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Suffolk University, Sawyer Business School Distance MBA

The Sawyer Business School at Suffolk University is located in the heart of downtown Boston. The Business School is committed to maintaining a culture of achievement for all students. Students learn contemporary management practices through a continually refined and updated curriculum.



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Program at a Glance

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School Rankings

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (Northeast)



Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 52% accepted out of 364 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 27
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.12
  • Average Years Work Experience: 4
  • In State Application Fee: $50

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA

Important: Recommendations, Standardized Test Scores, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Work Experience, Standardized Test Scores, Recommendations, Extracurricular Activities

Admission Information

To apply to the Suffolk University Sawyer School of Business, students must submit undergraduate transcripts, a resume, and a completed application, including essays. Those applying to the full-time program must have at least one year of work experience; however, the average admit has logged three years in a professional position. Part-time applica...To apply to the Suffolk University Sawyer School of Business, students must submit undergraduate transcripts, a resume, and a completed application, including essays. Those applying to the full-time program must have at least one year of work experience; however, the average admit has logged three years in a professional position. Part-time applicants are expected to have spent more time in the professional world and average five to seven years of work experience. Applicants must also submit GMAT scores, though exceptions may be made for practicing CPAs and attorneys. In addition to the requirements above, international applicants must submit TOEFL scores.

The Princeton Review

School Information

School Information

The following section features data representative of the entire business school, and numbers here are not necessarily reflective of the specific program.

Students and Faculty

Total Graduate Students 692
Percent International Students 57%
Total Full-Time Faculty 167
Full-Time Faculty 64%

Student Life

Over 80 percent of Suffolk MBAs are part-time students, and the university designs its program to accommodate their schedules. “Classes are [almost] always offered during evenings,” with “very few day classes for full-time students.” The downside is that the system necessitates a very long day for some. “When you are taking two classes back to back from 4:30 P.M. to 10 P.M., it is tough,” one student explains, adding “I worked full time this last semester and went to school full time. It was tough but doable.” Overall, however, students appreciate the lengths to which Suffolk goes to serve its evening stu¬dents. The school “has amazing networking events and an exceptional ‘Meet the Firms Night,’” and is also “very active in promoting networking and helping to improve social interactions in preparation of interviews.” As one student observes, “As a full-time pro¬fessional, work, school, and life are a balancing act. I would say that Suffolk caters to my needs, extends my breadth of knowledge, and positions me well for future success.”The school is not without its shortcomings, however. “The gym is awful,” says one. Worse, “The actual b-school building is old and resembles a high school in some regards. They need a dedicated facility for the business school.” Fortunately, the building is equipped with wireless Internet and most classrooms have multimedia capacities. Students wish there were “more resources for graduate students. There is a graduate stu¬dent lounge, but it only accommodates about seven people. The computer lab is always full. The dining options in the graduate school are nothing special.”Suffolk MBAs are “a very diverse group,” with many part-time students who are “mid¬to upper-20-somethings in their second or third jobs” and “full time students from India, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe” as well as from the United States (the majority of full-timers are international students who “add a global perspective”). Part-timers note that “Everyone is at a different point in the program, so it is hard to foster and maintain friendships since everyone has busy and changing schedules.”


Suffolk prides itself on preparing students for the real world, and effective, long-term career planning is a major piece of the puzzle. In fact, every student at Suffolk must take an introductory course aptly named Effective Career Planning, designed to help students evaluate their professional skills and career paths and to make a solid plan for what they wish to accomplish with an MBA. In addition, the Suffolk MBA EDGE offers profession­al development events throughout the academic year. These events run the gamut from seminars on power lunches and the professional image to MBA Networking Week and Technology Day. MBA EDGE also hosts a number of career services events such as work­shops on resume writing and salary negotiations. Students tell us that these “programs and classes required for new students have been great. They really push us to develop career plans and help us develop many different skills that will help us in planning and pursuing our careers.”Student opinion of Suffolk’s career services office is mixed, with a number of supporters observing that recruiting and placement disappointments “may be a product of the poor economy and lack of jobs due to the recession” rather than shortcomings in the place­ment office. Top employers of Suffolk MBAs include: Bank of America, Fidelity Investments, Investors Bank & Trust, KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and State Street Bank.

