2020-2021 Graduate Course Catalog 
    Jun 25, 2024  
2020-2021 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Other Programs

English Language Institute


David Lind, Director
700 University Avenue, Suite 207

English Language Institute (ELI) courses are designed for international students and professionals who are interested in short-term or long-term study to improve their English skills. This full-time intensive program is offered through University College. Five levels of Academic English courses are offered. Many of the students have been conditionally admitted to Syracuse University and need to increase their English proficiency before enrolling in a degree program. Completion of the level 4 (high intermediate) course will waive the university’s TOEFL requirement for most undergraduate and some graduate programs.

Courses of varying length can be designed for individuals or groups with specific needs and disciplines (e.g., architecture, business, engineering, etc.). The Legal English program offered every summer is an example of this type of specialization where students can prepare before starting in an LL.M. (Master of Laws) program at an American university.

Highly qualified instructors, a great deal of personal attention, and intensive exposure to English language instruction enable students to make the necessary progress. Enrollment is limited and admission is by application only. For more information about the ELI, call 315-443-8571, email elimail@syr.edu, or visit the website at eli.syr.edu.


Mary Ann Shaw Center For Public & Community Service

Pamela Kirwin Heintz, Director
237 Schine Student Center, 315-443-3051

The Mary Ann Shaw Center for Public and Community Service (SHAW CENTER) enhances student learning and success by supporting the high impact practice of academic engagement in which students apply knowledge, skills and values in diverse community settings that address global issues and complex social problems. The center supports faculty to integrate community based service learning/research into academic coursework for under graduate and graduate students. It does this by: furnishing organizational information about placements in nonprofit and/or public organizations for those seeking community based service learning/research opportunities; helping create and facilitate campus - community  partnerships, collaborations, learning  and research opportunities;  and supporting ongoing academic programs, projects, and courses that foster community based service learning/research on the local, national, and global levels. Since opening in 1994, the SHAW CENTER has provided assistance to faculty in the form of consultation and orientation; identification and mitigation of risk/liability issues; and ongoing support, monitoring, and evaluation. Additionally, the SHAW CENTER offers a variety of curricular and co-curricular service opportunities at nonprofit and/or public organizations. Every college within the University offers community based service learning/research opportunities for students.

The Program

Community based components of service learning courses provide opportunities for academic learning in community settings that address unscripted, complex community issues and stakeholder expectations. Students can connect theory and practice as they train for life, enrich their moral character, and develop their sense of civic responsibility. This educational opportunity deepens students’ sense of place, context, connectedness and responsibility to others, and includes elements of vocation and avocation.

Students participate in the community based service components of their courses by completing a predetermined number of service hours at a community site, engaging in semester-long projects or community based research. Under the direction of the course professor, teaching assistants, academic managers, and SHAW CENTER professional staff, students can keep journals, write papers, do action based research, and present projects and reports to reflect on and process their community service experiences. The course professor assumes grading responsibility. Academic credit for the community based learning experience is awarded by the professor through credit for the course.


Students are invited to visit the SHAW CENTER office or web site at http://shawcenter.syr.edu/ to learn more about experiential learning in the community academic options. Students are encouraged to discuss course options that interest them with the appropriate faculty advisor before registering. Students can, with the approval of the professor, request individual placements within courses to enhance assignments or course goals. The SHAW CENTER will work to help the student and professor develop and implement an appropriate placement, as well as assist with the reflection and processing of the experience, if appropriate.

Student SUccess Initiative (SSUI)

The Student SUccess Initiative (SSUI) program is committed to the retention of students. In partnership with SU’s schools and colleges, SSUI provides a comprehensive learning community experience that includes personal coaching, quiet study areas, tutorials, and social activities. To qualify for the SSUI program, students must show some indication that they are academically “at risk” and are dedicated to making a change in their approach to academic and personal development. For more information, contact the SSUI office at 315-443-1095 or ssui@syr.edu or visit the web site.

Defense Comptrollership Program


Irma P. Finocchiaro, Director, Executive/Defense Programs, 420 Whitman School of Management, 315-443-2898, ifinocch@syr.edu

Program Description

The Defense Comptrollership Program (DCP) is a unique cooperative endeavor between the Department of the Army and Syracuse University. Established in 1952 by the Whitman School of Management and joined by the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs in 2002, DCP was designed to provide an academic foundation of both business and government theory. It is a dual degree Master of Business Administration (MBA)/Executive Master of Public Administration (Executive MPA) offered to military and civilians. As the practice of these concepts and theories will be utilized in the dynamic environment of national defense, emphasis is placed upon the implications for comptrollership. The DCP participants pursue the traditional MBA and Executive MPA curriculum along with the other graduate students during the fall and spring semesters. The transition to the practice of Defense Comptrollership is delivered to the DCP class during summer sessions. As part of the course, students are required to pass three  Certified Defense Financial Manager examinations. Upon successful completion of the 14-month tailored curriculum, graduates are assigned to resource management positions throughout the Department of Defense.


The Whitman School has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) since 1920.

Degree Requirements

This is a 60 credit dual degree that leads to a Master in Business Administration degree and an Executive Masters in Public Administration degree.

First Quarter-Summer (12 credits)

Third Quarter-Winter and Spring (18 credits)

Fourth Quarter-Summer (15 credits)

Additional Information

* 24 hours of Community Service and passing the CDFM examinations are required

Satisfactory Progress

Students are required to maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher to meet degree requirements.