2021-2022 Catalog

Master of Science in Accounting and Master of Science in Finance

STEM Designation

The MSA/MSF is a dual degree program with a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) designation. Due to the demand of graduates with expertise in STEM fields, the Department of Homeland Security permits international students graduating from STEM programs to apply for a 24 month extension of their initial year of Optional Practical Training (OPT). For more detailed information, please visit the ISSO webpage.

Curriculum

20-26 Courses

56-71 Credits

Program Length:

  • Full-time in as few as 16 months

  • Part-time in as few as 33 months

Required Introductory Courses (2 credits)

Must be taken on campus in first semester of program.

SBS-700Unlocking Your Professional Potential

1

FIN-601Introduction to Statistics, Accounting, & Finance Intensive

1

Management Preparation Courses (6 credits)

May be waived.

MBA-615Economics

1.5

MBA-625Managerial Statistics

1.5

MBA-650Value Based Financial Management

3

MSA Preparation Courses (9 credits)

May be waived.

ACCT-800Graduate Financial Accounting I

3

ACCT-804Cost and Managerial Accounting

3

BLLS-800Business Law

3

MSA Core Courses (18 credits)

If a course is marked "must substitute," select an elective following the rules outlined in the Elective Course section.

ACCT-801Graduate Financial Accounting II

3

ACCT-802Graduate Financial Accounting III

3

ACCT-805Auditing and Assurance Services

3

ACCT-865Accounting Information Systems

3

ACIB-872International Accounting

3

TAX-801Federal Taxation of Income

3

MSF Core Courses (15 credits)

FIN-800Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation

3

FIN-808General Theory in Corporate Finance

3

FIN-810Investment Analysis

3

FIN-814Options and Futures

3

FIN-818Financial Econometrics

3

Note: ACCT-824 (may be substituted for FIN-800 with MSF Program Director Approval.

Capstone Courses (6 credits)

Courses should be taken as late in the program as possible.

ACCT-861Leadership in the Financial Professions

3

FIN-820Financial Policy

3

Elective Requirements (15 Credits)

The first required elective must be an ACCT or TAX course. The next four required electives must be approved MSF electives. If a student received any courses marked “must substitute” the first substitution must be an ACCT course, the second substitution must be a TAX course, and the third substitution and beyond can be any course from the approved MSA Electives List.

