Ithaca College

Business Administration

Professor Donald Eckrich, M.B.A. Program Director/Chair,

The School of Business offers two graduate degrees: a master of business administration and a master of business administration in professional accountancy. The curricula for both degrees consist of 35 credits of graduate study. Full-time students can complete the degree requirements within a 10-month period by enrolling in five courses in both the spring and fall semesters, and two courses in the first summer session. Students enrolled on a part-time basis have up to six years to complete the degree requirements.

M.B.A. classes begin in late August and continue through the first summer session, which ends in late June. Courses meet Monday through Thursday during the spring and fall semesters. One M.B.A. course meets from 4:00 to 5:15 p.m.; all other courses meet from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

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 (GMAT) 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;
Educational Testing Service

Applications are considered on an ongoing basis and processed in the order they are received until August 1. After August 1, candidates should contact the M.B.A. program director for instructions on how to submit a late application. Candidates whose completed applications are received by April 15 are given first consideration for scholarships.

Tuition Expenses

Tuition in the M.B.A. program has been set at $625 per credit for the 2006-7 academic year.

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. Candidates whose completed applications are received by April 15 are 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

A maximum of six credits may be taken in Ithaca’s M.B.A. program on an extramural basis.

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 intensive graduate-level workshops 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. workshops will fulfill the preparatory undergraduate course requirements for admission to the M.B.A. program.1 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.1 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

ACCT-22500 Financial Accounting
ACCT-22600 Management Accounting
FINA-31100 Business Finance
HRM-20600 Organizational Behavior and Management
LGST-20300 Legal Environment of Business
MGMT-26000 Business Systems and Technology
MKTG-31200 Principles of Marketing
PROD-34500 Operations Management

Prerequisite Courses -- 17 credits

COMP-11000 Computers and Information Technologies
ECON-12100 Macroeconomics
ECON-12200 Microeconomics
MATH-10800 Calculus for Decision Making (or MATH-11100 Calculus I or MATH-10700 Fundamentals of Applied Calculus) (4 credits)

Academic Advising

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

Pass/Fail Options

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

1  Students applying to the M.B.A. programs 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)