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