2015-2016 Graduate Course Catalog 
    May 28, 2024  
2015-2016 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Defense Comptrollership, MBA/EMPA

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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 Defense/ Department of Homeland Security and Syracuse University. Jointly established in 1952 by the Whitman School of Management and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, DCP was designed to provide an academic foundation of both business and government theory. It is a dual degree M.B.A./Executive Master of Public Administration (Executive M.P.A.). 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 M.B.A. and Executive M.P.A. 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 take the Certified Defense Financial Management Exam and spend a week in Washington D.C. Upon successful completion of the 14-month tailored curriculum, commissioned officers and professional civilian employees are awarded both an M.B.A. and an Executive M.P.A. degree and 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)

One week visit to Washington, DC

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.

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