Message from the Dean


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The Kent State Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship delivers a world-class education to students enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs as well as those taking business courses at six Kent State campus locations. The College provides a full range of business education offerings with 11 undergraduate majors, 14 minors, three graduate certificates, an undergraduate Professional Sales Certificate program; master’s degrees in accounting, business administration, business analytics and economics; as well as a Ph.D. program with concentrations in accounting, finance, information systems, management and marketing.

In 2021, the College became the recipient of the largest gift in Kent State history from Ambassador Edward F. Crawford to name the Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship and Crawford Hall, the new home for the College, which will open in 2024. The new building will support innovative instruction, leading research and student support services for thousands of business majors, minors and others taking business courses across the Kent State system. The College celebrated the official groundbreaking for Crawford Hall on March 8, 2022. 

The College’s graduate programs regularly earn high rankings, with the Business Analytics program ranking #12 in Fortune’s Best Online Master’s in Business Analytics programs in 2022 and the Online MBA ranking #23 in The Princeton Review’s Top 50 Online MBA programs in 2022. The Online MBA program also achieved Quality Matters (QM)™ Program Design and Learner Success Certifications, making it the first MBA program in the U.S. to achieve these certifications. 

The College offers opportunities for students to enhance their professional skillsets through events and resources provided by the Career Services Office. Students can network and learn from top-level executives through speaker series such as the ASPIRE Entrepreneurial Speaker Series, Michael D. Solomon Entrepreneurship Speakers Series and the Global Management Center Speaker Series. Students learn from internationally recognized faculty who publish in top academic journals and are regularly sought out by national media for their expertise.

The Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship is truly preparing students for the careers of the future. 


Deborah F. Spake, Ph.D.