Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University

721 University Avenue
Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY, 13244-2450
Admissions: 315.443.4327
Email: busgrad@syr.edu
Website: http://whitman.syr.edu/index.aspx
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The Whitman School of Management emphasizes high-touch, intimate classes set in a large university environment.  The school welcomed Kenneth A. Kavajecz as the new dean on July 1, 2013.  Kavajecz previously served as the associate dean for the undergraduate and M.B.A. programs at the Wisconsin School of Business.

The Whitman full-time MBA is a two-year, 54-credit-hour program, comprising 36 credit hours of core classes and 18 credit hours of electives.  Students can opt to specialize in one of six concentrations that include:  accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, marketing management, real estate and supply chain management.

The curriculum incorporates both the theoretical background and practical experience needed to succeed in business. The experiential learning component encourages students to apply classroom learning to business problems. Students build an experiential portfolio through internships, consulting, specialized courses and community engagement.   MBAs are required to complete a minimum of six approved experiential credits through at least two distinct experiences.

Students can also choose to combine the full-time MBA with a graduate degree at another Syracuse University school or college, such as the Newhouse School of Public Communications or the College of Law.

The school recently partnered with 2U that launched two online programs, MBA@Syracuse and Accounting@Syracuse in 2014.

Latest Up-to-Date MBA Rankings:

Poets&Quants: 67
BusinessWeek: 69
Forbes: NR
U.S. News & World Report: 79
Financial Times: NR
The Economist: NR

Admissions Deadlines:

Round one: November 30th
Round two: January 1
Round three: February 15 (Final deadline for international applicants)
Round four: April 1 (Final deadline for domestic applicants)

Tuition & Fees: $75,904

Median GMAT: 639
GMAT Range (mid-80%): 600 – 660
Average GPA: 3.33
Acceptance Rate: 55%

Full-Time Enrollment: 65
International: 68%
Female: 40%

Median Base Salary: $66,648
Median Signing Bonus: NA
Percentage of MBAs with Job Offers at Graduation: 38%
Percentage of MBAs with Job Offers Three Months Later: 86%

Where Whitman Graduates Went to Work: 

Finance/Accounting: 33%
Marketing/Sales: 28%
Operations/Logistics: 22%

Top Employers:


EMC Corporation

JPMorgan Chase


Lockheed Martin Corporation



From the Whitman School of Management: 

The Whitman Full-time MBA

At  Martin J. Whitman School of Management, we believe that a well-rounded education is about more than just studying business courses. It’s about providing dynamic and relevant experiences that ensure our students build a competitive edge in the global marketplace. Our academically rigorous MBA program is tailored for the students to help them focus both on the theoretical and the practical and to build in-depth specializations that will allow them to become leaders in their fields.

Chosen as the most global MBA program by “Bloomberg BusinessWeek,” the Whitman School of Management has students who represent the diversity of the world. 78% of Whitman MBA students hold non-business undergraduate degrees with a variety of work experience.


The full-time MBA is a 54 credit hour program with 36 core course credits and 18 elective credits to be completed over a span of 2 years. The program offers 6 distinct specializations — accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, marketing management, real estate, and supply chain management — allowing students to build experiences for deeper expertise and/or to complement existing business acumen.

Experiential Learning

Full-time MBA students build experiential learning portfolios through internships, consulting projects, specialized courses, community engagements, and other practical experiences that will make them more competitive in the marketplace. After using the planning tools offered by the Whitman Career Center, students identify gaps in knowledge or skill sets and build portfolios to enhance those skills. As part of their 18 elective credits, students complete a minimum of 6 approved experiential credits through at least 2 distinct experiences. The experiential learning program is unique in these aspects: students can complete their requirements in a number of ways such as internships for credit, course-based experiences, or a combination of the two.

Career Development

The Whitman Career Center works to build mutually beneficial partnerships with faculty members, alumni, and corporate partners. These partnerships provide innovative programming and coaching that will empower students to reach their career aspirations with integrity and professionalism, and prepare them for personal and professional growth. Typically, at least 120 companies participate in the Whitman Career Fairs and over 500 job postings are presented to graduate candidates through Syracuse University’s OrangeLink and the nationwide NACE Link, job posting systems.

