Kent State 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, OH.






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  • Accredited by AACSB International FOR 54 Years

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



  • The Kent State University College of Business Administration is ranked among the top business schools in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best Undergraduate Business Programs rankings.

  • Kent State’s Online MBA Program is ranked by U.S. News & World Report.

  • Kent State's Online MBA - Business Analytics concentration ranks #25 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

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

  • Ranked #26 among the Top 50 Online MBA Programs for 2021, according to The Princeton Review.

  • Online MBA program is ranked #46 among the world’s top online MBA providers in 2020 by QS Quacquarelli Symonds.


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    Our EMBA program is ranked #30 globally by CEO Magazine.

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    Our Online MBA program is ranked #64 globally by CEO Magazine.

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    Our Full-Time MBA program is ranked Tier One globally by CEO Magazine.

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    Online MBA Ranks #35 in the nation according to Fortune's Best Online MBA Programs 2021

  • Master of Economics program ranked 57th

    MBA program ranked 120th

    Master of Accounting program ranked 85th

    Master of Business Analytics program ranked 34th

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

 Program Certifications

QM Program Certifications
Online MBA
CBA Certificate

Affiliations and Endorsements

  • PRME signatory logo.

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


  • IMA accreditation seal.

    One of 79 accounting programs worldwide to receive IMA endorsement.

  • CFA Institute Logo

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


  • GRLI

    Associate member of the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative.



Faculty and Students


  • 75
    full-time faculty

  • 35,000+
    alumni worldwide

  • 3,619
    total students

  • 1,700+
    college alumni are presidents or CEOs

  • 278
    graduate students

  • 3,341
    undergraduate students

*Numbers based on Fall 2020.

Salary Data


Average annual starting salary by major*:

Accounting: $49,372

Business Management: $38,688

Computer Information Systems: $59,487

Economics: $41,000

Entrepreneurship: $42,000

Finance: $54,303

General Business: $44,436

Marketing: $44,654

Managerial Marketing: $51,035

HR Management: $42,831

Sales Certificate: $51,691

Average annual starting salary*:

MBA: $59,648

MSA: $53,125

MSBA: $64,285



*Numbers Based on Class of 2020.

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.

  • 343
    internships during the 2019-20 academic year
  • 94%
    of employers were extremely or very satisfied with overall performance during internship

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.

  • 89
    students studied abroad during the 2019-20 academic year
  • $113,500
    in education abroad scholarships awarded during the 2019-20 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

    475 Terrace Drive
    P.O. Box 5190
    Kent, OH 44242-0001

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

    Undergraduate Programs Office
    475 Terrace Drive
    Kent, OH 44242