Business Administration (M.B.A.) in Professional Accountancy

Ithaca’s M.B.A. in professional accountancy program begins in late August and prepares graduates to provide auditing, consulting, and income tax services for individuals, corporations, and not-for-profit organizations.

Core courses provide a solid foundation in advanced management concepts by blending theory with hands-on practice in analyses, problem solving, and decision making. Candidates also complete graduate accounting courses, which provide advanced training in the theory and application of financial accounting and reporting, taxation, auditing, business law, and contemporary accounting practices.

The M.B.A. in professional accountancy program is registered with the New York State Education Department, enabling graduates to meet the educational requirements necessary to be licensed as a certified public accountant (CPA) in New York State. The program also addresses the 150-hour requirements in 43 other states, Washington, D.C., Guam, and Puerto Rico (see individual state requirements for any variations).

The M.B.A. in professional accountancy is tailored primarily to students with undergraduate accounting degrees but is open to any candidate who meets entry requirements. Consult the program director regarding eligibility.

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

  • a bachelor’s degree in accounting; or
  • a bachelor’s degree in business with at least 60 credits in liberal arts coursework plus Intermediate Accounting (I and II), Cost Accounting, Tax Accounting, Auditing, and Commercial Law.

Degree Requirements

Required Courses
BGRD 50200Taxation for Managers3
BGRD 50400Advanced Financial Reporting3
BGRD 60200Advanced Auditing & Research3
BGRD 60800Contemporary Issues in Accounting3
BGRD 61000Managing in a Global Economy3
BGRD 61500Business Analytics3
BGRD 63200Corporate Financial Management3
BGRD 64000Marketing Management3
BGRD 65000Organizational Structure and Processes3
BGRD 66000Sustainable Practices in Operations and Technology3
BGRD 68000Strategic Planning and Business Policy3
One graduate elective3
Total Credits36