Defense Comptrollership Program Curriculum

Students are required to take a series of broad management courses that represent those areas most relevant in preparing for subsequent utilization in the field of resource management. Limited areas of concentration are currently available or being developed in healthcare management, cost analysis, and auditing and accounting. On a selected basis, if you currently possess graduate-level competency in professional core courses, you may have the opportunity to pursue a more advanced course in that field, or, in certain instances, be allowed to select an elective course in a relevant academic area.


A 24-hour class community service project also is required. This requirement serves to instill in students a commitment to lifetime service in consideration of others.


The program normally begins mid-May and is completed in 14 months. DCP students participate in an orientation prior to beginning graduate studies in the summer session. The orientation will include a spectrum of non-credit modules intended to acclimate you to the Syracuse University academic environment.


Your day often starts with an 8 a.m. class, ending with a 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. class. The time between classes is consumed with group projects and individual study. Many nights and weekends are spent on individual study and research papers. Time management is critical. Relaxation and time with family and friends are essential. 


Program Curriculum

Classes conducted at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs are in italics.


First Quarter – Summer:  15 Credits 

MBC 601 – Economic Foundations of Business (1½  credits)

MBC 602 – Economics for International Business (1½  credits)

MBC 636 – Marketing (3 credits)

MBC 638 – Data Analysis and Decision Making (3 credits)

PAI 730 – Dispute Resolution for Public Managers (3 credits)

SCM 651 – Business Analytics (3 credits)


Second Quarter – Fall: 15 Credits      

PAI 897 – Fundamentals of Policy Analysis (3 credits)

MBC 606 – Information Technology for Decision Making (1½ credits)

MBC 610 – Opportunity Recognition and Ideation (1½ credits)

MBC 631 – Financial Accounting (3 credits)

ACC 652 – Accounting Analytics (3 credits)

PAI 895 – Mid-Career Seminar: Managerial Leadership (3 credits) -or- Other PAI elective (3 credits)


Third Quarter – Winter and Spring: 18 Credits

PAI 700 - Key Issues in Illicit Finance - Winter Intercession (3 credits)

BUA  600 – Seminar in Comptrollership and CDFM (1½)

MBC 609 – Accounting for Managerial Decisions (1½  credits)

MBC 633 – Managerial Finance (3 credits)

MBC 635 – Operations & Supply Chain Management (3 credits)

MBC 645 – Strategic Management (3 credits)

PAI 895 – Mid-Career Seminar: Managerial Leadership (3 credits) -or- Other PAI elective (3 credits)


Fourth Quarter – Summer: 12 Credits

FIN 654 – Financial Analytics (3 credits)

ACC 760 – Principles of Fraud Examination (3 credits)  

MBC 647 – Global Entrepreneurial Management (3 credits) 

PAI 996 – Master’s Project (3 credits) 

(MBA with a concentration in business analytics and EMPA degrees awarded upon completion of required 60 credits.)



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Defense Programs
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