The Full-Time MBA Program | Kent State University

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Program Highlights

  • Cohort structure that can be completed in 12 - 15 months
  • Admission is selective and is limited to an entering class of 45 participants each fall
  • Professional development and experiential learning are incorporated into the program
  • Option to specialize in one of six concentrations:
    • Accounting
    • Economics
    • Finance
    • Information Systems
    • International Business
    • Supply Chain Management
  • Option of pursuing dual MBA and master’s degrees in Architecture, Communications, Library and Information Science, Nursing and Translation
  • Students gain a cross-cultural perspective through optional study abroad trips
  • Internship opportunities designed to provide MBA students with beneficial experience and industry exposure
  • Graduate Assistantships, awarded based on academic merit, are available to high-achieving applicants
  • Recognized as a high-quality MBA program:
    • Accredited by the Association to Advance College Schools of Business International (AACSB)
    • Consistently ranked in top tier of Princeton Review’s 300 best MBA programs
    • Ranked in tier one of CEO Magazine's best MBA programs

Full-Time MBA Class of 2015 Profile

  • Class Demographics 
    Average GMAT - 559
    Average GPA - 3.37
    Average Work Experience - 2.2 years
    Average Age - 26 years
    Percent Female - 32%
    International Students - 47%
  • Undergraduate Majors 
    Business - 23%
    Architecture - 16%
    Liberal Arts - 18%
    Engineering and Science - 21%
    Economics - 16%
    Other - 6%


Full-time MBA Admissions

Applicants to the Full-time MBA program must submit the following materials by the application deadline.

  • Online application page
  • Application fee - $30 for domestic applicants and $70 for international applicants
  • Official transcripts - All applicants must have graduated from an accredited college or university. Official transcripts from all institutions attended must be sent to the Graduate Programs Office.
  • Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) - Official test scores from the GMAT must be sent directly to the Graduate Programs Office from Pearson VUE. For more information about the GMAT, please visit the official GMAT web site.
  • Professional Resume - Listing previous job experience and accomplishments.
  • Three letters of Recommendation  - Recommendations are used to assess academic or job performance, and may be from either faculty or employers who can support the applicant's abilities.
  • Essay of Goals and Objectives – This essay is used to assess career goals and written communication skills.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS - Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit scores for the TOEFL. Students who have studied in the United States for more than two years are not required to submit TOEFL scores. The minimum score requirements are:
    • TOEFL: 550 paper-based; 213 computer-based; or 80 Internet-based.
    • IELTS: 6.5

  • Graduate Assistantship Application - Merit-based Graduate Assistantships are available for full-time students

Full-time MBA Deadlines

  • Domestic Applicants
    July 1
  • International Applicants and Applicants Applying for Graduate Assistantships
    April 1


Full-time MBA Curriculum


First 8 Weeks

Second 8 Weeks

FIN 66050 Law and Ethics - 2 Credits ACCT 63037 Financial Accounting for Decision Making - 2 Credits
ECON 62022 Managerial Economics - 2 Credits ECON 62021 Global Conditions and Macroeconomic Policy Analysis - 2 Credits
MIS 64005 Analytics for Decision Making - 2 Credits MKTG 65051 Marketing Management - 2 Credits


BAD 68051 Business Professional Development I - 1 credit
Elective - 3 credits


Spring Semester

First 8 Weeks

Second 8 Weeks

ACCT 63038 Managerial Accounting for Decision Making - 2 Credits FIN 66060 Managerial Finance - 2 Credits
MIS 64042 Globalization and Technology Strategy - 2 Credits MIS 64158 Leadership and Managerial Assessment - 2 Credits
MIS 64271 Human Resources Management - 2 Credits  


MIS 64185 Business Strategy - 3 Credits
Elective - 3 Credits


Summer Semester

Summer I

Summer III

MIS 64041 Operations, Service and Supply Chain Management - 3 Credits Internship or other elective (if not taken in Summer 1)
Elective - 3 Credits  

You have the opportunity to gain enriching professional experience and exposure by competing with some of the best business schools in the world, in both local and international MBA Case Competitions.

Professional Development Opportunities

A professional development component is built into the Full-time MBA Program curriculum and includes public speaking and presentation skills, career planning, interviewing skills, résumé clinics, business etiquette luncheons, team building and leadership assessment and development. 

MBA Case Competitions

You have the opportunity to gain enriching professional experience and exposure by competing with some of the best business schools in the world, in both local and international MBA Case Competitions.


You are encouraged to earn (elective) credit by participating in paid summer internships with national and multinational firms, as well as larger nonprofit organizations headquartered in our region.

Other Career and Networking Events

From on-campus company information sessions to MBA career fairs, guest speakers, industry conferences and alumni panels, we provide you with ample opportunities to meet and network with business leaders from a wide variety of organizations.

International Experiences

Our Global Management Center provides you with numerous opportunities for exposure to the global business environment, including an international lecture series, international education-abroad trips and international case competitions.

