Kent State University College of Business Administration Facts

The College of Business Administration (COBA), AACSB accredited since 1964,
is located on Kent State University’s main campus in Kent, Ohio.


Accreditation and Rankings


  • AACSB Accreditation Seal

  • Accredited by AACSB International

    • Among less than 1% of business schools worldwide to receive dual AACSB accreditation in both business and accounting.


    • AACSB-accredited schools produce highly-skilled graduates that are desirable to employers.


    • AACSB accreditation is the gold standard for students seeking the finest education and companies seeking cutting-edge talent.




  • AACSB Accounting Accreditation Seal 2017

    We have the rare distinction of dual accreditation for both business and accounting; only 180 institutions worldwide hold an additional specialized AACSB Accreditation.


  • Best Colleges Seal 2018

    Ranked as a top business college in Ohio and the number one public university in Northeast Ohio by U.S. News and World Report.

  • The Princeton Review 2018

    Ranked as one of the nation's most outstanding business schools, according to The Princeton Review.


  • IMA accreditation seal.

    Ranked among the top 50 undergraduate business schools in the U.S. by Bloomberg Business Week based on an employer survey of how well schools prepared students for jobs.


  • CEO Seals

    Our MBA and EMBA programs are ranked Tier One globally by CEO Magazine.


  • PRME signatory logo.

    Committed to sustainability as an Advanced Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) signatory.


  • IMA accreditation seal.

    One of 23 accounting programs worldwide to receive IMA endorsement.


  • Sales Education Foundation, or SFE, Top Sales Universities seal.

    Recognized by the Sales Education Foundation as a top university for professional sales education.


  • CFA Institute Logo

    The College’s finance program is aligned with the CFA Institute.




Faculty and Students


  • 35,000+
    alumni worldwide
  • 4,054
    total students
  • 3,788
    undergraduate students
  • 266
    graduate students
  • 81%
    retention rate (Kent Campus)

*Numbers based on Fall 2017.

Salary Data


Average annual starting salary by major*:

Accounting: $45,488

Business Management: $38,164

Computer Information Systems: $51,290

Economics: $48,549

Entrepreneurship: $41,991

Finance: $45,028

Marketing: $40,562

Managerial Marketing: $44,062

General Business: $38,164

HR Management: $49,006

Average annual starting salary*:

MBA: $58,916

MAE: $51,661

MSA: $49,800




*Numbers Based on Class of 2017.

Career Services

    • Leading the way as the only college on campus with a dedicated satellite office of the university’s Career Services Center.
    • Empowering undergraduate and graduate students to find jobs and internships, discover a career path and achieve success.
    • Engaging corporate partners through an advisory council, internships, mentoring, workshops and recruitment both on and off campus.
  • A group of female students networking with employers at an event hosted by the College of Business Administration.

  • 402
    internship experiences in 2017-2018
  • 7%
    increase in internships over the last year
  • 180
    academic scholarships awarded to current and prospective students

Education Abroad

    • Education Abroad Opportunities expose undergraduate and graduate students to international business and culture at Kent State’s campus in Florence, Italy, in addition to many other cities.


    • They can be a semester-long or a summer experience, ranging from 10 days to five weeks.
  • The sun sets over a bridge in Florence, Italy.

  • 242
    students studied abroad during the 2017-18 academic year
  • $2,500
    scholarships are available to ALL business students
  • $605,000
    in education abroad scholarships awarded during the 2017-18 academic year

Research and Innovation

  • Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation (CEBI)

    The Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation (CEBI) immerses students in entrepreneurship education and experiences, advances innovative entrepreneurial research and nurtures regional outreach.


  • Global Management Center (GMC)

    The Global Management Center (GMC) strives to advance international business education opportunities; global research through industry partnerships; and provide an international stage for students, faculty and the public to learn and engage in best global business practices.


  • Center for Information Systems (CIS)

    Center for Information Systems (CIS) promotes cooperation and networking between IT professionals and faculty, staff and students; advances curriculum relevance and provides internships, scholarships and excellent careers for our graduates.


  • Responsible Leadership Initiative

    The Responsible Leadership Initiative promotes business as a force for good and demonstrates through practice and research how business can drive achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals established in 2016 by the United Nations Global Compact.


Contact Us

    Graduate Programs Office
    475 Terrace Drive Suite A310
    Kent, OH 44242