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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.

Overview

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.

Applicants
205
Acceptance Rate
47%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.33
Years Work Experience
2.5
Average Age
25

Test Scores

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

Deadlines

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

Academic

GMAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Essay / Personal Statement
Non-Academic


SCHOOL TYPE AND ACCREDITATION

School Type
Private

AACSB-approved
Yes

Overall

From the School

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

PhD
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.

PhD
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

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.

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, and entrepreneurship.” 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 field 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 lacks 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-datetechnology.”

In addition to the traditional MBA, busy professionals have the option of enrolling in the well-regarded online MBA program (formerly know as iMBA) at Syracuse, “which combines actual on-campus learning via weeklong residencies, along with online course work.” The online MBA program has noe been re-launched as MBA@Syracuse in partnership with 2U, Inc., a leading provider of cloud-based software as-a-service solutions for leading nonprofit colleges and universites. According to those in the program, “The iMBA program 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 masters program in conjunction with the U.S. Army.


PROGRAM TYPES

Full-Time
Yes

Part-Time
No

Evening
No

Executive
No

Online
Yes

Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
4:1
Total Faculty
95

77
Full-time
29
Female
24
Minority
23
Part-time


Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
Yes

Sustainability course is
Optional

Description
http://partnersforsustainability.org

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
Yes

Description

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

Career Rating
89
Average Starting Salary
$66,648

Finding Jobs & Internships

Source Of Full-Time Job Acceptances
55%
School Facilitiated
45%
Graduate Facilitated

Source Of Internship Acceptances
74%
School Facilitiated
26%
Graduate Facilitiated

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

30%
General Management
25%
Marketing
20%
Operations/Logistics
15%
Finance/Accounting
10%
Consulting

Graduates Employed by Region

85%
Northeast
5%
International
5%
Mid-Atlantic
5%
South

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

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

Overview

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.

Dates

Application Deadlines
Feb 15

Financial Aid Statistics


Average Scholarship / Grant Aid Package
$26,212

Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
100%

All Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
100%

New Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
100%

New Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
100%

Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$38,820
Tuition (Out-State)
$38,820
Fees (In-State)
$480
Fees (Out-State)
$480

Tuition Part-Time (per credit hour)

Tuition (In-State)
$1,294
Tuition (Out-State)
$1,294
Fees (In-State)
$100
Fees (Out-State)
$100

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board On-Campus
$13,870
Estimated Room And Board Off-Campus
$13,870
Academic Expenses
$2,500

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
81
Part Time
0%

In State
88.0%
Out of State
12.0%
Foreign Countries Represented
7

Demographics

7.00%
Minorities
65.00%
International

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

“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

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

From The School


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.

Facilities

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.

Contact
Shannon Nanda
Assistant Director, Graduate Admissions

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

Phone
315-443-9214

Fax
315-443-9517

Email
busgrad@syr.edu
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Key Stats

205
Applicants
81
Size
47%
Acceptance Rate

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