Yeshiva University provides a world-class business education through the Sy Syms School of Business. All business courses are taught from a Jewish perspective and focus on incorporating values into the decision-making process. The Sy Syms SoB was established in 1987 after a generous gift from successful entrepreneur, Mr. Syms. The SoB attracts top talent, with years of expertise in business, including Dean Noam Wasserman. Dean Wasserman is a former Harvard Business School professor, who is also a well-known author of two business books. Under his leadership, Sy Syms has established new innovative programs benefiting undergraduate students through alumni.
Undergraduate students can earn their degree in one of the following functional areas of business: Accounting, Finance, Information and Decision Sciences, Strategy and Entrepreneurship, and Marketing. Students also have the option to enhance their studies through the Undergraduate Jewish Studies for Women or Men program. In this program, students complete an in-depth study of the Torah and visit Jewish sites in the New York area. The curriculum for the specialized faith-based program covers Introductory Bible, Introduction to Judaism and Jewish Law, and Introduction to Hebrew. Students are assigned study partners, have a dedicated study hall, and participate in special events. High achieving business students can participate in the Business Honors and Entrepreneurial Leadership Program. Students in this program are required to take six honors courses, which incorporate real-world research projects.
Professionals can prove to employers they have the knowledge and skills to advance within their corporation by earning an Executive MBA. Specialized Master of Science degrees are also offered in Real Estate, Accounting, and Taxation. The 48-credit hour EMBA program can be completed in just two years by attending classes on Sundays or in a hybrid format. The curriculum emphasizes Entrepreneurship, Leadership, and Ethics. This program kicks off in the summer with an orientation focused on team-building activities to help the cohorts establish a working relationship. During this time, students will also begin to evaluate their leadership style. There are two residency requirements throughout the duration of the program. For the first residency, students will spend seven days in New York, learning about the steps to become an innovator. This residency features exposure to New York corporations and gives students the opportunity to complete their own business plan. The second residency is a 10-day international trip to Israel. Students will work with Israeli students on discovering the key traits of successful start-ups.
The Ira Rennert Entrepreneurship Institute provides valuable experiences for business students. Experts present on contemporary business topics through the CEO Lecture Series. Students can compete in the annual William Schwartz Student Business Plan Competition and the YU Fast-Pitch Competition. These competitions are judged by business executives, and top-performing students can earn $500 or $1,000 cash prizes. The Institute is also currently in the process of creating a Start-up and Business Incubation program to provide students with a workspace. Students can also assist with the small business auditing process or complete an internship through the Israel Economic Mission Internship Program.