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 is Essential

Full-time MBA students complete six credits of experiential learning through at least two distinct experiences. You can complete your requirements in a number of ways, including internships for independent study credit or a course-based experience offered as an elective in your concentration. These opportunities allow you to gain experience in your field and, for our international students, they give exposure to American business practices.

One of the more popular experiential courses is Lean Six Sigma. Prior projects have ranged from helping to solve manufacturing problems to gaining efficiencies in hospital processes and procedures. Area clients have included Crouse Hospital, Upstate University Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, National Grid, Beech-Nut Nutrition, Eaton Crouse-Hinds, GE and Marquardt Switches, among many others.

Many students who are interested in careers in consulting participate in the Whitman Consulting Club to attend skill development workshops, listen to and engage with accomplished professionals and work on complex, real-world projects. These are just a few of the many examples of Whitman MBA students putting classroom lessons into practice and helping to solve everyday business problems. The experience gained through these opportunities is invaluable in preparing for and securing future leadership positions.

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. You'll gain hands-on experience with alumni and corporate partners to establish proficiency in accounting theory and its application to the needs of any business.

Entrepreneurship
The entrepreneurship specialization helps you develop the tools to achieve success in several different possible roles, such as the founder of a startup business, manager of a social venture, head of a family business or leader of entrepreneurial initiatives for 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 cross-campus entrepreneurial ecosystem, including Whitman's Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship and its Couri Hatchery student business incubator. Invaluable opportunities for practical learning include the Panasci Business Plan Competition and D'Aniello Entrepreneurial Internships.

Finance
The finance specialization prepares you for the financial services industry by offering balanced training in the theoretical and contemporary issues financial managers face. You'll gain strategic and analytical thinking skills, as well as a comprehensive understanding of financial markets, global economics, business strategy and cutting-edge quantitative methods. As a finance student, you can enhance your technical and personal skills by:

    • Sitting for professional exams, such as the CFA, FRM or CAIA
    • Becoming Bloomberg-certified
    • Participating in case competitions and research analysis
    • Participating in graduate student stock pitch competitions

Marketing Management
The marketing management specialization will allow you to 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.

The specialization focuses on brand/product management with a mix of core and diverse elective courses to build on your strengths and gain interdisciplinary competencies.

There are many opportunities to gain hands-on experience and interact with accomplished practitioners and alumni who provide expert perspectives and coaching. These combined opportunities help prepare you for a successful career in a dynamic and ever-evolving industry.

Supply Chain Management
The cupply chain management (SCM) 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.

Whitman enjoys the support of two endowed centers, the H.H. Franklin Center for Supply Chain Managment and the Brethen Institute for Operations Management, that contribute to the education, research and training of our SCM students. In addition, the SCM program boasts opportunities to compete in national SCM case competitions and participate in the Whitman APICS student organization.

Dual Degrees

MBA candidates can pursue a second degree after being admitted into the program. The most common dual degrees are an MBA with an M.S. in new media management with the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications or an M.P.A. with the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

Joint degree opportunities include:

*For current Syracuse University students only.

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.