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Kent State Proudly Offers an AACSB-Accredited Online MBA Program


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Fall 2 Application Deadline: September 15 (courses begin October 26)

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Earn Your MBA Degree Online from Kent State

Have you recently earned a bachelor’s degree but are not sure where you want to take your career? Alternatively, are you established in the workforce and looking to take your professional skills to the next level? If either of these scenarios apply to you, you may want to consider applying for an online MBA program.

Earning an MBA degree online not only allows you to continue working full-time, but can also advance your skillset and increase your earnings potential – all on your own schedule.

The Kent State University College of Business Administration is AACSB accredited, making the Kent State online MBA a high-quality and flexible option for students interested in earning their master’s in business. It is also 100% online, meaning you can complete your courses from just about anywhere, whenever it is convenient for you.

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More About Our Ohio-Based Online MBA Program, Available Wherever You Are

Serving students in the local markets of Cleveland, Akron, and Youngstown, as well as virtual students across the state and country, our online MBA program is accessible from practically anywhere. Our curriculum is rigorous yet manageable and provides a host of benefits to dedicated professionals who are looking to earn their MBA degree online.

Kent State University’s Online MBA program is ranked number one by MBA Central, an organization that was formed in 2015 as a resource for editorially unique B-school rankings. Additionally, U.S. News & World Report has awarded our program with the #1 online MBA program ranking in northern Ohio.

In addition, the majority of Kent State’s core MBA courses are Quality Matters certified, meaning they meet rigorous standards of quality, and the remaining core courses are expected to be Quality Matters certified prior to the Fall 2020 Semester.

Below, you will find a number of features that make us stand out compared to other online MBA programs. As you read through this list, if have any questions about the program, please do not hesitate to give us a call today at 330-672-2282.

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Features of Our Online MBA Program

As a university with a program that is nationally ranked, we are looking for students who are motivated and dedicated who can benefit from our high-quality faculty and courses.

To do this, we have created a master’s in business program that will be challenging but rewarding. Some aspects that you will expect to find as a student include:

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) Accreditation

  • This accreditation is one of the most widely recognized in the world and has been awarded to only a select network of business programs since 1916
  • Kent State’s College of Business Administration is among less than 1% of business schools worldwide to hold dual accreditation

Ability to Enroll into the Online MBA Program Any Semester

  • With five start dates available, join us at a time that is convenient for you. We admit students to the Online MBA program each semester – spring, summer and fall. Students can also begin taking courses mid-semester in fall and spring semesters.
  • Courses are in 8-week modules – students can start the program and always find beginning-level courses

Program Concentrations Available for Specialized Learning

  • Business Analytics
  • International Business

Study Abroad Opportunity Available for Online MBA Students

  • There is an option to participate in the program’s study abroad course
  • This international course fulfills some of the program’s required elective credits

A Master of Business Administration with Case-Based Curriculum

  • The accelerated 8-week modules allow students to get to the application of subjects much sooner through the use of case study projects

Proudly Taught by a Nationally Ranked Faculty

  • Within our online MBA program in Ohio, our qualified faculty members are noted academics and leaders in their fields, and are frequently sought out as experts in their subject areas
  • Our faculty members have a variety of published research in their area of expertise and are dedicated to student growth and development

Prior Business-Related Degree Is Not Required

  • A bachelor’s degree is required for admission into this program, but the degree does not need to be in business or from a business school

Busy Schedule? You Can Go at Your Own Pace with Our Courses

  • If you choose to participate in earning your MBA degree online at a full-time pace, it can be completed in as little as 12 months (however the option to spread courses out over a longer time period is also available)
  • Within these two timeframes, courses may be completed at your own pace while adhering to your own schedule



An Overview of the Courses Offered Within Our Online MBA Program

Students seeking an MBA degree online with diverse and applied MBA courses will find what they are looking for within the master’s program at Kent State.

Whether these classes are taken in the comfort of your own home, at work, or anywhere else, the topics that will be covered during the online MBA program include:

  • Accounting
  • Global Technology
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • Marketing
  • Operations, Service and Supply Chain
  • Analytics
  • Law and Ethics
  • Leadership
  • Strategy

Our online MBA program offers Quality Matters certified courses that cover all aspects of business administration.


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Online MBA Admission

Students who are ready to begin taking courses but are unable to meet the deadline with application materials should ask about the option to apply as a Graduate, Non-Degree Seeking student. This option only calls for a $15 fee, along with required transcripts and resumé.

Non-Degree students can take up to 12 credit hours to give them more time to gather all materials needed for the Online MBA application and to enroll in a subsequent semester.

The courses taken as a Non-Degree Seeking student would count toward the online MBA degree once a student is admitted.



Admission Requirements for Our Master of Business Administration Online Program

In order to earn your MBA degree online, you do not have to be based in Ohio. However, there are a number of requirements needed from each applicant to be considered for admission.

Because our graduate programs are highly competitive, we are looking for students with wide-ranging backgrounds and aspirations. If you think our online MBA program would be a good fit for you, please apply with the following:

  • Application
  • Résumé
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • GMAT or GRE scores *
  • Statement of Goals and Objectives

* Pending faculty approval, GMAT/GRE can be waived by exception by meeting the following waiver criteria:

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.2 or greater in a bachelor's degree, or an awarded graduate degree.
  • Completed two quantitative courses, such as advanced algebra, statistics, or the equivalent with grades of "B" (3.0) or higher.
  • 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).

For test waiver consideration, please submit a request via the form here.

If you need additional clarification, please reach out to our team today!

Fall Semester
Fall 1 (August start)
Fall 2 (October start)
July 15
September 15

Spring Semester 
Spring 1 (January start) 
Spring 2 (March start)

December 1
January 15
Summer Semester April 15

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Tuition and Fees

Kent State offers a best-value online MBA program compared with many other universities with Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation.

  • Ohio residents' tuition: $830 per credit hour
  • Non-Ohio residents' tuition: $840 per credit hour
  • All Online MBA students have a $12 per credit hour distance learning fee in addition to the above tuition rate.
  • The program is 37 credit hours, making the total tuition cost +/- $30,000. Applicants with two or more years of full-time work experience, post-bachelor's degree, will have 1 credit hour (professional development) waived.
  • An estimate per course for books and supplies is $150.

There is a separate fee for webinars which come in an 18-month subscription. These five self-paced instructional webinars provide an introduction and review of the subjects that may cause some challenges: accounting and spreadsheets, finance, economics, and statistics. The subscription is comparable in cost to that of books and supplies for one course.


Want to Take Your Career to New Heights? Apply for Our Online MBA Program Today

No matter what time of year it is, students can begin the application process for our master’s in business administration program. Given the fact that we offer fall, spring and summer semesters, we offer the flexibility for students to start their online MBA applications at any time.

Do not miss out on the opportunity to be a part of a unique, accelerated, high-quality online MBA program. You will learn valuable aspects of business, have the opportunity to study abroad, and be able to network with faculty, business leaders, and students from a wide variety of backgrounds. Earing your MBA degree online at Kent State allows you to do all of this all while on your own schedule, wherever your location may be.

If you would like to learn more about our online MBA program, we encourage you to do one or all of the following:


 Program Coordinator: Amy Kittle


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