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College of Business Administration

Department of Management and Information Systems

Room A432, Business Administration Building
Tel: 330-672-2750
Fax: 330-672-5006


The Bachelor of Business Administration in Computer Information Systems is designed to provide students with a focus on the creation and supervision of the Computerized Information Systems (CIS) that commonly are used in organizations of all types and sizes. There is a primary emphasis on problem solving within systems development, the logic of state-of-the-art programming languages and methodologies, project management and business experience. Examples of CIS include airline reservation systems, bank automated teller systems, trading systems for stock exchanges and accounting/auditing systems.

Once the required courses have been completed, students can select electives to complement their knowledge base and interests such as in network management which focuses on the creation and maintenance of local and wide area networks and other computing infrastructure components, and prepares students for careers as network engineers and network managers. Or enterprise systems which use integrated software systems to support and manage business processes and operations in organizations. Some material taught in major and minor courses correlates with the knowledge needed to pass professional certification exams.

Students also are strongly encouraged to engage in a CIS internship, which involves a summer or a semester of paid professional experience in industry. Internship experience helps show the relevance of on-campus courses to professional work, helps students focus their career plans and often enables students to secure better jobs upon graduation. Three hours of academic credit can be earned for an internship. Guidance in selecting electives is available from the CIS faculty or from the Undergraduate Programs Office.

Combined Baccalaureate/Master's Program in the College of Business Administration and Graduate School of Management
Students must have earned 90 semesters hours to apply for the Combine Baccalaureate/Master's Program in the College of Business Administration. In addition, they must meet the GPA requirement of 3.30 after 90 semester hours

Career Opportunities

Computer systems analysts held about 532,200 jobs in 2008. Although they are employed in many industries, 24 percent of these workers were in the computer systems design and related services industry. Computer systems analysts also were employed by governments; insurance companies; financial institutions; and business management firms. About 30,300 computer systems analysts were self-employed in 2008.

Computer software engineers and computer programmers held about 1.3 million jobs in 2008. Approximately 514,800 were computer applications software engineers, about 394,800 were computer systems software engineers, and about 426,700 were computer programmers. Although computer software engineers and computer programmers can be found in a wide range of industries about 32 percent were employed in computer systems design and related services. Many also worked for software publishers, manufacturers of computers and related electronic equipment, financial institutions, and insurance providers. About 48,200 computer software engineers and computer programmers were self-employed in 2008.
(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Admission Requirements

General Admissions for Freshman Students: Students most likely to be admitted and succeed at the Kent Campus are those who have graduated with at least 16 units of the recommended college preparatory curriculum in high school, who have achieved a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), and whose composite ACT score is 21 or better (980 combined critical reading and math SAT score). For more information on admissions, visit the Admissions website for new freshmen.

Transfer Student: A cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 (2.25 for economics and entrepreneurship) is required for admission into the College of Business Administration. Students who have previously attended Kent State who completed (or the equivalent of) COMM 15000, ENG 21011, MATH 11010 must have earned a minimum C (2.000) grade, and a 2.500 average in MIS 24053 and MIS 24065.

Progression in the major: Minimum 2.500 cumulative GPA, minimum C (2.000) grade in COMM 15000, ENG 21011, MATH 11010 and and a 2.500 average in MIS 24053 and MIS 24065.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 121 total credit hours  and  39 upper-division hours for graduation. Minimum 2.500 GPA overall and 2.500 GPA in major required for graduation. Minimum C (2.000) grade in COMM 15000, ENG 21011 and MATH 11010 (or placement out of MATH 11010). A 2.500 average in MIS 24053 and 24065

Study Abroad/Away Opportunities

There are many study abroad/away opportunities, for more information contact the Office of International Affairs.

Program Fee



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Student Organizations

Association for Computing Machinery; Collegiate Business Association; Delta Sigma Pi; Management and Information System Association (MISA); Net Impact Kent State University

Advanced Degree Programs

Master of Business Administration: Information Systems (M.B.A.); Computer Science (M.A. and M.S.)