The AACSB-accredited School of Business at Ithaca College fosters an atmosphere of discovery, understanding, creativity, sustainability, collaboration, innovation, inclusivity, engagement, empowerment, and a strong sense of community. The top-notch faculty members teach with excellence providing relevant business knowledge and years of experience. Students graduate with competence, an entrepreneurial and diverse mindset, awareness of social responsibility, and competitiveness that will assure success in any venture.
With a curriculum founded in the liberal arts and business fundamentals, undergraduate students can discover their passion and find the academic pathway that is right for their career aspirations. They can major in Accounting or Business Administration. The BBA offers areas of concentration in Finance, Management, Sport Management, Corporate Accounting, International Business, and Marketing. A required first-year course is World of Business in which students get introduced to various industries, run a business simulation, work closely with a mentor, and learn many innovative lessons.
For graduate students, there is a Masters in Accounting with tracks in Auditing or Tax, and a Masters in Business Administration in Entertainment & Media. It can be a financial strain to pay for a degree of higher education. Business students can apply for a variety of scholarships, including the Investment Track Scholarship, Lewis H. Durland Scholarship, and Robert A. Ullrich MBA Scholarship to help ease the financial burden. Graduate Accounting students can apply for merit scholarships.
It is a privilege and very beneficial to partake in a study abroad trip. Business students can study International Business in Argentina, Ireland, France, or the Czech Republic. They can also study Marketing & Sustainable Business in Italy or Economy, Business & Society in China.
To glean the most out of the educational process, students must engage with peers, participate in experiential learning opportunities, take advantage of professional development activities, and enjoy every moment. Student-led organizations for business students include Beta Alpha Psi, Core Trading Consultants, the Society for Human Resources Management, Women in Business Network, American Marketing Association, Beta Gamma Sigma, International Business Association, Peer Advisors, and Students Consulting for Nonprofit Organizations. An outstanding resource for students is Professions Week, which is packed with networking building events, mock interviews, career advice, workshops, and mentoring guidance from alumni and other professionals.
The SoB has a Trading Room equipped with Bloomberg, Reuters, and other professional programs so students can make informed investment decisions and feel like they are on a real trading floor. Students also get to manage a real-life $800,000 portfolio and provide consultations for nonprofit organizations. A great experience is competing in business competitions like the Business Idea Competition, Startup Idea Demo Day, PricewaterhouseCoopers Challenge, and the Strategic Marketing Plan Competition. ICNYC is a program that allows students to intern in New York City while completing classes online. The incredible support from the local community of entrepreneurs conduct mentorships, pitch reviews, industry insights, and guidance for business students.