Suffolk University

8 Ashburton Place, Boston, MA 02108

School Details

Suffolk University supports distance education degrees and coursework. The Sawyer Business School hosts the MBA Online degree, accredited by the AACSB and this online degree equals standards as that of the on-campus program. The College of Arts & Sciences provides a number of individual online courses (synchronous and asynchronous formats) for students each semester.

Academic programs are housed in the College of Arts and Sciences, Sawyer Business School, and Suffolk Law School. Learning experiences extend beyond the classroom to include access to facilities in Boston, hands-on experiences, study abroad programs, independent learning, entrepreneurial incentives, and the promotion of public service. In addition, students can access academic resources through extensive library and research centers and institutes, some of which include: Mildred F. Sawyer Library, Moakley Law Library, Art & Design Library, Center for Business Complexity & Global Leadership, Center for Entrepreneurship, Center for Real Estate, Center for Advanced Legal Studies, Juvenile Justice Center, Moakley Archive and Institute, Center for Women’s Health & Human Rights, Poetry Center, Knowledge Globalization Institute, Sagan Energy Research Laboratory, and more.

About the School

Gleason Archer’s benefactor loaned him money so that he could complete his law degree. In return, the benefactor requested he do the same. As a result, Archer founded Suffolk School of Law in 1906, a night school to serve the growing immigrant population in Boston. Archer continued to devote his time to the school and, by 1930, it had become one of the most extensive law schools in America. As time progressed, programs expanded to include studies in the liberal arts and sciences, as well as business. The school eventually transitioned into Suffolk University. The introduction of extracurricular activities brought more growth, along with the admittance of post-war veterans.

The mission of Suffolk University is “a talent catalyst that recognizes and develops student potential. Leveraging our location in the heart of Boston, our faculty, staff, and alumni work together to provide a student-centered experience. This diverse community builds on its dedication and excellence in education and scholarship to empower graduates to be successful locally, regionally, and globally.” Suffolk also retains the core values: Student-Centered, Opportunity, Scholarly and Professional Excellence, Sound Financial Management, Community Engagement, Social Responsibility, Diversity, and Integrity.

Among a number of recognitions, Suffolk University has achieved Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Classification. The school also ranked in the “Top 13 Technology Programs” in 2013 by the American Bar Association’s eLawyering Task Force. Suffolk University is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. In addition, Suffolk retains membership with the Association of American Law Schools, and retains programmatic accreditation by a large number of agencies, some of which include, but are not limited to:

  • The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)
  • American Bar Association
  • American Chemical Society
  • American Psychological Association
  • Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc.
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design
  • Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for inclusion in the reciprocity privileges of the Interstate Certification Compact


New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education


School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    4-year, Private not-for-profit
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctor's degree
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