Aspirations

Real Change Starts with You

Suffolk prepares you to take on any challenge and any problem. Start by thinking about the issues that really matter to you, and then explore the programs and courses that will prepare you to make a real impact.

I Aspire To
Portrait of Jean Bradley Derononcourt.

Suffolk students don’t sit on the sidelines and wait for other people to solve the world’s problems. Whether they’re directly involved in running their communities, serving in state legislatures, or making their mark in Washington, DC, current Suffolk students and alumni work at all levels of government to make a difference every day.

Our professors offer political insight from their own experience on campaigns and in administration. Plus, our Political Research Center is always at the forefront of timely and accurate polling for the most important races. Students take advantage of career-making opportunities like our summer Campaign Lab program, Washington Seminar, and internships at the Massachusetts State House (which is just steps from campus!). Our graduates leave with a practical campaign tool kit, ready to jump into the political fray.

If you want to be part of the solution, your race starts at Suffolk.

Senofer Mendoza working on a computer.

Use your artistic skills in ways you’ve never even imagined. The image of anonymous artists in white smocks working alone in attics might be romantic, but it’s not our reality.

Our students work with scientists, builders, and businesses to make innovative contributions to the world around us. Our alumni are entrepreneurs. And they’re doing it all while remaining true to their creative vision.

Through interdisciplinary curricula, art and design students work with students in other majors across campus to find solutions to multifaceted issues. Transportation infrastructure, product design and marketing, environmental pollution—Suffolk students work on all these and more. Our artists also partner with physics students in the mixed reality center to create virtual models of 3D objects—from interior design elements and layouts to models of complex scientific concepts. 

Want to design the career of your dreams? At Suffolk, you can.

Group of students at the NBC Boston studio in Newton, MA.

Shape the conversation. Shine light on injustice. Help the public make informed decisions about the issues of the day. If you want to become a trusted broadcast journalist, Suffolk is where your story begins.

You’ll learn to craft a story from professors with industry experience--including some who still report on the air regularly. Courses in news writing, production, and editing will prepare you for the hands-on reporting you’ll do throughout your time at Suffolk. Outside the classroom, you’ll build your resume and your newsreel by taking advantage of the countless internship opportunities available in our national top ten news market.

In our fully-equipped television studio, students produce original news programming and help shoot interviews with visiting politicians and celebrities through our network partnerships. Some undergraduates even get a chance to report weekly on regional news station and NBC partner NECN through our unique “Suffolk in the City” program. Want to start your own show? We can make that happen, too.

Our alumni break some of the biggest stories across the country one report at a time. You can, too.


Where to Start at Suffolk

Ways to Get Involved

Students in the Sullivan Theatre.

Perception is reality. At Suffolk, you can unleash your creativity to craft new worlds--virtually, artistically, and physically.

Whether it’s weaving a complete sensory story that draws an audience into a live theater performance, meticulously programming a digital simulation of a complex science experiment, or crafting a sustainable building from floor plans to bricks and mortar, you’ll draw on your artistic and technical skills to create unique, immersive experiences. Professors with skill and vision will help guide you, encouraging you to experiment and innovate. You’ll use tools as timeless as fabric and paint, and as cutting-edge as holograms and mixed reality software.

Where will your imagination take you? If you start at Suffolk, the answer is: virtually anywhere.


Student working at Rosies Place.

Suffolk students don’t dwell in ivory towers. They live and learn in the city of Boston. That means interacting with some of our most vulnerable populations: residents who are dealing with homelessness and housing insecurity. Rather than turning a blind eye, our students turn their attention and talents to helping those in need.

Our students address some of the underlying causes of homelessness by increasing access to quality mental health care, fighting housing discrimination, and helping to reform the criminal justice system by applying restorative justice methods that help both offenders and their communities. Through service learning, you can volunteer in shelters, nonprofits, and homeless-run businesses to directly affect the lives of at-risk adults and children. Don't wait for change. Prepare to take the initiative and craft legislation to address the needs of homeless individuals in Boston and beyond.

If ignoring society’s problems isn’t your style, learn to affect real change at Suffolk.


Psychology student working on a computer.

Many people--from the wildest success stories to the most hardened criminals--can trace their paths in life back to the formative experiences of their youth. You can help troubled young people find a better way forward.

Troubles, and interventions, come in many forms. Our faculty members are scholars and practitioners who do groundbreaking work in areas like restorative justice, bullying, developmental psychology, and adolescent empowerment. Many work directly with at-risk youth. Students have the opportunity to get involved through service learning, independent research, and clinical placements. After graduation, Suffolk alumni go on to work in clinical practice and research settings, nonprofit and community organizations, school and justice systems, and in policy-making and advocacy.

You can help children and young adults thrive. Learn how here.


Architecture students in a gallery class.

Sustainability has permeated the housing market, sparking broader discussion on affordability, architectural progressiveness, and urban development. Given the increasing shift of rural populations to urban centers, sustainable housing has become even more relevant in modern city planning.

But what is a truly sustainable home? Suffolk professors and alumni look beyond the basic checkboxes of “green” design to create spaces that benefit residents, their communities, and the environment. Our professors and alumni are experts in LEED certification—the industry standard for ecologically sound building—and teach the principles of the Well-Being Standard that considers the health and happiness of a building’s residents.

Our alumni design smart lighting that mimics the natural progression of daylight. They select renewable materials that hold up to wear and tear, reducing costs and environmental footprints. And they take clients through virtual floor plans using mixed reality technology to work out problems before any materials are wasted.

Join us and be at the forefront of sustainable design.


Portrait of Matt Heiser at Wentworth.

One of the most rewarding ways to make your mark on the world is to make a positive impact in the life of a child. By becoming a teacher or educational administrator, you’ll touch countless lives and set in motion a ripple effect of knowledge and value-sharing. You’ll also open new paths to your own lifelong learning beyond the classroom, including teaching abroad, mentoring children and young adults in your community, and influencing educational policy.

Many Suffolk undergraduates love their majors so much they want to share what they’ve learned with others. Our education studies minor will prepare you to translate your knowledge into lesson plans that resonate with students. Outside of the classroom, service learning opportunities in the Boston Public Schools and beyond let our students put theory into practice. 

Already an educator or administrator? Our graduate program in higher education administration will sharpen your skills, deepen your knowledge, and take your career to the next level. You’ll leave ready to be a leader in your field.


Portrait of Clevis Murray.

Everyone has a story to tell. At Suffolk, you'll learn to communicate well so you can share yours—and others'. Here, you'll write, create, and explore—and distill your own unique personality into a style that's quintessentially and distinctly your own. 

At Suffolk, communication skills are baked into the curriculum for all undergraduates. You'll choose courses like our interdisciplinary Seminar for Freshmen based on your own interests—because it's easier to write a standout paper when you're passionate about the subject. Our faculty will help you hone those skills throughout your undergraduate career. And our Center for Learning & Academic Success can provide extra help when you need it with resources like tutoring, coaching, and more.  

Most of all, our campus is rich in literary culture. From poetry readings and author talks, to our literary magazines Salamander and Venture to the award-winning Suffolk Journal student newspaper, there are so many ways to get involved and up your writing game. Or bring the words of great playwrights—or even your own—to life in our theatre productions.

Whether you want to move live audiences with your acting skills or move copies of your latest hit book, it all starts with one critical step: finding your voice at Suffolk.


Where to Start at Suffolk

Ways to Get Involved

Students working at Massachusetts General Hospital.

From the first use of anesthesia to the modern biotech boom, Boston has long been the world’s healthcare innovation hub. Suffolk students and alumni are adding to that legacy by advancing cancer treatment and healthcare policy.

Precise, minimally invasive treatments help target cancer while sparing a patient’s healthy cells. Our radiation therapy majors train with world-renowned experts at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and other partner institutions to calculate and deliver just the right doses of cancer-killing rays. Graduate students in our brand-new Master of Science in Medical Dosimetry further hone their expertise in this complex field. And once they graduate, they're routinely hired by prestigious employers.  

Throughout Boston and beyond, graduates of our health administration, healthcare MBA, and community health MPA programs make sure the nation's top hospitals and community healthcare centers run smoothly. As students, they learned from top leaders in the field. As alumni, they're streamlining care, reducing costs, increasing access to testing and clinical trials, and helping patients through every step in the cancer journey--from early detection to celebrating remission.

Study at Suffolk today so you can work toward a cancer-free tomorrow.

Science lab.

Climate change isn’t just a reality. It’s arguably the biggest problem facing the world today and into the future. Immense global challenges call for bold, new, integrated solutions. Luckily, that’s where Suffolk students shine.

Creativity and innovation are core components of our undergraduate curriculum. Professors in fields as diverse as biology, chemistry, environmental studies, government, art and design, philosophy, and business work together to offer you a holistic view of the world’s most pressing ecological problems. Understanding how complex scientific and economic factors affect climate change will help you attack the problem from multiple angles—from research and development to advocacy, policy, and green entrepreneurship.


