Overview

Applicants
88
Acceptance Rate
74%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.33
Years Work Experience
1
Average Age
25

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
440 - 600
GPA
3.05 - 3.58

Deadlines


Regular Application Deadline
March 15

Rolling Admission Deadline
June 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

GMAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Non-Academic


School Type And Accreditation

School Type
Public

AACSB-approved
Yes

Selectivity Rating

Program Types

Full-Time
Yes

Part-Time
No

Evening
No

Executive
Yes

Online
Yes

Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
17:1
Total Faculty
60

93
Full-time
35
Female
11
Underrepresented Minorities
7
Part-time


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 college operates a full-time MBA on the main campus and part-time MBA. Seasoned managers can apply for the fastpaced 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.” 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.


Concentrations

Accounting
Economics
Finance
Information Systems/Information Technology
International Business
MS/MBA - Dual Degree
RN/MBA - Dual Degree
Supply Chain Management

Specialized Masters

Accounting
Analytics and Information Management
Economics

Center for Research

Entrepeneurship
Information Systems/Information Technology
International Business


Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
Yes

Sustainability course is
Optional

Description
http://catalog.kent.edu/search/?search=The+Business+Case+for+Sustainability

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
Yes

Description
Research: 36% of faculty research was related to sustainability and the United Nations 2030 sustainable development goals over the last five years. Areas with the greatest focus include decent work and economic growth, reduced inequalities, industry, innovation and infrastructure and corruption.

School's environmental commitment 1:
Responsible Leadership Initiative: The College introduced the Responsible Leadership Initiative (RLI) in Fall 2017, after becoming an advanced signatory to Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) and an associate member of the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative (GRLI) in Spring 2017. Both organizations are supported by AACSB, our international accrediting body, which advocates that colleges and schools of business teach business as a force for good throughout the world. The RLI uses the Sustainable Development Goals provide a framework and common language for educating students on how to create and lead responsible business initiatives that contribute value to workers, communities and the environment in addition to generating profits.

School's environmental commitment 2:
Curriculum: The College of Business Administration has sustainability integrated in 42 courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. In addition the Business Case for Sustainability course, the College of Business Administration also offers both graduate and undergraduate students opportunities to study abroad and learn about sustainable business practices in France and India.

School's environmental commitment 3:
Research: 36% of faculty research was related to sustainability and the sustainable development goals over the last five years. Areas with the greatest focus include decent work and economic growth, reduced inequalities, industry, innovation and infrastructure and corruption.

Career Overview

Average Starting Salary
$35,866
Accepted employment by 3 months after graduation
69%

Finding Jobs & Internships

Source Of Full-Time Job Acceptances
55%
Unknown
36%
School Facilitiated
9%
Graduate Facilitated

Source Of Internship Acceptances
50%
School Facilitiated
50%
Unknown Facilitiated

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

37%
Other
27%
Operations/Logistics
18%
Marketing
18%
Consulting

Graduates Employed by Region

64%
Midwest
27%
West
9%
Northeast

Students Say

Most students in the Part-time MBA are already employed when they enter the program, and may even be receiving tuition reimbursement from their employer. As a result, the majority of these students are not actively seeking employment. However, Kent State makes an “effort to prepare students for life after graduation,” even if they aren’t look- ing for a new job. Across the curriculum, “the classes are well integrated into real-world business careers,” and practical applications are emphasized.

While completing an MBA, students have access to various professional development opportunities, including networking events, career planning workshops, and a mentor- ship program, through which students are paired with executives in their field of inter- est. Students can also “consult advisors and a career manager to know more about how to draft a career plan and get fully prepared.” With a strong reputation throughout the state, the college maintains “good contacts with potential employers” in the region. After completing the MBA program, Kent State graduates earn an average base salary of $54,167.


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
Other 37%
Operations / Logistics 27%
Consulting 18%
Marketing / Sales 18%

Industries

Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Other 37%
Financial Services 18%
Manufacturing 18%
Non-profit 9%
Pharmaceutical / Biotechnology / Healthcare 9%

Prominent Alumni

Drew A. McCandless
SVP Global Excellence Initiatives, Sherwin-Willliams

Rosemary Crane
Board of Directors of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Ltd

Andrew Traicoff
VP Consumer Sales & Customer Development, Goodyear

William G. Eline
Vice President and Cheif Information Officer, Parker Hannifin

MR Rangaswami
Managing Director, Sand Hill Group

Dates

Application Deadlines
Mar 15

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Aid Package
$20,562

Average Scholarship / Grant Aid Package
$10,000

All Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
5%

New Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
18%

Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$11,310
Tuition (Out-State)
$20,396
Fees (In-State)
$1,200
Fees (Out-State)
$1,200

Tuition Part-Time (per credit hour)

Tuition (In-State)
$830
Tuition (Out-State)
$830
Fees (In-State)
$45
Fees (Out-State)
$45

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board On-Campus
$13,052
Estimated Room And Board Off-Campus
$9,500
Academic Expenses
$1,200

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
57
Part Time
52%

In State
94.0%
Out of State
6.0%
Foreign Countries Represented
9

Demographics

21.00%
International

42% female
58% male

Campus Life

Students Say

On the main campus, as well as the auxiliary facilities, Kent State offers a “great atmo- sphere 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 aca- demic 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 college, 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


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