Are you looking for a full-time MBA program that can advance your skill set and increase your earnings potential? 

The full-time MBA at Kent State University's Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship can provide all that and more.

Free Graduate Application Week: October 22 - November 1

Kent State's Office of Graduate Admissions is offering a free application week, Oct. 22-Nov. 1.  If you submit your application during this time, the application fee will be automatically waived.  No special code is required. 

This includes applications for all of the College of Business master'sdoctoral and graduate certificate programs. 

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

MBA Program Features

  • AACSB Accredited
  • Accelerated program, can be completed in 12 months
  • Modular, eight-week course structure
  • Career coaching and a professional development course
  • Opportunity for summer internships
  • Merit-based scholarships and graduate assistantships
  • Several study-abroad options with scholarships opportunities
  • Option to specialize in one of six concentrations:
    • Accounting
    • Business Analytics
    • Economics
    • Finance
    • Human Resource Management
    • International Business
  • Dual degree MBA programs in Architecture, Communications, Library and Information Science, Nursing and Translation 

Beyond the Classroom

Our full-time MBA program offers many experiential learning opportunities beyond the classroom, including:



Study Abroad

The Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship offers several study-abroad opportunities that MBA students can select, from short, 10-day trips to a full semester abroad.


Education Abroad Website


Short-Term Trips


Our study-abroad trips provide students firsthand exposure to international businesses and include lectures, visits to international businesses and cultural excursions.  Participating students will come away with a better understanding of the context in which U.S. business operates in a global economy. Our trips have included such places as: France and Switzerland, India, Cayman Islands, Ireland, Belgium and Luxembourg, and Brazil.


Full Semester at Rennes


MBA students have the opportunity to spend a semester or year at ESC Rennes in France and earn a second master's certificate or degree. Rennes, a city of 350,000 and the capital of Brittany in Northern France, is the home of 50,000 university students.


Kent State students will pursue their MBA core courses at the Kent Campus during the first academic year. During the following fall, the student will take international and elective coursework at Rennes. Students pay the same rate of tuition as they do at the Kent Campus.



Career Services Office

Career Services Office


The Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship has its own Career Services Office to provide services and resources to students and alumni in every aspect of their career development process. The office provides opportunities such as mock interviews, on-site corporate visits, networking with company representatives and workshops.


Career Services Office Website


Professional Development Opportunities and MBA Career Coach


A professional development course is built into the full-time MBA curriculum and includes hands-on activities such as self-assessments, personal branding, networking, career exploration and management, developing a career development plan and negotiating job offers. In addition, our MBA career coach individually assists students with résumé critique, interview strategies and a tailored career plan.




In addition to gaining valuable work experience and pay, internships can earn students elective course credit. Our Career Services internship coordinator regularly sends internship opportunity notices for a variety of industries and functions.


Career Fairs


Don't miss these opportunities to meet and network with representatives from a wide variety of organizations seeking interns and job candidates for immediate and future openings.


Case Competitions

Case competitions, such as the Key Bank Competition, provide students with the opportunity to address business issues that face companies today. Through research, evaluation and presentation, teams have the chance to refine their analytical, team building and communication skills, while letting their talents shine in front of a panel of experienced business professionals.

Curriculum Structure

Admission Requirements


  • Online application
  • Application fee - $45 domestic applicants | $70 international applicants
  • Transcripts
  • GMAT or GRE scores
    • GMAT or GRE exam requirement may be waived.​​​​
    • GMAT/GRE Waiver Criteria (pending final approval):
      • Cumulative GPA of 3.2 or greater in a bachelor's degree, or an awarded graduate degree.
      • Two or more years of full-time study in a degree granting program in the United States and successful completion of English, communication and writing intensive courses (international applicants).
      • Completed two quantitative courses, such as advanced algebra, statistics or the equivalent with grades 'B' (3.0) or higher.
      • GMAT/GRE Waiver Request Form
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (international applicants). The minimum score requirements for the full-time MBA program are:
    • TOEFL iBT: 80
    • IELTS: 6.5

  • Résumé
  • Two letters of recommendation 
  • Essay of goals and objectives
  • Scholarship application (optional) - Due March 15


  • Graduate Assistantship application (optional)
    (graduate assistantships are not expected to be awarded for the 2021-2022 academic year)


*All application materials should be submitted prior to deadline.

Full-time MBA Deadlines

  • International applicants and domestic applicants applying for graduate assistantships 
    March 15
  • Domestic applicants NOT applying for graduate assistantships
    July 1


Tuition and Financial Assistance

Kent State offers a best-value MBA program compared to several other universities with Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation, the top credential for business schools.

Full-time MBA Tuition
  Ohio Residents Non-Ohio Residents
Below 11 credit hours $536 per credit hour $999 per credit hour
11-18 credit hours $5,896 $10,989

Full-time MBA program fee: $600 per fall and spring semesters

Financial Assistance available to full-time MBA students:

Merit-based scholarships

Merit-based graduate assistantships   

Loans and Work Study (domestic students only)

* The tuition and fee information provided reflects, at a glance, generalized rates and is intended to act as a guide. Actual tuition costs may vary based on a student’s chosen academic plan. Detailed information regarding tuition and fees can be found in the University Fee Register.

Faculty Spotlight

Ilgaz Arikan
Ilgaz Arikan, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Management at the Kent State Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship, recently collaborated with the Academy of International Business (AIB) to launch a video series, “Frontline IB: Conversations with IB Scholars.” Arikan teaches the MBA capstone course.



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Interested in learning more about about our Full-Time MBA degree? Give us a call at 330-672-2282 and we can answer any questions that you may have. We look forward to hearing from you! 

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Felecia Urbanek
Assistant Director, Graduate Programs

Roberto Chavez
Graduate Programs Director






Cathy L. Z. DuBois, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Graduate and Online Programs