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College of Business Administration

Department of Finance

404 Business Administration Building
Tel: 330-672-2426


The Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance is designed to provide students with an academic background appropriate for entry into a financial career, including financial management, investments, banking/financial institutions, risk/insurance and related areas. The courses are designed to provide students with an understanding of the relationship between business finance and the economic system in the context of managerial analysis and decision making.

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

Financial analysts held 277,600 jobs in 2014. Many financial analysts work at large financial institutions based in New York City or other major financial centers. About 45 percent of financial analysts worked in the finance and insurance industries, including securities and commodity brokers, banks and credit institutions, and insurance carriers. Others worked throughout private industry and government.

Financial managers held about 555,900 jobs in 2014. Although they can be found in every industry, approximately 29 percent were employed by finance and insurance establishments, such as banks, savings institutions, finance companies, credit unions, insurance carriers, and securities dealers. About 8 percent worked for Federal, State, or local government.

Personal financial advisors held 249,400 jobs in 2014. Jobs were spread throughout the country, although a significant number are located in New York, California, and Florida. Most worked in finance and insurance industries, including securities and commodity brokers, banks, insurance carriers, and financial investment firms. About 20 percent of personal financial advisors were self-employed, operating small investment advisory firms.

(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Admission Requirements

General Admissions 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: cumulative 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 and entrepreneurship) in their former Kent State coursework, and a minimum C (2.000) grade in ENG 21011, COMM 15000, MATH 11010 and FIN 36053.

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

Progression Requirements

Progression in the major: minimum 2.500 cumulative GPA, minimum C (2.000) grade in COMM 15000, ENG 21011, MATH 11010 (or placement out of MATH 11010) and FIN 36053.


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, FIN 36053 and MATH 11010 (or placement out of MATH 11010).

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduate of this program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a broad fundamental knowledge of the theory and practice of investments, international business finance, business and corporate finance and financial markets and institutions. 
  2. Demonstrate the critical thinking skills needed to apply financial theory to specific business situations. 
  3. Demonstrate the skills needed to work effectively as a finance professional in a group or task force environment. 
  4. Demonstrate the oral and written presentation skills needed by finance professionals to effectively communicate in a business environment. 
  5. Demonstrate the computer skills needed to successfully employ commonly used software packages (specifically, spreadsheet, word processing and presentation software) in the performance of their duties as finance professionals. 

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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