School of Business

Mary Ellen Zuckerman, Dean

Barbara Howard, Associate Dean

Ayana Richardson, Assistant Dean for Student Services

For full faculty listing, see “Faculty and Administration.”


The Ithaca College School of Business offers a bachelor of science degree program in accounting; a bachelor of science degree program in business administration, with concentrations in corporate accounting, finance, international business, management, and marketing; and two master of business administration degree programs, all of which are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International. In addition, the School of Business offers a bachelor of arts in legal studies. Our undergraduate programs are designed to prepare students for careers in business and industry, for graduate or law school, or for the CPA/CMA examinations. Students are encouraged to seek additional information about these programs in this catalog or from the appropriate dean’s office.

Strong academic advising is available from the School of Business faculty and the student services team in the dean’s office, as well as from other areas within the College, to help students make the choices necessary to be successful at Ithaca College and in the future.


The School of Business at Ithaca College is dedicated to excellence in business education grounded in the liberal arts tradition. Our degree programs align theory with practice within the global and ethical decision-making context necessary to grow sustainable enterprises. Our commitment to teaching fosters a diverse, dynamic learning community where students can develop the knowledge, skills, and character needed for leadership in their organizations and communities. Our students engage in leadership, teamwork, and experiential activities in and beyond the classroom. Our faculty members pursue scholarly activities that enhance our teaching mission and enrich the classroom experience.


  • To attract and retain a talented, diverse group of baccalaureate business and accounting majors.
  • To attract and retain academically and professionally qualified faculty members who are, first and foremost, excellent educators.
    • The school provides faculty development opportunities and instructional resources that enable faculty members to stay at the leading edge of knowledge in their disciplines.
    • The faculty engage in scholarly pursuits and developmental activities in their disciplines to bring current theories and empirical knowledge into the classroom and to further knowledge in their respective fields.
  • To prepare undergraduate students to succeed in a complex, changing world and to provide a foundation for subsequent lifelong learning by offering an extensive program of study in the following:
    • the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences;
    • a professional business core curriculum that is based on theory, empirical research, and practice; and
    • one or more functional business concentrations.
  • To provide the opportunity for undergraduate majors to complete their graduate education prior to launching their careers by offering a one-year M.B.A. program.
  • To develop the skills and values that enable students to translate knowledge acquired in the classroom into competent managerial behavior by providing numerous venues in which students can practice what they have studied in class and grow professionally in the process.
    • Students are helped and encouraged to complete internships in a variety of profit-making and nonprofit organizations.
    • The school actively supports a number of highly successful student professional organizations. The habits of thought and action that constitute character are learned by participating in organizations whose members exemplify those habits in their everyday behaviors. Because of this, the school encourages students to take active roles in these organizations, where they can experience leadership and service to others and come to view both as essential elements of a productive life.
    • Students are provided opportunities to interact with distinguished alumni and regional business leaders, who share their experiences, host interns, and provide employment opportunities.

Academic Policies

Credit Limit

Undergraduate students who are neither accounting nor business administration majors may not register for more than 29 credit hours of business coursework (i.e., courses with the following prefixes: ACCT, BINT, BGRD, FINA, GBUS, HRM, INTB, MGMT, or MKTG).

High School Preparation for Accounting and Business Administration Majors

We strongly recommend that, in addition to the college preparatory courses necessary for admission to Ithaca College, students take at least three years of mathematics in high school. Algebra should be taken at the highest level possible. The more preparation obtained at the high school level, the more readily students can adapt to the quantitative aspects of the business education of today and the business world of tomorrow.

Transfer Policies

Transfer Students from Another Institution

Students may be permitted to transfer to the School of Business from another institution provided that the institution is an accredited college or university and that the student has earned a 2.50 minimum cumulative GPA for all coursework undertaken. The student is responsible for requesting that an official transcript be sent to the registrar’s office. Credit for individual courses taken at another institution is granted based on the following policies.

Credit will be granted for courses in which a grade of C- or above is earned. Credits are transferable; grades are not. Transfer credit may be granted for the following:

  • all non-business courses;
  • courses that are equivalent to level-1 and level-2 (first- and second-year) business courses taught at Ithaca College;
  • courses that are equivalent to level-3 (third-year) and level-4 (fourth-year) Ithaca College business courses taken at AACSB-accredited institutions;
  • courses that are equivalent to level-3 (third-year) Ithaca College business courses taken at non-AACSB-accredited institutions; the courses must be validated by passing an exam administered by the dean’s office in the School of Business with a grade of at least C-.

