General Information

Graduate programs at Ithaca College provide advanced preparation in the fields of adolescence and childhood education, business, communications, exercise and sport sciences, health and physical education, music, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech-language pathology, and sport management. These programs are based on the recognition that effective leadership in these and related fields requires additional knowledge and specialized skills beyond the baccalaureate level, as well as understanding and competence in general education.

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 and Professional Studies, which currently offers nearly 20 programs at the master’s and doctoral levels.
Division of Graduate and Professional Studies

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 on our history site:
History of Ithaca College

The Campus and the City

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

Degree Programs

The following graduate degree programs are offered at Ithaca College. The numbers in parentheses are the Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS) classification codes.

  • Doctorate in Physical Therapy (1212)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching -- Adolescence Education (0803)
  • Master of Business Administration (0506)
  • Master of Business Administration in Professional Accountancy (0502)
  • Master of Music in Composition (1004.10)
  • Master of Music in Conducting (1004)
  • Master of Music in Music Education (0832)
  • Master of Music in Performance (1004)
  • Master of Music in Suzuki Pedagogy (1004)
  • Master of Science in Childhood Education (0802)
  • Master of Science in Communications (0601)
  • Master of Science in Exercise and Sport Sciences (0835)
  • Master of Science in Health Education (0837)
  • Master of Science in Music Education (0832)
  • Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (1208)
  • Master of Science in Physical Education (0835)
  • Master of Science in Physical Therapy (1212)
  • Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (1220)
  • Master of Science in Sport Management (0599)
  • Master of Science in Teaching Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (0815)

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.

Second Major Field

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.

Summer Sessions

Many graduate courses are offered during the various summer sessions. M.B.A. courses and pre-M.B.A. modules are offered during the first summer session. The degrees offered in adolescence education and childhood education require summer courses within their programs of study. 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 Graduate and Professional Studies. For the summer sessions calendar, visit the graduate and professional studies website.
Summer Sessions Catalog
Division of Graduate and Professional Studies

Graduate Council

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 and professional studies, who chairs the council, deans of schools offering graduate programs, the registrar, the director of graduate programs, 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 directors of graduate programs, online learning, and certificate programs serve the council as ex officio nonvoting members.

Student Responsibilities

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

Living Accommodations/Meal Plans

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.

Any graduate students on campus live in our undergraduate housing areas. Summer housing is available for those who request it. In order to make summer housing arrangements contact the Office of Conference and Event Services at 274-3313. For any other 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 Housing Guide

Meal plans may be purchased at the time of registration.

Health Center

The Hammond Health Center functions 24 hours a day during the spring and fall semesters and provides primary medical care to matriculated IC students. During the summer term, hours are 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.

Counseling Center

The Ithaca College counseling center provides a broad range of counseling and educational services for the psychological well-being and health of individuals and the campus community. Clinical services are provided by licensed and licensed-eligible psychologists and social workers. Counseling center programs are provided by professional educators and program coordinators. The counseling center is fully accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS). To obtain more information or to schedule an appointment, call 607-274-3136.
Counseling Center

The Health Promotion and Substance Abuse Prevention Program is dedicated to enhancing the health of the campus community through educational programming, research, and services for at-risk students. Services include programming, peer advocacy, social norms marketing, collaboration and special projects with other departments, staff and faculty development, and research and evaluation. The Health Promotion Resource Room has educational materials on a variety of topics including alcohol and other drugs, fitness and exercise, sexual health, nutrition and body image, mental health, and relationship issues. 

The Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Education, Outreach, and Services actively fosters the personal growth and academic success of LGBT students and offers College-wide services to enhance the campus community’s awareness, understanding, and appreciation of LBGT students, staff, and faculty.  Services include an office staffed by a professional coordinator, a resource room that offers a welcoming and supportive environment for LGBT people and allies; and campus-wide LGBT-themed educational programs and events. Many LGBT people and their allies have found the campus and surrounding community an ideal place to learn, work, and live. The center’s efforts have led to Ithaca College’s inclusion among the 100 most LGBT-friendly campuses in the United States as recognized in The Advocate College Guide for LGBT Students (2006).

The Suicide Awareness and Prevention Program, led by a mental health professional, provides educational presentations, screenings for mental illness, and opportunities for training and consultation to all members of the campus community. Most important, suicide awareness training is offered twice each year to all new and continuing resident assistants.

Office of Career Services

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 and use the Ithaca College Alumni Association Online Community.

The office has developed relationships with recruiters from major corporations and nonprofit agencies to campus and helps coordinate interviews and connections with potential employers. For additional information, visit the career services website or call 607-274-3365.
Career Services

Office of Public Safety

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.
Search the Department of Education Database (search by name of institution)

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.
Ithaca College Public Safety