Whitman School Offers New Joint Graduate Programs with Syracuse University Partners

The Whitman School has launched two new dual-degree programs with the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, as well as a Certificate of Advanced Study with the College of Law at Syracuse University. 
Dual-Degree Programs with Maxwell 
Whitman and Maxwell launched two new dual-degree programs: the master of public administration combined with the master of business administration (MBA), and the master of arts in international relations combined with an MBA. These dual-degree programs leverage the national reputations and programmatic strengths of both schools to train versatile, multidisciplinary and future-leading thinkers ready to take on the important challenges in the world related to public administration, international relations and business. 
Both programs are offered in a streamlined format, requiring students to take 76 credit hours for each dual degree. Students can complete the programs in two years, including summers. 
Whitman’s Interim Dean Alex McKelvie says, “There is increased demand for multidisciplinary programs that embrace different facets of politics, government, international relations and business. Both students and employers recognize the benefits of being well-rounded and possessing the skills and abilities to navigate complex topics at the intersections of these areas. We are confident that our dual-degree programs with the Maxwell School will attract highly qualified and diverse students based on the international reputations of our programs and the shorter length of time needed to graduate compared to competitor schools. Whitman’s STEM-designation for our MBA concentrations is also an attractive factor for international candidates.” 
Graduates will be well prepared for a range of careers in private industry, consulting, federal and multilateral agencies, nonprofit organizations and transnational NGOs. “Governance today is more intergovernmental, cross-sectoral and global. At its core, public policy and the implementation of government programs would not happen without the involvement of private firms and nonprofit organizations,” says David M. Van Slyke, dean of the Maxwell School. “And for many of these organizations, government agencies are one of their largest clients and partners.” 
Van Slyke, who is also the Louis A. Bantle Chair in Business and Government Policy and a member of the Defense Business Board appointed to advise the U.S. secretary of defense, says that learning how leaders across the sectors think about issues will make Maxwell/Whitman graduates that much more versatile and impactful in their organizations. “By combining graduate professional degrees in public administration or international affairs and business, graduates will be able to contribute to policy and programs at the intersection of where governance happens all around the globe.” 
Admission requirements are similar for both programs and emphasize both academic credentials and leadership experience and potential. Dual-degree programs are highly demanding and students should possess the strong analytical abilities and the soft skills needed for leadership positions. Competitive scholarships are available based on merit. In addition, the Whitman School is a partner with Management Leadership for Tomorrow and the National Black MBA Association, which provide scholarships for underrepresented minority MBA candidates based on application. 
Graduate-Level Certificate of Advanced Study with the College of Law 
The College of Law and Whitman launched a new Certificate of Advanced Study in Technology Law and Entrepreneurship (CASTLE). This program leverages areas of strength at each school that equip students with an advanced, marketable designation as they seek careers at the intersection of law, business management and technology. 
The CASTLE curriculum consists of a minimum of 12 credits, including a foundational course in entrepreneurship offered at Whitman and an applied capstone course offered at the College of Law through its Innovation Law Center (ILC). The ILC offers an interdisciplinary experiential learning program for students interested in the commercial development of new technologies. It is also the New York State Science & Law Technology Center designated by Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR). Under the leadership of director Brian Gerling L’99, ILC students and faculty provide research, information, and advisory and support services to the more than 30 universities and research centers in New York supported by NYSTAR as well as New York state entrepreneurs and companies with new technologies. 
Students enrolled in CASTLE can choose from courses in the areas of intellectual property, patents, venture capital and startup advising, among others. CASTLE is open to graduate and law students enrolled at Syracuse University, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry and SUNY Upstate Medical University. 
“The College of Law’s ILC has a 20-plus-year track record of preparing law students to drive growth in tech-related industries, including emerging medical, pharmaceutical, robotics, computing and manufacturing technologies, by combining real-world practical experience and academics, including courses at Whitman. CASTLE formalizes this interdisciplinary approach with an advanced credential that employers will immediately recognize as an added value in candidates,” says Dean Craig M. Boise. 
McKelvie says, “We are delighted to be able to launch this new program with the College of Law. We have a long history of working collaboratively, and this new program formalizes our joint work in support of technology entrepreneurs and innovators. It’s also a major benefit to students as they learn both business and legal skills, such as how to do market sizing, competitive analyses and commercialization, as well as intellectual property law and how to do patent searches.” 

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