Beyond the Classroom

Whitman students are actively involved outside the classroom. The Whitman Graduate Student Organization (WGSO) aims to enrich the student experience through social, cultural, and community-oriented activities and events. Each fall, the Whitman Graduate Student Organization (WGSO) holds its annual International Week. There is a talent show and movie festival throughout the week. The culminating event is a food festival where students have booths to highlight key aspects of their home countries and dress in traditional garb. In past years, we have had cuisines representing India, Vietnam, China, and the Middle East, to name a few.

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The Whitman Consulting Club nurtures, develops, and enhances the skills of members interested in pursuing careers in consulting. Students learn about consulting careers and the industry and also have opportunities to work on real projects. The Entrepreneurship Club or E-Club is dedicated to encouraging the spirit of entrepreneurship among the Syracuse University student body and to supporting the needs of students who are interested in entrepreneurship. The E-Club is supported by the Whitman School’s Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises Department and the Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship. The objective of Whitman Women in Business is to provide a forum for the Whitman community to engage in dialogue about women’s involvement in business and leadership as well as to offer essential networking and mentoring opportunities. Whitman also has its own chapter of Toastmasters International where members develop their public speaking skills by delivering speeches to other supportive club members and receive feedback. The group was formed in the fall of 2011 and officially chartered as “Master Toast” in February, 2013.

The Whitman School of Management also encourages the celebration of cultural festivals. For example, Diwali is the Indian festival of lights and again last year, Professor Ravi Shukla’s house was lit up with diyas (or lamps) in honor of this celebration. The evening featured an Indian dinner, learning new Bollywood dance steps, and singing some famous Hindi songs. Earlier this year, Whitman students and staff celebrated the Chinese New Year with a variety of Chinese dishes.

Global Experiences

Whitman students experience the changes in the global economy and business through courses that include international study trips in emerging markets. These trips offer unique learning opportunities in the specific cities and feature guest faculty members, corporate visits, and cultural explorations.

Recent trips have included travel to the following locations:

– Santiago, Chile, where students visited the United States Commercial Service, Cencosud S.A., LAN Airlines, CEPAL, Citigroup Bank, Unilever, and Sewell Mining.

– Bangalore, India, where students toured Texas Instruments, Google, Hewlett Packard, and GE.

– Seoul, South Korea, where students visited Samsung Electronics, YG Entertainment, Amore Pacific, Hyundai Motors, and LG, in addition to a trip to the DMZ.

– Istanbul, Turkey, where students toured the Istanbul Stock Exchange, and visited Turkish Airlines, Bank Aysa, and Ulker.

Dual Degree Programs

There are many ways to combine the full-time MBA with a graduate degree from another Syracuse University school or college. The following are the most popular combinations:

– MBA/M.S. with the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

– MBA/M.P.A. with the Maxwell School of Public Affairs

– MBA/J.D. with the College of Law

Sustainability Certificate

The Certificate of Advanced Study in Sustainable Enterprise (CASSE) is the outcome of a unique collaboration to provide curricula, outreach and research opportunities, about sustainable enterprises with the Whitman School of Management, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, The College of Engineering and Computer Science, and the Syracuse Center of Excellence The certificate is open to students from a range of disciplines with interests in sustainability and environmental concerns. The Whitman School was ranked by The Aspen Institute’s 2011-12 “Beyond Grey Pinstripes” to be among the top 100 institutions in the world for integrating environmental, ethical, and social issues into graduate business education.

Online MBA@Syracuse

Syracuse offers “MBA@Syracuse” in partnership with 2U, Inc., a leading university partner with cloud-based software-as-a-service solutions for top tier colleges and universities. The program was formerly known as “iMBA”, the online distance-learning program for working professionals.

The online MBA degree program has combined the flexibility of distance learning with the tangible benefits of a collaborative community for over 35 years. The program has been consistently recognized as one of the best online graduate business programs by “U.S. News and World Report,” “Financial Times,” and “Best Colleges.” With a history of innovation, leadership, and excellence in instruction, the online program provides working professionals with the opportunity to develop specialized skills. Whitman’s award-winning faculty members teach MBA@Syracuse classes on a live, online platform, and MBA@Syracuse graduates receive the same Whitman degree as on-campus students. Coursework consists of live online classes, dynamic course content and real-world experiences. Using a mobile application, students can download coursework and complete it from anywhere even without an Internet connection.

