Syms School of Business
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|Motto||Our Business is the Future|
|Type||Private business school|
|Dean||Dr. Noam Wasserman|
Sy Syms School of Business (formerly the Syms School of Business) is Yeshiva University's business school. It offers both undergraduate and graduate business programs at the Wilf Campus in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood, and at the Beren Campus in New York’s Murray Hill neighborhood.
The school offers the combination of a complete business curriculum, affording professional preparation with a broad base in liberal arts studies.
Established in 1987 through a $22 million endowment from businessman and philanthropist Sy Syms and other business leaders, the school offers a complete business curriculum along with an intensive Jewish studies component for undergraduates.
Sy Syms School of Business offers professional preparation with a broad base in liberal arts studies. The curriculum, leading to the Bachelor of Science degree, incorporates the study and use of a wide variety of Business disciplines as part of the coursework. Jewish tradition provides the framework for consideration of ethical issues, an integral part of the student's education. All Sy Syms students simultaneously attend one of the four schools of Jewish studies. Sy Syms faculty members are committed to teaching undergraduates while maintaining respected positions in the research and professional communities. They thus offer students a thorough background in the theoretical as well as practical aspects of business.
It is accredited as a business school by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
Campus and facilities
The main building on Wilf Campus is the 235 ft tall Belfer Hall that was originally built in 1968 for the use of Wurzweiler School of Social Work & Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies but now shared by the three schools. Belfer Hall, named for philanthropists Diane and Arthur Belfer, is one of the tallest educational structures in the world. The school's students live in the surrounding residence halls of Yeshiva University and make use of the surrounding facilities. Students can also have a productive workout at the state of the art Syms Fitness Center located in Rubin Hall.
The graduate programs take place in the university's midtown Beren Campus located in Murray Hill.
Students take business courses through the Sy Syms School of Business and complete their liberal arts requirements at Yeshiva College or Stern College for Women. Women undertake their Jewish studies at Stern, while men attend one of four Jewish studies options:
- James Striar School of General Jewish Studies/Mechinah Program
- Yeshiva Program/Mazer School of Talmudic Studies
- Isaac Breuer College of Hebrew Studies
- Irving I. Stone Beit Midrash Program
Majors and minors offered include accounting (an optional 5-year program leading to a B.S/M.S. in Accounting); finance; general business; international business; management; management information systems; and marketing. The accounting program was recently ranked by Business Insider as a top 25 accounting program to attend based on top tier job placement for graduates.
A general business minor is offered to students majoring in Yeshiva University's liberal arts college, Yeshiva College. Additionally, Syms students may be able to pursue a minor in a subject area in Yeshiva College.
In addition, the school offers a selection of honors courses, with newly developed and successful honors program.
Sy Syms also offers graduate programs including a Master of Science in Accounting and an Executive MBA Program. Its graduate business programs are held at the Beren Campus in New York’s Murray Hill neighborhood.
The EMBA offers students state-of-the-art business knowledge in the context of the highest ethical ideals. The Syms Executive MBA program curriculum was developed to challenge students to hone their business expertise in a way that prepares them to achieve their current and future professional goals. In the summer of 2013, the first EMBA cohort traveled to Israel as part of their international residency requirement.
The Sy Syms School of Business maintains a strong focus on entrepreneurship.
- The Rennert Entrepreneurial Institute is one of the nation's few undergraduate programs teaching the knowledge and skills necessary for creating and developing a business. The undergraduate program uses classroom instruction and hands-on experience to teach the intricacies of starting and managing a business. Students may take entrepreneurship courses as electives or as an integral part of the management concentration. The institute received its initial funding through a grant from Mr. and Mrs. Ira Rennert, for whom the Institute is named.
- The Doris and Dr. Ira Kukin Entrepreneurial Lecture Series allows students to interact with prominent CEOs and other business experts.