Sawyer Business School at Suffolk University

Why you should consider this program

Suffolk University highly values the experience of and skills possessed by Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs). As stated in the Suffolk University mission statement, _...[our] diverse community builds on its dedication and excellence in education and scholarship to empower graduates to be successful locally, regionally, and globally.” We engage our students, alumni, and the broader community in collaborative relationships that promote local and global connections, enhancing learning and scholarship _ a core value that closely aligns with the mission of the Peace Corps. For more information including highlights of particular participating programs, please visit here. Please note the tuition rates below are for the MBA at full-time basis in 1.5 years of completion. The tuition and length of study varies per program. Tuition details can be found here. The estimated cost of living was also not including since it can vary significantly based on where a student lives and other factors.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 66,000 $ 20,000 $ 46,000
Out of state $ 66,000 $ 20,000 $ 46,000
* Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing—see the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

All accepted Fellows will be awarded a scholarship equivalent to at least 30% of their tuition charges (some students may be eligible for a higher merit-based award). Awards will renew up to a total of four semesters for full-time enrollment or eight semesters for part-time enrollment (minimum of 6 credits per semester). Scholarships are available for the Fall and Spring semesters only.

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 20,000

Application fee waived?



As part of their studies, Coverdell Fellows will complete an internship at a site that (a) benefits an underserved population, (b) complements the curriculum of the graduate program, and (c) aligns with the students goals.

Jobs for program alumni

Throughout the Business School: 

  • Senior VP and Chief Compliance Officer at a major bank 
  • Senior Accountant -Audit Associate 
  • Financial Services Associate 
  • Government Affairs Legislative Liaison for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Administrator at a major medical center 
  • HR Coordinator

Other details

Program length

Typically 2 years, depending on program and full or part-time status

Application requirements

Online application, transcripts through the mail, upload resume, goal statement, 1-2 recommendations depending on program, GRE/GMAT scores depending on program. Test waivers are available for those who qualify.

Admissions process

Check the Coverdell Fellows box within the application, apply early for availablity of most Coverdell Fellowships. Applicants must have an earned bachelors degree from an accredited institution and have satisfactorily completed their Peace Corps service. Admission decisions are based on a number of factors, including prior academic performance, relevant experience (e.g. your time volunteering with the Peace Corps, professional work experience, etc.), test scores (if required), the goal statement (essay), recommendations, and your fit in the program

Program begins

Late August or Mid January of each year

Non-traditional options

  • Low residency or distance learning
  • Courses offered full-time and part-time; some MBA courses can be completed online; courses are mostly afternoons and evenings


Ariana Balayan, Associate Director of Graduate Recruitment

73 Tremont St
6th Floor
Boston, Massachusetts 02108