Forward thinking is built into every Suffolk University student’s education. Now, students arriving on campus this fall will have an even greater choice of cross-disciplinary academic programs in the College of Arts & Sciences and Sawyer Business School—all designed to prepare them for professional success.

Career-oriented MBA 

The MBA curriculum has been completely redesigned to address the needs of employers in today’s business climate. Suffolk MBA candidates take full advantage of the University’s proximity to Boston’s biotech, finance, health care, and high-tech/start-up industry clusters—pursuing resume-building internships at top institutions and collaborating with executives in the classroom.

“Most MBA programs have become a generalized management degree that tries to be everything to everyone,” says Michael Behnam, dean of graduate programs and academic affairs at the Business School. “The goal of MBA students is to further or change their careers and to get a better job. Our program is designed to generate exactly that outcome.”

Arts administration

Arts administration is neither an art nor a business function; it’s both. That’s why the College and the Business School will offer the new arts administration minor jointly. Students take classes in the College’s World Languages & Cultural Studies, Art & Design, Communication & Journalism, and Theatre departments and sharpen their business acumen in Business School courses. Career-making internships at Boston’s top-flight arts institutions further boost their knowledge and professional networks.

Urban Ecology and Sustainability

The Center for Urban Ecology and Sustainability (CUES) will open its doors this fall. This new academic entity comprises the University’s Environmental Science and Environmental Studies programs—programs that were formerly administered by different departments. Now, students pursuing these majors can work seamlessly together as they examine sustainability in the context of Boston. The Environmental Studies major also offers a new concentration in Urban Environmentalism for even greater depth. With the surrounding city serving as their laboratory, Environmental Science and Environmental Studies majors also will learn from Business School faculty members’ insights on green business and corporate stewardship.

“What we’re trying to do is open up more of these interdisciplinary sandboxes for people to play in,” says College of Arts & Sciences Dean Maria Toyoda of the CUES.

Business Economics and Big Data

In response to the ever-evolving job market, the Sawyer Business School will offer two new undergraduate majors—Big Data and Business Analytics and Business Economics

Business Economics majors will study the broad field of economics through a business lens so they can thrive in the banking, insurance, management and government arenas. Professor Shahruz Mohtadi, who chairs the Economics Department in the College, is leading the new Business Economics major and minor, and his faculty will teach the courses. Economics in the Business School focuses on analytical or business aspects, and students will receive a BSBA degree. College Economics focuses on economic policy and analysis.

Beginning in fall 2017, Big Data majors will study a blend of statistics, information technology, business and communication, and learn to find business solutions using large data sets.