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Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University


Location: 721 University Avenue, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY 13244-2450

Admissions Office: 315-443-44327



Whitman School of Management

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.

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)

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%

Annual Tuition: $41,640

Median GMAT: 626

GMAT Range (mid-80%): 610-650

Average GPA: 3.5

GPA Range (mid-80%): 3.3-3.8

International: 68%

Female: 32%

Male: 68%

Mean Age: 25

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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