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College of Business Administration

Department of Economics

480 Business Administration Building
Tel: 330-672-2366


The Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics equips students with a variety of skills sought by employers, including conceptualizing and solving problems; locating, organizing and using relevant information; and analytical ability. In their junior year, students learn microeconomic and macroeconomic theory and take an econometrics class to learn basic analytical skills. Students then take a series of electives that deal with vital current topics relevant to many careers in which these theories and skills are applied, such as our financial and banking system; the economic relations between the United States and foreign countries; government spending and taxation policies; the U.S. health system and policy options. During their senior year, students take a capstone course that utilizes and applies the theory, skills and institutional knowledge learned in the program.

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 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

Economists held about 21,500 jobs in 2014. The industries that employed the most economists were as follows: Federal government (21%); management, scientific and technical consulting services (18%); scientific research and development services (15%); state and local government (15%) and finance and insurance (5%). 

Economists typically work independently in an office. However, many economists collaborate with other economists and statisticians, sometimes working on teams. Some economists work from home, and others may be required to travel as part of their job or to attend conferences. Some economists combine a full-time job in universities or businesses with part-time consulting work. 

(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. For more information on admissions, 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 must also have a minimum 2.50 GPA (2.25 for economics) in their former Kent State coursework.

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

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 120 total credit hours  and  39 upper-division hours for graduation. Minimum 2.250 GPA overall and 2.250 GPA in major required for graduation.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to: 

  1. Understand and apply fundamental economic concepts.
  2. Formulate and test hypotheses. 
  3. Conceptualize and analyze problems using economic reasoning. 
  4. Access and use appropriate information. 
  5. Use analytic and quantitative techniques that are use extensively in economics. 
  6. Present economic arguments well in a presentation. 


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