Student working in chemistry lab

Some superheroes work in a lab. If you’re a science whiz with a passion for justice, a career in forensic science can help you fight crime with chemistry.

The field of forensics is getting more advancedand more critical to crime detection and convictionevery day. At Suffolk, you’ll build a solid foundation in chemistry or biochemistry, and then gain specialized knowledge of genetics, toxicology, criminal psychology, and evaluating and preserving crime scene evidence. You’ll learn to ID criminals through old-school fingerprinting and high-tech DNA analysis. And you’ll intern at government crime labs or private forensic firms to put your skills to the test on real samples before you graduate.

If you want to help put criminals behind bars—and exonerate the innocent—join us in the lab.


Student working with professor in playwriting class

Whether your future career involves penning articles or crafting effective emails, one thing is certain: You’ll need to know how to write well. Clear, concise communication is critical for landing a job, expressing your ideas, impressing colleagues and clients, and progressing in any field. So, where do you start?

At Suffolk, communication skills are baked into the curriculum for all undergraduates. You’ll choose courses like our interdisciplinary Seminar for Freshmen based on your own interests—because it’s easier to write a standout paper when you’re passionate about the subject. Our faculty will help you hone those skills throughout your time in college. And our Center for Learning & Academic Success is there to provide extra help when you need it through resources like tutoring, coaching, and developmental English programs.

Most of all, you’ll find a supportive environment at Suffolk that’s rich in literary culture. From poetry readings and author talks, to our literary magazines Salamander and Venture and award-winning Suffolk Journal student newspaper, there are so many ways to get involved and up your writing game.

Start your next chapter at Suffolk, and you’ll be able to write your own ticket.


Aerial view of The State House.

422 steps. That’s our students' average commute from Suffolk's campus to their internships at the Massachusetts State House. It’s the steps you’ll take inside the classroom, though, that will prepare you to make a difference once you arrive.

Our professors in government, crime and justice studies, applied developmental psychology, and law have years of experience in shaping domestic and foreign policy; working with communities affected by crime; and helping patients in clinical settings. These faculty members are experts in their fields and eager to share insights from their extensive research and scholarship in their classrooms. They encourage students to master the fundamentals--and to put them to the test interning for local, state, or federal government; working at consulates, nonprofits, NGOs, clinical sites, and advocacy organizations; and working in the nation’s capital through our partnership with the Washington Center. 

Want to explore policymaking beyond the United States? Our travel seminars, study abroad programs, and Madrid campus will give you a global perspective on our shared challenges--and solutions.

Policy decisions that affect us all are being made every day. Want to be in the room where it happens? Suffolk can help you get there--at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Portrait of Rebecca Barnett.

Just because the world has gotten smaller doesn't mean that the world of business has gotten simpler.

That's why at the Sawyer Business School, the theme of global business is woven throughout our curriculum. It's an essential point of difference that will give you the global skills and world-wise knowledge you'll need to succeed, whether you start your career in New York, Hong Kong, or anywhere in between.

  • As an undergraduate, you're required to take global business courses.
  • Graduate and undergraduate students can participate in our Global Travel Seminars, which let you see other business cultures firsthand.
  • Half our full-time faculty are international, and they're eager to bring their professional skills into the classroom to share with you.
  • Similarly, many of our American-born faculty have had international work and/or educational experiences.
  • Boston is an international hub for finance, pharma, biotech, medicine, and hi-tech...and because of our location in the heart of the city, you'll have incredible access to all the multinational companies that have a presence here.

The advantage to all this? By time you graduate, you've become a bona fide businessperson of the world, ready to hit the ground running wherever you land.

 

Student at a whiteboard.

To you, data aren’t just numbers, they’re a calling. Binary burns in your blood. A well-organized spreadsheet is a treasure map.

If you agree with any of these statements, you’ll thrive at Suffolk University. Our Sawyer Business School offers left-brainers of all kinds multiple ways to dive deep into the numbers. Our Big Data & Business Analytics major is extremely popular, with graduates going on to work at organizations as different as the Boston Red Sox and Massachusetts General Hospital. Or they stay here to get even more experience and training with our Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA).

Our Taxation and Accounting graduate programs can help you become a professional number-cruncher (financial advisor or accountant, to name two). And as for the Big Four accounting firms, our students find internships and jobs there all the time. What’s even cooler? All four are within walking distance of campus. That’s what it means to be a neighbor of the Financial District.

If you’re into data, we’ve got your number.


Students at Greater Boston Food Bank.