Approved MSA Electives

ACCT-803Advanced Topics in Accounting

3

ACCT-806Fraud Examination

3

ACCT-807Forensic & Investigative Accounting

3

ACCT-824Big Data and Financial Statement Analytics

3

ACCT-825Management Decisions and Control

3

ACCT-827Special Topics in Accounting: Business Law & Taxation

3

ACCT-828Special Topics in Financial Accounting

3

ACCT-871Not-For-Profit and Governmental Accounting

3

ACCT-910Directed Individual Study in Accounting

3

ACCT-920Accounting Graduate Internship

3

TAX-802Taxation of Property Transactions

3

TAX-861Tax Research

3

TAX-862Taxation of Corporations

3

TAX-863Taxation of Pass-Through Entities

3

TAX-864Tax Practice and Procedures

3

TAX-865International Taxation Outbound

3

TAX-866State & Local Taxation

3

TAX-867Mergers & Acquisitions Taxation

3

TAX-871Taxation of Estates, Trusts and Gifts

3

TAX-878Tax Compliance

3

TAX-880Companies & Financial Products

3

TAX-881Accounting for Income Taxes

3

TAX-882Criminal Tax Investigations

3

TAX-883Introduction to International Taxation

3

MBA-730Innovative Thinking

3

MBA-740Immerse- Travel Seminar

3

BLLS-830Managing in the International Legal Environment

3

BLLS-871Corporate Crime and Financial Fraud

3

ISOM-730Python for Business Analytics

3

ISOM-801Solving Business Problems Using Advanced Excel

3

ISOM-821Data Management and Modeling

3

ISOM-825Enterprise Data Management

3

ISOM-827Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence

3

ISOM-835Predictive Analytics

3

ISOM-837From Data Mining to Business Insights

3

ISOM-840Security and Privacy

3

ISOM-845Business Intelligence, Data Visualization, and Storytelling

3

ISOM-851Supply Chain Management: Strategy, Operations, and Analytics

3

ISOM-861Project Management: Gaining Competitive Advantage

3

MGES-802Corporate Entrepreneurship

3

MGES-803Think Like a Leader

3

MGOB-725Managerial Skills

3

MGOB-810Emotional Intelligence

3

MGOB-835Managing Difficult People at Work

3

MGOB-855Conflict & Negotiation

3

MGOB-860Leadership and Team Building

3

MGOB-866Managing Failure for Success

3

P.AD-815Nonprofit Management

3

P.AD-822Public Management Information Systems

3

P.AD-827Financing State & Local Government

3

P.AD-840Comparative Public Policy

3

P.AD-847Nonprofit Financial Management

3

P.AD-849Revenue Strategies for Nonprofits

3

MGSM-833Corporate Innovation

3

MGSM-834Mergers and Acquisitions

3

MGIB-835International Strategy

3

SBS-920Graduate Internship

0

Approved Electives for the CPA Exam

Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR) CPA Exam Section

ACCT-803Advanced Topics in Accounting

3

ACCT-871Not-For-Profit and Governmental Accounting

3

ACCT-828Special Topics in Financial Accounting

3

Regulation (REG) CPA Exam Section

TAX-802Taxation of Property Transactions

3

TAX-862Taxation of Corporations

3

TAX-863Taxation of Pass-Through Entities

3

ACCT-827Special Topics in Accounting: Business Law & Taxation

3

TAX-881Accounting for Income Taxes

3

Business Environment and Concepts (BEC) CPA Exam Section

ISOM-840Security and Privacy

3

MBA-730Innovative Thinking

3

Approved Electives for CMA Exam Preparation

ACCT-824Big Data and Financial Statement Analytics

3

ACCT-825Management Decisions and Control

3

FIN-812Capital Budgeting

3

Approved Finance Electives

Note: Students wishing to take SBS-920 for an elective in the MSF Program must consult with the MSF Advisor for guidance on how to be considered for this option.

London Financial Services Travel Seminar is the only seminar approved as an MSF elective. Any other travel seminar requires MSF Academic Program Director approval.

Electives:

FIN-801Money & Capital Markets

3

FIN-812Capital Budgeting

3

FIN-816Risk Management in Banking and Finance

3

FIN-825International Finance

3

FIN-830Introduction to FinTech

3

FIN-831Portfolio Management

3

FIN-835Behavioral Finance

3

FIN-841Financial Forecasting

3

FIN-845Private Capital Markets

3

FIN-880Investment Banking

3

FIN-881Real Estate Finance

3

FIN-882Applied Risk Management

3

FIN-884Fixed Income Securities

3

FIN-885Enterprise Risk Management

3

FIN-887Fundamental Equity Analysis

3

FIN-890Data Analytics & Credit Risk

3

FIN-895MSF Thesis

3

FIN-900Special Topics in Finance

3

FIN-910Directed Individual Study

3

FIN-920MSF Graduate Internship

3

SBS-920Graduate Internship

0

MBA-740Immerse- Travel Seminar

3

Concentrations

Students may declare a concentration in Business Intelligence, Corporate Finance & Accounting, Forensic Accounting, or Governmental & Not-for-Profit Accounting if they received enough MSA Core Course waivers for substitution.

Students may also declare a concentration in Corporate Finance, Financial Services and Banking, FinTech, Investments or Risk Management. If a concentration in Corporate Finance, Investments or Risk Management is declared, three or four electives must be in one concentration area.

If a concentration in Financial Services and Banking is declared students must complete FIN 816 and three approved Financial Services and Banking electives. If a concentration in FinTech is declared students must complete ISOM 730, FIN 830, one approved FIN elective and one approved ISOM elective.

Students should consult with their advisor if interested. Students who declare a concentration must submit an SBS Graduate Program Concentration Request Form.

The schedule of when courses within a concentration are offered vary by semester.

