From the School

Whitman is thriving! Business Week regards Whitman as one of the cream of the crop in its inclusion of MBA programs considered for their ranking. And Princeton Review ranks the Whitman among the "Best Business Schools." From opening our new Real Estate Center to launching the Orange Value Fund to our most recent grant to create a Women’s Business Center, Whitman is thriving!

The Whitman School is proud to nurture graduates who want to develop as entrepreneurial managers who will become leaders in an era of global competitiveness and technological advancements. We do this in an environment that promotes firsthand experiences where students can hone their communication and interpersonal skills as well as their analytic and problem solving capabilities, giving our students a dynamic and relevant business education.


From The School

Admission to the Whitman School MBA and MS programs is highly selective. We seek candidates who can contribute to the school and who aim to assume leadership roles in organizations around the world--individuals who have displayed the drive, the leadership potential, and the intellectual capacity to achieve their goals.

The Admissions Committee uses several criteria in their admissions decisions, including the applicant's academic achievement, communication skills, previous work history, and standardized test scores. A completed application form must be accompanied by two letters of recommendation preferrably from past supervisors, a current resume, all academic transcripts, a GMAT score, essays, and a $75 application fee. Since the admissions decision involves several criteria, there are no set minimums for the GMAT or GPA average. The 2008 entering class had an average GPA of 3.2 (on a 4.0 scale) and an average GMAT of 612.

Acceptance Rate
Average Undergrad GPA
Years Work Experience
Average Age

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
600 - 660
3.00 - 3.64


Early Application Deadline
November 30

Regular Application Deadline
April 19

Rolling Admission Deadline
April 19

Round 1
November 30

Round 2
January 1

Round 3
February 15

Round 4
April 19

Other Admission Factors


GMAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Essay / Personal Statement


School Type


Selectivity Rating


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Degrees Offered

Master of Business Administration

Full-Time Two-Year Traditional MBA
Full-Time Accelerated MBA
Independent Study MBA (iMBA)

MS in Accounting

Full-Time One-Year MS in Accounting
Independent Study MS in Accounting (iMS in Accounting)

MS in Finance

Full-Time One-Year MS in Finance

MS in Media Management

Full-Time One-Year MS in Media Management

Full-Time PhD

Academic Programs

Full-Time MBA
The program offers students a rigorous and experiential two-year program that prepares them to become strategic thinkers and innovators in an ever-changing global economy. Students generally complete an internship in the summer between the first and second.

Full-Time Accelerated MBA
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 the one-year 36-credit accelerated program.

Independent Study MBA (iMBA)
The iMBA is a limited-residency distance learning MBA program for executives that follows a unique flexible format combining in-person residency and online learning. A minimum of five years of full-time professional work experience is required for admission.

MS in Accounting
The MS in Accounting program aproduces graduates with the educational requirements needed to take the CPA exam in New York. An undergraduate degree in accounting is required for this one-year program.

Independent Study MS in Accounting (iMS)
The iMS program offers full-time accounting professionals a distance-learning program that prepares them to qualify for the CPA exam in New York. The program follows a unique flexible format combining in-person residency and online learning. An undergraduate degree in accounting is required for admission.

MS in Finance
Students in the MS in Finance program graduate from the rigorous, one-year curriculum prepared to manage the risks associated with operating in a global marketplace. An undergraduate degree in finance or economics is required for admission.

MS in Media Management
Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communications and Whitman teamed up to offer this program.

The program emphasizes independent study and close collaboration with Whitman faculty.

Special Academic Programs

Special programs and internship assignments are also offered abroad in London, Madrid, Singapore, Hong Kong, or Shanghai.


Faculty in the Whitman School are committed to discovering and disseminating relevant knowledge, contributing perspectives on frontline business issues, and advancing the theory and practice of management. Faculty research spans a diverse range of topics and methodologies and all faculty strive to reach the highest level of excellence.







