Business Administration

Professor Donald Eckrich, M.B.A. Program Director,
Professor Joanne Burress, M.B.A.-P.A. Coordinator,

The School of Business offers two graduate business degrees: a master of business administration (M.B.A.) and a master of business administration in professional accountancy. Both degrees consist of 36 credits of graduate study and provide a thorough foundation in management. Candidates in the M.B.A. program can personalize their degree by choosing elective courses in areas of interest, while M.B.A. in Professional Accountancy candidates complete a program of advanced accounting courses designed to prepare them for the New York State CPA exam.

Full-time students can complete the M.B.A. degree requirements within a 10-month period by completing five courses in both the spring and fall semesters, and two courses in the summer. Part-time graduate students have up to six years to complete their degree requirements.

M.B.A. in professional accountancy classes begin in June, and M.B.A. classes begin in late August. All graduate business courses are scheduled after 5:00 p.m. and meet Monday through Thursday during the spring and fall semesters. Summer session course schedules may vary.

General Information -- M.B.A. Programs

Admissions Requirements

All applicants are required to take the GMAT, and their official GMAT scores must be submitted to the Division of Graduate and Professional 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;

Applicants should have a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 and a minimum Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score of 500.  Previous work experience is not required.

Application Deadlines

March 1 – Application Deadline for Merit Scholarship Consideration.  All complete applications received by March 1 will be reviewed for merit scholarship consideration; no separate scholarship application is required.

April 1 – Notification of Scholarship Recipients

May 15 – Final Application Deadline for Summer and Fall Admission. All complete applications will be processed in the order they are received until May 15. After May 15, contact the M.B.A. Program Director for instructions on how to submit a late application.

November 1 – Application Deadline for Spring Admission.

Tuition Expenses

Tuition in the M.B.A. program has been set at $746 per credit for the 2010-11 academic year.

M.B.A. Scholarships

All completed applications received by March 1 are automatically considered for M.B.A. merit scholarships. Selection is based on the applicant's academic credentials provided as part of the admission application. In most cases, scholarship recipients will be notified by April 1.


Contact the M.B.A. program director for assistantship information and availability.

Provisional Admission

Applicants who do not meet all of the requirements for matriculation may be admitted provisionally on a case-by-case basis. Depending on the circumstances and at the discretion of the M.B.A. admission committee, provisional admission could result in the applicant being unable to complete the 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

Applicants with a bachelor’s degree in a non-business field must complete preparatory undergraduate business coursework equivalent to Ithaca College’s pre-M.B.A. 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. courses (modules). These intensive graduate-level modules are designed to provide the business terminology and key business concepts necessary for graduate business coursework. Successful completion of all six pre-M.B.A. workshops will fulfill the preparatory undergraduate course requirements for admission to the M.B.A. program. Pre-M.B.A. module credits cannot be applied toward the M.B.A. degree requirements.

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

Ithaca College Pre-M.B.A. Minor

ACCT 225

Financial Accounting (3 credits)

ACCT 226

Management Accounting (3 credits)

MGMT 206

Organizational Behavior and Management (3 credits)

MGMT 260

Business Systems and Technology (3 credits)

FINA 311

Business Finance (3 credits)

MKTG 312

Principles of Marketing (3 credits)

PROD 345

Operations Management (3 credits)

GBUS 203

Legal Environment of Business I (3 credits)

Additional required undergraduate courses

SPCM 115 Business and Professional Communication (or Public Communication)
WRIT 106 Academic Writing

Academic Advising

The M.B.A. program director and M.B.A. in professional accountancy coordinator serve as the primary academic advisers for all students enrolled in the M.B.A. programs.

Pass/Fail Options

All M.B.A. courses must be taken for letter grades, with the exception of elective internships.