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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 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 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

Computer systems analysts held about 567,800 jobs in 2014. Employment of computer systems analysts is expected to grow 21% from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. The industries that employed the most computer systems analysts were as follows: Computer system design and related services (27%); finance and insurance (13%); management of companies and enterprises (8%); information (8%) and State and local government (7%). Computer systems analysts can work directly for an organization or as consultants. Consultants usually work for an information technology firm. The projects that computer systems analysts work on usually require them to collaborate and coordinate with others. Although technological advances have made telecommuting more common, consultants still need to travel to see their clients. The average length of an assignment can vary with the complexity of the job. 

Computer programmers held about 328,600 jobs in 2014, and were most employed by the following industries: Computer systems design and related services (38%); software publishers (7%); finance and insurance (7%); manufacturing (5%) and administrative and support services (5%). Programmers normally work alone, but sometimes work with computer specialists on large projects. Because writing code can be done anywhere, many programmers telecommute. 

Software developers held about 1.1 million jobs in 2014, and were most employed by the following industries: Computer systems design and related services (33%); software publishers (8%); finance and insurance (8%); computer and electronic product manufacturing (8%) and management of companies and enterprises (4%). Many software developers work for firms that deal in computer systems design and related services firms or for software publishers. Application developers work in office environments, such as offices of insurance carriers or corporate headquarters. In general, software development is a collaborative process, and developers work on teams with others who also contribute to designing, developing and programming successful software. 

(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: An overall 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 minimum C (2.000) grade in both MIS 24053 and 24065.

Progression Requirements

Progression in the major: minimum 2.500 overall GPA, minimum C (2.000) grade in COMM 15000, ENG 21011, MATH 11010 (or placement out of MATH 11010) and a minimum C (2.000) grade in both MIS 24053 and 24065.


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.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Analyze case scenarios and effectively communicate results in writing and orally. 
  2. Demonstrate skills in using the web to solve business problems. 
  3. Demonstrate the use of CASE tools to create UML diagrams that model systems requirements. 

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. 

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