The concentration appears on the transcript, not the diploma.

MSA Concentrations

Business Intelligence Concentration

Required Courses (1 course, 6 credits)
ACCT-824Big Data and Financial Statement Analytics

3

ISOM-821Data Management and Modeling

3

Elective Course (1 course, 3 credits) Choose one course from the following list:
ISOM-801Solving Business Problems Using Advanced Excel

3

ISOM-825Enterprise Data Management

3

ISOM-827Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence

3

ISOM-845Business Intelligence, Data Visualization, and Storytelling

3

Corporate Accounting and Finance Concentration

Required Course (1 course, 3 credits)
ACCT-824Big Data and Financial Statement Analytics

3

Elective Courses (2 courses, 6 credits) Choose two courses from the following list:
TAX-862Taxation of Corporations

3

FIN-825International Finance

3

FIN-880Investment Banking

3

Forensic Accounting Concentration

Required Course (1 course, 3 credits)
ACCT-806Fraud Examination

3

Elective Courses (2 Courses, 6 Credits) Choose two (2) courses from the following list:
ACCT-807Forensic & Investigative Accounting

3

BLLS-871Corporate Crime and Financial Fraud

3

ISOM-840Security and Privacy

3

CJ-704Legal Issues in Criminal Justice System

3

ISOM-801Solving Business Problems Using Advanced Excel

3

Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting Concentration

Required Course (3 credits)
ACCT-871Not-For-Profit and Governmental Accounting

3

Elective Courses (2 courses, 6 credits) Choose 2 courses from the following list:
P.AD-827Financing State & Local Government

3

P.AD-847Nonprofit Financial Management

3

P.AD-849Revenue Strategies for Nonprofits

3

MSF Concentrations

Corporate Finance Concentration

Choose 3 courses from the following list: (9 credits)
FIN-801Money & Capital Markets

3

FIN-812Capital Budgeting

3

FIN-825International Finance

3

FIN-830Introduction to FinTech

3

FIN-841Financial Forecasting

3

FIN-845Private Capital Markets

3

FIN-880Investment Banking

3

FIN-882Applied Risk Management

3

FIN-895MSF Thesis

3

FIN-900Special Topics in Finance

3

FIN-910Directed Individual Study

3

FIN-920MSF Graduate Internship

3

Financial Services and Banking Concentration

Required Course (3 credits)

FIN-816Risk Management in Banking and Finance

3

Choose 2 courses from the following list: (6 credits)
FIN-801Money & Capital Markets

3

FIN-825International Finance

3

FIN-830Introduction to FinTech

3

FIN-831Portfolio Management

3

FIN-835Behavioral Finance

3

FIN-841Financial Forecasting

3

FIN-845Private Capital Markets

3

FIN-880Investment Banking

3

FIN-881Real Estate Finance

3

FIN-882Applied Risk Management

3

FIN-884Fixed Income Securities

3

FIN-885Enterprise Risk Management

3

FIN-887Fundamental Equity Analysis

3

FIN-890Data Analytics & Credit Risk

3

FIN-895MSF Thesis

3

FIN-900Special Topics in Finance

3

FIN-910Directed Individual Study

3

FIN-920MSF Graduate Internship

3

MBA-740Immerse- Travel Seminar

3

FinTech Concentration

Required Courses (6 credits)
FIN-830Introduction to FinTech

3

ISOM-730Python for Business Analytics

3

Finance Elective Course (1 course, 3 credits) Take one from the following list of electives:
FIN-882Applied Risk Management

3

FIN-884Fixed Income Securities

3

FIN-885Enterprise Risk Management

3

FIN-887Fundamental Equity Analysis

3

FIN-890Data Analytics & Credit Risk

3

ISOM Elective (1 course, 3 credits) Take one from the following list of electives:
ISOM-801Solving Business Problems Using Advanced Excel

3

ISOM-821Data Management and Modeling

3

ISOM-825Enterprise Data Management

3

ISOM-827Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence

3

ISOM-835Predictive Analytics

3

ISOM-840Security and Privacy

3

ISOM-845Business Intelligence, Data Visualization, and Storytelling

3

Investments Concentration

Choose 3 courses from the following list: (9 credits)
FIN-801Money & Capital Markets

