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Group of DCP students and staff outside of the Hall of Languages at Syracuse University.

Rather than having the option of pursuing expertise in an area of concentration, 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 in early June and is completed 14 months later. The DCP student participates in an orientation prior to commencing graduate studies in the Augmented 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 January 2016)

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

First Quarter--Summer (12 credits)
MBC 601--Economic Foundation of Business (1½)
MBC 602--Economics of International Business (1½)
MBC 603--Creating Customer Value (1½)
MBC 604--Managing the Marketing Mix (1½)
MBC 638--Data Analysis (3)
PAI 730--Dispute Resolution for Public Managers (3)

Second Quarter--Fall (15 credits)
PAI 897--Policy Analysis (3)
MIS 606--IT for Decision Making (1½)
MBC 607--Understanding Financial Statements (1½)
MBC 608--Creating Financial Statements (1½)
MBC 610--Ideation (1½)
SMC 656--Project Management (3)
PAI 895--Mid-Career Seminar: Managerial Leadership (3) -OR- PAI ELECTIVE CHOICE

Third Quarter--Winter & Spring (18 credits)
PAI XXX--Winter Intercession Elective (3) (Winter)
FIN 600--Bank Management (1½)
MBC 609--Accounting for Managerial Decisions (1½)
MBC 616--Operations Management (1½)
MBC 617--Supply Chain Management (1½)
MBC 618--Competitive Strategy (1½)
MBC 619--Corporate Strategy (1½)
MBC 627--Financial Markets & Institutions (1½)
MBC 628--Fundamentals of Financial Management (1½)
PAI 895--Mid-Career Seminar: Managerial Leadership (3) -OR- PAI ELECTIVE CHOICE

Fourth Quarter--Summer (15 credits)
ACC 760--Fraud Examination (3)
BUA 600--Seminar in Resource Management (3)
BUA 786--Seminar in Comptrollership & CDFM (3)
MBC 647--Global Entrepreneurial Management (3)
PAI 996--Master’s Project (3)

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.