Business Administration (M.B.A.)

Ithaca’s 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 allows students to maintain full-time employment while pursuing their M.B.A.

Eight required courses provide 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. Coursework also examines contemporary management trends and practices, investigates the challenges of managing in a global economy, and provides opportunities for students to hone the leadership, networking, and communication skills needed for success in today’s business environment.

Four graduate elective courses allow M.B.A. candidates to customize their degree to meet their personal and professional goals. Students can choose their elective courses from a range of options, including courses offered by other graduate programs on campus (e.g., communications, computer science, music) or at other accredited universities.

Prior to matriculation, 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 equivalent business coursework, as determined by the Business Graduate programs director.

Degree Requirements

Required Courses
BGRD 60600Accounting for Executive Decisions3
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
BGRD xxxxxFour graduate electives 112
Total Credits36

Academic Advising

The Business Graduate programs director serves as the primary academic adviser for all M.B.A. degree candidates.

Pass/Fail Options

Degree candidates must take all courses that count toward the master of business administration degree, whether required or elective, for a letter grade. The only exceptions are internships, which are offered only on a pass/fail basis.