Kent State University

College of Business Administration

Business Administration


School of Visual Communication Design

Henderson Hall Box 5190

Kent, OH 44242

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)

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

The program is available on a full-time or part-time option.

The full-time option program is targeted at young professionals from the U.S. and abroad, who wish to change careers or to jump-start their career in business. The program is cohorted so that students proceed through the sequence of required courses as a group. Students take six or seven courses a semester and are expected to participate in experiential activities like internships, mentoring, and case competitions. 

The part-time option is designed for the working professionals from the region who intend to keep working full-time while pursing the MBA on a part-time basis.

In both options, the student has the option of taking a general M.B.A. with electives from a number of areas or selecting any of the following concentrations: 

  • 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.
  • Economics concentration allows students to specialize their degree with advanced topics in various areas in economics. 
  • Finance concentration allows students to specialize their degree with advanced courses in investments, financial markets and institutions, real estate and other related areas.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The Ph.D. in Business Administration consists of the following concentrations: 

  • Accounting prepares highly qualified candidates for faculty positions in colleges and universities.  In addition to completing doctoral-level coursework and a dissertation, students conduct scholarly research and become effective teachers. 
  • Finance prepares students for finance faculty positions in colleges and universities. Students complete courses in business and finance, learn how to conduct high-quality, scholarly research and be effective teachers.
  • Human Resource Management provides students with comprehensive knowledge regarding the impact of employment relationships on organizations, workers and society. Students are trained to become renowned scholars and exceptional teachers. 
  • Information Systems creates a strong grounding in areas of behavioral, strategic and economic aspects of global IS decision-making. Students are trained to become renowned scholars and exceptional teachers. 
  • Marketing prepares highly qualified candidates for positions of professional responsibility in university teaching and research, or administrative and research careers in governmental and private organizations. The program offers a solid balance of teaching experience and preparation for conducting scientific research. 
  • Supply Chain Management: Prepares students to address our technology-powered economy by information and driven by knowledge. The concentration educates students in the latest thinking, theory and empirical research in order to address the supply and value chain management challenges facing organizations today. 


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Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large Suburb

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