Graduate Assistantships

Applicants with excellent grades and GMAT scores are encouraged to apply for graduate assistantships, which are highly competitive and awarded based on academic merit. Graduate assistantships consist of a tuition waiver plus a monetary stipend in exchange for work done in the College of Business Administration or in other units within the university.

Why should you choose Kent State's Full-Time MBA Program?

Kent State University’s full-time MBA program creates a unique and invaluable educational opportunity where course structure, curriculum and experienced faculty work to help you succeed in your career.

Hear from some of our full-time MBA students about how the opportunities, case competitions, class sizes and structure of our program work together to facilitate an excellent learning environment that prepares you for the workforce.


How was Kent State's MBA valuable to you?

Many of our full-time MBA program alumni have gone on to successful and worthwhile business careers.

In this video, learn how our knowledgeable faculty and unique course structure - such as our professional development programs - help students reach their full potential by giving them the necessary tools for life after graduation.

Program Structure

When does the Full-time program start?
The full-time MBA program starts only in fall semester. 

Students can complete a general MBA in 12 months or specialize in one of the following six areas in 15 months:

  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Information Systems
  • International Business
  • Supply Chain Management

How long does it take to get a Full-time MBA?
Completion varies by student, on average the Full-time MBA takes 21 months to complete.

Are courses offered online?
Several electives are offered online during the summer, but less than 20% of the program is available online.

Do I need to have an undergraduate degree in a business?
Not at all!  The MBA degree accepts undergraduate majors from all areas:  business, physical sciences, humanities, engineering, social sciences and most others.  

If my degree is not business, will I have trouble with the coursework?
MBA courses are carefully sequenced, building on each other, so by following prerequisites, all majors are able to successfully complete the degree.  

If I have a business degree or have taken many business courses, may I be waived out of any courses? 
Core courses may be waived if the applicant has attended an AACSB accredited institution and received a grade of "B" or better in two relevant undergraduate courses or one relevant graduate course within the last ten years.   

Is the Full-time MBA accredited?  
Yes, it is accredited by the AACSB.  The AACSB is one of the most prestigious and rigorous accrediting bodies in higher education. Kent State University's College of Business Administration and Graduate School of Management first earned AACSB accreditation in 1964.  Fewer than 20% of the business schools world-wide have earned AACSB accreditation. Kent State University’s College of Business Administration is among this exclusive group of business schools.

Do I have to choose a concentration in the Full-time MBA program?
In the full-time MBA programs, students have the option of pursuing a general MBA or one of our ten concentrations. 

What type of career assistance is available?  
The College of Business Administration Career Services Office provides students networking opportunities, internship and career searches, resume review, customized career coaching, and career development appointments and workshops. Their Employer Relations and Outreach Team partners with corporations for recruitment and hiring by connecting them with talented business students.         

What type of housing is available for graduate students?  
There are residence halls available on campus.  There are also many apartments located in the city of Kent that are available to students.


What is the size of the Full-time MBA program?
On average, 65 students a year.

Do international applicants have to take an English language test?
Yes, they have to take the TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB or PTE.

Is there a minimum TOEFL or IELTS score required for admission?  
The minimum TOEFL score required for admission is 550. If you have studied in the U.S. more than two years, then the TOEFL score may be waived.  Computer based test 213, internet based 80, and IELTS band 6.5.  

When are classes scheduled?
Monday through Friday, throughout the day 

Is there a minimum grade point average required for admission?  
There are no set minimums for GPA . Our average for the full-time MBA usually ranges from 3.2 - 3.4 for GPA.

Is there a minimum GMAT or GRE score required for admission?  
There is no set GMAT or GRE score that guarantees admission.

Are there programs available to prepare for the GMAT, or is it possible to self-study?  
It is possible to self-study for the GMAT by using one of the many study guides or software programs published through a variety of sources. Visit for more information about the GMAT and the practice tests they offer.  Our College of Business Administration’s Graduate Programs Office normally offers a GMAT prep workshop each fall and spring.  

What other factors are considered in admission?
Courses taken, grade point average (transcripts), goals and objectives essay, work experience (resume) and letters of recommendation. 

Can I be reviewed for admission if I haven’t taken the GMAT or GRE?
All application materials, including the GMAT or GRE, must be received before you can be reviewed for admission. 

Do you have conditional admission?
We do not offer conditional admission

When is the application deadline?
International Applicants and Graduate Assistantships: April 1st
Domestic Applicants: July 1st

Tuition and Fees

What is the credit hour cost of for Ohio residents and non-residents?
Ohio resident: $485.00
Nonresident: $827.00
There is a $600 per semester program fee for the Full-Time MBA program. 

What is the full-time enrollment cost of Ohio residents and non-residents?
Full time enrollment, Ohio resident:  $5,326.00 per semester
Full time enrollment, Nonresident:  $9,084.00 per semester

Is Financial Aid available?  
Our office awards MBA scholarships to high-achieving full-time students based on academic merit. For domestic students, additional information about loans and work study is available from the Student Financial Aid Office.  

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