COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
Kent State University’s College of Business Administration offers a baccalaureate program called the Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree. Students with career interests in some area of accounting should pursue a B.B.A. degree with a major in accounting. Those who wish to sit for the CPA exam must complete 150 hours (only 121 hours are required for the B.B.A.). In addition to the undergraduate programs, students wanting to expand their knowledge even further and achieve the 150 credit hours needed for the CPA exam can pursue graduate business programs at Kent State, specifically the Master of Science in accounting.

computer applications, ethical decision making and interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills. A well-established internship program, with a solid and well-respected reputation, is available to qualified accounting students.

Related Extracurricular Opportunities

To build connections for eventual employment opportunities and to develop organizational and leadership skills, students are encouraged to join the Accounting Association, and for students who qualify, Beta Alpha Psi, the accounting honorary society. Both organizations promote extracurricular activities in the field of accounting and give students the chance to interact with faculty and accounting practitioners in informal settings. Another student organization that presents considerable appeal to any business major is Delta Sigma Pi, the professional business fraternity, which is open to all students. In addition, there are many other student organizations offering opportunities to develop accounting and general business skills.

Related Academic Opportunities

Employers and educators recognize the importance of building a strong liberal arts background, especially for business students. Students are encouraged to consider minors offered by Kent State’s other colleges and schools. For example, for the students who would like to work in an accounting position for some branch of city government, a major in accounting and a minor in political science might be very helpful in achieving this goal. Students interested in becoming certified public accountants with international applications should consider a foreign language minor. The College of Business Administration also encourages accounting majors to consider a minor program that the college offers. The minors offered include:

  • Computer Information Systems
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Health Care Systems Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing

Learning Communities

First-year students have the opportunity to enhance their college experience by participating in the Business Learning Community developed around the student’s academic interest in business. The Business Learning Community is located in Prentice Hall. Students living on campus reside in Prentice Hall (unless in honors housing) and commuters are welcome to join as well.

The Business Learning Community immerses the student in an environment that supports academic and professional success. The Business Learning Community provides a format that brings business student peers and faculty members into smaller groups creating academic and social support networks.

Learning Communities provide unique opportunities to:

  • Connect students with their peers quickly and develop lifelong friendships.
  • Develop leadership skills by taking a principles course introducing students to leadership basics and further develop their potential through practical experience.
  • Learn about the business world by participating in special lectures, seminars, guest speakers, industry visits and professional networking opportunities. 

CAREER SERVICES OFFICE

The College of Business Administration highly values the significance of out-of-classroom business experience. The College of Business Career Services Office can provide business experiences that will help students:

  • Develop skills in the workplace before graduation.
  • Interact in a professional setting to prepare students for the transition from an academic to a corporate environment.
  • Understand the level of performance and professional behavior expected by employers.
  • Develop a network of professional contacts that will become invaluable upon graduation. The Career Services Office’s goal is to continually expand partnerships and collaborations with firms locally, nationally and around the globe. Those alliances will provide the student with the opportunity for positive, enriching practical business opportunities that can equal future career placement.

Scholarship Opportunities

To assist students in funding their education, the College of Business Administration offers financial and merit-based scholarships. Scholarships are available to incoming freshmen through graduating seniors and vary from tuition and book awards to stipends. College of Business Administration scholarship information is available online to incoming students and can be found posted in various locations throughout the college for sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

Generally, to be considered for these scholarships, students need to apply early in the spring semester. An average GPA of 3.0 or higher is a typical academic qualifier for most scholarships, but students of all academic levels are encouraged to apply.

Other freshman scholarships are available through the Honors College at 330-672-2312 or the Student Financial Aid Office at 330-672-6000.