University, and the University of Massachusetts at Boston.

NASPAA logoPublic service is a dynamic field. As a Suffolk student, you’ll learn to anticipate and respond to change, as well as to lead it. Your coursework emphasizes the value of public service. Leadership skills enable you to create shared leadership based on collectively determined values and norms in an organizational or community setting. You’ll examine ethical issues within the context of individual core courses to demonstrate the ubiquity and variety of ethical challenges that can arise in the public sector.




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