Students who do not pass the validation exam as specified above may receive credit for the applicable transfer course (level 2 or higher) only as an open elective. Arrangements for taking the validation exams must be made through the School of Business dean’s office no later than the first day of classes of the student’s second semester. Courses that are equivalent to level-4 (fourth-year) Ithaca College business courses taken at AACSB-accredited institutions may transfer on a case-by-case basis and only if approved in advance by the School of Business Academic Variance Group.

The student’s academic dean determines eligibility for transfer credit on the basis of the course number, title, and catalog description. In cases where such information is insufficient to establish the equivalency of the course, the student will be required to provide a copy of the course syllabus.

In addition, students who transfer to the School of Business must complete their last 48 credits (usually four semesters of full-time study) and at least 50 percent of the business coursework in the accounting or business administration major at Ithaca College. The implication of these policies for transfer students is that students may graduate with more than 120 credit hours to satisfy the requirements of the degree programs.

For information about AACSB-accredited institutions:

Transfer Students from Other Schools at Ithaca College

Students from other schools within Ithaca College may apply to transfer to the School of Business at any time after their first semester provided that they have a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or above. Applications are available in the School of Business dean’s office. Strongest consideration will be given to applicants who have completed degree-foundation courses with a B or higher. These courses include calculus, statistics, microeconomics, macroeconomics, and writing for both accounting and business administration.

School of Business Students Taking Courses at Other Institutions

Students assume responsibility for the transferability of credits for courses taken elsewhere and must adhere to the following procedures and policies.

Before taking courses elsewhere, the student must obtain the petition for transfer credit form, available from the registrar’s office, complete the form (including course descriptions), and present it for approval to the chairs of the departments to which the courses relate. Preapproval must also be obtained from the dean of the School of Business before enrolling in courses to be taken at another institution.

For level-3 and level-4 business courses, only those taken at AACSB-accredited institutions will be reviewed. (

After completion of such courses, the student is responsible for requesting that an official transcript be sent to the registrar’s office. Credit will be granted for courses in which a grade of C- or above is earned. Credits are transferable; grades are not.

Courses taken at the Ithaca College London Center or through the cross-registration program with Cornell University are considered Ithaca College credits. Grades for such courses appear on the student’s transcript and are applied toward the Ithaca College cumulative GPA. )

Senior Credit-Hour Policy

Seniors are required to complete the last 30 credits of their degree program at Ithaca College. For more information, see “Graduation and Program Regulations.”

Satisfactory/D/Fail Option

No ACCT, BINT, FINA, GBUS, INTB, HRM, MGMT, or MKTG course may be taken on an S/D/F basis by accounting and business majors or minors. Moreover, neither STCM 24100 Advertising nor STCM 23200 Public Relations may be taken S/D/F by business majors or minors because these courses are considered business electives for business students. Non-business courses required for a major or minor cannot be taken on an S/D/F basis.

The following categories of courses may be taken S/D/F by accounting and business majors: open non-business liberal arts electives, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, business-oriented cultural diversity liberal arts electives, fine arts electives, approved international liberal arts electives (by accounting majors, international business certificate students, and international business concentrators); open electives that are not business courses; and internships (which are offered pass/fail only). All other courses must be taken for a letter grade.

Students enrolled in the international business certificate program should note the S/D/F stipulations for that program. The foreign language and international business/economics courses may not be taken on an S/D/F basis. A maximum of two courses in the area studies/international relations track may be taken on an S/D/F basis.

Business Electives

Any level-2, 3, or 4 ACCT, FINA, GBUS, INTB, HRM, MGMT, or MKTG course, unless otherwise stated, may serve as a business elective. No LGST courses may be taken as business electives. In addition, two specific non-business courses may serve as business electives: STCM 24100 Advertising and STCM 23200 Public Relations.

Academic Achievement and Advising

Dean’s List

In order to earn a place on the dean’s list in the School of Business, students must satisfy all of the following criteria:

  1. a minimum semester grade point average of 3.50;
  2. completion of a minimum of 15 credits, of which at least 12 are graded (not pass/fail or Satisfactory/D/F option); and
  3. no final grades of D, F, or I.

Grade changes that affect placement on the dean’s list must be completed no later than two weeks before the beginning of the following semester.


Facilitating student growth and learning is a priority for business school faculty and staff. Each student who is a business school major is assigned a faculty adviser to assist with progress toward completing their major requirements and to serve as a resource for exploring interests and career goals. It is strongly recommended that business school majors meet with their advisers at least twice each semester, once at the beginning of the semester and again during the advising period before online registration for the following semester.

