Suffolk University to Offer New Global MBA


Degree program combines globally focused coursework and international experiences

Boston – Suffolk University’s business school, the Sawyer School of Management, announced today that it will offer a Global MBA program beginning in September 2003, using an accelerated format that allows students to complete the degree in 15 months.

The Sawyer School constructed an entirely new curriculum for the GMBA, integrating global business principles into traditional business coursework. The specially tailored graduate degree program combines globally focused coursework, overseas study and a three-month professional internship in an international setting.

“Global leadership is at the center of the Sawyer School’s curriculum,” said William J. O’Neill, Jr., Dean of the Sawyer School of Management at Suffolk University. “Our goal is to create influential global business leaders who can communicate effectively across cultures. We are dedicated to providing students with the highest quality business educational experience possible to prepare them to compete more effectively in the global economy.”

Business schools around the world have implemented international alliances and courses that bring real-world global business issues into the classroom in response to an increasing need for effective global business managers. Suffolk’s business school, committed to establishing itself as a cutting-edge, globally focused academic institution, established an Office of International Programs, headed by Dean Shahriar Khaksari. Initiatives include globalization and enhancement of undergraduate and graduate curriculum, establishment of more strategic alliances with overseas universities and multinational corporations, expansion of students' global internship and employment opportunities, and creation of the GMBA degree program.

“Every successful business is either global or will be global. Effective managers must have the know-how and ability to forge global strategies and appreciate cultural and political differences,” said Khaksari. “They must have a keen understanding of how culture can shape business decisions. The Suffolk GMBA is specially designed to provide individuals with the knowledge, skills, and experiences they need to effectively manage, compete and advance in global business. We prepare men and women to lead successful businesses.”

The core GMBA curriculum enables students to build a solid knowledge base in key functional areas of business and continuously challenges them to apply their knowledge across cultures. Once the core is completed, the emphasis of the curriculum changes to in-depth study in the student’s choice of International Finance or International Marketing. In addition to the global academic experience, students participate in intensive, real-world international study and work experiences – including a one-week international orientation and a one-to-two week overseas regional study seminar. In the final three months of the program, students earn credits as they work in a business environment outside their native country. GMBA students may intern in a variety of industries, including consumer products, e-commerce, economic development, energy, finance, industrial manufacturing, pharmaceutical, professional service, high technology, telecommunications or travel. Employers may include start-ups, joint ventures or global corporations.

Admission to the GMBA program is highly selective and competitive. Candidates for the program are middle managers preferably with at least three years’ professional work experience, ideally in an area pertinent to the international course of study.

For more information about Suffolk’s GMBA program, visit us on the web at, or contact us by e-mail, or by phone - Jodi Baier, Associate Director, International Programs, 617-305-1707.

Suffolk University, located on Boston’s historic Beacon Hill, is a comprehensive, global institution distinguished by its teaching and the intellectual contributions of its faculty. Suffolk offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs in more than 70 areas of study. Its mission is to provide quality education at an affordable cost for students of all ages and backgrounds. Suffolk has a combined enrollment of more than 7,000 full-time and part-time students at its Sawyer School of Management, College of Arts and Sciences, Law School, and New England School of Art and Design.

Suffolk University New Global MBA Program 

Dean Shahriar Khaksari has agreed to make himself available as a resource for reporters on international business, international finance, and business education. A profile of Dean Khaksari follows.

Shahriar Khaksari, Ph.D., CFA
Associate Dean/ Dean of International Programs
Sawyer School of Management at Suffolk University
Professor of Finance
(617) 573-8366

Dr. Shahriar Khaksari has consulted with and trained a wide variety of clients in the private and public sectors in the U.S.A., Europe, Asia, and South America, including such firms as Kraft Industries, Liberty Mutual, and Smith Barney. Shahriar has also developed and conducted executive training programs for a number of Fortune 500 companies such as Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Salommn Brothers, State Street Bank, Gillette, and Pierson Companies. He has assisted in the development of strategic planning initiatives for one of the premier banking institutions in Russia, and he has developed and provided executive training for various banking officials in the U.S. and Russia. He founded the American Institute of Advance Finance (AIAF), a Boston-based CFA review program recently acquired by the Kaplan/Washington Post Company; he continues to serve as a strategic advisor to the Kaplan/Washington Post Company. Most recently, Shahriar designed and developed a new online CFA program. He is also a Certified Financial Analyst.

Dr. Khaksari joined the faculty at Suffolk University in 1987, where he served as chairperson of the Finance Department until 1997. In 1990, he established the Master of Science in Finance program at Suffolk and became Director of Graduate Programs in Finance that same year. He established three additional graduate programs, a Master of Science in Finance and Banking (1993), a Certificate Program in Finance (1994), and a joint degree program with the Suffolk University School of Law, the Master of Science in Finance/Juris Doctor, also in 1994. In addition to the programs he established at Suffolk University, Khaksari was a member of the committee that established the PhD program in Finance at Cleveland State University, where he served as an assistant professor of finance from 1982 through 1987. Dr. Khaksari also served on the faculty at Harvard University and was a visiting scholar at the Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, DC.

Dr. Khaksari has co-authored two books in finance, New Directions in Finance (1994) and Managerial Finance in the Corporate Economy (1994), with Routledge Publishing Company, New York. He is Associate Editor of the International Journal of Finance and a member of the Editorial Review Board of the Review of Business.

Dr. Khaksari holds a PhD and MBA, from St. Louis University and a BA, from The Iranian Institute of Advanced Accounting. He also is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

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