2011-2012 Archived Catalog Information

  • MS in Financial Services & Banking


The Master of Science in Financial Services and Banking (MSFSB) Program prepares its graduates to perform successfully in commercial banking, investment banking, international banking, asset securitization, and financial services, as well as in the creation of complex derivative products, their use for risk exposure control, and their marketing to corporate clients.  The MSFSB program consists of up to fifteen courses:  five prerequisite courses, seven MSFSB required courses and three MSFSB elective courses allow students to concentrate in specialization areas like bank management and financial services management.


Students with an MBA or holders of Bachelor Degrees in business may be eligible to waive some or all of the prerequisite MBA courses, allowing for completion of the program in as few as 15 months.

Program of Study

The MSFSB Program is ideal for working professionals and is also designed to accommodate students seeking full-time study.  Ideally students follow our cohort schedule, which runs on a four-quarter-a-year calendar, with students taking two classes per quarter.  Following this schedule allows students to earn an MSFSB in 15 months or part-time study.  Courses are offered in the evening making it possible to combine professional and educational goals.  For convenience and planning, each entering cohort ill take classes on the same night each week for the duration of the program.  Classes run from 4:30 p.m. - 7:10 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. - 9:55 p.m.; each term two Saturday classes are scheduled in addition to the weeknight classes, meeting from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 - 2:30 p.m.  Meals are provided for all MSFSB classes.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the requirements listed in the Sawyer Business School Graduate Programs sections of this catalog, all local applicants require an interview with the Program Director as the final step of the admission process.  The candidate will be contacted by the Program Office to arrange for this interview.

MSFSB Curriculum

The MS in Financial Services and Banking Program consists of 30-45 credits, depending upon waiver status.  Students may begin taking required MSFSB courses provided that they have successfully completed or waived the following:

Prerequisite MBA Core Courses (12 Credits)
May be waived based upon prior academic work

MBA 622 Operations and Data Analysis
MBA 630 Economic Analysis for Managers
MBA 640 Corporate Financial Reporting and Control
MBA 650 Value-Based Financial Management

Prerequisite MBA Elective (3 Credits)
Select one (1) course. May be waived based upon prior academic work.

MBA 610 Organizational Behavior
MBA 660 Marketing: The Challenge of Managing Value
MBA 670 Information Systems for Competitive Advantage
MBA 680 Managing in the Ethical and Legal Environment

MSFSB Required Courses (21 Credits)

MSF 800 Financial Statement Analysis
MSF 808 General Theory in Corporate Finance
MSF 810 Investment Analysis
MSF 814 Options and Futures
MSF 816 Financial Institutions Management
MSF 818 Econometrics
MSF 820 Financial Policy

MSFSB Electives (9 Credits)
Select three (3) courses

BLLS 850 Banking Laws
BLLS 860 Securities Regulation
MSF 831 Portfolio Management
MSF 863 International Financial Markets and Banking
MSF 871 Advanced Banking Theory
MSF 872 Bank Administration
MSF 873 Marketing of Financial Services
MSF 880 Investment Banking
MSF 881 Real Estate Finance
MSF 882 Financial Engineering
MSF 884 Fixed Income Securities
MSF 885 Risk and Insurance
MSF 887 Fundamental Equity Analysis
MSF 891 Seminars in Finance
MSF 895 Master's Thesis
MGIB 850 London Financial Markets Global Travel Seminar


Upon entering the MSFSB Program at Suffolk, students are assigned an academic advisor by the Finance Department. Students are invited to discuss academic and career interests with their advisor.  Advisors' office hours are posted in the Finance Department, 9th floor of the Sawyer Building.