Pre-program & Non-degree Options

Get started on your Suffolk University graduate education with one of our pre-program or non-degree graduate options.

Management Advancement Professional Studies (MAPS)

For Prospective MBA, MMOL, MSA, MSBA, MSF, & MSM Students

As part of the MAPS program, if you have at least one year of full-time work experience and a GPA of 2.8 or higher, you may be eligible to enroll in up to two approved courses for the MBA, MMOL, MSA, MSBA, MSF, or MSM before formally applying.

Prospective students are strongly encouraged to speak with a program representative before applying to MAPS to ensure that the classes they wish to take are appropriate to their potential program of study. MAPS is available at our Boston campus. Some courses are also available online.

Admission Criteria & Instructions

  • Minimum 2.8 GPA
  • Minimum one year professional work experience
  • Interview (for MBA program only)
  • Submission of the following as directed below:
    • MAPS application
    • Copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts. Official transcripts are highly recommended.
    • Resume
    • One letter of recommendation
  • Complete the Online Application
  • Please either mail or drop off the other required documents to:
    Office of Graduate Admission
    73 Tremont Street
    6th Floor
    Boston, MA
    Monday-Friday, 8:45 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
  • For questions, please call at 617-573-8302 or email us
  • If admitted, you must have an advising appointment (via phone or in person)
  • You will be issued a University ID number
  • PLEASE NOTE: Due to Immigration and Naturalization Service regulations, this option is only available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Financial aid is not available for MAPS students because it is not a degree program

Continuing And Professional Studies Program (CAPS)

For Prospective College of Arts & Sciences, MPA, and MHA Students 

Students intending to pursue a graduate degree in these select programs may take a maximum of two graduate courses before applying for degree status.


  • SBS CAPS students may take up to 6 credits in any graduate class in the Public Administration or Health Administration department with advisor consent and will be offered on a space-available basis only
  • CAS CAPS students may take a class in the College of Arts & Sciences outside of the Psychology and Counseling departments
  • Financial aid, both institutional and federal, is not available for non-degree programs. Similarly, we cannot issue immigration documents for non-degree programs

Admission Criteria & Instructions

  • Once you have identified the CAPS option you'd like to apply to, create a specific CAPS application account and apply online.
  • Submit proof of a bachelor's degree in the form of a transcript to the Office of Graduate Admission via:
    • Online: Upload a scanned copy into the online application
    • Mail: 8 Ashburton Place, Boston, MA 02108
    • Fax: 617-305-1733
    • Walk-In: 73 Tremont Street, 6th Floor Monday-Friday, 8:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
  • Contact the Office of Graduate Admission at 617-573-8302 or email us with any questions
  • Successful applicants will receive a letter via their applicant portal that includes their University ID number

Visiting Students

If you're a graduate business student in good academic standing at another AACSB-accredited institution, you can take a course in the Sawyer Business School and transfer the credit to your university.

If the Suffolk course you select indicates a prerequisite, you must demonstrate via transcripts that you meet the prerequisite. You can take courses at our main campus in Boston. To determine if your current university or school is AACSB-accredited, please visit the Global Listing page on the AACSB website.

Visiting students must provide the following:

  • A letter (on official university letterhead) from your business school Dean indicating:
    • That you’re in good academic standing
    • The specific Suffolk Business School course(s) you will enroll in
    • That the indicated course(s) will transfer to your home program
  • Copies of your graduate transcripts. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable, but official transcripts are highly recommended

Visiting student's instructions:

  • Complete our Visiting Student Form, uploading your transcripts and letter from your dean
  • Once your application has been approved, you will be contacted by a member of the Office of Graduate Admission, and issued a student identification number
  • After the identification number has been issued, you will be instructed to contact Student Account Servies at 617-573-8430 to make a payment. Payment is required in full at the time of registration
  • Once payment has been submitted, please contact the Office of the Registrar to complete the course registration process at 617-573-8430, or by email
  • Contact the Office of Graduate Admission at 617-573-8302 with questions about graduate programs or admission policies, the Registrar's Office at 617-573-8430 with questions about registration procedures or course availability, and Student Account Services at 617-573-8407 with questions about tuition fees and payment policies

Search for Classes

Look up classes in the College of Arts & Sciences or Sawyer Business School. Select the term and subjects, as well as "GRAD" for the 'Course Levels' option.