Business Administration

Master of Business Administration

Ithaca’s ten-month M.B.A. program begins in late August and offers individuals with business and non-business backgrounds the opportunity to earn an M.B.A. degree in as little as 10 months of full-time study.  Part-time study is also an option, and approximately one-third of Ithaca’s M.B.A. students maintain full-time employment while pursuing their M.B.A. 

Nine required courses provide M.B.A. candidates with a solid foundation in advanced management concepts by blending the formal study of management theory with hands-on practice in analyses, problem solving, and decision making. Courses also examine contemporary management trends and practices, investigate the challenges of managing in a global economy, and provide opportunities for students to hone their leadership, networking and communication skills needed for success in today’s business environment.

Three graduate elective courses allow M.B.A. candidates to customize their degree coursework to meet their personal and professional goals. Students can choose their elective courses from a wide range of options, including courses offered by other graduate programs on campus (e.g., sport management, communications, computer science, music, etc.) or at other accredited universities. Full-time students can also take one elective at Cornell University through the IC-CU Exchange Program.

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

  • a bachelor's degree in business or accounting; or
  • a bachelor's degree in a non-business field and successful completion of Ithaca College's pre-M.B.A. minor or applicable pre-M.B.A. modules, or equivalent business coursework, as determined by the M.B.A. program director. Information on the pre-M.B.A. program is available at

Admission to the M.B.A. programs does not require work experience; however,  applicants should have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.00 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 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;

Degree Requirements

  • BGRD 60400  Accounting for Executive Decisions
  • BGRD 61000  Managing in a Global Economy
  • BGRD 61500  Decision Support Analysis
  • BGRD 62000  Strategic Planning and Business Policy
  • BGRD 63200  Corporate Financial Management
  • BGRD 64000  Marketing Management
  • BGRD 65000  Organizational Structure and Processes
  • BGRD 65100  Professional and Organizational Development
  • BGRD 66000  Sustainable Practices in Operations and Technology
  • Three graduate elective courses