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 DCP students outside of the Hall of Languages at Syracuse University.

You are required to take a series of broad management courses that represent those areas most relevant in preparing for subsequent utilization in the field of resource management. Limited areas of concentration are currently available or being developed in healthcare management, cost analysis, and auditing and accounting. On a selected basis, if you currently possess graduate-level competency in professional core courses, you may have the opportunity to pursue a more advanced course in that field, or in certain instances, be allowed to select an elective course in a relevant academic area.

There is also a requirement for a 24-hour class community service project. This requirement serves to instill in students a commitment to lifetime service to considerations of others.

The Defense Comptrollership Program normally begins mid-may and is completed 14 months later. The DCP student participates in an orientation prior to commencing graduate studies in the Summer Session. The orientation will include a spectrum of non-credit modules, which are intended to acclimate you to the SU academic environment.

Your day often starts with an 8 a.m. class, while ending the day with a 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. class. The time between classes is consumed with group projects and individual study. Many nights and weekends are spent on individual study and research papers. Time management is critical. Time with family, friends, and relaxation is essential. 

Program Curriculum (as of September 2018)

Classes conducted at the Maxwell School are in italics.
(latest curriculum available by request: Wendy Frye)

First Quarter – Summer:  15 Credits
MBC 601 – Economic Foundations of Business (1½  credits)

MBC 602 – Economics for International Business (1½  credits)

MBC 636 – Marketing (3 credits)

MBC 638 – Data Analysis and Decision Making (3 credits)

PAI 730 – Dispute Resolution for Public Managers (3 credits)

SCM 651 – Business Analytics (3 credits)


Second Quarter – Fall: 15 Credits     
PAI 897 – Fundamentals of Policy Analysis (3 credits)

MBC 606 – Information Technology for Decision Making (1½ credits)

MBC 610 – Opportunity Recognition and Ideation (1½ credits)

MBC 631 – Financial Accounting (3 credits)

ACC 652 – Accounting Analytics (3 credits)

PAI 895 – Mid-Career Seminar: Managerial Leadership (3 credits) -or- Other PAI elective (3 credits)

Third Quarter – Winter & Spring: 18 Credits
PAI 700 - Key Issues in Illicit Finance- Winter Intercession (3 credits)

BUA  600 – Seminar in Comptrollership and CDFM (1½)

MBC 609 – Accounting for Managerial Decisions (1½  credits)

MBC 633 – Managerial Finance (3 credits)

MBC 635 – Operations & Supply Chain Management (3 credits)

MBC 645 – Strategic Management (3 credits)

PAI 895 – Mid-Career Seminar: Managerial Leadership (3 credits) -or- Other PAI elective (3 credits)

Fourth Quarter – Summer: 12 Credits
FIN 654 – Financial Analytics (3 credits)

ACC 760 – Principles of Fraud Examination (3 credits) 

MBC 647 – Global Entrepreneurial Management (3 credits)

PAI 996 – Master’s Project (3 credits)

(MBA with a concentration in business analytics & EMPA degrees awarded upon 60 credit completion)

The Academic Community

The quality of an academic program depends on its faculty. Our faculty is a talented and accomplished group of scholars who represent a broad range of academic and practical experience. Complementing the members of the faculty who treat the traditional management fields of accounting, finance, marketing, public administration and quantitative methods, are lawyers, economists, and individual/organizational behaviorists.

Academic Policies

The University uses an A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, and F grading system for the MBA/EMPA program.

All MBA/EMPA candidate students must maintain a B grade average (3.0). If the average falls below a B, students will be placed on academic probation and granted one semester to return to good standing. Students who fail to return to good standing after one semester are subject to dismissal from the program.

Syracuse University

SU is a private, coeducational, and residential university. Its main campus enrollment of 12,000 undergraduates and 6,000 graduate students represents the 50 states, almost 90 foreign countries, and varied economic and social backgrounds. The University's mission is to promote learning through teaching, research, scholarship, creative accomplishment, and service.

Learn more about the SU campus and Syracuse Community.