Newswise — Syracuse, New York - May 28, 2014 - Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management (Whitman) and 2U, Inc. (NASDAQ: TWOU), a leading provider of cloud-based software-as-a-service solutions for leading nonprofit colleges and universities to deliver high-quality education online, today announced a partnership to further strengthen Syracuse’s highly ranked online MBA degree. The partnership will enhance Whitman’s existing online iMBA program by combining 2U’s advanced learning platform and technology-enabled services with the heralded key aspects of Syracuse’s current online iMBA program. Hallmarks of Syracuse’s online MBA include its expert faculty, residencies and Whitman’s focus on teaching the global nature of business. The program, to be renamed [email protected], will include live, weekly, face-to-face sessions taught by Whitman professors in small seminar-style classes. Whitman faculty and 2U’s instructional designers will develop new immersive course content, featuring high-quality videos, quizzes, learning modules and other interactive multimedia. Additionally, faculty and students will be able to access the [email protected] online learning platform and coursework on mobile apps while online or offline.

“Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management has been integrating advancements in distance learning since in 1977. We’re taking another step forward today by enhancing our online program to best serve our students,” says Kenneth A. Kavajecz, dean of the Martin J. Whitman School of Management. “2U’s demonstrated ability to support universities in delivering top-notch online graduate degree programs that drive the same impact and outcomes of a residential program will help Whitman extend our institutional reach and mission to more students and the companies and organizations they serve.”

[email protected] requires students complete 54 credits in 12-week-long semesters, and will continue Whitman’s practice of holding in-person residencies. These residencies take place in cities that are major centers of international business as well as on the Syracuse University campus in Central New York for students to foster a connection to the university

[email protected] students must meet the same academic criteria as students in Whitman’s on-campus program. [email protected] will begin accepting applications in June for the first cohort, which will start classes in January 2015. Additional cohorts will be added throughout 2015. Whitman’s online MBA program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The program has been ranked #9 in the Financial Times’ 2014 ranking of online MBA programs worldwide and earlier this year, the online MBA program was ranked #13 by Poets & Quants.

For more information on [email protected], please visit or follow the program on Twitter at @MBAatSyracuse. Those interested in learning more about admissions requirements and about the program can contact an admissions counselor at 844-SYR-4MBA or [email protected].

About the Martin J. Whitman School of ManagementThe Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University educates students to become successful entrepreneurial leaders in a rapidly changing global economy. The Whitman School offers BS, MBA, MS and PhD programs, all accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The school’s faculty includes internationally known scholars and researchers, as well as successful entrepreneurs and business leaders. Whitman continues to be ranked among the nation’s top business schools by U.S. News & World Report, Bloomberg Businessweek and the Financial Times. For more information about the Whitman School, visit and follow us on Twitter (, Facebook (, and LinkedIn (

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