Students who are business school minors are assigned to a faculty adviser in the School of Business in addition to their major adviser.

Peer Advising Program

Peer advisers are students trained in academic policies and procedures and in skills to help first-year students in matters relating to academic programs. Each year a selection process is conducted for interested and competent students. The availability of this service encourages students to view advising as an ongoing process that involves more than just registering for a course.

Academic Status

Students should be aware of the College policy on grading; see the “Credit and Grade Information” section.

Academic Warning

All Ithaca College School of Business students with a cumulative GPA between 1.01 and 1.99 will be placed on academic warning. They will receive a notice of academic warning from the dean’s office with an academic contract notifying them of the semester GPA needed to regain good academic standing (2.00 cumulative GPA); they will be limited to 12-15 credit hours for the semester; and they will be given other recommendations for academic improvement (attending academic enrichment seminars, meeting regularly with a campus representative, working with a tutor if retaking a class, etc.). Students on academic warning will be advised to curtail any activity that is detrimental to regaining good academic standing (e.g., on- and off-campus employment, student organization leadership, socially unhealthy activities).

Academic Suspension

Ithaca College School of Business students who fail to meet their academic warning contract will be subject to academic suspension. Academic suspension mandates one semester and a summer or winter term away from campus. Students must reapply through the registrar’s office to return to the College and demonstrate that they have met the conditions of their suspension.

First-semester freshmen and first-semester transfer students with a cumulative GPA of less than 1.01 will be academically suspended but will be eligible for expedited appeal through the dean’s office. Those students reinstated following expedited appeal of suspension will be placed on academic warning with an academic contract. They must meet expectations for students on academic warning.

Academic Dismissal

Students who are reinstated following academic suspension and who fail to meet their academic contract will be subject to academic dismissal, with the right of appeal to the School of Business dean’s office. Students who are academically dismissed are ineligible to apply for readmission to Ithaca College. Any academic contract, whether signed by the student or not, will be in effect for the term in question. Grounds for appeal will depend on mitigating circumstances such as a death in the family, injury or illness requiring hospitalization, and other special circumstances.

Application of Courses to More than One Concentration or Minor

Business Administration majors may use a course to satisfy degree requirements in more than one business concentration as long as they complete 12 unique credits in each concentration. Similarly, if a program of study outside the School of Business requires a business course, students majoring in that subject may also apply the business course toward a business major, concentration, or minor.

Special Programs

Leadership Certificate Requirement (Noncredit)

All students enrolled in the School of Business must complete one leadership certificate program offered by the College's student leadership office (part of the Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs [OSEMA]) as part of their requirements for graduation. Students can choose to either complete the leading-others or leadership-in-a-diverse-world certificate. For each certificate, the student completes six workshops from a list of topics offered by OSEMA each semester

The Business-Link Professions Program (Noncredit)

All students enrolled in the School of Business must complete a series of four theme-based workshops conducted by business school staff, faculty, alumni and/or employers. Four programming themes are:


Theme I - Freshman Program Orientation

  • Effective Communication and Networking Basics
  • Dress for Professional Interview Success

Theme II - Freshman/Sophomore Workshop

  • Good Work Habits
  • Essentials for Effective Interviewing

Theme III - Sophomore/Junior Seminar

  • School of Business Internship Courses and Individualized Search Plan
  • Student Internship Panel

Theme IV - Junior/Senior Conference

  • Transition from College to Career/Graduate School
  • Personal Financial Decision Making
  • Alumni Panel


The internship program, an off-campus experience involving varied, nonroutine work projects, is available for interested students who qualify. There are two types of internships. Students can choose to do an internship for credit only. Credits earned can be counted towards a 300 level general business requirement or open elective. The second type of internship is designed to allow students to synthesize the academic theory they have learned with real-world experiences. Credits earned in an internship with academic enhancement may be counted towards a 400 level concentration specific elective.


The program places primary responsibility on the student. For internship for credit, the students work with the Business-Link Professions Program Office. For internships with academic enhancement, the students work with a faculty sponsor and the Business-Link Professions Program Office to develop a project proposal and carry out its requirements. Internships are available during the fall, spring, summer semester, and winter breaks. An internship may not be repeated for credit with the same employer. A maximum of 6 credits may be earned in any combination of internships.


For internships with academic enhancement, students must be seniors and they must have attained a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.70 and completed the appropriate principles course in their respective major or concentration.


