MBA@Syracuse inaugural class begins.

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MBA@Syracuse inaugural class begins.

Professor Joe Comprix teaching online

Syracuse University's Martin J. Whitman School of Management and 2U, Inc, a technology firm that delivers online degree programs for colleges and universities, announced their partnership to enhance Syracuse's online iMBA. The new version of the iMBA was renamed MBA@Syracuse and combined 2U's learning technology and the features of the iMBA program.

The MBA@Syracuse curriculum is the same as the on-campus program and includes weekly face-to-face sessions taught by Whitman faculty and online content featuring high-quality videos, quizzes, learning modules and other interactive multimedia. The online learning platform can be accessed either online or offline on mobile apps.

Participants are required to complete 54 credits in 12-week-long semesters and will continue to attend residencies in cities that are major centers of international business including the Syracuse's campus in Central New York for students to develop a connection to the university.

Whitman School assistant dean Amy McHale said the summer 2014 class set an enrollment record. Distance learning master’s programs have been at Syracuse University since the 1970s, when students sent in their papers by mail. But there’s more competition in the online front now with more than 300 such programs at colleges and universities nationwide.

The online students are typically older -- the oldest member in 2014 was 60 years old -- and tend to have at least 10 years work experience, compared to the 20-somethings taking classes at the school in Syracuse. More than a quarter are military. That all makes for a student body that has different life experiences.