Graduate Study in Business

The School of Business offers two graduate degrees: a master of business administration (M.B.A.) and a master of business administration (M.B.A.) in professional accountancy. Both degrees require 36 credits of graduate study.

Full-time students can complete the 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 students have up to six years to complete the degree requirements.

Most graduate business courses meet after 4:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, during the spring and fall semesters. Summer session course schedules may vary.

To be eligible for admission to the M.B.A. programs, the candidate must have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. Overall grade point average at the undergraduate level and academic and/or professional recommendations are among the criteria considered. Previous work experience is not required.

Application Deadlines

March 1 – Deadline for summer or fall admission

November 1 – Deadline for spring admission

Required Application Materials

A “complete” application consists of the following items (applications are not reviewed until they are complete):

  • Online application form and essay
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts from all postsecondary schools attended
  • GMAT scores*

*GMAT scores are NOT required for applicants who will be graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business or accounting from an AACSB-accredited business school and who possess a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher at the start of their final semester. All other applicants must submit official GMAT scores to the Division of Graduate and Professional Studies by the application deadline. Information about the GMAT can be obtained at

Preparatory Undergraduate Business Coursework

Applicants with a bachelor’s degree in a non-business field must complete additional undergraduate business coursework equivalent to Ithaca College’s pre-M.B.A. minor (courses required for the pre-M.B.A. minor are listed in the Ithaca College Undergraduate Catalog). Preparatory courses may be completed at other accredited institutions; however, all upper-level business courses (300- and 400-level) must be from a four-year, AACSB-accredited business school.

To assist applicants in meeting the preparatory business course requirements, the School of Business also offers pre-M.B.A. modules, intensive graduate-level summer courses designed to provide the business terminology and key business concepts necessary for graduate business study. For more information on the pre-MBA modules, go to Pre-M.B.A. module credits cannot be applied toward the M.B.A. degree requirements.

Ithaca College undergraduate students currently pursuing non-business degrees are encouraged to obtain the preparatory business coursework by completing the pre-M.B.A. minor prior to graduation.

Provisional Admission

Applicants who do not meet all of the requirements for full matriculation may be admitted provisionally on a case-by-case basis. Depending on the circumstances and at the discretion of the M.B.A. Admissions Committee, some provisionally admitted students may be unable to complete the program in one year.

Extramural Study

Nonmatriculated students may take up to 6 credits in the M.B.A. program on an extramural basis.

M.B.A. Financial Aid

M.B.A. Merit Scholarships

All complete applications for admission to the M.B.A. program are automatically given full consideration for M.B.A. merit scholarships. Merit scholarships are awarded after a thorough review of the information provided in the candidate’s admissions application; no separate scholarship application is required. In most cases, M.B.A. merit scholarship recipients will be notified of their awards by April 15.

M.B.A. Endowed Scholarships

Applicants who wish to be considered for M.B.A. endowed scholarships must complete a separate scholarship application. For scholarship criteria and to download the applications for M.B.A. endowed scholarships, go to The M.B.A. programs do not currently offer graduate assistantships.