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Suffolk University

Sawyer Business School



Where Ambition Meets

Opportunity You’re ready to become a leader and expert in your field. You need a university that catapults you into the next phase of your career. You need flexible course offerings that fit into your busy, career-driven lifestyle. You want exposure to diverse students and faculty with varying professional and cultural backgrounds. Suffolk’s Graduate Programs in Finance have the tools and resources you need to achieve your career goals. At Suffolk the opportunities are limitless. Located in the heart of downtown Boston, our campus is just steps away from the financial district, allowing you to make lasting connections with industry leaders. You have access to our global alumni network and receive ongoing guidance from faculty advisors and career counseling from mentors. We also offer many career-oriented workshops and networking opportunities throughout the school year. Take hold of your future today, and enroll in

Suffolk’s Graduate Programs in Finance.

Chris Athens, MSF 2013 “Suffolk’s rigorous program helped me gain the financial skills I needed to really stand out and excel in a new role at Putnam Investments.”





Suffolk University’s Sawyer Business School offers Graduate Programs in Finance that are designed for both busy working professionals and full-time students exploring their career goals. Our programs combine theory and practice. Finance industry leaders help shape our programs, promoting innovative curriculum that keeps pace with rapid changes in global business.

Graduate Programs in Finance  Master of Science in Finance (MSF)  Master of Science in FinancIAL Services and Banking (MSFSB)  MBA/MSF | JD/MSF | Accelerated MSF for Attorneys  Certificate Program for Advanced Study in Finance 

London Financial Markets Global Travel Seminar

Where the world becomes your classroom. Spend spring break in London investigating the world’s largest volume financial market. Network with multinational executives and learn about global equities, fixed income securities, credit and fixed income, global emerging markets, retail banking products, and foreign exchange markets and transactions.

Hop on the Tube, exploring London’s financial markets. This course includes visits to:

financial boutiques

asset & wealth managers

private bankers hedge funds

brokerage houses

expert lectures

specialized finance professionals

investment, corporate & retail banks

Highlighted Faculty Ki Han, CFP, PhD, is chairperson of the

Finance Department and the director of the Graduate Programs in Finance. His teaching and research interests include corporate finance, international finance, investments, options, and ownership structure. He has been published in the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Financial Research, Financial Review, and Quarterly Journal of Business and Economics, among many others. Recently, his co-authored article was included in the book titled, The Impact of the Global Financial Crisis on Emerging Financial Markets.

Chris Argyrople, CFA, is a seasoned

entrepreneurial investor with 20 years of experience launching and managing successful investment firms, including Acadian Asset Management, PAR Capital Management, Delta Partners, Concentric Investments, and Triad Alpha Partners. He has also served as a consultant to State Street Bank to design SSGA’s initial International Investment Strategies.

Shahriar Khaksari, PhD, is an expert

in global business and international finance. He previously served as the dean of Suffolk’s International Programs and developed several programs, including the Global Seminars, Global MBA, Master of Science in Finance, and Master of Science in Financial Services and Banking. Author of several books and research articles, Khaksari is the former co-editor of the International Journal of Finance. He also founded The American Institute of Advanced Finance, is the CEO of the Global Learning Company, and serves on Harvard University’s Scientific Advisory Board for the School of Public Health.

Karen Simonyan, PhD, specializes in

empirical corporate finance. His areas of expertise include securities issues (such as IPOs, SEOs, and convertible debt offerings), management quality, corporate governance and anti-takeover provisions,

venture capital, corporate restructuring and the sources of firm value created by spin-offs and offshoring, and mergers and acquisitions. He has published articles in high-quality finance and economics journals, such as the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, the Journal of Law and Economics, the Journal of Corporate Finance, and Financial Management.

Lin Guo, PhD, specializes in financial institutions, corporate

finance, and international finance. Guo has published her work in leading journals, such as the Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Financial Intermediation, and Journal of Empirical Finance. She has also presented her research at numerous international conferences and is a frequent journal referee and conference reviewer. Guo was a Research Fellow at the FDIC Center for Financial Research and was a visiting senior financial economist at the Shanghai Stock Exchange.

