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Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship

Business Administration (MBA)

Course Delivery
100% online
Total Credits
37
Approximate Tuition Cost
$30,700
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Potential to waive GMAT/GRE!

Business Administration (MBA) Graduate Certificate Program Overview

The online Master of Business Administration degree is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB).

The MBA degree prepares students for responsible leadership positions in private, nonprofit and public organizations. Upon completion of the degree, graduates demonstrate a global mindset and competence in critical thinking, digital technology, communication, teamwork and ethical and sustainable management.

The program welcomes students from the full range of undergraduate degrees. Regardless of their undergraduate education, students will find a challenging program designed to prepare them for management positions in organizations.

The modular, eight-week course structure allows you to enroll in any semester and study at your own pace. The online MBA offers a case-based curriculum, a flexible schedule, academic advisors who are always willing to help, access to an MBA career coach, digital career services offerings, and an online speaker series. The online MBA offers access to a full range of resources also offered to in-person graduate students.

Best Online Programs U.S. News & World Report MBA Programs 2021

U.S. News Rankings:
Kent State’s Online MBA program, offered by the Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship, boasts two placements in the Best Online Programs rankings. Kent State’s Online MBA with a concentration in business analytics ranked No. 25 in the nation in the U.S. News 2021 Online MBA specialty ranking, and the overall Online MBA program ranked No. 126 in the country among all higher education institutions. Read more.

The Princeton Review Top 50 Online MBA Programs 2021

Princeton Review:

Kent State’s Online MBA program, offered by the Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship, is ranked #23 among the Top 50 Online MBA Programs for 2022 by The Princeton Review.

AACSB Accredited

Accreditation:
The online MBA is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).

QM Quality Matters Program Design 2021

Quality Matters Program Design and Recognized Courses:
Quality MattersTM (QM) Recognition via the peer review process means that an online course has met rigorous, research-based standards for quality online course design.

Kent State University is proud to announce that the College of Business Administration has both QM Recognized Courses and QM Program Design. Learn more.

Online Concentrations: The online MBA program includes five optional concentrations:
Accounting
The Accounting concentration allows students to specialize their degree with courses in managerial and financial accounting, business valuation using financial statements and international accounting. Completion of this concentration is not sufficient to sit for the CPA exam in Ohio unless the student has an undergraduate accounting major.
Business Analytics
The Business Analytics concentration allows students to gain the technical, analytical, communication, decision-making and leadership skills needed to glean useful information from data to make strategic decisions.
Healthcare Administration
The Healthcare Administration concentration provides business students with knowledge of the healthcare setting that will support their capacity to work effectively in a variety of healthcare organizations.
Human Resource Management
The Human Resource Management concentration allows students to specialize their degree with advanced topics in employee selection and appraisal, organizational analysis, and the opportunity for real-world applications.
International Business
The International Business concentration allows students to specialize their degree with courses in accounting, marketing, finance and strategy with an international focus. Study abroad options are possible, with no language skills required.
Dual Degrees: The online MBA offers seven dual degree options:
MLIS/MBA
Designed for managers of large libraries and information centers. Individuals in these positions need knowledge pertaining to planning, organizing, staffing, directing and controlling. Advanced education to obtain knowledge and learn skills related to these management functions enables students to take advantage of career opportunities both in library settings and other information settings, both in the profit and nonprofit sectors.
MBA/MA Translation
Students have the opportunity to complete a dual degree program with the M.A. degree in Translation and the M.B.A. degree in Business Administration. A separate application must be submitted for each program. Students can view admission requirements for each program on their respective catalog page.

The dual degree is designed for linguists. By combining the practices and language of business, students can pursue language-based careers in the private, public and governmental sectors.
MBA/MS Aviation Management and Logistics
Students have the opportunity to complete a dual degree program with the M.S. degree in Aviation Management and Logistics and the M.B.A. degree in Business Administration. A separate application must be submitted for each program. Students can view admission requirements for each program on their respective catalog page.

The dual M.S./M.B.A. degree program prepares students for responsible leadership positions and provides an integrated business and aviation management and logistics education with an emphasis on regional, national and global implications in the field of aviation.
MBA/MS Hospitality & Tourism Management
Students have the opportunity to complete a dual degree program with the M.B.A. degree in Business Administration and the M.S. degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management. A separate application must be submitted for each program. Students can view admission requirements for each program on their respective catalog page.

The dual degree Master of Business Administration and Master of Science degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management degree prepares students for responsible leadership positions. It provides an integrated hospitality and tourism education with an emphasis on regional, national and global implications of the field.
MBA/MS Knowledge Management
Students have the opportunity to complete a dual degree program with the M.S. degree in Knowledge Management and the M.B.A. degree in Business Administration. A separate application must be submitted for each program. Students can view admission requirements for each program on their respective catalog page.

The dual M.S./M.B.A. degree is designed for students who seek the capacity to develop and apply knowledge to improve organizational strategies. Graduates will be able to design, deliver, support and lead knowledge-management programs at project and enterprise levels.
MBA/MPH
Students have the opportunity to complete a dual degree program with the Master in Public Health degree and the M.B.A. degree in Business Administration. A separate application must be submitted for each program. Students can view admission requirements for each program on their respective catalog page.

The dual M.B.A./M.P.H. degree prepares students for responsible leadership positions and offers an integrated business and public health curriculum designed to help students develop real-world knowledge and skills needed to pursue success and management opportunities in the public health industry.
MBA/MSN
Students have the opportunity to complete a dual degree program with the M.S.N. and the M.B.A. degree in Business Administration. A separate application must be submitted for each program. Students can view admission requirements for each program on their respective catalog page.

The dual M.B.A./M.S.N. is designed for experienced nurses whose career goals include assuming middle or executive management positions in health services agencies or in health-related companies, or who are interested in starting their own business. It combines the strengths of advanced nursing preparation with the practical management knowledge needed to develop significant leadership capabilities.

Program Structure

Online MBA Program Structure

  • 37 minimum credit hours
  • Study abroad opportunity available—fulfills some of the program’s required elective credits
  • Courses are in 8-week modules—students can start the program and always find the beginning-level courses
  • Students can go at their own pace—full-time students can complete the program in as little as 12 months, but can also be spread out up to a period of six years. Most students complete the program in 24 to 27 months
  • