Online MBA launches

A new online MBA program at enables students as diverse as soldiers at Fort Drum, busy professionals around New York state and Oswego alumni from Pennsylvania to India to obtain their master’s degrees in business administration.

Nearly 100 students have begun the application process for the new online program.

Alicia Dargan M ’11 entered the new online MBA program in January.

Alicia Dargan M ’11 entered the new online MBA program in January.

Oswego, the first comprehensive college in the SUNY system to offer an MBA when the program started in 1997, has increased the options for obtaining the degree: for example, rotating courses between the main campus and the SUNY Oswego Metro Center in downtown Syracuse.

Skolnik said the school, working with the Division of Extended Learning, has steadily added online sections of courses to assist students who couldn’t travel.

The school will offer both an on-campus orientation and a final capstone experience for online MBA students. Those unable to attend can petition for release from either residential experience.

MBA program Director Tammie Sullivan ’04, M ’05, an Oswego MBA alumna who served in the Navy for 10 years, feels particularly strongly about active and ex-military MBA candidates.

“It’s so important to offer them the opportunity to continue their educations and to advance their careers,” she said. “They pay a huge price, and this is the least we can do to be flexible and help them achieve their goals.”

The MBA program began the academic year with 115 students, a leap of 55 percent over the previous fall, when the school rebranded the program to emphasize its personal, customizable approach.

“Where we start is with the individual,” Sullivan said. “‘Where do you want to be in 10 years and what are your goals?’ It’s a very personalized MBA.”

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