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.  Experienced students who have more than four years of work experience and an undergraduate degree in business from an accredited institution are eligible for Whitman’s accelerated MBA program. This 36-credit program can be completed in a year.

Latest Up-to-Date MBA Rankings:

Poets&Quants: 67
BusinessWeek: 55
Forbes: NR
U.S. News & World Report: 79
Financial Times: NR
The Economist: NR

Admissions Deadlines for Class of 2016:

Round one: November 11, 2013
Round two: January 1, 2014
Round three: February 15, 2014 (Final deadline for international applicants)
Round four: April 1, 2014 (Final deadline for domestic applicants)

Tuition & Fees: $69,876

Median GMAT: 627
GMAT Range (mid-80%): 586-680
Average GPA: 3.53
Acceptance Rate: 55%

Full-Time Enrollment: 65
International: 68%
Female: 40%
Minority - 
African American: 14%
Asian American: 10%
Mean Age: NA

Median Base Salary: $71,419
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:

Intuit 7%
Head Strong 7%
USI Insurance 7%
Polaris Marketing 7%

From the Whitman School of Management: 

The Whitman Full-time MBA 

At Whitman, we believe a well-rounded education is about more than just business courses—it’s about providing dynamic, relevant experiences that ensure our students build a competitive edge in the global marketplace. That’s why our academically rigorous MBA program is tailored for our students, to help them focus both on the theoretical and the practical and to build in-depth specializations to be a leader in their field.

Chosen as the most global MBA program by Bloomberg Businessweek, our students represent the diversity of the world. The makeup of the MBA program is very diverse with 60% from non-business undergrad degrees, a variety of work experiences and ten unique countries represented.


Our full-time MBA is a 54 credit hour program, with 36 core course credits and 18 elective credits completed over a span of two years. Six distinct specializations are offered – accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, marketing, real estate and supply chain management – allowing students to build experiences for deeper expertise or to complement existing business acumen.

Experiential Learning

Full-time MBA students build an experiential portfolio through internships, consulting, specialized courses, community engagement, and other practical experiences that make them more valuable in the marketplace. After utilizing planning tools offered through the Whitman Career Center, students identify gaps in knowledge or skill sets and build a portfolio to enhance their skills. As part of the 18 elective credits, students complete a minimum of six approved experiential credits through at least two distinct experiences. Our experiential learning program is unique in these aspects:

 Students can complete their requirement in a number of ways, including through internships for credit
 Course-based experiences are offered in electives versus in a capstone or immersion-based experience, allowing students to gain real world experience in their chosen field

Career Development

The Whitman Career Center works to build mutually beneficial partnerships with faculty, alumni, and corporate partners to provide innovative programming and coaching that will empower our students to reach their career aspirations with integrity and professionalism, preparing them for personal and professional growth. Over 120 companies participated in the Whitman Career Fairs and over 500 job postings were presented to graduate candidates through our OrangeLink job posting system and the MBA Focus Resume Database.

Beyond the Classroom

Whitman students are actively involved outside the classroom. The Whitman Graduate Student Organization aims to enrich the student experience through social, cultural, and community-oriented activities and events. Fifteen MBA students from the Whitman School of Management took first place at the annual Duke MBA Games this past year at Duke University in Durham, N.C., repeating their 2012 victory. The annual competition, which raises money for Special Olympics, culminates in a weekend-long competition among teams from the country’s top MBA programs.

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The Whitman Consulting Club nurtures, develops, and enhances the skills of members interested in pursuing a career in consulting. Students learn about consulting careers and the industry and also have opportunities to work on real projects. The 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. Whitman Women in Business seeks to foster women’s involvement in the business community. The objective is to provide a forum for the Whitman community to engage in a dialogue about women’s involvement in business and leadership, as well as seeking engagement in essential networking and mentoring opportunities. Whitman has its own chapter of Toastmasters International. Members develop their public speaking skills by delivering speeches to supportive club members who provide feedback. The group was formed in the fall of 2011 and officially chartered as “Master Toast” in February, 2013.

Each fall, the Whitman Graduate Student Organization (WGSO) holds their 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. Dishes were served representing cuisine from India, Vietnam, China, the Middle East, and more.

Diwali is the Indian festival of lights and again this fall, Professor Ravi Shukla’s house was lit up with diyas in honor of this celebration. The evening featured an Indian dinner, learning new Bollywood dance steps, and singing of some famous Hindi songs.

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 each city and feature guest faculty, corporate visits, and cultural exploration. Recent trips include:

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 in another Syracuse University school or college. The following are the most popular combinations:

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

MBA/MPA with the Maxwell School of Public Affairs

MBA/JD with the College of Law

Sustainability Certificate

The Certificate in Advanced Studies in Sustainable Enterprise (CASSE) is open to students from a range of disciplines. The certificate is an outcome of a unique collaboration to provide curricula, outreach, and research on sustainable enterprise with the Whitman School, SUNY –ESF, SU’s L.C. Smith College of Engineering, and the Syracuse Center of Excellence. The Aspen Institute’s 2011-12 Beyond Grey Pinstripes report ranked the Whitman School among the top 100 in the world for integrating environmental, ethical and social issues into graduate business education.

Military-Friendly Emphasis

Since 1952, the Defense Comptrollership Program in the Whitman School of Management has trained financial managers to handle multi-million dollar resources for the Department of Defense. Whitman encourages former 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

“It’s been a nice journey—to come to the United States for graduate school, to have the experiences I did, and then to start at E&Y. A good attitude leads to excellence. That was bolstered at Whitman.”
Rupin Johar, ’10 MBA
Financial Risk Consultant, Ernst & Young

“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 Ernst & Young, Atlanta

“Whitman’s emphasis on learning about ‘diverse cultures, developing interpersonal skills at a global level, and most importantly learning how to learn,’ sets it apart from other business schools.”
Lav Chaturvedi, ’99 MBA – India
Group Chief Risk Officer, Reliance Capital

“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

Whitman iMBA Distance Learning Program

Recently ranked #13 in US by Poets and Quants, The Whitman iMBA brings a world-class business education to you, on your terms. This innovative online MBA program is designed to advance careers by providing the global business acumen students need, no matter where they live. Blending on-campus collaboration with off-campus learning, the Whitman iMBA provides working professionals the flexibility of an online program with the benefits, networking and teamwork of on-campus residencies. With a history of innovation and leadership, our flexible, AACSB-accredited distance learning program was one of the first in the country to enable working professionals to pursue a degree through a combination of online learning and on-campus, national and international residencies—all with a focus on the global nature of business.

With the same leading faculty as our full-time program, to current students and alumni who’ve achieved great success in the corporate world, our iMBA program is proud of its community of peers and business leaders. The program offers the same curricular content as our full-time program while emphasizing learning objectives for seasoned professionals. Upon completion, iMBA students receive the same Syracuse University MBA diploma as our full-time students. Students take two courses (six credits) each semester, allowing them to complete the iMBA in three years.

MS Programs

The Martin J. Whitman School of Managements provides an integrated learning experience designed for students and professionals looking to expand their knowledge, expertise, and global competencies. Thirty credit masters programs in Accounting, Finance, Entrepreneurship, and Supply Chain Management are also offered.

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 BS, ’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

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