Overview

Applicants
88
Acceptance Rate
94%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.30
Years Work Experience
7
Average Age
31

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
490 - 620
GPA
2.95 - 3.57

Deadlines


Regular Application Deadline
July 15

Rolling Admission Deadline
July 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

GMAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Non-Academic

Work Experience

School Type And Accreditation

School Type
Public

AACSB-approved
Yes

Selectivity Rating

Program Types

Full-Time
Yes

Part-Time
Yes

Evening
Yes

Executive
No

Online
Yes

Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
8:1
Total Faculty
48

83.33
Full-time
33.33
Minority
31.25
Female
16.67
Part-time


Students Say

The University of Akron's College of Business Administration offers flexible programs with both full-time and part-time options, including an evening MBA program which qualifying students can complete in as few as twelve months if they meet the required undergraduate course work. An orientation session at the start of the first semester will allow students to get acquainted with the program. From there, it is on to a program devoted to "preparing you for your future." Concentrations include finance, international business, management, strategic marketing, supply-chain management, health care, interdisciplinary, and business analytics.

Through a diverse student body, "high competition" among classmates, and an administration willing to "change curriculum to better serve students," the University of Akron "really prepare[s] its students to excel in the marketplace." However, one student believes the work is "much less difficult than I had anticipated." Still others say that "some professors are difficult to approach and to schedule time with," with the most disgruntled of students claiming a few professors are "arrogant and really don't want to help students." This is in sharp contrast to those who find educators at Akron to be "friendly and accessible" and a group that "make[s] sure that we learn through discussions and active participation."

In fact, many students are "amazed" at the qualifications of the "fantastic" MBA professors here and are pleased to find "an outstanding staff and members of faculty that know what is best for their students to be the future cadres of the worldwide village." Educators who "bring real world, practical knowledge that is second to none" not only help provide a "rewarding" educational experience, they also "inform you of job opportunities, workshops, internships, clinics, etc." But do not expect your hand to be held. "It is up to you to follow up. If you do follow up you have all of their resources at your disposal."


Concentrations

Accounting
Economics
Healthcare Administration
Finance
Information Systems/Information Technology
International Business
JD/MBA - Dual Degree
Leadership/Management
Marketing
Supply Chain Management

Specialized Masters

Accounting
Business Administration
Economics
Taxation

Center for Research

Accounting
Entrepeneurship
Information Systems/Information Technology
International Business
Leadership/Management
Marketing


Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
No

Sustainability course is

Description

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
No

Description

Career Overview


Finding Jobs & Internships

Source Of Full-Time Job Acceptances
71%
Unknown
22%
Graduate Facilitated
7%
School Facilitiated

Source Of Internship Acceptances
58%
Graduate Facilitiated
42%
School Facilitiated

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

27%
Other
20%
General Management
17%
Operations/Logistics
17%
Finance/Accounting
13%
Marketing
3%
Human Resources
3%
Information Technology

Graduates Employed by Region

86%
Midwest
5%
International
5%
Mid-Atlantic
4%
South

Students Say

Akron is located near Cleveland's job market, which is an immediate plus, as is the school's "local connections with reputable companies." The school's Center for Career Management offers career services for all undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni. Through this office, students and alumni will have access to help with career planning, summer intern- ships, job searching, interviewing, and resume writing. With Akron's "strong network," and "companies in both public accounting and industry heavily recruiting here, it helps make it very easy to land a job in whichever area you prefer." School-organized career fairs give students a "chance to meet some prominent businesses" and "build [their] profes- sional network." Employers who have hired from the Akron MBA pool include Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Delloite & Touche, Babcock & Wilcox, Dominion, FirstEnergy, Enterprise, Progressive, National City Bank, and J.M. Smuckers.

