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Business Management - B.B.A.

Our Business Management B.B.A. program offers a comprehensive education in business fundamentals, management principles and leadership strategies to help you succeed in a wide range of industries. With experienced faculty, real-world opportunities and a strong focus on hands-on learning, you'll develop the skills needed to tackle complex business challenges and achieve your career goals. Enroll now and take the first step towards a successful career in business management. Read more...

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Program Information

Program Description

Full Description

The Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Business Management gives students credentials important to getting their first job as an entry-level manager or manager-trainee. Every organization of any size and type depends on and needs managers, including, as examples, the small corner store, department stores, accounting firms, healthcare centers, manufacturing firms or a business-to-business type of organization.

Business Management students may apply early to the M.B.A. degree and double count 9 credit hours of graduate courses toward both degree programs. See the Combined Bachelor's/Master's Degree Program policy in the University Catalog for more information.

Admissions

Admission Requirements

The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds, those with special talents and adult students who graduated from high school three or more years ago.

First-Year Students on the Kent Campus: First-year admission policy on the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based upon cumulative grade point average, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends. Students not admissible to the Kent Campus may be administratively referred to one of the seven regional campuses to begin their college coursework. For more information, visit the admissions website for first-year students.

First-Year Students on the Regional Campuses: First-year admission to Kent State’s campuses at Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Salem, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas, as well as the Twinsburg Academic Center, is open to anyone with a high school diploma or its equivalent. For more information on admissions, contact the Regional Campuses admissions offices.

International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency unless they meet specific exceptions. For more information, visit the admissions website for international students.

Transfer Students: Students who have attended any other educational institution after graduating from high school must apply as undergraduate transfer students. For more information, visit the admissions website for transfer students.

Former Students: Former Kent State students or graduates who have not attended another college or university since Kent State may complete the reenrollment or reinstatement form on the University Registrar’s website.

Admission policies for undergraduate students may be found in the University Catalog.

Some programs may require that students meet certain requirements before progressing through the program. For programs with progression requirements, the information is shown on the Coursework tab.

Transfer Student: A minimum 2.500 overall GPA (effective spring 2023, a minimum 2.000 overall GPA) is required for admission into the major. Students who have previously attended Kent State and have completed (or the equivalent of) COMM 15000, ENG 21011, MATH 11010 and MGMT 24163 must have earned a minimum C grade in the courses.

Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Assess and suggest appropriate solutions to human resource-related business problems.
  2. Assess and suggest appropriate solutions to business concerns in global markets.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of basic principles of project management.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of leadership principles and theories.

Kent State University's Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship students earning a BBA are expected to have developed skills in the following critical areas of business:

  1. Core Business Knowledge - Recall the strategic frameworks that are used to make business decisions.
  2. Analytical Skills - Use analytical methodologies and critical thinking skills to evaluate and solve business problems. 
  3. Digital Technology – Demonstrate the technological skills necessary to analyze business problems and develop solutions.
  4. Written Communication - Write effective business communications.
  5. Oral Communication - Make effective business presentations, using appropriate technologies.
  6. Teamwork – Collaborate effectively with others to achieve a common business purpose.
  7. Business Ethics – Recognize ethical business dilemmas and use ethical decision making to resolve the dilemma.
  8. Global - Analyze the key global factors when making business decisions.
Coursework

