Ithaca College

Business Administration

Master of Business Administration in Professional Accountancy

Ithaca’s one-year M.B.A. in professional accountancy program is registered with the New York State Education Department to enable graduates to meet the educational requirements necessary to take the certified public accounting exam in New York (mandatory as of August 2009). The program also addresses the 150-hour requirements in 43 other states, Washington, D.C., Guam, and Puerto Rico (see individual state requirements for any variations).

Candidates in the M.B.A. in professional accountancy program complete eight required courses along with students in the other M.B.A. program to gain a thorough grounding in advanced concepts of business management and leadership. Four additional courses, including an accounting practicum, provide advanced study in accounting.

Applicants seeking admission to the M.B.A. in professional accountancy program must have completed, prior to matriculation, one of the following:

  • a bachelor’s degree in accounting;
  • a bachelor’s degree in business with at least 60 credits in liberal arts coursework plus Intermediate Accounting (I and II), Cost Accounting, Tax Accounting, Auditing, Managerial Economics, Quantitative Business Methods, and Commercial Law;
  • a bachelor’s degree in a non-business field with at least 60 credits in liberal arts coursework plus Intermediate Accounting (I and II), Cost Accounting, Tax Accounting, Auditing, Managerial Economics, Quantitative Business Methods, and Commercial Law, as well as successful completion of the appropriate pre-M.B.A. workshop modules.1

Degree Requirements

  • Taxation for Managers (3 credits)
  • Advanced Auditing and Research (3 credits)
  • Advanced Financial Reporting (3 credits)
  • Accounting Practicum (3 credits)
  • Corporate Financial Management (3 credits)
  • Marketing Management (3 credits)
  • Operations Management and Advanced Technology (3 credits)
  • Organization and Management (3 credits)
  • Strategic Management (3 credits)
  • Managing in a Global Economy (3 credits)
  • Industry Analysis I (2 credits)
  • Industry Analysis II (3 credits)

1 Students applying to the M.B.A. in professional accountancy program must also have completed the following three courses or their equivalent:

  • Business and Professional Communication (SPCM-11500)
  • Cultural diversity elective (approved list available in the School of Business dean’s office)
  • Applied Ethical Issues in Management (HRM-30200)