Academic Preparation


The One-Year MBA summer core curriculum is extremely accelerated. Class sessions and exam dates are mandatory, and you are required to complete some of your academic coursework before Orientation.

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Mandatory Pre-Work | Core Course Exemptions | Recommended Reading

Mandatory Pre-Work

One-Year Ithaca MBAs will need to complete some academic pre-work before Orientation in order to maximize the summer core learning experience.

Core Course Exemptions

If you have a background in foundational business topics, we encourage you to consider exempting a core course. An exemption can free up time in your schedule, giving you more time for your other courses and recruiting.

Three of the core courses within the One-Year MBA curriculum are eligible for core exemption. Students who successfully exempt a course will not receive course credit, but their schedule is freed from that requirement.

Successfully completing your mandatory pre-work should be your top academic priority before you begin, but any additional time you can invest in academic preparation will be valuable as the summer core curriculum moves at a very fast pace.