Curriculum

Whitman’s curriculum is founded in building strong analytical and decision makings skills, a high degree of flexibility in tailoring a program and specialization that is right for you, and practical theory through Experiential Learning and real-world applications. Our fulltime MBA is a 54 credit hour program, with 36 core course credits and 18 elective credits completed over a span of two years.

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Curriculum Options

Experiential Learning

As a full-time MBA student, you’ll build an experiential portfolio through internships, consulting, specialized courses, community engagement, and other practical experiences that make you more valuable in the marketplace. After utilizing planning tools offered through the Whitman Career Center, you’ll identify gaps in knowledge or skill sets and build a portfolio to enhance your skills. As part of the 18 elective credits, you’ll complete a minimum of six approved experiential credits through at least two distinct experiences.

We use the ACT in ACTION to communicate the benefits of our academically rigorous program. Experiences that allow students to create:

  • Applications of classroom learning to business problems
  • Connections with decision-makers
  • Tangible deliverables that add value to the sponsoring organization

MBA Specializations

Accounting
The Accounting specialization prepares you for a career in such fields as auditing, taxation and consulting. Recent changes in corporate governance have made the field of accounting more critical now than ever before. The study of accounting establishes the foundation necessary to evaluate strategic and operational decisions.

Entrepreneurship
The Entrepreneurship specialization helps you develop the tools to achieve success in several different possible roles, including as the founder of a startup business, the founder or manager of a social venture, or as the entrepreneurial manager of an established business. You’ll experience the interdisciplinary nature of entrepreneurship through customized course selections and a variety of experiential projects through Syracuse University’s extensive entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Finance
The Finance specialization prepares you for the financial services industry by offering balanced training in the theoretical and contemporary issues financial managers face. By acquiring strategic and analytical thinking skills, you’ll develop a comprehensive understanding of financial markets, global economics, business strategy and cutting-edge quantitative methods. Through your coursework, you’ll cover investments, corporate finance, risk management, quantitative finance, real estate, and international finance.

Marketing Management
In the Marketing Management specialization, you will develop and exercise the concepts and skills necessary to understand and fulfill customer needs. You’ll learn how firms create value by utilizing customer insights, forge creative competitive strategies, build customer relationships, optimize lifetime customer value, create new products, and implement targeted pricing, distribution, and promotional plans.

Supply Chain Management
The Supply Chain Management specialization is a distinctive blend that helps you develop and hone the skills needed to manage global supply chains while working across functional areas. You’ll learn comprehensive skills in problem formulation and analytical techniques for managing business challenges. Information technologies, optimization techniques, and the case method are used to evaluate how risks can be mitigated and strategies implemented in global supply chains.

Dual Degrees

There are unlimited possibilities to combine the full-Time MBA with a graduate degree in another Syracuse University school or college. The following combinations have been most popular in recent years: MBA/MS, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications; MBA/MPA, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs; MBA/MS, L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science; MBA/JD, College of Law; and MBA/MS, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Certificate Programs

Whitman is home to the Certificate of Advanced Study in Sustainable Enterprise (CASSE), open to students from a range of disciplines. The certificate is an outcome of 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.

Certificate in Health Services and Management Policy: The Maxwell School – in association with the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, The College of Law, the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science, and the Whitman School of Management – offers a dynamic and practical program to prepare individuals to assume positions of leadership in health services management and policy settings.

Accelerated Program

Students with four or more years of full-time work experience and an undergraduate degree in business from an AACSB International-accredited institution are eligible for Whitman's one-year accelerated MBA program. This 36-credit program is available only on a full-time basis with 15 credits taken both in the fall and spring semesters and the final six credits taken during the summer semester.