Whitman's Online MBA Program Achieves High Ranking by Poets & Quants

Whitman building in the evening

Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management is now ranked No. 29 in the nation for its online MBA program by Poets & Quants, an improvement from its No. 31 ranking last year.

The Poets & Quants’ rankings methodology relies on three categories equally relating to admissions standards, employment outcomes at graduation and academic experience, the latter two of which are based on a survey of recent alumni. In each of these alumni-based categories, Whitman was rated higher than in the last two years and ranked No. 15 overall on academic experience. Of particular note was alumni satisfaction with live synchronous classes (ranked No. 10 nationally) and professor quality (ranked No. 7 nationally).  Whitman was ranked No. 23 overall for career impact, with one-third of alumni reporting a promotion and average 56% salary increase as a result of the program.


“We are very proud to be in the top tier of online MBA programs this year, especially as this is a quickly growing and highly competitive industry. The feedback shows that the Whitman School places a tremendous emphasis on high-quality teaching, dynamic and interactive classes and overall student experience. Seeing this play out in the rankings validates our efforts and investments in these areas,” says Interim Dean Alex McKelvie. “Our recent alumni also show significant career benefits as a result of our MBA program. Receiving promotions and salary increases are key decision factors for prospective MBA students, so it is pleasing that we also scored so well nationally in this regard. It’s clear that we are a student-first program that makes a positive difference in students’ lives.”


“In addition to the demonstrated career impacts that our alumni have seen, 70% of graduates we surveyed said they have applied what they learned to their current position,” adds Amy McHale, assistant dean for master’s programs. “Many of our courses have experiential learning opportunities, and our residencies also allow students to spend a weekend diving into a specific topic. Together these opportunities provide the knowledge and skills that can be immediately applied,”

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