2024-2025 Graduate Course Catalog 
    Jul 21, 2024  
2024-2025 Graduate Course 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 College of Professional Studies.

Courses of varying length are designed to cater to graduate students with specific needs in particular disciplines (architecture, business, engineering, etc.). The English for Lawyers program offered every summer is an example of this type of specialization where students enroll in a specialized academic English program modified to prepare them for success in their LL.M. (Master of Laws) program.

Highly qualified instructors, a great deal of personal attention, and close coordination with graduate school departments 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 (Shaw Center)

Pamela Kirwin Heintz, Associate Vice President & Director
111 Waverly Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13244, 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. 

Since opening in 1994, the SHAW CENTER has consulted with faculty, provided orientations, identified and mitigated risk/liability issues, and supported monitoring and evaluation. The center provides organizational information about placements in nonprofit and/or public organizations for those seeking community based service learning/research opportunities; helps create and facilitate campus-community partnerships; and supports ongoing academic programs, projects, and courses that foster community based service learning/research on the local, national and global levels.

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

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, when appropriate.

Defense Comptrollership Program


Thomas A. Constable, Director, Defense Programs, 420 Whitman School of Management, 315-443-2898, taconsta@syr.edu

Program Description

The Defense Comptrollership Program (DCP) is a unique cooperative endeavor between the Department of the Army and Syracuse University, offering a dual degree Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a Concentration in Business Analytics/ Master of Public Administration (MPA) offered to military and U.S. government civilians. Additionally, DCP is open to other government department employees and defense industry corporation employees. 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. 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 and resource management. The transition to the practice of Defense Comptrollership is delivered to the DCP class during spring session. 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 senior leadership and resource management positions throughout the Department of Defense or sponsor organizations.


In addition to the university accreditation through The Middle States Commission on Higher Education, (MSCHE), the Whitman School has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) since 1920, and the Maxwell School public affairs program is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA).

Degree Requirements

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

Second Quarter-Fall (15 credits)

Third Quarter-Winter and Spring (18 credits)

Additional Information

Students are required to pass the examinations for a Certified Defense Financial Manager Certification.

Satisfactory Progress

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

Summer Programs

Summer Sessions

  • MAYmester - an intensive, two-week session
  • Six Week First - six weeks (mid-May to late June)
  • Six Week Second - six weeks (early July to mid-August)
  • Eight Week First - eight weeks (early May to early July)
  • Eight Week Second- eight weeks (early July to Mid-August)
  • Combined Session - 12-week session (mid-May to mid-August)
  • Regular Session - 15-week session (mid-May to late-August; designated for special programming)

Flex Format Session

  • Courses that do not coincide with the designated terms associated with the University’s published official terms.

Attending summer sessions enables students to take courses they could not enroll in during other semesters. Additionally, students visiting from other colleges can, with permission from their home school, take courses at Syracuse University during the summer and transfer their credits to their own university.

The Summer Course Schedule is available at the beginning of March. Students may also search for classes in MySlice