Syracuse University MBA Review

By Henry R. Steele - April 4, 2017
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Syracuse University offers a variety of online master’s degree through its online Martin J. Whitman School of Management. These programs are designed to prepare graduate students to succeed in business and accounting. The programs are delivered largely online and are intended to accommodate a busy personal and professional lifestyle.

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Online MBA is ranked #10 Best Globally by The Financial Times

The online MBA is very highly regarded by third party institutions, having been ranked #10 globally and #6 domestically by The Financial Times in 2017.

The program was noted in particular for the quality of its multi day domestic and international residencies that are available throughout the two year program.

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Martin J. Whitman School of Management is AACSB-accredited

Many online degree programs will state that they are accredited. What you often find is that while the university itself may be accredited by one the Department of Education-recognized regional accreditation agencies, the business program itself may not be accredited.

For students interested in a master’s in business administration, business analytics or accounting, you really want to have your program accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business or AACSB.

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The AACSB is a highly respected accreditation body for business education. When you see that a business program or business school is so accredited, you can be confident that the program has met very rigorous quality standards. Accreditation by the AACSB means that you are earning a very high quality business or accounting degree.

The accounting and business master’s programs at Syracuse are accredited by the AACSB. So, you know that all of the programs’ components meet or exceed the highest business education standards.

How important is AACSB accreditation? Some global corporations will not consider your job application if your degree program is not accredited by the AACSB.

Whitman Syracuse University features excellent career development resources

All students who are taking an online master’s degree program from the Martin J. Whitman School of Management will have complete access to the very best career services. This access helps students to translate their knowledge and expertise developed in college into an exciting business career.

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The school’s Career Services team has a strong reputation for assisting online and on campus students with preparation for a dynamic business career. You will have access to the following services and features to develop your career:

  • Virtual career center: You will receive personalized coaching in a fully individualized business program that is aligned with your long term career goals. Once you have determined what you want to do in your career, the Career Services team will offer you detailed feedback on how to achieve your goals. They can assist with networking, personal branding and more.
  • Resume help and review: The resume and cover letter you prepare as you approach graduation will tell the story of what you have accomplished professionally to date. Staff will help you to tell a highly targeted career story that will make you a desirable candidate for hiring managers and recruiters.
  • Interview prep: The Career Services team has experts that will show you how to look and sound your best for hiring managers. You will participate in guided practice interviews followed by detailed critiques.
  • Networking: All students in master’s programs at Syracuse online and on campus can tap into a vast global network of students, world class professors, and alumni. Many graduates are able to make invaluable connections with current and past Syracuse students that further them on their career path.

All online business and accounting graduate courses are live

Whether you prefer to have live or recorded classes depends upon your personal preferences and personal schedule. Many students find that they prefer to learn online in a live class format. This is referred to as a synchronous learning format.

Live classes are held at a fixed time each day with your professors and classmates all there online at the same time. Some students feel that this type of learning is easier for them, as opposed to attending recorded classes on their own. Also, many believe that more networking and lasting personal relationships with professors and students can be formed by taking classes in live format.

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GRE or GMAT scores are required

Some universities no longer use standardized test scores to screen their business school or accounting school applicants. Research suggests that high scores on standardized tests are not always meaningful indicators on future graduate school success.

Nonetheless, Syracuse University still requires MBA applicants to submit GRE or GMAT scores to be considered for admission.

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Residency fees are extra costs on top of tuition each year

There are several domestic and international residencies required throughout the MBA program. The cost of the residencies are on top of the tuition and fees that you pay. The international residencies have been held in places such as Ireland, South Korea and India. These are very valuable experiences, but they come at a cost. The base cost of the program is over $67,000, which is reasonable, but the residencies add considerable expense.

The Details

General Information

  • Founded in 1870
  • Application deadline: Rolling for MBA; Jan. 1 for undergraduate
  • Application fee: $75
  • School type: Private
  • Term Schedule: Semester
  • Location: Syracuse, New York
  • Student-faculty ratio: 16:1
  • 90% of full time faculty have Ph.D.s or professional degrees

Tuition Rates

  • MBA and other graduate programs: $1443 per credit hour, in and out of state

Business Degrees

  • Graduate: MBA, Master of Accountancy, Master of Business Analytics

Concentrations – MBA

Class Profile

  • Total online MBA enrollment: 754
  • 912 online MBA applicants, 698 accepted
  • Total university enrollment: 21,970 in fall 2016
  • 2172 master’s conferred; 3467 bachelor’s conferred
  • 48% of all freshmen accepted
  • 45% men, 55% women, 25% minorities

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • 92% of freshmen return for their sophomore year, well above the national average.
  • 68% of all students graduate within four years, above average.
  • 7% of students fail to graduate within six years.

US News Rankings

  • National universities: 60
  • Best colleges for veterans: 36
  • Best value schools: 44
  • Best online MBA programs: 47
  • Best online graduate business programs (not MBA): 70
  • Admissions selectivity (MBA): 50
  • Faculty credentials and training (MBA): 68

Other Rankings

  • #10 ranked online MBA by The Financial Times
  • #2 best for veterans – Whitman School of Management – 2016 Military Times
  • #3 best colleges for veterans – 2017 Military Times College Rankings
  • #2 entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises program – 2016 College Factual/USA Today
Henry R. Steele
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