Eric Watson ’91 wasn’t envisioning himself as a U.S. Marine Corps aviator when he first came to Syracuse University. The Washington D.C., native originally intended on studying computer science, but as is the case with many college students, Watson realized…
Whitman School Named #2 in Military Times’ ‘Best for Vets’ Business School Ranking
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. For the full Best for Vets: Business Schools 2015 rankings, visit www.militarytimes.com/bestforvets-bizschools2015.
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,” says Mike Haynie, Syracuse University’s vice chancellor for military & veteran affairs and Barnes Professor of Entrepreneurship. “The new 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 active military personnel, as well as veterans.
“We welcomed our first MBA@Syracuse cohort in January; 24 percent of the students are military students and veterans,” says 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.”
“As a transitioning veteran who does not have much time to dedicate to a full-time program, I saw MBA@Syracuse as my best and most favored option for a successful shift into the business workforce,” says Bill Ravelo, internal consultant and project manager with the U.S. Army. “Syracuse’s online M.B.A. program will allow me to find balance across my life, career and classwork, which is a crucial point for veterans working to move forward after their service.”
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 M.B.A. 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.