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.

The school also launched MBA@Syracuse, an online offering, in 2014.

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 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 our students, to help them focus both on the theoretical and the practical and to build in-depth specializations that will allow them be a leader in their field.

Chosen as the most global MBA program by Bloomberg BusinessWeek, the Whitman School of Management has students who represent the diversity of the world. 60% of Whitman MBA students hold non-business undergraduate degrees, a variety of work experiences and represent 10 unique countries.


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. The program offers 6 distinct specializations accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, marketing, real estate or 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 an experiential learning portfolio through internships, consulting projects, specialized courses, community engagements, and other practical experiences that will make them more competitive in the marketplace. After utilizing the planning tools offered by the Whitman Career Center, students identify gaps in knowledge or skill sets and build a portfolio to enhance those skills. As part of their 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, such internships for credit and/or
    · Course-based experiences that 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. These partnerships provide innovative programming and coaching that will empower our students to reach their career aspirations with integrity and professionalism and prepare them for personal and professional growth. Typically. At least 120 companies participated in the Whitman Career Fairs and over 500 job postings are 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. 15 MBA students from the Whitman School of Management won first place at the annual Duke MBA Games in 2013 at Duke University in Durham, N.C., repeating their 2012 victory. The annual competition, raises money for Special Olympics and culminates in a weekend-long competition among teams from the country’s top MBA programs.

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 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 Whitman Women in Business 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 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 who provide and receive 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. In past years, we have had cuisines representingIndia, Vietnam, China, and the Middle Eastto name a few.

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 of 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 the specific in each cities and feature guest faculty, 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/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 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, L.C. Smith College of Engineering, and the Syracuse Center of Excellence The certificate is open to students from a range of disciplines with interest in sustainability and environmental concerns. The Whitman School was ranked by 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.

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

 MBA@SyracuseWe are excited to announce the relaunch of our iMBA online distance learning program as the “MBA@SYRACUSE” in a partnership with 2U, Inc., a leading provider of cloud-based software-as-a-service solutions for leading nonprofit colleges and universities.

Our iMBA 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 by U.S. News & World Report, Financial Times and Best Colleges. With our history of innovation, leadership and excellence in instruction, our enhanced program will continue to provide working professionals with the opportunity to develop advanced and specialized skills. The MBA@Syracuse will feature classes delivered in a live, online format with high-quality self-paced coursework. Courses will continue to be designed and delivered by Syracuse University professors. Coursework will consist of dynamic videos, interactive content and multimedia assignments. Using a mobile application, students can download coursework and complete it from anywhere without an Internet connection.

There will be 4 session starts per year (January, April, August and October) with domestic or international residencies at the beginning of each session. We will offer three-day long residencies in cities that are major centers of international business as well as residencies in Syracuse, NY to foster a connection to the university.

The enhanced program will have the same academic criteria as Whitman’s on-campus program. To learn how you can earn a top-tier Syracuse education without having to relocate or sacrifice personal and professional commitments, please visit http://onlinemba.syr.edu or follow the program on Twitter at @MBAatSyracuse.

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. The Whitman School offers Masters Programs in “Accounting,” “Finance,” “Entrepreneurship,” or “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 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

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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