There are 4 session start dates per year in January, April, July, and October. Students participate in 3-day long residencies in cities around the world at the beginning of each session. During these immersive, real-world experiences — which take place on the Syracuse campus as well as in both U.S. and international cities — students meet face-to-face with classmates and professors for networking and socializing. Students also participate in workshops and hear from guest speakers from top companies.

To learn about how you can earn a top-tier Syracuse education without having to relocate or sacrifice personal and professional commitments, please visit http://onlinebusiness.syr.edu

Military-Friendly Emphasis

Since 1952, the Defense Comptrollership Program in the Whitman School of Management has trained financial managers to handle multimillion dollar resources for the Department of Defense. Whitman encourages former members of the military to apply to its MBA programs and participates in the US Veterans Affairs Yellow Ribbon Program to offer higher education benefits to post-9/11 servicemen and women and their dependents.

Student Testimonials

“My experience at Syracuse University was enriching at all levels. The small-class approach gave me the opportunity to really get to know my classmates and professors. I enhanced my networking and relationship building skills while learning from the diverse student community.”

Carlos Delgado, ’10 MBA — Ecuador

“Building networking skills through the Whitman School has been a great experience for me. I’ve learned to focus on developing relationships. My learning has not been purely academic – it’s a more holistic experience. ”

Shweta Srinivas, ’13 MBA — India

Enabling Technologies Consultant, Ernst & Young, Atlanta

“Whitman’s robust curriculum and its thriving network of entrepreneurial faculty, students, and alumni provided me with the insights, tools, and skills to be able to navigate change and ambiguity, to think creatively, and to lead with an entrepreneurial mindset.”

Sibel Cantemir, ’04 MBA — Turkey

“When I visited Whitman I could instantly tell that it offers a supportive, close-knit community. The class sizes are fairly small with many opportunities. At Whitman, we are also able to get great experiential learning opportunities that take our classroom knowledge a step further.”

Laura Williams , ’11 MBA — USA

Product Development Manager, Carrier Corporation, Indianapolis

“While at Whitman, I was fortunate to be able to lead a consulting project with a local company through the Whitman Consulting Club, meet with renowned businessman Warren Buffett in Omaha, Nebraska, and travel to India to experience firsthand how US companies operate in an international environment. I’ve leveraged all of these experiences in my professional career”

Monika Janik ’08 MBA.

Senior Associate, Washington Federal Practice, PricewaterhouseCoopers

MS Programs

The Whitman School of Management provides an integrated learning experience designed for students and professionals looking to expand their knowledge, expertise, and global competencies. The Whitman School offers Masters Programs in Accounting, Finance, Entrepreneurship, and Supply Chain Management. Each program is for 30 credits and can be completed within a year.

Prominent Alumni

Darlene DeRemer ’77 BS, ’79 MBA


Grail Partners

Jerry McDougal ’91 MBA

Vice President, Retail Strategy


Jim Winschel ’71 BS, ’73 MBA

Senior Vice President & CFO

PAREXEL International Corporation

Colleen Arnold ’81 MBA

Senior VP, Application Management Services

IBM Global Business

Roger Wood ’92 MBA

President and CEO

Dana Holding Corporation

Joseph Campinell ’70 MBA


L’Oreal Consumer Products

Irma P. Finocchiaro ’91 MBA

Retired Deputy Chief of Staff

U.S. Army, Europe

James D. Kuhn ’70 B.S., ’72 MBA

President and Principal

Newmark Knight Frank

John J. Lennon ’81 MBA


International Beverage IBHL USA

Edward Pettinella ’76 MBA

President and CEO

Home Properties

Visit and Connect

The Whitman Graduate Programs Office is committed to providing students with multiple ways to learn about and experience the Whitman community, learning culture, and academic programs. Providing best in class education comes not only from the degree itself, but from the experience that the students will have at the School. The commitment to providing students with opportunities to meet with faculty members, staff members, and students comes in many forms, and Whitman invites would-be students to join representatives of the school on campus, online, or on the road to discuss long-term career goals and build a Whitman experience. Interested students should please contact the Enrollment Management team anytime at busgrad@syr.edu or by phone at 1.315.443.4327


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