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General Information - M.B.A. Programs

Admissions Requirements

Extensive work experience is not required for admission to the M.B.A. programs; however, applicants should have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 or better and a minimum Graduate Management Admission Test score of 500.

All applicants are required to take the GMAT; official GMAT scores must be sent to the Division of Graduate 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;

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and processed in the order they are received. Candidates whose completed applications are received by April 15 will be given first consideration for scholarships.

M.B.A. Scholarships

All applicants are considered for M.B.A. merit scholarships, and no separate scholarship application is required. In most cases, scholarship awards are determined by May 1 and recipients will be notified by May 15. However, candidates whose completed applications are received by April 15 will be given first consideration for scholarships.

Provisional Admission

Students who do not meet all of the requirements for matriculation may be admitted provisionally on a case-by-case basis. At the discretion of the admission committee, certain provisionally admitted students may only be allowed to enroll in a maximum of three M.B.A. courses in their first semester and, therefore, will be unable to complete the M.B.A. program in one year.

Extramural Study

Only degree candidates from other graduate programs are eligible to apply for extramural study in the M.B.A. program.

Preparatory Undergraduate Coursework

Students with a bachelor's degree in a non-business field must complete preparatory undergraduate business coursework (equivalent to Ithaca College's management minor) before matriculation into the M.B.A. program. To assist students in meeting these preparatory course requirements, the School of Business offers pre-M.B.A. workshops. These graduate-level modules are designed to provide the business terminology and key business concepts necessary for graduate business coursework. Successful completion of all four pre-M.B.A. modules will fulfill the preparatory undergraduate course requirements for admission to the M.B.A. program.3 Pre-M.B.A. workshop credits cannot be applied toward the M.B.A. degree requirements.

Ithaca College students currently pursuing a non-business undergraduate degree may obtain the preparatory undergraduate coursework by enrolling in Ithaca College's management minor.3 Comparable minors and individual courses are generally available at other institutions. However, upper-level courses (300- and 400-level) taken elsewhere must be taken at an AACSB-accredited four-year institution. To verify the equivalency of courses taken elsewhere, contact the M.B.A. program director.

Ithaca College Management Minor


Financial Accounting


Management Accounting


Business Systems and Technology


Business Finance


Principles of Marketing


Organizational Behavior and Management


Operations Management


Legal Environment of Business

Prerequisite Courses -- 17 credits






Computers and Information Technologies


Calculus for Decision Making (or 313-11100 Calculus I or 313-10700 Fundamentals of Applied Calculus) (4 credits)

Academic Advising

The director of the M.B.A. program serves as the primary academic adviser for all students enrolled in the program.

Pass/Fail Options

All M.B.A. courses are taken for letter grades, with the exception of elective internships, which candidates may elect to take on a pass/fail basis.

3 Students applying to the M.B.A. programs must also have completed the following three courses or their equivalent:
  • Business and Professional Communication (319-11500)
  • cultural diversity elective (approved list available in dean’s office)
  • Applied Ethical Issues in Management (885-30200)


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