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Online MBA Classes at Sy Syms

Drive your professional demand with the relevant skills and hands-on experience you’ll build at Sy Syms.

Our rigorous online MBA classes are built on three core pillars to ensure they position you to adapt to shifts in an ever-changing business landscape. Our focus on data-driven skills will equip you to overcome the challenges businesses encounter today and those they’ll face tomorrow. And the big-picture growth mindset taught by our faculty who literally wrote the book on entrepreneurship provides you with a timeless vision to lead in any organization.

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Entrepreneurial

Our curriculum culminates in the unique opportunity to collaborate with a startup company in the YU Innovation Lab. We maintain strong ties to the entrepreneurial communities in NYC and Israel, and we foster connections between students and alumni, institutes, businesses and government officials who support entrepreneurship.
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Essential Skills

We ensure your success on the job market by equipping you with the leading-edge hard business skills that today’s successful professionals should possess. In particular, our analytics-focused courses prepare students to thrive in the fields of finance, accounting and marketing.
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Relationships

Our online MBA courses are designed to facilitate true connections and meaningful personal and professional relationships, even between classmates who are thousands of miles apart. Upon graduation, you’ll find both the Sy Syms network and the broader Yeshiva University community to be crucial allies in your career journey.

Core Courses (33 Credits)

IDS 7720 Quantitative Methods (3 credits)

The objectives of this course are to provide (i) a brief survey of descriptive statistics, (ii) a brief introduction to probability, (iii) a brief survey of inferential statistics and (iv) an introduction to linear regression. Each of these topics are required for courses the students will be taking later in the program.

FIN 7745 Financial Reporting and Analysis (3 credits)

This course will help students answer critical questions from financial statements about a business—whether it is a large multinational company like Apple or a single-owned business such as a software consulting company, a restaurant or retail store. At the end of this course, the student should be able to evaluate a company’s current and future profitability, growth potential and solvency.

MAN 7783 Leadership and Emotional Intelligence (3 credits)

This course will introduce the student to the efficacy of melding leadership skills, emotional intelligence and critical interpersonal communications skills. Specific skills are introduced to engage, establish and maintain a constructive alliance with colleagues, supervisors, direct reports and clients.

MAN 7770 Entrepreneurship and the Management of Change (3 credits)

This course provides the student with critical entrepreneurial strategies, skills, knowledge, techniques, methods and hands-on experience needed to create businesses which utilize processes, practices, talent, operations, services and resources in a sustainable and responsible manner.

MAN 7751 Business Law, Regulation and Ethics (3 credits)

This course provides an intensive study of the legal and ethical issues faced by business enterprises and their managers. The course provides a practical overview of laws and regulations including business crimes, contracts, torts, consumer protection, employment relationships, dispute resolution, intellectual property, and business formation and management, with a primary focus on U.S. federal and state laws. The course will also examine the sources of moral, legal and ethical norms in the business world and how they inform business decisions. By the end of the course, students will think proactively with regard to the law as a tool to protect rights and property interests.

FIN 7751 Financial Management (3 credits)

The purpose of the course is to provide an introduction to the basic concepts and tools of modern financial analysis. In the course, the student learns how to assess and value investments, on both the corporate and personal level. This includes loans, leases, mortgages and small business financing. It also shows how to approach investment in the stock and fixed income markets.

MAR 7740 Marketing Management (3 credits)

Marketing activity is the core of an operating business. It provides the managerial focus for the interfacing with customers and the source of intelligence about customers, competitors and the general environment. Managers must identify and measure consumers’ needs and wants, assess the competitive environment, select the most appropriate customer targets, and then develop marketing programs that satisfy consumers’ needs better than the competition. Further, marketing focuses on the long-run relationship of a company to its customers as well as short-run sales and profits.

MAN 7850 Decision Models and Management Controls (3 credits)

This course introduces the use of a managerial accounting information system for planning, controlling and decision-making. It is intended for management consultants, senior managers and/or individuals who run their own business. The lectures will emphasize working through problems of the kind found in practice.

FIN 7775 Corporate Finance (3 credits)

The purpose of this course is to provide an understanding of the main issues of modern corporate finance. The focus is on understanding how corporations operate, on improving decisions at all levels and to some extent on current issues in corporate financing debates. It builds on the foundations taught in the introductory course. In particular, it will review: Why do IPOs seem to leave money on the table? How should firms finance their operations? What should one look for in the debt prospectus? What happens in bankruptcy and why should one care about it? Why did dividends disappear and then come back? Are mergers good, and for whom? And finally, what is wrong with corporate governance?

