Business Administration - M.B.A.

College of Business Administration
Business Administration Building
Kent Campus
330-672-2772
www.kent.edu/business


Description

The Master of Business Administration degree prepares students for responsible leadership positions in public, private and nonprofit organizations. Regardless of their undergraduate education, students will find a challenging program designed to meet their specific backgrounds and needs.

The degree is structured for full-time and part-time (online) students:

  • The full-time program is targeted at young professionals, nationally and internationally, who wish to change careers or to jump-start their career in business. The program operates in cohorts so that students proceed through the sequence of required courses as a group. Students take six to seven courses a semester and are expected to participate in experiential activities such as internships, mentoring and case competitions. The full-time program is for students who can concentrate all their efforts towards earning the M.B.A. degree over the course of 12-16 months.
  • The part-time (online) program is designed for working professionals who intend to keep working full-time while pursing the M.B.A..

The Business Administration major includes the following optional concentrations:

  • The Accounting concentration allows students to specialize their degree with courses in managerial and financial accounting, business valuation using financial statements and international accounting. Completion of this concentration is not sufficient to sit for the CPA exam in Ohio unless the student has an undergraduate accounting major.
  • The Economics concentration allows students to specialize their degree with advanced topics in various areas in economics. 
  • The Entrepreneurship concentration allows students to specialize their degree with topics related to the various aspects of the entrepreneurial process and the knowledge and skills required to identify, evaluate and act upon entrepreneurial opportunities. Admission to the Entrepreneurship concentration has been temporarily suspended as of fall 2016. 
  • The Fashion Design and Merchandising concentration allows students to specialize their degree with advanced topics in fashion theory, fashion design management and the opportunity to conduct research in the business of fashion. Admission to the Fashion Design and Merchandising concentration has been temporarily suspended as of fall 2016. 
  • The Finance concentration allows students to specialize their degree with advanced courses in investments, financial markets and institutions, real estate and other related areas.
  • The Human Resource Management concentration allows students to specialize their degree with advanced topics in employee selection and appraisal, organizational analysis and the opportunity for real-world applications. Admission to the Human Resources Management concentration has been temporarily suspended as of fall 2016. 
  • The Information Systems concentration allows students to specialize their degree with advanced topics in database management systems, emerging hardware and software technology and other related areas courses.
  • The International Business concentration allows students to specialize their degree with courses in accounting, marketing, finance and strategy with an international focus. Study abroad options are possible, with no language skills required.
  • The Marketing allows students to specialize their degree with courses in marketing research, brand management and other related areas. Admission to the Marketing concentration has been temporarily suspended as of fall 2016. 
  • The Supply Chain Management concentration allows student to specialize their degree in vendor-customer relationships and logistic matters, with courses in global supply chain management, supply chain business models and vendor management strategies

Several dual degree programs with the M.B.A. are possible, including the following.

  • Dual Degree with the Master of Arts degree in Translation is designed for linguists. By combining the practices and language of business, students can pursue language-based careers in the private, public and governmental sectors.
  • Dual Degree with the Master of Architecture degree is designed for architects or undergraduate architectural students whose career goals include assuming middle or executive management positions in architectural practices, or who are interested in starting their own businesses.
  • Dual Degree with the Master of Library and Information Science degree is designed for managers of large libraries and information centers. Individuals in these positions need knowledge pertaining to planning, organizing, staffing, directing and controlling. Advanced education to obtain knowledge and learn skills related to these management functions enables students to take advantage of career opportunities both in library settings and other information settings, both in the profit and nonprofit sectors.
  • Dual Degree with the Master of Science in Nursing degree is designed for experienced nurses whose career goals include assuming middle or executive management positions in health services agencies or in health-related companies, or who are interested in starting their own business. It combines the strengths of advanced nursing preparation with the practical management knowledge needed to develop significant leadership capabilities.
  • Dual Degree with the Master of Arts degree in Communication Studies is designed for students and professionals whose career goals focus on communication, particularly global communication, and provides direction and leadership in economic and business development processes.

Fully Offered At:

  • Accelerated
  • Online (part-time program only with optional concentrations International Business and Supply Chain Management)
  • Kent Campus

Accreditation

AACSB, International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Admission Requirements

For the full-time options: Admission to the full-time Master of Business Administration program is in the fall semester only.

  • Official transcripts
  • GMAT or GRE scores
  • Goal statement
  • Two-to-three letters of recommendation
  • Résumé

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 550 TOEFL score (79 on the Internet-based version), minimum 77 MELAB score, minimum 6.5 IELTS score or minimum 58 PTE Academic score. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission websiteEffective spring 2018.

For more information about graduate admission, please visit the Graduate Studies website.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the program will be able to:

  1. Use critical thinking skills to apply analytical models and concepts to make business decisions.
  2. Present business knowledge and decisions individually and as a team.
  3. Understand the ethical and legal implications of business decisions.
  4. Understand the impact of globalization on business decisions.

