Students Say

A big name in Ohio education, Kent State University serves the Midwest with a range of high-quality MBA programs. Here, young professionals can jump-start their careers through an “enjoyable and enlightening” academic curriculum, offered at “a value price.” Catering to students at every stage of life, the school operates a full-time MBA on the main campus and part-time programs at various satellite campuses, including “distance learning for students at the Kent State Stark campus.”

Overview

Applicants
89
Acceptance Rate
70%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.29
Years Work Experience
1.5
Average Age
25

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
500 - 610
GPA
2.96 - 3.69

Deadlines


Regular Application Deadline
April 1

Rolling Admission Deadline
July 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

GMAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Non-Academic


SCHOOL TYPE AND ACCREDITATION

School Type
Public

AACSB-approved
Yes

Overall

Students Say

A big name in Ohio education, Kent State University serves the Midwest with a range of high-quality MBA programs. Here, young professionals can jump-start their careers through an “enjoyable and enlightening” academic curriculum, offered at “a value price.” Catering to students at every stage of life, the school operates a full-time MBA on the main campus and part-time programs at various satellite campuses, including “distance learning for students at the Kent State Stark campus.” Seasoned managers can apply for the fast-paced Executive MBA and the Executive MBA for Healthcare Professionals, and “Kent is one of a few schools in the nation that has a dual-masters degree with architecture and business.” Cost effective and convenient, “Kent State is in the heart of northeast Ohio, which makes it possible to have a career in one of the surrounding cities, while going to graduate school part-time.”

Kent State maintains an accomplished team of business professors, who often come to the college from impressive executive and managerial positions. On the whole, “professors are extremely knowledgeable and eager to teach,” and they usually “stay up-to-date on current events and issues related to their fields in business.” At the same time, the classroom experience can be “hit and miss,” with students often noting that, “tenured staff tends not to be as good as younger staff.” In less popular classes, “the coursework is outdated” or too academic to feel applicable. To encourage networking and build soft skills, the program “promotes group work,” and classroom discussions are encouraged. A current student adds, “In the part-time MBA program, everyone is working, so we are able to share real-world experiences in the classroom. There is something every night in class that I can take and apply to my job.”

Whether they attend in the evenings or full-time, MBA students can expect a “fairly heavy workload” throughout the program. Fortunately, they’ll receive plenty of support from the faculty and staff. At Kent State, “the professors are incredibly interested in the students’ success,” and they are “almost always available for individual consultation on topics not necessarily related to class work.” A student shares, “I am very comfortable meeting with professors during office hours, even when I am not enrolled in one of their courses.” Administrators are also “very helpful,” and make it clear that they “really care about your future success as an individual.” Finally, Kent State is an excellent value. As a state school, “the tuition is relatively low,” while the regional reputation is excellent.


PROGRAM TYPES

Full-Time
Yes

Part-Time
Yes

Evening
Yes

Executive
Yes

Online
No

Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
30:1
Total Faculty
75

95
Full-time
40
Female
9
Minority
5
Part-time


Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
Yes

Sustainability course is
Optional

Description
Course: The Business Case for Sustainability. This course lays the foundation for sustainable development and the balance issues between economic, social and environmental interests. It frames the business enterprise within the natural and social environments, and surveys a variety of intersection points and the challenges they pose. Systems thinking and long term perspective are used to understand the potential consequences of organizational choices regarding goals and strategies, given consideration of how the natural environment increasingly drives the business environment.

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
No

Description
Faculty members in several departments within our College of Business Administration pursue sustainability-related research: Management & Information Systems, Marketing & Entrepreneurship, Accounting and Economics; they also partner with faculty in other disciplines in the university. They regularly disseminate their research through conference presentations and publications.