Industry Experts Share their Knowledge

Our diverse faculty bring a unique global perspective to the classroom. Many have international experience, while others are leading researchers in finance.

Our Alumni are Leaders in the Financial Services Industry: Acadian Asset Management LLC Liberty Mutual Group Accenture  Loomis-Sayles & Company LP  Bain Capital LLC Bank of America  MFS Investment Management  The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation  Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC  Bose Corporation Putnam Investments  Boston Capital Corporation RBS Group  Boston Private Bank & Trust Company  Wellington Management Company LLP  BP Global Rockland Trust Company  Brown Brothers Harriman  State Street Global Advisors Citi Bank  TD BankNorth Citizens Bank Columbia Management Investment Advisors LLC  Commonwealth of Massachusetts  Eastern Bank Eaton Vance Investment Managers Federal Reserve Bank of Boston  Fidelity Investments GE Capital  John Hancock JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Join Ours Who’s in Your Network?

Suffolk University / Sawyer Business School / Finance Industry Leaders / #Connect Lech Czerski (MSF ’04), Vice President of Mergers & Acquisitions at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Peter Clemons (MSF ’08), Director of IT Strategy, Budget and Capital Planning at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. David B. Smith, CFA (MSF ’99), Chief Investment Officer at Rockland Trust Company. Cynthia Dorman (MSFSB ’98), Vice President of Operations Risk Management & Compliance at Bank of New York Mellon. Robert Panessiti (MSF ’98), First Vice President, Financial Advisor, Senior Portfolio Manager at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. Rebecca Rogers, CPA (MSF ’01), Chief Operating Officer at Delta Partners, LLC. Ty Cobb (MSF ‘94), Partner at Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo & Co. Suzanne Dawley (JD/MSF ‘09), Attorney, Bank Activities Section at U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Alejandro Ochoa (MSF ‘04), Managing Director at Solidus Capital in Colombia.


Curriculum Overview


Elective Prerequisite Course2 Select 1 (if none are waived)

Organizational Behavior Marketing: The Challenge of Managing Value Information Management for Competitive Advantage Managing in the Ethical & Legal Environment

Finance Core Courses


Financial Statement Analysis

With our flexible fall, spring, and summer course offerings, you can take two classes back-to-back in one evening. Some courses are also available online.

General Theory in Corporate Finance

4 Required Prerequisite Courses 1 Elective Prerequisite Course 7 Finance Core Courses 3 Elective Courses 10-15 MSF & MSFSB Total Courses

Investment Analysis Capital Budgeting Options & Futures Econometrics Financial Policy

Elective Courses Select 3

Program Length

Financial Institutions Management

12–16 months of full-time study

Real Estate Finance

20–28 months of part-time study

Multinational Financial Management Financial Engineering

Required Prerequisite Courses1

Portfolio Management

Operations & Data Analysis

Fixed Income Securities

Economic Analysis for Managers

Financial Forecasting

Corporate Financial Reporting & Control

Risk & Insurance

Value-Based Financial Management

Working Capital Management Fundamental Equity Analysis International Financial Markets & Banking Securities Regulation Corporate Crime & Financial Fraud Investment Banking Banking Laws Private Capital Markets London Financial Markets Global Travel Seminar Money & Capital Markets Capital Management 1

 ust be waived or taken prior to enrolling m in Finance Core Courses


can be taken at any point during program

MSFSB Curriculum Overview

Elective Prerequisite Course2 Select 1 (if none are waived)

Organizational Behavior Marketing: The Challenge of Managing Value Information Management for Competitive Advantage Managing in the Ethical & Legal Environment

Required Prerequisite Courses1

Finance Core Courses

Operations & Data Analysis

Financial Statement Analysis

Economic Analysis for Managers

General Theory in Corporate Finance

Corporate Financial Reporting & Control

Investment Analysis

Value-Based Financial Management

Options & Futures

Financial Institutions Management Econometrics Financial Policy

Elective Courses Select 3

Portfolio Management Fixed Income Securities International Financial Markets & Banking Risk and Insurance Advanced Banking Theory Fundamental Equity Analysis Bank Administration Banking Laws Marketing of Financial Services Securities Regulation Investment Banking Corporate Crime & Financial Fraud Real Estate Finance Financial Engineering London Financial Markets Global Travel Seminar Financial Forecasting Private Capital Markets Multinational Financial Management 1

 ust be waived or taken prior to enrolling m in Finance Core Courses


can be taken at any point during program

Kate Corkery, MSF 2010 “I chose Suffolk’s MSF Program because of its cutting-edge curriculum, small classes, and proximity to Boston’s financial district. The flexible evening course options fit in with my busy work schedule.”