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

Major Requirements
ACCT 63037FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING FOR DECISION MAKING 2
ACCT 63038MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING FOR DECISION MAKING 2
BAD 68051BUSINESS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT I 1
ECON 62021GLOBAL CONDITIONS AND MACROECONOMICS POLICY 2
ECON 62022MANAGERIAL ECONOMICS 2
FIN 66050LAW AND ETHICS 2
FIN 66060MANAGERIAL FINANCE 2
MIS 64005ANALYTICS FOR DECISION MAKING 2
MIS 64041OPERATIONS, SERVICE AND SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT 2
MIS 64042GLOBALIZATION AND TECHNOLOGY STRATEGY 2
MIS 64158LEADERSHIP AND MANAGERIAL ASSESSMENT 2
MIS 64271HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT 2
MKTG 65051MARKETING MANAGEMENT 2
Capstone Requirement
MIS 64185BUSINESS STRATEGY 3
Additional Requirements or Concentration Requirements
Choose from the following:9
Minimum Total Credit Hours:37

Graduation Requirements

The College of Business Administration will permit the waiving of M.B.A coursework if supported by the appropriate and recent undergraduate coursework. The waiver of each specific course will be determined by the relevant academic department (Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management and Information Systems and Marketing and Entrepreneurship). Student may graduate with the M.B.A. degree with fewer than 37 total credit hours but no fewer than 30 total credit hours.

Additional Requirements for Students Not Declaring a Concentration

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Additional Requirements
Students may select courses from all concentrations and are not required to concentrate in any one area, although they are strongly encouraged to do so.9
Minimum Total Credit Hours:9

Accounting Concentration Requirements

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Concentration Requirements
Concentration Electives, choose from the following:9
ADVANCED MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING
ADVANCED ACCOUNTING SYSTEMS
NONPROFIT ACCOUNTING AUDITING
ANALYSIS AND VALUATION OF BUSINESS USING FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
INTERNATIONAL ACCOUNTING
ACCOUNTING THEORY, HISTORY AND INSTITUTIONS
Minimum Total Credit Hours:9
 

Economics Concentration Requirements

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Concentration Requirements
Concentration Electives, choose from the following (minimum two courses from one category):9
Econometrics
ECONOMETRICS I
ECONOMETRICS II
TIME SERIES ANALYSIS
International
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
INTERNATIONAL TRADE
INTERNATIONAL FINANCE
ECONOMIC PROBLEMS OF DEVELOPING AREAS
Macroeconomics
PROBLEMS OF MONETARY AND FISCAL POLICY
MACROECONOMIC THEORY I
MONETARY THEORY AND POLICY
Microeconomics
INDUSTRIAL ORGANIZATION AND PUBLIC POLICY
URBAN ECONOMICS
PUBLIC FINANCE
ECONOMICS OF HEALTH CARE
MICROECONOMIC THEORY I
ECONOMICS OF LABOR MARKETS
Economics Electives (ECON 50000 or 60000 level), except ECON 62010, ECON 62015, ECON 62021 and ECON 62022, with economics faculty advisor approval
Minimum Total Credit Hours:9

Entrepreneurship Concentration Requirements

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Admission Suspended

Concentration Requirements
MKTG 65050MODERN ENTREPRENEURIAL MANAGEMENT 3
Concentration Electives, choose from the following:6
SPECIAL TOPICS IN DIGITAL SCIENCES
SPECIAL TOPICS IN ECONOMICS
FASHION DESIGN MANAGEMENT
FOUNDATIONAL PRINCIPLES OF KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT
NONPROFIT LAW
NONPROFIT FINANCIAL RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
PROJECT MANAGEMENT IN A TECHNOLOGICAL ENVIRONMENT
TRIZ-THEORY OF INVENTIVE PROBLEM SOLVING
MANAGEMENT OF TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION
LANGUAGE PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Minimum Total Credit Hours:9

Fashion Design and Merchandising Concentration Requirements

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Admission Suspended

Concentration Requirements
Concentration Electcives, choose from the following:9
THEORIES IN FASHION
FASHION DESIGN MANAGEMENT
FORMS OF INQUIRY IN FASHION
RESEARCH PROJECT IN FASHION DESIGN AND MERCHANDISING
Minimum Total Credit Hours:9

Finance Concentration Requirements

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Concentration Requirements
Concentration Electives, choose from the following:9
FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT II
FINANCIAL MARKETS AND INSTITUTIONS
INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
ADVANCED SECURITY AND INVESTMENT THEORY
REAL ESTATE

Human Resource Management Concentration Requirements

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Admission Suspended

Concentration Requirements
MIS 64108APPLIED TOPICS IN HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT 3
MIS 64160LEADERSHIP AND ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE 3
MIS 64270ORGANZATIONAL ANALYSIS AND DESIGN 3
Minimum Total Credit Hours:9

Information Systems Concentration Requirements

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Concentration Requirements
Concentration Electives, choose from the following:9
SYSTEMS SIMULATION
EMERGING HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE TECHNOLOGIES
DATA COMMUNICATIONS AND NETWORKING IN BUSINESS
DATABASE MANAGEMENT AND DATABASE ANALYTICS
Minimum Total Credit Hours:9

International Business Concentration Requirements

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Concentration Requirements
Concentration Electives, choose from the following:9
INTERNATIONAL ACCOUNTING
INTERNATIONAL FINANCE
INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT AND SUSTAINABLE STRATEGIES
STRATEGIC GLOBAL MANAGEMENT
INTERNATIONAL MARKETING
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
Minimum Total Credit Hours:9

Marketing Concentration Requirements

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Admission Suspended

Concentration Requirements
Concentration Electives, choose from the following:9
PROMOTION MANAGEMENT
INTERNATIONAL MARKETING
MARKETING RESEARCH
MARKETING STRATEGY AND PLANNING
BUYER BEHAVIOR
Minimum Total Credit Hours:9

Supply Chain Management Concentration Requirements

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Concentration Requirements
MIS 64026GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT AND SUSTAINABLE STRATEGIES 3
MIS 64028GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN BUSINESS MODELS 3
MIS 64029SUPPLY CHAIN AND VENDOR MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES 3
Minimum Total Credit Hours:9