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Ithaca College Division of Graduate Studies Full Time MBA

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Full Time

Program Information

Degrees Awarded: MBA, Full Time.

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School Rankings

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (Northeast)

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 95% accepted out of 44 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 22
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.4
  • Average Incoming GMAT: 508
  • Average Years Work Experience: 1
  • Application Fee: $40

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Recommendations, Standardized Test Scores

Important: Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Recommendations, Extracurricular Activities, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores, Work Experience

Admission Information

Applicants to Ithaca's MBA program must have completed either a bachelor's program in business or accounting, or a bachelor's program in any field along with having taken Ithaca's Pre-MBA Modules. Post-undergraduate work experience is not required; in fact, many students enter the program immediately after completing work on their bachelor's degree...Applicants to Ithaca's MBA program must have completed either a bachelor's program in business or accounting, or a bachelor's program in any field along with having taken Ithaca's Pre-MBA Modules. Post-undergraduate work experience is not required; in fact, many students enter the program immediately after completing work on their bachelor's degree. Successful applicants typically have "an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher and a minimum GMAT score of 500." All applications must include official undergraduate transcripts, official GMAT scores, and two letters of recommendation in addition to the essay. Merit-based academic scholarships are also available from the program.

The Princeton Review

School Information

School Information

The following section features data representative of the entire business school, and numbers here are not necessarily reflective of the specific program.

Students and Faculty

Total Graduate Students 44
Percent International Students 2%
Total Full-Time Faculty 20
Full-Time Faculty 100%

Student Life

MBA students at Ithaca College enjoy “a great community atmosphere” at a school that “is just the right size, so that you can go anywhere and know somebody, and meet some­body new.” One student writes, “All students are easygoing and approachable. The small size of the program means that many people have identical course schedules. This makes for a tight-knit group of students and strong, long-lasting friendships.”The demands of the program keep MBA students “pretty detached from the rest of the campus. You never deal with grad students from any of the other programs (unless they happen to take a business elective).” However, “Students work hard and play hard” when their schedule allows. “Most weekends I find myself in one or more bars or restau­rants eating and drinking with classmates,” says one student. Ultimately, “Life at Ithaca is good.”

Career

The Ithaca College Career Services Office provides self-assessment inventories, e-Recruiting tools, one-on-one advising, mock interviews, workshops, a library, and on-campus recruiting. The school also hosts a graduate school job fair and other special recruiting events. Though despite all this, some students find that “Ithaca could do a bet­ter job attracting recruiters from upper-tier businesses.” While they appreciate the “many local recruiters on campus” and “ample alumni network and mentoring program,” some still find a dearth of businesses at which they’re “trying to get [their] foot in the door.”Employers who recruit on the Ithaca campus include Lockheed-Martin, Merrill Lynch, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young, Deloitte, KPMG International, and an active alumni recruiting network.

The Princeton Review

Students Say

MBA students in Ithaca College’s small graduate program may choose between an MBA in business administration and an MBA in professional accountancy. Both degrees require 36 credit hours and can be completed by full-time students in 12 months—and this is the selling point of the program. As one student explains, “A one-year program offered me a faster track to my post-MBA life.”The curriculum for Ithaca’s Business Administration MBA includes 8 required courses, which build up to a comprehensive capstone experience. In addition, students choose four elective courses. Classes emphasize “a balance between building technical and interpersonal skills,” and students praise professors for their “hands-on teaching philos­ophy.” “The faculty is always willing to bend over backwards to meet students’ academ­ic and professional needs,” says one student. “While the professors remain rather rigid in their expectations of students, most will work tirelessly with students to ensure they succeed.” Another student notes, “The school does a good job offering elective courses that are in line with students’ career aspirations. Since the program is small, faculty sur­veys students prior to each semester. The result is a course offering that honestly reflects the interests of students. I see this adaptability as Ithaca’s greatest strength because it can help overcome the obstacles often associated with a smaller business school.”Ithaca’s Professional Accountancy MBA primarily functions as the culmination of a 5-year undergraduate/graduate program for students in the college’s undergraduate accounting program, although candidates from other schools can gain admission. Most here agree that although “many students that graduated from Ithaca as undergrads” are now part of the MBA program, there are also “older” or “married” students in atten­dance.The curriculum includes a thorough review of principles of business administration as well as advanced instruction in financial accounting and reporting, managerial and cost accounting, auditing, taxation, and principles of business law. Students in both programs are full of praise for the school. “Overall, I think the school is really starting to take off. Ithaca worked hard to receive AACSB accreditation, [and] since that happened the school has retained high standards for both students and faculty.” Another adds, “Tuition is high, but you can definitely see where the money went. Everything from the smart boards in the classrooms—which help make articulating difficult accounting con­cepts much easier—to the trading room is state-of-the-art.”Students note that the one-year duration of the program helps offset the relatively high cost of attending. That said, while it had been a “little pricey” in the past, “Prices have come down.” They also appreciate the fact that the business school administration “welcome(s) comments and suggestions from the grad students on what could help better the program. If you have any problems, they do their best to help you solve the issues.” The future’s looking bright here, so bring your shades.

The Princeton Review

Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • International Student Support Groups:

    http://www.ithaca.edu/oip/international.htm

  • Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Support Groups:

    http://www.ithaca.edu/sacl/lgbt/

  • Minority Support Groups:

    http://www.ithaca.edu/business/clubs/index.php

    http://www.ithaca.edu/business/clubs/naba/

  • Women Support Groups:

    http://www.ithaca.edu/business/clubs/wbn/

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