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Syracuse University’s Whitman School is the #1 Ranked Private Business School in the Nation by Military Times

Syracuse University’s Whitman School is the #1 Ranked Private Business School in the Nation by Military Times

School Ranked #5 in Military Times’ “Best for Vets” Business School Ranking

The Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University has been ranked #5 by Military Times in its 2016 list of Best for Vets: Business Schools, the publication announced Feb. 8.  It is the #1 private business school on the list. This is the second year in a row the school has been listed among the top five programs in the country.

The organization, comprising Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times, focused on culture and curriculum that caters to military veterans when conducting and scoring the second annual Best for Vets: Business Schools survey, a highly respected, nearly 80-question analysis of a school’s complete offerings for veterans.

Best for Vets provides men and women a gauge by which to judge whether a school or program will truly benefit them. The rankings factor in academic quality, outcomes and policies, school culture, student support, and cost.

Since 1952, Whitman has offered educational programs serving military members and veterans. “Our more than 60-year collaboration with the Department of Defense (DoD) in the delivery of financial management education to military and DOD civilians has been a privilege, and we look forward to many more years of partnership in preparing our future leaders,” said Irma P. Finocchiaro, director of executive education and defense programs at the Whitman School.

“This ranking reflects both the hard work and commitment of the Whitman School of Management team, and also Syracuse University’s institution-wide commitment to become the nation’s ‘best’ university for military students and veterans,” said Mike Haynie, Syracuse University’s vice chancellor for military & veteran affairs and Barnes Professor of Entrepreneurship. “The MBA@Syracuse program is a great example of the kind of class-leading innovation we’re pursuing across the University, in an effort to broadly engage and empower the military-connected community.”

One of the Whitman School’s newest offerings, MBA@Syracuse, is a newly revamped online MBA program, which is proving popular among veterans, as well as active military personnel.

“We welcomed our first MBA@Syracuse cohort a year ago; today 26 percent of the students are military students and veterans,” said Amy McHale, assistant dean for graduate programs for the Whitman School. “From an IT consultant with the U.S. Army to an instructor of meteorology for the U.S. Air Force, we are helping to educate our military, allowing them to advance their education while continuing their career growth.  We also realize that many of our students are seeking an MBA to prepare them for the transition to the civilian workforce after they have completed their service.”

Bill Ravelo, recently transitioned from the U.S. Army to working as an associate, AMRS Asset Management Services, Bank of America Merrill Lynch.  “Syracuse’s online MBA program has allowed me to find balance across my life, career and classwork, which is a crucial point for veterans working to move forward after their service.”

Brian Ayers, health systems data analyst, Patient Centered Medical Homes, Naval Health Clinic, Patuxent River, Maryland, shared, “When I look at the MBA@Syracuse program, I see an institution that has taken an ‘oath’ to proudly serve, and no matter the sacrifice, provide purpose, direction, motivation and a path to a future to those of us who have already given so much.  In my opinion, it is that attitude of service and sacrifice by everyone at the MBA@Syracuse that we as veterans identify with, and that makes the Whitman School unique.”

Additional educational opportunities for military and civilian personnel at Whitman include the Defense Comptrollership Program (DCP) in which more than 1,600 military and civilian personnel have attended, and the LOGTECH iMS, a Master of Science degree in supply chain management. The Whitman School also offers an accelerated MBA for Veterans program (54 credits spanning a 14-month period) that helps students gain expertise in an area of entrepreneurship that is most related to their field of leadership and innovation, and the school offers short courses, as well, including the Army Comptroller Course (ACC), the Executive Comptroller Course (ECC), the Senior Resource Managers Course (SRMC) and Army Financial Management 101.