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College of Business Administration

Department of Management and Information Systems

A432 Business Administration Building
Tel: 330-672-1140


The Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Management gives students credentials important to getting their first job as an entry-level manager or manager-trainee.  Every organization of any size and type depends on and needs managers, including, as examples, the small corner store, department stores, accounting firms, healthcare centers, a manufacturing firm such as Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, or a business-to-business type of organization such as Proctor & Gamble.

Combined Baccalaureate/Master's Program in the College of Business Administration and Graduate School of Management: Students must have earned 90 semester hours to apply for the Combined 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

Management analysts held about 758,700 jobs in 2014. About 20 percent of these workers were self-employed. Self-employed analysts can decide how much, when and where to work. The industries that employed the most management analysts were as follows: Management, scientific and technical consulting services (22%); finance and insurance (10%); Federal government (8%); State and local government (7%) and management of companies and enterprises (5%). Management analysts usually divide their time between their offices and the client's site. Because they must spend a significant amount of time with clients, analysts travel frequently. 

Administrative services managers held about 287,300 jobs in 2014. They are found in all industries, but several industries have a greater share of these managers than others. Administration services managers are found in the education services industry, the healthcare industry, State and local government and in finance and insurance. Administrative service managers spend much of their day in an office. They sometimes make site visits around the building, go outdoors to supervise groundskeeping activities or inspect other facilities under their management.

(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Admission Requirements

General Admission for Freshman Students: Admission Requirements at the Kent Campus: The freshman admission policy at the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based upon the following: overall grade point average, ACT and/or SAT scores, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends.

The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds, those with special talents and adult students who graduated from high school three or more years ago. Visit the Admissions website for new freshmen.

Transfer Student: A overall GPA of at least 2.5 is required for admission into the College of Business Administration (2.25 for economics and entrepreneurship). Students who have previously attended Kent State and have completed (or the equivalent of) COMM 15000, ENG 21011, MATH 11010 and MIS 24163 must have earned a minimum C (2.00) grade.

For more information about admission criteria for transfer, transitioning and former students, please visit the admissions website.

Progression Requirements

Progression in this major: minimum 2.500 overall GPA, minimum C (2.000) grade in COMM 15000, ENG 21011, MATH 11010 and MIS 24163.


Graduation Requirements

Minimum 120 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, MATH 11010 (or placement out of MATH 11010) and MIS 24163.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Understand leadership principles.
  2. Demonstrate leadership and influence skills. 
  3. Understand, analyze and design work in different organizations. 
  4. Understand performance metrics, measurement and management. 


Graduates of all Bachelor of Business Administration programs will be able to:

  1. Recall strategic frameworks that are used to make business decisions. 
  2. Perform basic calculations using quantitative tools that are used to support business decisions. 
  3. Articulate and deliberate their ideas in writing.
  4. Articulate and deliberate their ideas orally.
  5. Identify ethical dilemmas and stakeholders.
  6. Recommend alternatives and consequences and choose a reasoned conclusion from the alternatives given. 
  7. Identify global factors in making a business decision. 
  8. Analyze global factors in making a business decision. 

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business