MBA@Syracuse offers students everywhere access to the Martin J. Whitman School of Management’s full-time Master of Business Administration (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.
A Top-Ranked Online MBA Program 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’s curriculum upholds the quality and rigor of Whitman’s on-campus program, and as a result, the Whitman online MBA program is top-ranked by several leading publications:
#10 Best Online MBA in the World, The Financial Times
#23 Best Online MBA, The Princeton Review
#6 Best School for Vets, The Military Times
Is an MBA Worth it?
Why earn an MBA? Is an MBA worth the investment? By all accounts, the answer is yes. Professionals who pursue an advanced degree are more likely to get promoted and often take home higher salaries than their counterparts who do not have an MBA.
The median starting salary that U.S.-based companies plan to offer recent MBA graduates in 2017.
The median range in salary, from entry-level to C-suite employees, for alumni of online graduate business programs.
The reported 2017 employment rate of graduate business alumni across all graduation years.
The reported 2017 employment rate of graduate business alumni who graduated in 2016.
The percentage of 2016 graduates who say their degree was important to attaining their current job.
9 in 10
U.S. employers that report plans to hire recent MBA graduates this year.
Syracuse’s online MBA curriculum requires 54 credits to complete:
credits of core business courses
credits of specialization-focused electives
credits of U.S. and global residencies
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. Explore the curriculum.
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.
Manage in a global environment.
Available MBA Specializations
MBA@Syracuse offers six specializations, allowing students to tailor their studies based on their career interests. Students may also create their own specialization 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.
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.
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.
Admissions and Class Profile
MBA@Syracuse students may choose from four semester start dates in January, April, July, and October each year.
Class Start Date
April 2, 2018
Final App Deadline
May 8, 2018
MBA@Syracuse Class Profile
The students who make up the Whitman School’s online MBA program are diverse, experienced professionals with strong leadership potential. Below is a profile of our enrolled MBA students as of January 2017.
Cohort Start Dates
U.S. minority students
Average work experience
33 years old
23-64 years old
U.S. states represented
GMAT Waiver Policy
Applicants with more than five years of professional work experience may be eligible for a GMAT waiver when applying to MBA@Syracuse. Request information now to learn about the GMAT waiver policy and whether you qualify.
MBA@Syracuse enables students from anywhere in the world to attend a top-ranked MBA program without having to relocate. Students can apply their newly developed skills at work immediately, and most are able to complete Syracuse’s online MBA program in 24 months.
In small, face-to-face classes, MBA@Syracuse students have the opportunity to build their professional network inside and outside of the online classroom. Students complete weekly coursework on their own schedule between live sessions, which fuels class discussion.
Throughout the life of 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 provide students with the opportunity to apply their skills and network with classmates and professors.
Career Services for Students and Alumni
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 from anywhere on students’ own time.
Personalized Career Coaching
Students can receive comprehensive one-on-one preparation through career coaching, 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.
For working professionals seeking to earn a graduate business degree without leaving their jobs, the decision often is not “full-time MBA vs. part-time MBA,” but rather “part-time MBA vs. online MBA.” Our online MBA program allows students to study from anywhere, meet face-to-face through live classes, and complete coursework on their own time. Without sacrificing quality, MBA@Syracuse helps students build lasting relationships, interact with the same faculty who teach on campus, and cut down on travel time.
Part-time on-campus MBA programs often require students to attend class in person multiple times a week. While this means students may see each other in person more frequently than in an online program, it also means a commute to and from class is necessary.
Because students can attend live classes from anywhere they have an Internet connection, online programs open doors for students who travel frequently, live far from campus, or can’t carve out time to travel to and from class. This often results in a more diverse student community, offering students unique insights into new business environments.
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