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
BA 44152PROJECT MANAGEMENT (min C grade)3
HRM 34180HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (min C grade)3
MGMT 34165DYNAMICS OF LEADERSHIP (min C grade in either course) 13
or MGMT 34175 LEARNING TO LEAD
MGMT 34185INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP BEHAVIOR IN ORGANIZATIONS (min C grade)3
MGMT 44163GLOBAL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT (WIC) (min C grade) 23
MGMT 44392BUSINESS CONSULTING AND PRACTICUM (ELR) (min C grade)3
Major Electives, choose from the following: (min C grade)6
BA 44062
SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
BUS 30189
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS EXPERIENCE (ELR)
or MGMT 44189
INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCE
CIS 34054
USING INFORMATION SYSTEMS FOR SOLVING BUSINESS PROBLEMS
MGMT 34164
ORGANIZATIONAL MENTORING
MGMT 34165
DYNAMICS OF LEADERSHIP 1
or MGMT 34175
LEARNING TO LEAD
MGMT 44009
THE BUSINESS CASE FOR SUSTAINABILITY
MGMT 44192
INTERNSHIP IN MANAGEMENT (ELR)
College Electives, choose from the following: 3,46
ACCT 33063
COST CONTROL AND ANALYSIS FOR MANAGEMENT 5
ECON 32082
INTRODUCTION TO MANAGERIAL ECONOMICS
FIN 36040
PERSONAL FINANCIAL PLANNING
MKTG 45046
PROFESSIONAL SELLING
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
ACCT 23020INTRODUCTION TO FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING 3
ACCT 23021INTRODUCTION TO MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING 3
BA 24056BUSINESS ANALYTICS I 73
BA 34060OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT 3
BA 34156BUSINESS ANALYTICS II 3
BUS 10123EXPLORING BUSINESS 53
BUS 30062ADVANCED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 3
CIS 24053INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER APPLICATIONS 3
COMM 15000INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN COMMUNICATION (KADL) (min C grade)3
ECON 22060PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS (KSS) 3
ECON 22061PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS (KSS) 3
FIN 26074LEGAL ENVIRONMENT OF BUSINESS 3
FIN 36053BUSINESS FINANCE 3
MATH 11010ALGEBRA FOR CALCULUS (KMCR) (min C grade)3
MATH 11012INTUITIVE CALCULUS (KMCR) 63-5
or MATH 12002 ANALYTIC GEOMETRY AND CALCULUS I (KMCR)
MGMT 24163PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT (min C grade)3
MGMT 44285INTEGRATED BUSINESS POLICY AND STRATEGY 3
MKTG 25010PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING 3
UC 10001FLASHES 101 1
UC 10162INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 1
Kent Core Composition6
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each)9
Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines)3
Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory)6-7
General Electives (total credit hours depends on earning 120 credits hour, including 39 upper-division credit hours)10
Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
1

Students can receive credit for both MGMT 34165 and MGMT 34175.

2

A minimum C grade is required to fulfill the writing intensive requirement.

3

Students who study abroad may use BUS 30234 as a college elective for the major.

4

Students who change their major from Accounting to Business Management, or who have declared both the Accounting and Business Management majors or have declared the Accounting minor, may substitute ACCT 33010 in place of ACCT 33063.

5

A student changing to a program in the college, transferring, or incoming students with college credits may be waived out of BUS 10123 if:

  1. 30 or more credit hours have been earned and any two classes (from ACCT 23020, ACCT 23021CIS 24053, FIN 26074, MGMT 24163 or MKTG 25010) have successfully been completed.
  2. 60 or more credit hours have been earned and the student has successfully completed one course (from ACCT 23020, ACCT 23021, FIN 26074, MGMT 24163, MKTG 25010 or CIS 24053)
  3. At the discretion of the dean's office, the student has sufficient breadth and depth of knowledge in a business field (as demonstrated by a CLEP score or Credit by Exam) but does not meet the requirements listed above.
6

Students can take MATH 10051 or PHIL 21002 in place of MATH 11012 or MATH 12002. Taking MATH 10051 or PHIL 21002 will not replace a low grade in either MATH 11012 or MATH 12002. Students are required to take MATH 11012 or MATH 12002 if they change their major to, or want to double major in, Economics or Finance and/or intend to declare a minor in Data Analytics. Students who intend to enroll in certain graduate programs and/or are working toward Phi Beta Kappa status are highly encouraged to take MATH 11012 or MATH 12002.

7

Students who have taken MATH 10041 for another program may use it as a substitute for BA 24056.

