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
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

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 In less popular classes, “the coursework is outdated” or too academic to feel applicable.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.


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
The focus of this course is on understanding environmental challenges and identifying useful solutions that may also present profitable opportunities.

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
No

Description

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
President & General Manager, Sherwin Williams Company

Virginia Albanese
CEO, Fedex Custom Critical

Madhaven Rangaswami
Senior VP and Director of Marketing (retired), Oracle

Lisa Clarke
CEO, Rally Marketing Group

John S. Brinzo
Retired CEO and Chairman, Cliffs Natural Resources

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
Out of State
11%

In State
100%
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

Phone
330-672-2282

Email
gradbus@kent.edu