Ithaca College

Business Administration

Master of Business Administration

Ithaca’s M.B.A. program grounds students in the advanced concepts of business management while giving them hands-on opportunities to practice business leadership. Coursework begins with function-level analysis, creating an understanding of how each management function contributes to the firm as a whole. In addition, students learn to integrate the various functions into firm-level analyses, problem solving, and decision making.

Courses routinely blend the formal study of management theory with real-world management practice. Through case studies, class projects, and experience in the school’s trading room and technology lab, students ultimately discover how theoretical knowledge is employed in practical situations.

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

  • a bachelor’s degree in business or accounting;
  • a bachelor’s degree in a non-business field plus successful completion of appropriate pre-M.B.A. workshops;1
  • a bachelor’s degree in a non-business field plus significant undergraduate business coursework (such as a business minor). Transcripts are reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and successful completion of one or more pre-M.B.A. workshops may be required before admission to the M.B.A. program.1

Candidates in the M.B.A. program complete nine required courses. Five are in the functional areas of accounting, finance, management, marketing, and operations management. Two courses address the challenge of managing in a global economy and the integration of functional knowledge into strategic decision making. The remaining two courses analyze the historical development, present characteristics, and future projections for selected industries. Candidates complete the program requirements by taking three elective courses.

Degree Requirements

  • Accounting: Financial Reporting and Control (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)
  • Three elective courses (9 credits)

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