8

Minimum C grade required in ENG 21011 or HONR 20197.

9

A maximum of 4 credit hours of Physical Activity, Wellness and Sport (PWS) courses may be applied toward the degree program.

Progression Requirements

  • Minimum 2.000 overall GPA
  • Minimum C grade required in COMM 15000, ENG 21011, MATH 11010 and MGMT 24163.
  • Minimum C grade in all major requirements.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
2.000 2.000
  • Students must complete at least 50 percent of business credit hours (required for the business degree) in-residence on a Kent State University campus.
  • Students must complete two measures of outcomes assessment as specified by the college for complete satisfaction of the B.B.A. degree.
Roadmap

Roadmap

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
BUS 10123 EXPLORING BUSINESS 3
COMM 15000 INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN COMMUNICATION (KADL) 3
MATH 11010 ALGEBRA FOR CALCULUS (KMCR) 3
UC 10001 FLASHES 101 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Two
CIS 24053 INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER APPLICATIONS 3
ECON 22060 PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS (KSS) 3
MATH 11012
or MATH 12002
INTUITIVE CALCULUS (KMCR)
or ANALYTIC GEOMETRY AND CALCULUS I (KMCR)
3-5
UC 10162 INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Three
ACCT 23020 INTRODUCTION TO FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING 3
ECON 22061 PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS (KSS) 3
FIN 26074 LEGAL ENVIRONMENT OF BUSINESS 3
MGMT 24163 PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Four
ACCT 23021 INTRODUCTION TO MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING 3
BA 24056 BUSINESS ANALYTICS I 3
BUS 30062 ADVANCED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 3
MKTG 25010 PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Five
Required for progression in the major: minimum 2.000 overall GPA, minimum C grade in COMM 15000, ENG 21011, MATH 11010 and MGMT 24163  
BA 34060 OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT 3
FIN 36053 BUSINESS FINANCE 3
HRM 34180 HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Six
Required: minimum overall 2.000 GPA  
BA 34156 BUSINESS ANALYTICS II 3
MGMT 34165
or MGMT 34175
DYNAMICS OF LEADERSHIP
or LEARNING TO LEAD
3
Major Elective 3
College Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Seven
Required: minimum overall 2.000 GPA  
BA 44152 PROJECT MANAGEMENT 3
MGMT 44163 GLOBAL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT (WIC) 3
Major Elective 3
General Elective 6
 Credit Hours15
Semester Eight
Required: minimum overall 2.000 GPA and completion of The Assurance of Learning Assessment given in MGMT 44285  
MGMT 34185 INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP BEHAVIOR IN ORGANIZATIONS 3
MGMT 44285 INTEGRATED BUSINESS POLICY AND STRATEGY 3
MGMT 44392 BUSINESS CONSULTING AND PRACTICUM (ELR) 3
College Elective 3
General Elective 1
 Credit Hours13
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
Program Delivery
  • Delivery:
    • In person
  • Location:
    • Ashtabula Campus
    • Geauga Campus
    • Kent Campus
    • Salem Campus
    • Stark Campus
    • Trumbull Campus
    • Tuscarawas Campus
Accreditation

AACSB, International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Examples of Possible Careers and Salaries

General and operations managers

5.8%

faster than the average

2,486,400

number of jobs

$103,650

potential earnings

Management analysts

10.7%

much faster than the average

876,300

number of jobs

$87,660

potential earnings

Project management specialists and business operations specialists, all other

5.9%

faster than the average

1,361,800

number of jobs

$77,420

potential earnings

Sales managers

3.5%

about as fast as the average

433,800

number of jobs

$132,290

potential earnings

Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

3.5%

about as fast as the average

139,400

number of jobs

$96,390

potential earnings

Notice:

* Source of occupation titles and labor data comes from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook. Data comprises projected percent change in employment over the next 10 years; nation-wide employment numbers; and the yearly median wage at which half of the workers in the occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less.