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A Global Business Focus at Suffolk University Sawyer Business School

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William J. O’Neill, Jr., Dean

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Michael Behnam, Associate Dean

The Sawyer Business School at Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts lives its mission to provide students with a global business perspective. It boasts not only a diverse student and faculty community, but also internships and travel experiences that foster deep engagement for an immersive learning experience.

Sawyer Business School Professor and Chair of the Strategy and International Business Department, Carlos Rufín explained, “Our travel programs differentiate themselves by leveraging faculty members’ extensive contacts. They connect students with businesses and organizations for intensive study experiences in places like Brazil, Germany, and China. When our students participate in travel courses or seminars, it’s not “business tourism.” They’re gaining insights and real experiences.”

For international students, the business school’s commitment to intensive learning is particularly advantageous. “Our MBA program connects international students with part‐time students who are already working. They’re not surrounded by full‐time students whose primary experience is school. Instead, they’re networking as part of their studies on a daily basis,” said Director of Graduate Admission, Cory Meyers.

Sawyer Business School has been connected with Brazil for many years. The school challenges undergraduate and graduate students to take an expansively global focus. In addition to local internships, students are also encouraged to attend a weeklong intensive Global Travel Seminar.

Sawyer Business School’s 3,000‐plus students enjoy the benefits of being named one of the top 296 business schools by the Princeton Review and in the top 5 by The Boston Globe. The main campus is located in downtown Boston—a global hub for financial services, innovation, public service, government, biotechnology, and healthcare.

MBA students can choose from 12 concentrations and tailor their learning through elective courses. “Our students customize their own elective experience,” said Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs, Heather Hewitt. “Concentrations range from the ‘traditional’ areas of accounting, finance, and marketing to innovative programs in business intelligence, supply chain management, entrepreneurship, and organizational behavior.” Regardless of a student’s concentration, global business strategies are integrated into the program.

In addition to the traditional MBA, students can also choose one of three specialized degrees— MBA/Health, MBA/Nonprofit or MBA/Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting. Several joint degrees, including the MBA/MS in Accounting, MBA/MS in Finance, MBA/MS in Taxation, and MBA/JD are also available. Students with at least seven years of demonstrated leadership experience can apply to the Executive MBA program and all admitted students are automatically considered for merit­based financial aid awards (including scholarships and fellowships) ranging from 25-100% of tuition charges.

With more than 26,000 alumni who are now industry leaders around the world, Sawyer Business School’s ever‐expanding network confirms the school is truly living its motto: Educated in Boston. Ready for the world.


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