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Students Say

The small MBA program at Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management is a good fit for new graduates and early career professionals hoping to ramp up their business acumen and gain valuable experience in the real world. Academically, the MBA curriculum is well rounded, covering a wide breadth of subject areas, while also placing “emphasis on finance, supply chain, entrepreneurship” and accoutning. A great place to get your feet wet in the world of business, there is an “experiential component featured in many of the classes,” as well as myriad “opportunities given to MBA students to participate within different organizations, whether as an intern or as a consultant to a large reputable firm.” A current student adds, “These academic consulting engagements added depth to many of the courses through projects that provided and often required innovative and hands-on approaches.”
Whitman professors are generally “productive and efficient,” with “excellent academic backgrounds” in their fields of specialization. When it comes to leading a class, however, students say their skill set varies: “There are professors who are great, know their fields, and can quickly apply lessons to what is going on around the world.” On the other hand, “many of the older faculty lack presentation skills. Lectures can be very dry.” The upshot is that, across the board, professors are supportive and “willing to help on projects outside of the classroom.” In fact, thanks to the “very small class size,” “you can get to know your classmates and your professors on a personal level.” At the same time, students love the fact that Syracuse offers all the “resources of a large institution,” including a “beautiful new building” for business students, replete with “up-to-date technology.”
In addition to the traditional MBA, busy professionals have the option of enrolling in MBA@Syracuse, the well-regarded online MBA program (formerly known as iMBA) “which combines actual on-campus learning via weeklong residencies, along with online course work.” Residencies are also hosted off-campus in major business centers around the world, and weekly live classes are hosted online. The online MBA program has been re-launched as in partnership with 2U, Inc., a leading provider of cloud-based software as-a-service solutions for leading nonprofit colleges and universities. According to those in the program, it “provides the same educational experience as the full-time MBA (same curriculum, professors, etc.), but has a much more flexible format.” In addition, the school offers a “great JD/MBA program with lots of connections in NYC,” as well as a joint MBA/MPA program in conjunction with the U.S. Army.


Courses in Sustainability

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Research Opportunities in Sustainability


School's environmental commitment 1:
We offer a Certificate of Advanced Study in Sustainable Enterprise

School's environmental commitment 2:
The Fetner Visiting Leader in Sustainability

School's environmental commitment 3:
NetImpact student club

Career overview

Average Starting Salary
Accepted employment by 3 months after graduation

Finding Jobs & Internships

Source Of Full-Time Job Acceptances
School Facilitiated
Graduate Facilitated

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School Facilitiated
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Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

General Management

Graduates Employed by Region


Students Say

Whitman’s emphasis on experiential learning is a boon to students looking to jump-start their career after the MBA. Plus, the school’s individualized focus makes it easier to prep for a successful job hunt. Here, faculty and staff “go above and beyond to ensure you are well prepared for your career, and customize plans to place you in your dream company.” Specifically, via the Whitman Career Center, students have access to professional- development workshops, personal coaching, and “strong networking events” with local companies. Particularly advantageous for those looking locally, “Alumni are set on creating successful opportunities for current students.”
While everyone agrees that “Syracuse’s MBA program is on the rise,” students would like to see more on-campus recruitment opportunities for MBA candidates, suggesting the school could improve by opening a “career center focused specifically and only on graduate students, (MBAs, master’s, and PhD students).” Fortunately, improvement is already in the works: students note that, this year, the school is “doing a great deal to bring more business recruiters and alumni onto campus for networking opportunities.” In 2013, Syracuse graduates had an average base salary of $70,769, with a range between $50,000 and $92,000. Top hiring companies include Ernst & Young, Publics, AXA Equitable, Phillips Healthcae, and Norvartis.