Beyond the MSF & MSFSB

MBA/MSF: 17-25 Courses, Plus 1-Credit Intro Course As global competition grows, effective management-level decisions often require a financial analysis of the issues. Suffolk’s MBA/MSF program  addresses these growing demands and teaches broad-based managerial skills with a specialized focus on finance.

Global MBA/International Finance Concentration: 10-18 Courses, Plus 2 1-Credit Intro Courses2

Gain expertise in these two interconnected fields and learn how to address both the legal and financial impacts of business decisions.

Gain an expertise in global issues that affect financial markets, instruments, and institutions. Explore international differences in financial reporting and disclosure practices. Examine the use of stocks, bonds, derivatives, options, futures, and swaps in global securities portfolio management and financial instrument valuation. Analyze the financial feasibility and risks of capital acquisition and allocation projects in multinational corporations. Requires an internship outside your home country or a global project in your workplace.

Accelerated MSF for Attorneys: 10-13 Courses

Certificate Program for Advanced Study in Finance: 5 Courses3

Corporate council and private practice attorneys gain a competitive edge with our accelerated MSF degree. The program prepares attorneys to become confident leaders on complex financial matters, a skill that is increasingly important in the industry.

Fine-tune your finance expertise, improve your technical proficiency, and learn how to interact with finance professionals. The program is ideal for those with an advanced business degree or significant career experience.

JD/MSF: 10-13 MSF Courses1

MBA/Finance Concentration: 10-18 Courses, Plus 1-Credit Intro Course Develop the broad-based managerial skills necessary to lead a company, including marketing, accounting, and information technology, while selecting up to 4 finance electives.


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Must have a minimum of 3 years full-time work experience.


 ust demonstrate proficiency in required prerequisite M course work

Bandar Tashkandi, MSF 2013 “I chose the MSF Program to fine-tune my financial expertise, while gaining a better understanding of business theory and practice.�

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Preferred Application Deadlines • Full-time applications are accepted in the fall and spring. • Part-time applications are accepted in the fall, spring, and summer.

• Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended • An official GMAT or GRE score • GMAT/GRE Waivers:

• Suffolk operates on a rolling admission basis.

 - Candidates who hold a CFA designation

Priority Deadlines

 - Candidates who graduated from ABA-accredited law schools and passed the bar

• Fall Semester: June 15 (March 15 for Financial Aid) • Spring Semester: November 1 (October 1 for internationals not in the US) • Summer Semester: April 1

Requirements • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university • Application plus a $50 nonrefundable application fee • Statement of professional goals indicating how a degree from the Graduate Programs in Finance will help you achieve your goals • Current resume • 2 letters of recommendation from past or present academic or professional colleagues

 - Others will be considered on a case-by-case basis • International students must also submit TOEFL or IELTS scores and a statement of financial resources.

Interview Once the application has been completed and submitted to the Graduate Admission Office, prospective students who live or work in or near Massachusetts will be contacted by the Graduate Programs in Finance Office to arrange for an interview.

Financial Aid The Admissions Committee reviews all applicants for merit-based scholarships, no separate application is required. Suffolk University offers a wide range of resources for needbased financial assistance programs. For financial aid information, please visit

Graduate Programs in Finance Tel: 617.573.8641

For admissions: Tel: 617.573.8302

Suffolk Master of Finance Brochure  

Suffolk University's Sawyer Business School offers Graduate Programs in Finance that are designed for both busy working professionals and fu...

Suffolk Master of Finance Brochure  

Suffolk University's Sawyer Business School offers Graduate Programs in Finance that are designed for both busy working professionals and fu...