Graduate education at Ithaca College involves the attainment of both an extended and more sophisticated knowledge of a discipline. In the course of graduate study, students enhance their ability to apply new skills and information toward more challenging professional situations. Graduate study in these disciplines fosters the qualities that characterize an educated person and professional worker -- logical interpretation of information, independent and constructive thought, highly refined skills, intellectual initiative, and a reasoned approach to all problems and situations.
The College’s graduate programs began in 1943 with establishment of a graduate studies department, primarily to prepare teachers for master’s degrees in physical education and music education. That department evolved into the Division of Graduate Studies, which currently offers 19 programs at the master’s and doctoral levels.
The College has seven major academic units -- the Division of Graduate Studies, the Division of Interdisciplinary and International Studies, and the Schools of Business, Communications, Health Sciences and Human Performance, Humanities and Sciences, and Music.
An account of the development of the College since its founding in 1892 is given at the following website:
History of Ithaca College
Ithaca College is located in Ithaca, New York, a community of almost 50,000 year-round inhabitants in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. For more information about the local area, as well as detailed facts and statistics about the College, see the following:
Our Local Area
Facts in Brief
The following graduate degree programs are offered at Ithaca College. The numbers in parentheses are the Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS) classification codes.
Enrollment in other than registered or otherwise approved programs may jeopardize a student’s eligibility for certain student aid awards. A graduate student should raise any questions about his or her program with the respective graduate chair.
With consultation and approval from the student’s major adviser, a second major field may be listed on a student’s transcript when 50 percent of the second program’s additional coursework is completed (e.g., 15 additional credits for programs requiring 30 credits for completion). A second major field does not lead to an additional degree or additional certification.
Many graduate courses are offered during the various summer sessions. M.B.A. courses are offered during the first summer session. Study in music education, required for permanent teacher certification, can be completed in three or four summers. See the annual summer sessions catalog for course listings, registration procedures, fees, academic regulations, and housing, dining, and campus facilities available during the summer.
The catalog is online and can also be obtained through the Division of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions (CESS). For the summer sessions calendar, visit the CESS website.
Summer Sessions Catalog
Continuing Education and Summer Sessions
The Graduate Council determines and recommends to the provost and vice president for academic affairs policies and procedures in the general administration and conduct of the graduate program, including approval of the members of the graduate faculty. The council is responsible for reviewing and recommending curricula, determining the eligibility of candidates for degrees, and prescribing the conditions on which degrees are awarded.
The membership of the Graduate Council includes the dean of graduate studies, who chairs the council, deans of schools offering graduate programs, the registrar, the director of continuing education and summer sessions, the chair of each graduate program, and one student representative from each graduate program. Student representatives serve terms of one year but may be reappointed. The registrar and the director of continuing education and summer sessions serve the council as ex officio nonvoting members.
A student’s behavior must not interfere with the activities of the College or with the pursuit by other students of educational objectives. Any behavior on the part of individual students or groups that endangers the health or safety of the College community will not be tolerated. Standards of conduct designed to protect the rights of all members of the College community and preserve the functioning of the College as an educational institution are published in appropriate College documents, such as the "Student Conduct Code."
Student Conduct Code
Ithaca College does not normally provide housing for graduate students. Graduate students interested in requesting on-campus housing should do so by contacting the Office of Residential Life at 607-274-3141. Ithaca College does not offer married, family, or specially designated graduate student housing.
Graduate students on campus live in our undergraduate housing areas. Summer housing is available for those who request it. For any housing questions please contact the Office of Residential Life.
For graduate students interested in off-campus housing, a wide range of apartments and other housing options are available in Ithaca and the surrounding communities. Although Ithaca College does not arrange for or inspect off-campus housing, the residential life office provides a listing of available rooms, apartments, and houses.
Residential Life Off-Campus Listings
Meal plans may be purchased at the time of registration.
The Ithaca College J. David Hammond Center for Student Health Services functions 24 hours a day during the spring and fall semesters and is prepared to expedite the care of any illness or injury that may occur to IC matriculated students. During the summer term, care is offered 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Hammond Health Center
The staff consists of full-time physicians, physician assistants, registered nurses, and support personnel. The health center has been accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. It has a state-licensed clinical laboratory and X-ray department.
There is a fee charged for medications, X rays, laboratory work, and other special treatments.
The Ithaca College student health service urges all patients to comply with treatment and will educate students about the dangers of noncompliance. However, refusal of treatment will in no way affect the care or treatment given to the patient at any future date. A full statement of patients’ rights is posted at the health center.
A health and accident insurance policy is available to graduate students. This insurance covers students at all times from August 15 to August 15 of the following year and supplements the regular College health service. For more information about insurance, inquire at the health center’s business office at 607-274-3177.
The Ithaca College counseling center offers short-term individual, group, and relationship counseling, as well as referral to mental health resources in the community, at no charge to enrolled students. Counselors are also on call after hours to respond to psychological emergencies.
Confidentiality is maintained in a manner consistent with New York State law and the ethical principles of the American Psychological Association. Counseling can help individuals address personal concerns, clarify values and feelings, make more effective decisions, and deal with a range of psychological difficulties such as depression and anxiety.
The counseling center staff includes licensed psychologists, social workers, and other counselors. To obtain more information or to schedule an appointment, call 607-274-3136.
The health promotion and substance abuse prevention program, a program of the counseling center, works to create a campus culture in which members make informed and responsible decisions about personal and community health. The health promotion program provides workshops, consultation, peer advocacy, staff and faculty development, services for students at risk, and research regarding health-related topics.
The health promotion resource room, located on the lower level of the Hammond Health Center, is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday and provides a variety of educational information, including pamphlets, journals, books, and audiovisual materials.
Graduate students on the threshold of the job market or additional schooling can gain valuable assistance from the professional counselors and trained student staff in the Office of Career Services. The office helps students identify interests and abilities, explore career opportunities, and develop résumé-writing and interviewing skills. Also offered are career information, testing services, videotaped mock interviews, and a career resource library. Ithaca graduates are also invited to join the Ithaca College Alumni Association Online Community.
The office brings recruiters from major corporations and nonprofit agencies to campus and helps coordinate interviews with potential employers. For additional information, visit the career services website or call 607-274-3365.
The security of all members of the campus community is of vital concern to Ithaca College. An annual security report provides information on personal safety and crime prevention strategies, the law enforcement authority of the Office of Public Safety, policies and procedures for reporting any crimes that may occur on campus, and crime statistics for the most recent three-year calendar period. The College will provide upon request all campus crime statistics as reported to the United States Department of Education:
Further information related to the campus crime statistics may be obtained by contacting Robert Holt, director of public safety at 607-274-3353 or the Office of Student Affairs and Campus Life at 607-274-3374.