The Online MBA from Syracuse University

A Top-Ranked Online MBA Program

MBA@Syracuse is the online Master of Business Administration (MBA) program offered by Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management. Recognized for alumni outcomes and career preparation, Syracuse and the online MBA program are top ranked by leading publications.

Top 40

in Best Online MBAs
Ranked by U.S. News & World Report in 2019

Top 25

in Best Online MBAs
Ranked by The Princeton Review in 2019


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Ranked by Military Times in 2019

Delivered by an AACSB-Accredited Business School

The Whitman School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the leading accreditor of business schools. The school was accredited in 1920, making it the 16th business school in the nation to receive AACSB accreditation.

MBA@Syracuse offers students everywhere access to the Whitman School of Management’s MBA program—without having to relocate or put their careers on hold. Whitman’s award-winning faculty teach MBA@Syracuse classes through a live, online platform, and graduates earn the same Whitman degree as on-campus students.

The program is designed to prepare students with the analytical and decision-making skills they need to advance their careers in today’s global business environment.

MBA@Syracuse students bring their career goals within reach sooner with increased knowledge, leadership capabilities, and an expanded network.

In a survey of 2016–2019 graduates, 59 percent of Syracuse online business graduates reported receiving a raise or promotion following graduation—or while still in the program. Graduates who received a raise received, on average, a 31 percent increase. Up to 32 percent were able to leverage their degree with a new employer.

This data is self-reported by Poets & Quants of alumni from the online graduate business programs from The Martin J. Whitman School of Management in 2016, 2017, and 2018. The data was pulled and calculated in August 2019.

Is an MBA Worth It?

Is earning an MBA worth the investment? Consider the outcome data from the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), which annually surveys corporate recruiters’ projections, recent alumni outcomes, and alumni perspectives that point to the true value of earning an MBA. In a recent GMAC survey, 89 percent of alumni reported that their education is professionally rewarding, alongside other favorable outcomes: 1


The median starting salary that U.S.-based companies planned to offer recent MBA graduates in 2018.


The range in base salary, from entry-level to C-suite employees, for alumni of graduate business programs in 2018.


The percent of 2017 graduates who say their degree was important to obtaining their current job.

GMAC survey results are representative of alumni from a variety of program types, including full-time, executive, part-time, and online MBA programs.

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Online MBA Curriculum Highlights

Syracuse’s online MBA curriculum requires 54 credits to complete. Core courses cover topics such as data analysis, accounting, economics, finance, and organizational leadership. A range of electives are available in areas that include project management, entrepreneurship, marketing research, and Six Sigma.


credits of core business courses


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credits of U.S. and/or global residencies


During the program, MBA@Syracuse students attend three in-person residencies, held in major U.S. and international cities as well as on the Syracuse University campus. These hands-on, multiday experiences feature workshops, panels with prominent business leaders, and explorations of the host city. Similar to business conferences, residencies allow students to apply their skills and network with classmates and professors.

Learning Outcomes

By the time students complete the business administration master’s program, they will be able to understand how to effectively manage organizational resources; communicate effectively and persuasively; demonstrate skills in inquiry, critical thinking, and problem solving; think strategically about business issues; function with an entrepreneurial spirit; and manage in a global environment.

Online MBA Specializations

MBA@Syracuse offers six specializations, allowing students to tailor their studies based on their career interests. Students may also choose their own elective courses to create an individualized course of study if they wish. Specializations typically consist of three elective courses.

The accounting specialization prepares students to apply essential principles, such as taxation, financial reporting, auditing, and cost accounting, to a wide range of fields.

Business Analytics
The business analytics specialization teaches students to collect, visualize, analyze, and mine complex data using practical analytic tools.

The entrepreneurship specialization builds essential skills for growth within a startup, social venture, or established business.

The finance specialization explores topics such as financial markets, global economics, business strategy, and quantitative analysis.

Marketing Management
The marketing management specialization teaches students to analyze, understand, and fulfill customer needs.

Supply Chain Management
The supply chain management specialization prepares students to manage global supply chains across functional areas.

Earn Two Master’s Degrees from Syracuse for Fewer Credits

Once enrolled in the MBA program and for up to one year after graduating, students may apply to an additional program and earn two master’s degrees from the Whitman School or other schools at Syracuse University for fewer credits. By earning two complementary degrees, students are able to develop specialized expertise in multiple areas of interest and expand their career opportunities.

To be eligible, students must meet the core requirements of the MBA and plan the rest of their coursework to take advantage of shared courses. At Whitman, students can pursue one of the following degree combinations:

MBA (54 credits) and M.S. in Business Analytics (36 credits) for as few as 72 credits
MBA (54 credits) and M.S. in Entrepreneurship (30 credits) for as few as 69 credits
MBA (54 credits) and M.S. in Professional Accounting (30–48 credits) for as few as 69–87 credits

MBA@Syracuse Admissions

The MBA@Syracuse admissions committee invites driven professionals with strong leadership potential to apply to MBA@Syracuse. View a full list of application requirements for the online MBA program.