The Princeton Review

Students Say

Boston’s Suffolk University offers a conventional MBA as well as specialized MBAs in health administration, and nonprofit management. The school also offers a Global MBA in which students combine upper-level course work focused on international finance and marketing with a required international internship. Students laud the “diversity [of] hands-on learning experiences through global travel seminars” in the Global MBA pro­gram. One reports, “I will be going to Brazil and London for week-long seminars this year.” Another adds, “The company that currently employs me does business throughout the world. This program would allow me to advance within this organization.”Suffolk “caters to the working professionals” who make up the majority of its MBA stu­dent body with “great scheduling” and “program flexibility” that “allow us to balance both work and school.” “Classes are offered at night, on the weekends, online, and through the summer” to maximize students’ opportunities to complete needed classes. A convenient “urban setting close to work” is another boon for those who work in and around the Financial District.To many though, “Suffolk’s greatest strength is the professors’ holistic approach to man­agement.” Suffolk professors are “working professionals teaching relevant courses” emphasizing “a balance of quantitative management skills while recognizing the impor­tance of interpersonal qualitative skills.” “Many professors have a ‘This is your class’ mentality, where they are open to student input on the structure of the class,” one stu­dent writes approvingly, adding “I have learned a tremendous amount.”

The Princeton Review

Degrees Awarded

MBA - 10-15 months full-time (also part-time 16-28 months); Global MBA - 10-16 months full-time (also part-time 16-28 months); Executive MBA -18 months; MBA/Health - 10 to 16 months full-time (also part-time 16-28 months); MBA/Nonprofit - 10 to 16 months full-time (also part-time 16 - 28 months); Accelerated MBA for Attorneys - 1 year full-time (also part-time 16-28 months); Accelerated MBA for CPAs - 1 year full-time (also part-time 16-28 months); Global MBA - classes in Boston. Full-time: 10 to 16 months, INCLUDES 3-month internship outside student's home country. Part-time: 10 to 16 months, INCLUDES global research project at student's place of business OR a 3-month consulting project that includes a 2 week residency at company outside the U.S. The Global MBA office facilitates placements for both full-time internships and consulting projects. Global MBA: includes a concentration in international finance or international marketing. Classes are in Boston on the main campus. Flexible scheduling for part-time students. Location: Boston, MA. Degree Offered: Masters in Global Business Administration Contact: Dean Lillian Hallberg E-mail: Visit For information on all MBA programs, go to

Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    Bloomberg, Compustat and Global Vantage international company and industry Databases allow students to research potential employers.

  • International Student Support Groups:

  • Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Support Groups:

  • Minority Support Groups:

  • Peer Tutoring Programs:

    Suffolk University's Ballotti Learning Center organizes study groups for MBA/Global MBA core classes and provides tutoring sessions free of charge for both full- and part-time MBAs and Global MBAs.

  • Research Facilities:

    Bloomberg, Compustat and Global Vantage international company and industry Databases allow students to research potential employers.

  • Study Abroad:

    Suffolk MBA Programs offer one-week to 9-day Global Travel Seminars to five countries. These are an optional elective for MBAs while one Global Travel Seminar is required in the Global MBA. Destinations for 2011-2012 include Business in Brazil-travel to Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro; London Financial Markets; Business in Germany-travel to Frankfurt, Munich & Berlin; Business in India; and Business in China. Students meet corporate executives in the boardroom and the plant floor in the destination country to study real-time global business issues.

  • Women Support Groups:

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Suffolk University Sawyer Business School include:

Peter Gicheru - Finance Controller, Coca-Cola South Africa

Patrick Callaghan - President Pepperridge Farms

Tara Taylor - VP, State Street Global Advisors

Robert Mudge - New England Region President, Verizon

School Outcomes

Average Debt At Graduation: $52,538

Top Employers Of Graduates From This School Include: State Street Global Advisors, Deloitte, Johnson & Johnson, Partners Health Care, Dreambridge Partners, Experian

Industry Percent Employed Median Starting Salary
Marketing / Sales 40% $57,700
Other 33% $66,600
Finance / Accounting 21% $52,300
Non Profit 13% $42,500
Financial Services 13% $50,000
Information Technology 7% $62,000
Human Resources 7% $45,000
General Management 7% $103,000
Operations / Logistics 7% $75,000
Other 2% $57,500

School Employment Information

Graduation Employment 53%
Three Month Employment 47%
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