Innovation Lab Capstone (6 Credits)

The YU Innovation Lab houses Israeli startups that want to break into the U.S. market. To succeed in this big new market, the founders of the startups need help figuring out the American landscape regarding strategy, marketing, financing, accounting and other key business areas. In this capstone, students will coalesce the multidisciplinary foundation developed during the program and apply it to the problems facing the Innovation Lab startups, working alongside the founders to solve the real-world problems that high-potential startups encounter.

Elective Courses (9 Credits)

IDS 5502 Data Visualization (1.5 credits)

In our increasingly data-reliant and data-saturated society, the ability to understand how to leverage data to generate insights has become extremely important. Data visualization and storytelling are crucial skills within the fields of business and data analytics, as well as within more traditional fields such as accounting, finance and marketing. With the advent of visualization tools that do not require coding, data visualization and storytelling are attainable skill sets for those with varying levels of analytical and technical skills. This hands-on course will teach students how to develop meaningful data visualizations that reveal visual insights accessible for relevant audiences.

Finance and Real Estate (1.5 credits)

In this course, students will synthesize entrepreneurial, economic, financial, legal and analytical structures and processes involved in real estate investment and development. By the end of this course, students will have a basic understanding of the real estate industry including finance, accounting, legal and regulatory considerations.

MAN 5501 Founder’s Dilemmas (1.5 credits)

Within high-potential ventures, the biggest source of failure is “people problems”: the tensions among the founders, or between the founders and the non-founders who join them. In this course, we will examine critical dilemmas that span the lifecycle of a venture, regarding the choice of cofounders and hires, splitting the roles and equity within the team, whether and how to involve investors, why and how founders are replaced, and exit dilemmas.

New Marketing Technologies (1.5 credits)

Brand success does not just result from focusing on the product, but rather from recognizing the product’s experience, the benefits and the emotional value it delivers. In the face of rapidly evolving technology, relying only on the product’s features (functional values) instead of the brand’s emotional value can result in it becoming obsolete. Using real-life examples of brands that successfully adapted, such as Netflix and Coca-Cola, and examples of those that were not so successful like Blockbuster and Kodak, this course will explore the key characteristics necessary for brands to successfully adapt and adjust to technological changes.

Startup Finance (1.5 credits)

By their nature, startup ventures need to raise financing ahead of their revenues. Students will learn the details, structure and trade-offs of various forms of financing, including seed and angel financing, venture capital, venture debt, crowdsourcing, mezzanine financing, and IPOs. In addition, students will learn about valuation criteria and how to position the company for success in its fundraising.

Negotiations (1.5 credits)

In business, almost all situations involve negotiations. In this course, students will examine tactical, structural and legal elements of deal-making and acquire practical skills and techniques for navigating difficult tactics and pursuing interest-based negotiations. From structuring high-stakes deals and mediating complex disputes to resolving intractable problems and strengthening difficult relationships, students will learn methods for being successful in business negotiations.

Crisis Management (1.5 credits)

Crises can strike any organization anytime and anywhere. No organization is crisis-immune. But while some organizations suffer irreparable damage during a crisis, others manage to keep their reputation intact and their customers loyal in the face of any adverse situation. In this course, students will develop real-world crisis management and learn to implement an enterprise-wide crisis management program.

Data Mining for Business Analytics (1.5 credits)

The goal of this course is to provide a solid understanding of the opportunities, techniques and critical challenges in using data mining and predictive analytics in a business setting. The focus is on the ability to understand and translate business challenges into data science problems. There will be discussion of the data science methodology as is necessary to understand the fundamental concepts. This course will provide the student with a hands-on experience using a variety of real-world datasets. After mastering this course, students should be (i) literate in data science and able to perform basic data science techniques, (ii) ready to interact with data scientists, and (iii) ready to evaluate data science proposals from a business standpoint.

MAN 8000A 5-Day NYC Residency and/or MAN 8000B 5-Day Israel Residency (3 credits)

Combining classroom work, visits with innovative companies and team projects, these courses give students an intensive education in how companies can innovate in a fast-changing world. International orientation is emphasized, along with how a new technology is turned into a product and how to scale on a global basis.

Admission Dates and Deadlines

JUN
17
Priority Application Deadline
June 17, 2021
Fall 2021
AUG
26
Application Deadline
August 26, 2021
Fall 2021
AUG
30
Next Start
August 30, 2021
Fall 2021
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