Syracuse offers four start dates per year. Applicants who apply by the priority deadlines will pay a reduced fee of $45, receive an admissions decision sooner, and have more time to plan for the future.

See the upcoming application deadlines for the April 2020 cohort:

Early Priority Deadline:
December 19, 2019

Priority Deadline:
January 9, 2020

Final Deadline:
February 6, 2020

GMAT Waiver Policy

Applicants with at least five years of professional work experience may be eligible for a GMAT waiver when applying to MBA@Syracuse. To speak to an admissions counselor about our GMAT waiver policy, request information today.

MBA Tuition and Financial Aid

An MBA program requires an investment of time and finances, but students may have access to a range of resources, such as employer tuition assistance, scholarships, and loan programs. Visit our Tuition and Financial Aid page to learn more.

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MBA@Syracuse Class Profile

The students who make up the Whitman School’s online MBA program are diverse, experienced professionals. Below is a profile of our enrolled MBA students as of January 2018.

MBA@Syracuse Class Profile
Demographic Student Breakdown
U.S. minority students 37%
Female students 31%
Military students 28%
Average work experience 11 years
Age range 24-65 years old
U.S. states represented 48
Countries represented 8

Read the stories of some of the students and graduates of MBA@Syracuse.

This information is tracked using an enrollment report. This is a report that is manually updated each term by adding in each new cohort group and updating graduates and withdrawals. Gathered from enrollment data as of January 2018.

Online MBA Faculty

Students benefit from the scholarly expertise and practical experience that Whitman School faculty bring to the online classroom. Online MBA courses are designed and led by the same faculty who teach on campus. Meet some of the professors who teach for MBA@Syracuse.

Don Cardarelli

Professor of Management Practice

Professor Cardelli has held several executive leadership roles, including as a partner in public accounting, CFO, COO, CEO, and board member, in a variety of industries. He has been a full-time member of the faculty at Whitman for more than 13 years.

Teaches: Leadership and Organizations

Cory Sanderson

Adjunct Faculty

Professor Sanderson’s expertise includes defining business challenges, improving processes, and coordinating cross-functional teams, and he has built all-star teams and improved supply chain strategies for Fortune 500 companies and small manufacturing firms.

Teaches: Operations and Supply Chain Management, Supply Chain and Logistics Management

Milena Petrova

Associate Professor of Finance

Professor Petrova teaches real estate and corporate finance at Whitman, and she has consulted for investment professionals, advised on mergers and acquisitions, and worked in management consulting at Booz Allen Hamilton and project finance at Finnvera.

Teaches: Managerial Finance

MBA Career Services and Networking

MBA@Syracuse students and alumni have access to a variety of tools and services designed to help them launch, transition, or advance their careers. These tools include:

The Virtual Career Center

This self-directed course offers valuable career development strategies and can be accessed online on students’ own time.

Personalized Career Coaching

Students can receive comprehensive one-on-one coaching that focuses on career guidance, resume review, and interview preparation.

Global Networking Opportunities

Both students and alumni have opportunities to form valuable connections within Syracuse University’s worldwide network of students, faculty, and alumni.

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A Collaborative Online Experience

Through MBA@Syracuse, students can collaborate and network with diverse professionals from around the world. Students can apply their newly developed skills at work immediately, and most are able to complete Syracuse’s online MBA program in as few as 24 months.

Live Online Classes

In small, face-to-face classes, MBA@Syracuse students discuss business trends. All live classes are recorded for later review, and the online classroom enables students to form breakout sessions to work on group projects together.

Multimedia Coursework

Students complete weekly coursework on their own schedule between live sessions, which fuels class discussion. Immersive assignments include high-quality video, interactive content, quizzes, guest lectures, and case studies.

Flexibility for Online MBA Students

Working professionals seeking to earn a graduate business degree without leaving their jobs are usually not deciding between full-time MBA vs. part-time MBA, but rather part-time MBA vs. online MBA. Online MBA programs are often the better choice for individuals who travel frequently or can’t commute to class. These programs result in a more diverse student community, offering unique insights into new business environments.

Syracuse’s online MBA program helps students build lasting relationships, interact with the same faculty who teach on campus, and cut down on travel time.

To give our students additional flexibility, MBA@Syracuse provides a Global Access membership to WeWork, a community of hundreds of workspaces around the world. Whether in their home city or traveling, students can access WeWork locations to help focus on their work, hold study groups, use WeWork amenities, and attend events to build their network.

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1 The Value of a Graduate Management Education, Graduate Management Admission Council, Alumni Perspectives Survey 2018. Return to footnote reference