Syracuse’s online MBA program offers flexible M.S. programs in accounting, business analytics, and entrepreneurship. That flexibility is especially important for members of the military and veterans, who make up more than a fourth of the program’s student body.
The online MBA program at Syracuse has been highly praised for its commitment to making an MBA degree attainable for military students and veterans. Most recently, the program was ranked 5th “Best for Vets” by Military Times in 2016 and 6th “Best College for Military” in 2018.
FLEXIBLE LEARNING LEADS TO IMPACTFUL EDUCATION
The Syracuse online MBA program is flexible. In turn, that helps to influence how students learn and contribute to the program itself.
“The flexibility of the online programs draws people from diverse backgrounds—business executives, chefs, doctors, NFL players, engineers, entrepreneurs and scientists,” Amy McHale, assistant dean for master’s programs at Syracuse, says. “This exposure to a range of perspectives enriches the learning experience.”
For Geoff Haines, a 2016 graduate and senior case officer in the US Air Force, the flexibility was especially important during his active duty in Germany.
“The time difference was challenging, but the education I received is significantly superior to other options,” he says. “The faculty understands we are professionals before students, which allows for more genuine interactions. Additionally, SU really supports veterans and active duty members in achieving their academic goals without sacrificing quality, networking or the feeling of connection to the school.”
Many students praise the online MBA program’s faculty for their caring and supportive nature.
Patricia Urquiaga, a 2017 graduate, says the faculty at Syracuse was one of the program’s strengths.
“Every professor I’ve had or met throughout the time I was enrolled in the program have been exceptional,” Urquiaga says. “Each of them has an immense amount of experience in the subject they were teaching, as well as hands-on experience in their careers.”
But it was the extra push Urquiaga says she received from professors that demonstrated the care and support of Syracuse’s faculty.
“Many of the professors I’ve dealt with also make themselves available to give us personal advice on our careers based on their own experiences — which is a plus,” she says. “They show that they care, because they listen and give us advice, but they also provide us with the necessary tools to become better executives/professionals, and leaders in the industry. For me, they gave me that ‘extra push’ to become a better business professional, and now entrepreneur.”
Justin Bramlage, a 2018 graduate, says having faculty with real experience to draw from was a plus.
“All of the instructors I had through the program were not only qualified academically to be teaching the material, but they also possessed actual work experience in the areas they were focused on,” Bramlage says. “Because of this they were able to pull in actual examples instead of simply discussing hypothetical scenarios.”
A PERSONALIZED APPLICATION EXPERIENCE
Applying to an MBA program can be stressful experience, but at Syracuse, the application process is highly supportive. According to McHale, the assistant dean, every student is guided through the application process by a team of dedicated admissions counselors. This support was especially important for applicants like Ken Laird, who was transitioning from military service to an MBA education.
“I felt like the admissions representative went out of their way to help guide me through the application process,” Laird says. “I was in a unique situation in which I was leaving active military service while trying to begin the MBA program as quickly as possible. Due to the quick follow-up by staff, I was able to gain acceptance and start the program quickly. This experience is one of the greatest reasons I prioritized Syracuse over the other schools on my list.”
Syracuse alumni cite a number of reasons as to why applicants should consider the online MBA program.
For Dominick Jones, a 2017 graduate, it was the ability to connect and network with industry experts.
“We were able to have a conversation with executives from global tech giants such as Facebook and Snapchat as well as industry-leading CAA which was mind-blowing for me because I actually really wanted to be a professional sports agent,” Jones says. “The world got really small for me when I was able to have a real conversation with the agent for the world’s biggest professional sports stars. Access to these types of people can really give you an opportunity to advance your professional career and personal agenda.”
Mahati Mukkamala, 2017 graduate, recalls relevant course material as a key differentiator for Syracuse’s online program.“I think the strengths of the program are the course materials and what’s actually taught in each class,” Mukkamala says. “I found the material to be extremely relevant, and whether it was classmates or professors, I found the discussions in each classroom to be very engaging.”
For Matthew Burr, 2017 graduate, it was a combination of flexibility and a strong, lifelong network.
“The flexibility of the classes, guidance from the instructors and residencies are great for academic and career growth,” Burr says. “The school is globally recognized as having high academic standards. The opportunity to develop lifelong connections and achieve career growth is something Syracuse will offer.”