Admission Requirements | Kent State University

The Executive MBA for Corporate Professionals Admission Criteria Includes:

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  • A minimum of seven years professional work experience.
  • An undergraduate degree (not necessarily in business) from an accredited college or university.
  • The candidate's two-year commitment to complete the program, and support by his/her employer.
  • A basic knowledge of algebra and computer applications to include Excel, Word and Powerpoint.

Executive MBA Application Procedure

To be considered for admission to Kent State University's Executive MBA program, students must submit the following information online:

  • Completed Application Form and $45 nonrefundable application fee (check made out to KSU).
  • Official Transcripts - all applicants must have graduated from an accredited college or university.
  • Resume
  • Letter of Recommendation Forms - used to assess academic or job performance. Three forms are required for application to the Executive MBA program. One should be from a senior executive in your organization and another from an immediate supervisor. The third letter should be from a colleague or someone familiar with your academic background.
  • Statement of Goals and Objectives - one full page stating your goals/objectives for the program, used to assess career goals and written communication skills.
  • If Required* - Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) official test scores
  • Interview - required of all candidates submitting a completed application form. The EMBA office will schedule an appointment for a personal interview with the Director after the EMBA admissions committee has received all application materials.

*GMAT/GRE scores typically not required.

EMBA Admission Fees

With an Executive MBA program fully accredited by the AACSB, the premier accrediting body for education in business, Kent State University truly offers the most cost-effective, worthwhile EMBA degree in Northeast Ohio.

The competitively priced fee covers much more than just your tuition. It includes an international business trip (10-14 days abroad), parking permits, catered food service, graduation materials and so much more!

Learn more about our EMBA program fees


GMAT and GRE scores are not typically required.

For those applicants who will be required to take the GMAT, is now offered electronically. Simply call 1-800-717-GMAT to schedule the test at a center near you. The cost is $250, and a $50 fee will be charged for any rescheduling. There are many GMAT-prep books and software packages available to help in the review process. The GMAT Information Bulletin covers a variety of GMAT-related topics, and is available through the KSU Graduate Programs Office. KAPLAN offers a GMAT-prep software package and also offers a practice test on line.

GMAT & GPA Admission Criteria

There is no minimum GMAT score or grade point average required for admission to the EMBA program. The admissions committee considers many factors as it evaluates prospective students, including work history, letters of reference, and other non-academic achievements. The admission process culminates with a personal interview to ensure that the candidate is a good fit for the program, and vice versa.

EMBA Loans

For those needing financial support, there are several loan programs available, including a privately sponsored national program. 

For more information, contact:

Sylvia Bustard
Associate Director, Student Financial Aid
Phone: (330) 672-0531

Executive MBA Scholarship Program for Graduate Students


Over the last few years we have had a large number of graduate students who were admitted to our Executive MBA program with excellent credentials but were unable to enroll due to financial constraints. We very much want these students in our class, and as a result we have decided to offer a limited number of scholarships to students with excellent credentials. The criteria listed below will be used by the Scholarship Committee in their determinations.


Using the criteria listed below, applicants for the scholarships will be evaluated by the scholarship committee. The scholarship committee will be comprised of Executive MBA alumni, business executives, and members of the academic community. The process may also include an interview for the finalists with some members of the committee.

Graduate students are encouraged to provide additional information which may have not been included in the application for admission to the EMBA program. Scholarship applicants will not be evaluated until AFTER their admission to the EMBA program.


  1. ACADEMIC CREDENTIALS: Evidence of prior academic achievements such as undergraduate GPA, score on GMAT, and academic honors will be evaluated by the committee;
  2. APPLICANT'S PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Evidence of professional achievements will be rated using the resume and other materials provided by the scholarship applicants and in some cases, additional information obtained during the interview;
  3. LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION: From corporate executives, colleagues and others will be reviewed as evidence of professional and community accomplishments and service;
  4. PERSONAL LETTER FROM THE APPLICANT: The Executive MBA scholarship applicant should provide a one to two page letter detailing the reasons why she (or he) should receive a scholarship.


The dollar amount of the scholarship will vary; however, the maximum scholarship will be approximately 25% of the total EMBA program fee of $43,900.


Employees of Kent State University and their eligible dependents or any other person who is eligible for a fee waiver at Kent State cannot receive this award.


The Executive MBA scholarship program is available to graduate students who need financial help to enroll, and scholarships will be awarded to each student based on criteria listed by the committee. *subject to board approval

Past Executive MBA Sponsorships

These organizations have provided tuition benefits to employees to earn an Executive MBA degree at Kent State:

 A.C.T. Consulting, Inc.

Advanced Monobloc Corporation

Ajax Magnathermic Corporation

Akro Corporation

Akron City Hospital

Akron General Medical Center

Alar Products Inc.

Alcan Aluminum Corporation

Alexander and Thackaberry, Inc.

Allen Bradley

Alliance Community Hospital

Alliance Manufacturing Company, Inc.

