Business Administration

Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) in Professional Accountancy

Ithaca’s 10-month M.B.A. in professional accountancy program begins in early June and prepares graduates to provide auditing, consulting, and income tax services for individuals, corporations, and not-for-profit organizations.

Six core courses provide a solid foundation in advanced management concepts by blending theory with hands-on practice in analyses, problem solving, and decision making. Candidates also complete six graduate accounting courses, including an accounting practicum, which provide advanced training in the theory and application of financial accounting and reporting, taxation, auditing, business law, and contemporary accounting practices.

The M.B.A. in professional accountancy program is registered with the New York State Education Department, enabling 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).

The M.B.A. in professional accountancy is tailored primarily to students with undergraduate accounting degrees but is open to any candidate who meets entry requirements. Consult the program coordinator regarding eligibility.

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

  • a bachelor’s degree in accounting; or
  • 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, and Commercial Law; or
  • 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, Commercial Law, and successful completion of the appropriate pre-M.B.A. modules. (Information on the pre-M.B.A. program is available at www.ithaca.edu/business/programs/mba/premba.)

All applicants are required to take the GMAT; official GMAT scores must be sent to the Division of Graduate and Professional Studies at Ithaca College. Information about the GMAT can be obtained from GMAT, Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 6103, Princeton, NJ 08541-6103; 800-462-8669; www.ets.org.

Applicants should have a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 and a minimum Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score of 500. Work experience is not required for admission.

Degree Requirements

  • BGRD 60300 Taxation for Managers
  • BGRD 60200 Advanced Auditing and Research
  • BGRD 60400 Advanced Financial Reporting
  • BGRD 60500 Accounting Practicum
  • BGRD 61000 Managing in a Global Economy
  • BGRD 61500 Decision Support Analysis
  • BGRD 63200 Corporate Financial Management
  • BGRD 64000 Marketing Management
  • BGRD 65000 Organizational Structure and Processes
  • BGRD 66000 Sustainable Practices in Operations and Technology
  • BGRD 68000 Contemporary Issues in Accounting
  • BGRD 69700 Selected Topics in Graduate Business