School's environmental commitment 1:
1. Curriculum: In addition to the sustainability focused graduate course described above, we have created a pathway for completing an undergraduate minor in Sustainability through taking a variety of College of Business courses that are sustainability-related or focused. We also offer both graduate and undergraduate students the opportunity to take a 2 week sustainability course in France through one or our partner institutions, ESC Rennes; students and faculty have participated in this program every year since 2010. Our most recent EMBA International Experience trip was focused in Sustainable Development; students toured businesses and sights in several cities in India, with discussion and the final paper focused on sustainability issues; a similar trip is being organized for the coming year.

School's environmental commitment 2:
2. Student Organization: Our active Net Impact graduate student organization meets regularly and holds events throughout the year, the main event being a Sustainability Summit every April; this graduate student organization has been in place since 2009.

School's environmental commitment 3:
3. Building-related initiatives: We have placed recycling containers throughout the building; we have installed light sensors to turn off lights when people are not in rooms; we send messages to unplug equipment before breaks; we have installed 2 water bottle refill stations in the building.

Career overview

Career Rating
77
Average Starting Salary
$47,050

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

37%
Finance/Accounting
25%
Marketing
25%
Other
13%
Human Resources

Graduates Employed by Region

75%
Midwest
13%
Southwest
12%
Mid-Atlantic

Job Function

Job Function % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Finance / Accounting 37% $49,800 $49,600 $42,000 $57,000
Marketing / Sales 25% $45,500 $45,500 $43,600 $47,400
Other 25% $51,375 $51,375 $47,200 $55,550
Human Resources 13% $41,725 $41,725 $41,725 $41,725

Industries

Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Financial Services 37%
Consumer Products 25%
Technology 25%
Non-profit 13%

Prominent Alumni

Drew A. McCandless
SVP Global Initiatives, Sherwin-Willliams

Virginia Albanese
CEO, Fedex Custom Critical

Andrew Traicoff
VP Consumer Sales & Customer Development, Goodyear

Dennis Cuneo
Managing Partner, Fisher 7 Phillips, LLP

Andrew Rand
Senior Expert/Chief Compliance Officer, Deutsche Borse

Dates

Application Deadlines
Apr 1

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Aid Package
$21,353

Average Scholarship / Grant Aid Package
$0

Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
35%

All Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
0%

New Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
20%

New Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
0%

New Students Receiving Loans
0%

Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$10,652
Tuition (Out-State)
$18,168
Fees (In-State)
$1,200
Fees (Out-State)
$1,200

Tuition Part-Time (per credit hour)

Tuition (In-State)
$485
Tuition (Out-State)
$827
Fees (In-State)
$45
Fees (Out-State)
$45

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board On-Campus
$10,400
Estimated Room And Board Off-Campus
$9,000
Academic Expenses
$1,200

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
134
Part Time
57%

In State
89.0%
Out of State
11.0%
Foreign Countries Represented
9

Demographics

5.00%
Minorities
40.00%
International

44% female
56% male

Campus Life

Students Say

On the main campus, as well as the auxiliary facilities, Kent State offers a “great atmosphere and learning environment for its students.” Students are able to maintain a balanced lifestyle, as “the workload is enough to keep busy, but not so busy that you cannot have a life outside of school and work.” Plus, “the business school encourages students to stay involved with extracurricular activities,” like case competitions and academic clubs. “Full-time students are more apt to be involved” in campus life than busy part-time students. Nonetheless, “the camaraderie among part-time students is very strong” at Kent State. Drawing students from across the globe, The College of Business Administration benefits from “rich diversity in student culture and ethnicity.” Classroom discussion can become rather lively, and “even if we don’t agree on political or social issues, there is always room for intellectual debate.”

Beyond the business school, the greater Kent State University is “large enough to offer any club or activity students are interested in.” Off campus, Kent is “a college town” that offers “opportunities for community service and professional practice,” as well as good old-fashioned fun.


More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Louise Ditchey
Administrative Director

Address
P.O. Box 5190
475 Terrace Drive
Kent, OH 44242-0001
United States

Phone
330-672-2282

Fax
330-672-7303

Email
gradbus@kent.edu