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 27% $69,280 $72,164 $29,250 $110,000
General Management 20% $45,380 $50,127 $40,000 $78,000
Finance / Accounting 17% $67,500 $64,500 $51,000 $72,000
Operations / Logistics 17% $70,000 $70,800 $65,000 $75,000
Marketing / Sales 13% $55,000 $49,990 $24,960 $65,000
Human Resources 3% $33,000 $33,000 $33,000 $33,000
Information Technology 3% $40,000 $40,000 $40,000 $40,000

Industries

Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Manufacturing 31% $70,000 $65,136 $24,960 $89,504
Financial Services 14% $55,500 $54,000 $40,000 $51,000
Non-profit 14%
Consumer Products 11% $57,500 $63,333 $50,000 $75,000
Other 11% $40,000 $44,750 $29,250 $65,000
Petroleum / Energy 7% $76,500 $76,500 $75,000 $78,000
Government 4% $100,000 $100,000 $100,000 $100,000
Media / Entertainment 4% $42,000 $42,000 $42,000 $42,000
Technology 4% $50,000 $50,000 $50,000 $50,000

Prominent Alumni

Anthony Alexander
Executive-in-Residence, College of Business Aministration, The University of Akron, RetiredPresident and CEO, FirstEnergy Corp.

John Costello III
Chief Global Customer & Marketing Officer, Dunkin Brands

Laura K. Thompson
Executive Vice President and CFO, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

Mark R. Belgya
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, The J.M. Smucker Company

Mary Taylor
Lieutenant Governor of Ohio

Dates

Application Deadlines
Mar 1

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Aid Package
$15,713

Average Scholarship / Grant Aid Package
$25,616

Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
16%

All Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
4%

Tuition Part-Time (per credit hour)

Tuition (In-State)
$496
Tuition (Out-State)
$796
Fees (In-State)
$80
Fees (Out-State)
$80

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board On-Campus
$13,000
Estimated Room And Board Off-Campus
$13,000

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
240
Part Time
58%

In State
98.0%
Out of State
2.0%
Foreign Countries Represented
24

Demographics

11.00%
Minorities
17.00%
International

43% female
57% male

Campus Life

Students Say

As is typical with MBA programs, Akron's program is peopled with a mix of full-time and part-time students, along with the "vast array of career backgrounds" one expects from such a mix. "Some have just finished undergraduate school," one student writes, "and some are returning to school after twenty years of work experience." The group is "as intellectually diverse as we are ethnically. For every one of our students who are truly interested in learning this material and gaining these experiences, there are an equal number who are clearly trying to put in as little work as possible to achieve a passing grade." Overall, most are "hard-working" and "friendly" students interested in "obtaining a degree to enhance their career."

There is no great divide between full-time and part-time students. "Even though the major- ity of the students are part-time, they are interested in working with and giving back to the university. This provides for an interactive environment that sparks interesting discussion both inside and outside of the classroom." Those accepted to Akron's MBA program will find that their classmates "are strong academically with important experience that contrib- utes to classroom discussion." Most students here "honestly enjoy the process of learning and take pride in what we accomplish, regardless of what letter winds up on our tran- scripts." In addition to students with diverse work backgrounds, "we also have students from different countries that bring an interesting perspective to discussions."

Outside the classroom "there is always something fruitful that you can hook your- self up with." When not utilizing the library or the resources of the Center for Career Management, students can check on weekly emails sent to Zipline that UPDATE us on the events that will happen the week to come." The urban setting of Akron may not compare to a major city's—students admit, "the surrounding areas are not that great"–but "there is a pretty good nightlife." The school itself features athletics, a free bowling alley, recreation center, and other amenities, along with the clubs and students organizations one expects from a major college. As one student sums it up, "The bottom line is you can do a lot of useful things every day. The only thing that keeps us from contributing to these activities is our classes."


More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Myra Weakland
Assistant Director

Address
The University of Akron
CBA 412
Akron, OH 44325-4805
United States

Phone
330-972-7043

Fax
330-972-6588

Email
gradcba@uakron.edu


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