If you could go back in time, you'd see that Suffolk University was founded in 1906 with the goal of educating students who weren’t as likely to be admitted to some of those “other” Boston and Cambridge schools. (You know the ones we’re talking about.)

We've been committed to access and opportunity ever since and offer you so many ways to cultivate your altruistic side. Take our popular Alternative Spring and Winter Breaks, which give you the chance to do something good at sites all across the country: environmental work in the Grand Canyon; building homes with Habitat for Humanity in Mississippi, and working with the LGBTQ+ community in Washington, DC.

Closer to campus, our Center for Community Engagement can connect you with dozens of ways to help people in Greater Boston as they negotiate issues like illiteracy, food security, and homelessness. Our tax and accounting students run a Free Tax Center every winter to help lower-income neighbors and international students around Boston file their taxes. And once a year, the entire Suffolk community takes part in a Service Day to help out at multiple organizations in the city.

If helping out and doing good are in your DNA, you’ll feel right at home at Suffolk University.


Where to Start at Suffolk

Boston is often referred to as the heart of the healthcare industry. Don’t just take our word for it. Our hospitals and medical centers have consistently ranked among the nation's top 10, according to U.S. News & World Report.

At Suffolk, you'll intern and learn on-site at some of the best facilities in the country. That's because our neighbors include institutions like Massachusetts General Hospital, the Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, and, for you policy wonks, the Massachusetts State House. Not only that, Boston Children’s Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital are all a T ride away. Add in the nonprofit, biotech, and pharma industries that thrive here and you’ve got almost too many options  to count.

Whether you’re in our Master of Health Administration program, the MBA/Health program, or the MPA Community Health program, you’ll learn from and work with expert faculty, all of whom have vast experience (and connections) in the industry. On top of that, we offer travel seminars, an incredibly robust mentor program, and multiple chances to network with healthcare professionals from around the world.

 
Downtown Boston buildings.

More than just about any university in the country—even the ones based in major cities—our university is truly woven into the fabric of our city.

Walk outside your Suffolk dorm or classroom, and you’re surrounded by skyscrapers, restaurants, public transit, parks, museums, and everything else that makes Boston great. We don’t have a college green: we just relax in Boston Common.

Want to catch the Red Sox, Celtics, or Bruins? You can walk or take the T. (All of Boston’s subway lines run within steps of campus.) Eager to live off campus? Try the North End, with its warren of charming streets and Italian heritage. Or check out East Boston, just a short T ride away and overlooking Boston Harbor. Or live in Back Bay, with its world-class shopping, stately promenades, and stunning views of the Charles River.

But Suffolk isn’t just about living in the big city. Our location in the heart of Boston also means you have countless opportunities to find an internship or two, start a job, and build a career no matter what you major in. Especially now, thanks to its booming economy, Boston is one of the places to be in your 20s. (And 30s. And 40s. And beyond.)

If you’re excited to be on your own and living the city life, you can’t do much better than Boston and Suffolk University.


Sonos office.

Do you yearn to work in an advertising agency or a marketing firm? Do you really want to learn the business side of the biz and really get into the minds (and wallets) of consumers as a market researcher or account executive?

Either way, Suffolk can help connect you with players in Boston's marketing market. Our robust curriculum will teach you how to do marketing research, create consumer surveys, crunch data, and present to real clients. Speaking of presenting, current students have recently partnered with companies like Sonos, George Howell Coffee, and Roche Bros. Supermarkets to conduct research and share their findings with top execs. Thanks to this blend of classroom and experiential learning, you'll find our alumni working in name-brand organizations like Bloomberg, PBS, Arnold Advertising, and many more.

And if you’re looking to get even more experience and knowledge, check out our Master of Science in Marketing. 

If you're equal parts creative and strategic, you’re our demographic.

Entrepreneurship launch party.

Don’t just think like an entrepreneur. Become one.

Got a big idea? Learn how to develop and launch it. We’ll give you the tools to thrive as a creator. We’re uniquely qualified to help budding Shark Tankers start on the road to success. Our entrepreneurship program and Center for Entrepreneurship are like on-campus incubators, helping students figure out, develop, and execute their innovative ideas.

Here on campus and throughout the hot-as-the-sun Boston innovation sector, there are competitions throughout the year that award hundreds of thousands of dollars in seed money. Our faculty are tapped in and can give you access to mentors, industry contacts--and maybe even an angel investor or two. We even have one of the only crowdfunding courses in the nation. One recent graduate now sells his product on Amazon and was just chosen for the prestigious Mass Challenge accelerator.

Whether you’ve been working on your secret idea for years or have no idea what you want to create/build/sell/design, Suffolk can be your launching pad.