3

FIN-830Introduction to FinTech

3

FIN-831Portfolio Management

3

FIN-835Behavioral Finance

3

FIN-841Financial Forecasting

3

FIN-845Private Capital Markets

3

FIN-880Investment Banking

3

FIN-881Real Estate Finance

3

FIN-882Applied Risk Management

3

FIN-884Fixed Income Securities

3

FIN-885Enterprise Risk Management

3

FIN-887Fundamental Equity Analysis

3

FIN-890Data Analytics & Credit Risk

3

FIN-895MSF Thesis

3

FIN-900Special Topics in Finance

3

FIN-910Directed Individual Study

3

FIN-920MSF Graduate Internship

3

MBA-740Immerse- Travel Seminar

3

Risk Management Concentration

Required Courses (6 credits)
FIN-816Risk Management in Banking and Finance

3

FIN-882Applied Risk Management

3

Elective Course (1 course, 3 credits) Choose one (1) of the following:
FIN-831Portfolio Management

3

FIN-882Applied Risk Management

3

FIN-884Fixed Income Securities

3

FIN-885Enterprise Risk Management

3

FIN-890Data Analytics & Credit Risk

3

FIN-895MSF Thesis

3

FIN-900Special Topics in Finance

3

FIN-920MSF Graduate Internship

3

MBA-740Immerse- Travel Seminar

3

Waiver Policy

To waive a management preparation course, a student must successfully complete equivalent coursework at the undergraduate/graduate level in the seven (7) years prior to MSA/MSF matriculation, with a grade of "B" or better.

To waive an MSA preparation course, a student must have successfully completed equivalent academic coursework at the undergraduate/graduate level in the five (5) years prior to MSA matriculation, with a grade of "B" or better. Exception: ACCT-800 will only be waived if a student has completed prior coursework at a U.S. university.

To substitute an approved elective for an MSA Core Course, a student must have successfully completed equivalent academic coursework at the undergraduate/graduate level in the five (5) years prior to MSA/MSF matriculation, with a “B” or better. Exception: ACIB-872 and TAX-801 will only be substituted if a student has completed prior coursework at a U.S. university.

To substitute an approved elective for an MSF Core Course, a student must have successfully completed equivalent academic coursework at the graduate level in the seven (7) years prior to MSA/MSF matriculation, with a “B” or better.

Students must provide official transcripts (with English translations, if applicable). All waiver requests are evaluated upon a student's acceptance into the MSA/MSF Program. Students may also elect to take a proficiency exam, for a fee, to gain a waiver for management preparation courses. Proficiency exams must be taken in the first semester and are administered on the Boston Campus.

All MSA/MSF students must complete a minimum of 56 credits in the Sawyer Business School.

Transfer Credit Policy

For any candidate seeking transfer credits, courses taken at the graduate level from an AACSB-accredited graduate program in business, will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. These credits may be considered for transfer if the credits do not apply to a previously completed degree.

MSA specific transfer credits must have an earned grade of "B" or better and be taken within five (5) years prior to entering the Suffolk MSA/MSF program. MSF specific transfer credits must have earned a grade of “B” or better and be taken within seven (7) years prior to entering the Suffolk MSA/MSF program. However, at the discretion of the program director, MSA Core Courses or MSF Core Courses may not be transferred if the subject material has changed significantly since completion. A maximum of six (6) credits of Elective, MSA Core, or MSF Core Courses may be considered for transfer.

Students Who Leave Boston Before Their Degree is Complete

Occasionally, Suffolk MSA/MSF students must leave the Boston area having not yet completed their degree. You may be able to transfer in six (6) credits of elective courses from an AACSB-accredited MSF Program close to your new place of residence. Courses must be pre-approved by Suffolk's Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs and have a grade of "B" or better.

Students who leave the area may also be able to complete the MSA (all or a portion) of their Suffolk MSA/MSF on a part time basis online. The MSF portion of the degree is not available online.