Job Function

Job Function % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
General Management 30% $73,000 $74,352 $31,408 $120,000
Marketing / Sales 25% $63,900 $65,700 $55,000 $80,000
Operations / Logistics 20% $65,000 $60,200 $20,800 $90,000
Finance / Accounting 15% $70,000 $70,000 $65,000 $75,000
Consulting 10%


Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Manufacturing 30% $72,800 $82,500 $60,000 $120,000
Consulting 25% $63,500 $65,500 $60,000 $75,000
Financial Services 15% $70,000 $65,267 $20,800 $105,000
Other 15% $55,000 $63,333 $55,000 $80,000

Prominent Alumni

Martin J. Whitman
Founder of Third Avenue Value Fund

Dick Clark
Chairman and CEO of Dick Clark Productions

Dan D'Aniello
Founding Partner of the Carlyle Group

The Honorable Alfonse D'Amato
Former U.S. Senator

Arthur Rock
Venture capitalist, Arthur Rock & Company


From The School

Approximately 65 to 75 percent of incoming full-time MBA students are awarded financial aid based on merit through a scholarship or fellowship.

The estimated total cost (including tuition, books, fees, and living expenses) for attending the Whitman School full-time for the 2008-2009 academic year is US$50,393 for a single graduate student.


Application Deadlines
Feb 15

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Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
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In State
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Foreign Countries Represented



33% female
67% male

Campus Life

From The School

International students comprise 55 percent of the student body at the Whitman School. The Office of International Students (OIS) offers services ranging from immigration advice to personal counseling. OIS is housed in its own building and is a friendly place for all students to visit, relax, read a newspaper, and talk with staff. The office organizes many social and cultural events to promote on-campus diversity.

Students Say

Students at Whitman are a “very diverse group” of people, who “all come from different industries,” as well as varying academic backgrounds. With long-term goals and plenty of ambition, these “highly intelligent” students are “competitive and driven” when it comes to coursework and careers. Fortunately, that competitiveness does not negatively affect the academic environment. On the contrary, the atmosphere at Whitman is “very collegial and collaborative,” and students are “friendly, extremely helpful, and supportive” of their classmates.
“Syracuse’s full-time MBA group is very close,” described by some as “one big extended family.” On campus, “there is hardly ever a day that goes by when there isn’t an event, speaker, or sports activity that students can attend,” and “there are plenty of clubs and groups to join where you can mentor, lead, participate in the community and more.” In addition to events at the business school, MBA candidates can also take advantage of the resources on the greater campus, like “attending sold-out sports games and events featuring figures such as Hillary Clinton or the Dalai Lama.” Though “winter is long” and very cold, the medium-sized city of Syracuse is a comfortable hometown, with plenty of recreation and cultural events for students. For example, “the city of Syracuse has different events going on every weekend in the summer. They have blues festivals, Irish festival, and several others.” On top of that, the school is “near New York City,” allowing students to take advantage of the many social and professional opportunities in the Big Apple.

More Information

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Campus-wide Internet Network

Internet Access for All Students

Admissions Office Contact

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Campus and Location

Founded in 1870, Syracuse University is a private, nonsectarian research institution consisting of 13 colleges offering over 250 programs of study. One of the oldest schools in the state of New York, SU is also one of only 62 research universities in the U.S. to be elected to the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). SU offers a remarkable combination of academic excellence and a relaxed lifestyle amid the splendor of upstate New York.

The 220-acre campus rests on a hill overlooking the city of Syracuse, providing an ideal blend of urban and peaceful environments. SU consists of 170 buildings surrounding a historic central quadrangle. The University has more than 19,000 students; over 70 percent live in the 13 residence halls on campus. The student/faculty ratio is 12:1.

SU is a 20-minute walk from downtown Syracuse, a medium-sized city with many recreational and cultural options, including parks, museums, art galleries, and a symphony orchestra. Located in the geographical center of New York State, Syracuse enjoys four distinct seasons and is only a four-hour drive from the largest city in the U.S., New York City. SU is also within easy driving distance of Boston, Montreal, Toronto, Niagara Falls, Buffalo, Philadephia, Washington DC, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Providence.


Classrooms facilitate creative use of educational technologies. Quality spaces for public events and informal interactions include a state-of-the-art auditorium, a Grand Hall, a cafe, plentiful team breakout rooms, and comfortable conversation areas throughout the entirely wireless-access building. A lounge and a computer cluster specifically for graduate students builds identity and cohesion.

Shannon Nanda
Assistant Director, Graduate Admissions

721 University Avenue - Suite 315
Syracuse, NY 13244-2450
United States