2021-2022 Catalog

Master of Science in Business Analytics and Master of Science in Finance

STEM Designation

The MSBA/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

19-22 Courses
53-60.5 Credits

Program Length:
Full-time in as few as 16 months
Part time in as few as 24 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

Prerequisite Courses (7.5 credits)

May be waived. Must be taken or waived prior to enrolling in Finance core courses.

MBA-615Economics

1.5

MBA-640Corporate Financial Reporting and Control

3

MBA-650Value Based Financial Management

3

Finance 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

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

Finance/Business Analytics Capstone Courses (6 credits)

Should be taken as late in the program as possible. 

ISOM-837From Data Mining to Business Insights

3

FIN-820Financial Policy

3

Applicable Elective Courses (12 credits)

Choose four (4) elective courses from the approved MSF electives list. Courses must be taken on campus, within Sawyer Business School, 800-level or above (exception MBA-740 and ISOM-730), unless permission to take online is granted by the academic Director.

Note: Students wishing to take FIN-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.

Approved Finance 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 an MSF 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 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.

Corporate Finance Concentration

Choose three 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

Electives: (3 courses, 9 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)

ISOM-730Python for Business Analytics

3

FIN-830Introduction to FinTech

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 Course (1 course, 3 credits)

Take one from the following list of electives:
ISOM-840Security and Privacy

3

ISOM-845Business Intelligence, Data Visualization, and Storytelling

3

Investments Concentration (9 credits)

Choose three courses from the following list:

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)

FIN-830Introduction to FinTech

3

FIN-831Portfolio Management

3

FIN-835Behavioral Finance

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 an MSF prerequisite course a student must successfully complete equivalent coursework at the undergraduate/graduate level in the seven (7) years prior to the MSBA/MSF matriculation, with a grade of "B" or better, and provide official transcripts (with English translations, if applicable).

For FIN and ISOM core courses to be considered for substitution, a student must successfully complete equivalent academic coursework at the graduate level in the seven (7) years prior to the MSBA/MSF matriculation, with a grade of "B" or better, and provide official transcripts (with English translations, if applicable).

All waiver requests are evaluated upon a student's acceptance into the MSBA/MSF 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 for the prerequisite courses. Proficiency exams must be taken in the first semester and are administered on the Boston campus.

All MSBA/MSF students must complete a minimum of 53 graduate credits in the Sawyer Business School.

Transfer Policy

Any candidates seeking transfer credits, 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.

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/MSF program. However, at the discretion of the MSF program director, finance core courses may not be transferred if the subject material has changed significantly since completion. A maximum of six (6) credits may be considered for a transfer.

Students Who Leave Boston Before Their Degree is Complete

Occasionally, Suffolk MSBA/MSF 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/MSF. You may be able to transfer six (6) credits of elective courses from 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 who leave the area may also be able to complete the MSBA (all or a portion) of their Suffolk MSBA/MSF on a part time basis online. The MSF portion of the degree is not available online.