2021-2022 Catalog

Master of Science in Business Analytics and Master of Science in Accounting

STEM Designation

The MSBA/MSA 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

16-20 Courses

46-58 Credits

 

Program Length:

Full-time in as few as 16 months

Part-time in as few as 33 months

Required Introductory Course (1 credit)

Must be taken on campus in first semester of program.

SBS-700Unlocking Your Professional Potential

1

Management Preparation Courses (3 credits)

May be waived.

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 course is marked "must substitute" follow 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

Business Analytics Core Courses (18 credits)

ISOM-631Data Analytics with SAS Base

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

Capstone Courses (6 credits)

Should be taken as late in the program as possible.

ACCT-861Leadership in the Financial Professions

3

ISOM-837From Data Mining to Business Insights

3

Elective Courses (3 credits)

The required MSA elective course must be an ACCT or TAX course. If a student received a "must substitute" under the MSA Core Courses, 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 lists.

Concentrations

Students may declare an MSA concentration in Corporate Accounting and Finance, Forensic Accounting, or Governmental & Not-for-Profit Accounting if they received enough MSA Core Course waivers for substitution. Students should consult with their advisor if interested.

Students who declare a concentration must submit an SBS Graduate Program Concentration Request Form.

If a concentration is declared, three electives must be in one concentration area. The schedule of when courses within a concentration are offered vary by semester.

The concentration appears on the transcript, not the diploma.

Corporate Accounting and Finance Concentration

Required Course (3 credits)

ACCT-824Big Data and Financial Statement Analytics

3

Elective Courses (2 courses, 6 credits)

Choose 2 electives from the following list:
TAX-862Taxation of Corporations

3

FIN-808General Theory in Corporate Finance

3

FIN-810Investment Analysis

3

FIN-825International Finance

3

FIN-880Investment Banking

3

Forensic Accounting Concentration

Required Course (3 credits)

ACCT-806Fraud Examination

3

Elective courses (2 courses, 6 credits)

Choose 2 courses from the following list:
ACCT-807Forensic & Investigative Accounting

3

BLLS-871Corporate Crime and Financial Fraud

3

CJ-704Legal Issues in Criminal Justice System

3

ISOM-840Security and Privacy

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 course from the following list:
P.AD-827Financing State & Local Government

3

P.AD-847Nonprofit Financial Management

3

P.AD-849Revenue Strategies for Nonprofits

3

Other Approved MSBA/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-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-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

FIN-800Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation

3

FIN-801Money & Capital Markets

3

FIN-808General Theory in Corporate Finance

3

FIN-810Investment Analysis

3

FIN-812Capital Budgeting

3

FIN-814Options and Futures

3

FIN-816Risk Management in Banking and Finance

3

FIN-818Financial Econometrics

3

FIN-825International Finance

3

FIN-830Introduction to FinTech

3

FIN-831Portfolio Management

3

FIN-835Behavioral Finance

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-887Fundamental Equity Analysis

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

Course Substitution and 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 MSBA/MSA 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 MSBA/MSA matriculation, with a “B” or better. Exception: ACIB-872 and TAX-801 will only be waived if a student has completed prior coursework at a U.S. university. To substitute an approved elective for MSBA core course, a student must have successfully completed equivalent academic coursework at the graduate level in the seven (7) years prior to MSBA/MSA matriculation, with a “B” or better.

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

All MSBA/MSA students must complete a minimum of 46 graduate credits (15 courses and SBS-700) in the Sawyer Business School.

Transfer 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 have been taken within five (5) years prior to entering the Suffolk MSBA/MSA program. However, at the discretion of the MSA program director, accounting core courses may not be transferred if the subject material has changed significantly since completion. MSBA transfer credits must have an earned grade of "B" or better and have been taken within the seven (7) years prior to entering the Suffolk MSBA/MSA program. If a course is approved it must be substituted with an ISOM elective. A maximum of six (6) credits may be considered for transfer.

Students Who Leave Boston Before Their Degree is Complete

Occasionally, Suffolk MSBA/MSA students must leave the Boston area having not yet completed their degree. The Business School has several options available to insure completion of the Suffolk MSBA/MSA. You may be able to transfer six (6) credits of elective courses form an AACSB-accredited 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 may also be able to complete all or a portion of the MSBA/MSA degree on a part-time basis online.