Alltel Alpha Enterprises, Inc.

Alpha Metals, Inc.

American Business Computer Association

American Electric Power Service Corporation

Ameritect Applied Technologies


Annadale Scrap Company

Area Agency on Aging

Ashland Petroleum Company

Ashtabula County Family Services Agency


Automated Packaging Systems

B.F. Goodrich Company

B.P. America

Babcock and Wilcox

Bailey Controls

Barberton Citizens Hospital

Belden and Blake

Bethlehem Steel Corporation

Borg Warner Corporation


Buckeye Feed Mills, Inc.

Buckeye Packing Company, Inc.

Bull HN Information Systems

Camelot Music, Inc.

Children's Hospital Medical Center

Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Cleveland Electric Illuminating Co.

Clinlab, Inc.

Coastal Industries, Inc.

Columbiana Chemical Company

Community Drug Board, Inc.

Community Dialysis Center, Inc.

Copeland Company

Cross Truck Equipment

Cuyahoga County Treasurer

Denman Rubber Manufacturing Company

Daniel E. Donley, CPA Incorporated

Davis Standard Division

Delta Systems

Diebold, Inc.

Digital Equipment Corporation

Easco Aluminum

East Ohio Gas Company

Eaton Corporation

E&J Gallo Winery

Eltech Research Corporation

Envirite Corporation

Essroc Materials, Inc.

Farmers National Bank and Trust Co.

Fasson, Incorporated

Figgie International

Firestone Tire and Rubber Company

First American Savings Bank

First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Wooster

First National Bank of Massillon

First National Bank of Western Pennsylvania

Fisher Big Wheel

Ford Motor Company


General Electric Company

General Motors Corporation

General Tire, Inc.

Georgia-Pacific Corporation

Glastic Company

Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company

GRD Associates

Guernsey Memorial Hospital

Gunton Corporation

Hallrich Corporation

Hewlett Packard

Holzheimer Interiors Incorporated

Home Health Care of America

Hunter Manufacturing Company

IBM Corporation


ITT Grinnell Corporation

Invacare Company

J.D. Johnson Company

J&L Special Products Corporation

J.M. Smucker

Karg Corporation

Keithley Instruments, Incorporated

Kendall Corporation

Kennametal Corporation

Kevin Coleman Center, Incorporated

Lauren Manufacturing

Leaseway Transportation

Lincoln Electric

Loral Systems

Lorillard, Incorporated

Luk Automotive Systems



Massillon Community Hospital

McDonald's Corporation

Matrix Essentials Incorporated

McGraw Edison Company

McLane Grocery Company

Medical Mutual of Cleveland

Merck & Co., Inc.

Midland-Ross Corporation

The Miller Brewing Company

MK Architectural Metal, Inc.

Mobil Chemical

Monsanto Chemical Company

Molded Fiber Glass Companies

Mt. Sinai Health Institute

Namco Controls, Incorporated

National City Bank of Cleveland

NCR Corporation

Norandex Building Products

North Coast Distributing Inc.

North Coast Latex

Norton Company

Ohio Bell Company

Ohio Edison Company

Ohio Power Company

Olsher Metals Processing Corp

PCC Airfoils, Incorporated

PPG Industries

Packard Electric

Parker-Hannifin Corporation

Pennsylvania Crusher Corporation

Pennsylvania Electric Coil

Pennzoil Corporation

Philip Morris, USA

Picker International

Polysar, Incorporated

Power Transmission Technology Inc.

Q-Panel Company

R.D. Werner Company

R &F Coal Company

RMI Titanium Company

Reeves Banking and Trust Company

Reliance Electric Company

Resource Exploration

Riverview Management

Roadway Express

Roadway Logistics Systems

Roberts Express, Inc.

Robinson Memorial Hospital

Rubbermaid, Incorporated

S.R. Snodgrass and Company

Schrader Bellows A. Schulman Inc.

Scott and Feltzer Adalet - PLM Division

Second National Bank of Warren

Service Master Management Service

Sharon Regional Health System


Silent Partner

St.Thomas Medical Center

Society Company

Society National Bank

Stanadyne Stock Equipment


Swagelok Company

TRW Metals, Incorporated

Technicare Corporation

Testa Companies

Thomas Steel Corporation

Timken Company

Timken Mercy Medical Center

Tremco, Incorporated

Tru-Fit Products Corporation

Trumbull Lumber Company

Trumbull Memorial Hospital

Union Carbide Corporation

University Hospitals of Cleveland

U.S. Soil Conservation Service

USX Corporation - U.S. Steel Division

V.C. Industries

Visiting Nurse Association of Cleveland

S.K. Wellman

Western Reserve Care Systems/Northside Medical Center

Westinghouse Electric Corporation

Will-Burt Company, Incorporated

Yankee Exploration, Incorporated

Youngstown Hospital Association

Past Executive MBA sponsorships are listed alphabetically by company name. Learn how your company can become a sponsor for the Executive MBA program at Kent State University.

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