History and Overview

Martin J. Whitman School of Management building

Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management combines the resources of a large university with small class sizes and highly individualized attention to offer students the best possible learning experience. Students study under the leadership of exceptional faculty members, highly esteemed as world-class scholars and researchers. A diverse, collaborative community, both online and on-campus, Whitman provides students with an education that prepares them to become leaders in today’s global business environment.

The Whitman School offers undergraduate, MBA, M.S., doctoral, executive education and defense programs, as well as student development opportunities including the Goodman IMPRESS program and a $4 million student-managed Orange Value Fund.

Undergraduates may major in accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, management, marketing, real estate, retail management and supply chain management. Undergraduate students begin business classes in their first year, allowing them to complete more than one major. Dual undergraduate programs are also available with Syracuse University’s College of Arts and SciencesS.I. Newhouse School of Public CommunicationsCollege of Law and its iSchool.

For those interested in extending their education, Whitman provides full-time M.S., MBA and Ph.D. programs. Full-time MBA and M.S. students can select from five degree focuses, including business analytics. The Ph.D. program at the Whitman School offers students’ the flexibility to tailor their research program and the choice of six areas of study. In addition to full-time programs, Whitman provides top-ranked online programs. Students interested in online programs may select the following degree options: MBA, M.S.A and M.S.B.A

For today’s leaders who need to keep up with the ever-changing business world, Whitman provides executive education programs. Participants may earn certificates, including Six Sigma, or receive project management assistance. Whitman’s Executive Education

With more than 1,900 military and civilian graduates, Whitman’s Defense Program is dedicated to providing future comptrollers and resource managers with the conceptual perspective tools needed to excel in government areas. The defense program provides army and comptroller courses, as well as a senior resource managers course, financial management 101 and a LOGTECH master’s degree in supply chain management

These programs, along with faculty, staff, over 4,000 students and an alumni network nearly 30,000 Whitman grads, are the foundation of the Whitman School.

History

At the Whitman School, students learn, intern, participate in community service and advance their careers through a full spectrum of field-focused and multidisciplinary departments in one of the nation’s oldest business schools. The Whitman School, formally the College of Business Administration, was established in 1919. In 1920, it was only the 16th collegiate business school in the nation to be accredited by the AACSB. In 1948, the school launched its MBA program; the Army Comptrollership Program was established in 1952; and the doctoral program was created in 1965. The Whitman school has been a leader in education innovation and began offering a distance MBA in 1977.

The school was honored with a naming gift from Martin Whitman ’49, founder of Third Avenue Management, and Lois Whitman in 2003. Seeking to expand opportunities for students, the Whitman School opened its 160,000-square-foot state-of-the-art building in 2005. Today, Whitman programs serve as standards of excellence and achievement among the academic and business community.