London Center internships are for 3 credits per semester only. Internships in the School of Business are graded on a pass/fail basis only. To qualify, for internships for credit, students must be juniors and in good academic standing.


Students interested in the internship program should check the requirements at

Independent Study

Students may pursue an independent study with the guidance of a faculty member. The purpose of independent study is to enable students to pursue personal academic interests in an area not covered in or beyond the scope of existing courses. Independent-study projects normally involve research into a topic, with a written report as the final product, but variations are accepted when appropriate.

A variable amount of credit may be earned toward the degree. To qualify, a student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 and must have completed at least 6 credits in the subject matter. Guidelines are available at the School of Business office. Please note carefully the application deadlines for each term, which usually occur at the end of the add/drop period.

The London Program

School of Business majors are encouraged to participate in the London Center study-abroad program during their sophomore year (see “International Programs”). We recommend that discussion and planning begin in the student’s first year. Students can obtain descriptive literature from the Office of International Programs. Course planning should be worked out with the faculty adviser and the Office of International Programs. (

Other Study-Abroad Opportunities

School of Business majors are encouraged to study abroad during their sophomore year. Both affiliated and nonaffiliated programs offer opportunities for students to learn about other cultures, improve their foreign language skills, and, in some cases, fulfill business course requirements. Course planning can be worked out with the faculty adviser. More information about study-abroad options is available at the Office of International Programs, 214 Center for Health Sciences, 607-274-3306 (voice), 607-274-1515 (fax), or (e-mail).

Articulation Agreements with Community Colleges

The School of Business has established agreements with community colleges to allow students to plan their first two years in preparation for transfer to a business major at Ithaca College. The agreements delineate transfer course equivalents and transfer admission standards.

Students interested in transferring to Ithaca College under an articulation agreement are encouraged to contact the associate dean of the Ithaca College School of Business. See articulation agreements.


Dean’s Award

Each year the dean, in consultation with the school’s faculty, selects one or more graduating seniors for the Dean’s Award. The award is given in recognition of superior scholastic achievement and extracurricular service to the College, school, and student body.

Dean’s Leadership and Distinguished Service Award

Each year the dean, in consultation with the school’s faculty, selects one or more graduating seniors for the Dean’s Leadership and Distinguished Service Award. The award is given in recognition of distinguished leadership activities and service to the College, school, and student body.


The graduating senior accounting major with the highest GPA in accounting courses is given an award by the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Two students are selected by the accounting faculty to receive awards for excellence by the Southern Tier chapter of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. One award is for excellence in accounting, the other for excellence in auditing.


Each year the top senior finance major is selected by the finance faculty to receive the Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Award.

Beta Alpha Psi

Beta Alpha Psi is an honorary organization for financial-information students and professionals. The primary objective of Beta Alpha Psi is to encourage and give recognition to scholastic and professional excellence in the field of business information. Ithaca College’s Mu Alpha chapter invites undergraduate students in good judicial standing with a declared major in accounting or a concentration in finance or corporate accounting who have completed at least 30 credit hours and attained a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.30 to join as candidates for initiation. Upon completion of participatory and community service requirements, at least 60 credit hours, a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.30, and at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA in upper-level accounting and finance courses at Ithaca College, candidates may be initiated as student members into the Mu Alpha chapter of Beta Alpha Psi. Degree-seeking graduate students focusing on accounting or finance also shall be eligible for membership.

Beta Gamma Sigma

Lifetime membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in a business program accredited by AACSB International. The mission of Beta Gamma Sigma, an honorary business organization founded in 1913, is to encourage and recognize academic achievement in the study of business. Undergraduate juniors and seniors who rank in the top 10 percent of their class and have completed 30 credits in the School of Business will be invited to become members. Eligible M.B.A. students must rank in the upper 20 percent of their graduating class in order to be eligible for induction. Candidates must also be of good moral character. The induction takes place in the spring semester.

Sigma Iota Epsilon

Students enrolled in management-related programs throughout the College are eligible for membership in the Zeta Iota chapter of Sigma Iota Epsilon, the national honorary/professional management fraternity and student division of the prestigious Academy of Management. Undergraduate candidates for membership must have completed 30 credits at Ithaca College, have completed at least one management course with a grade of B or better, and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25. Graduate students must have completed 9 credits at Ithaca College and have a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher. Candidates must also complete additional coursework in management and be of good moral character.

Students are encouraged to seek additional information about these programs from the dean’s office.

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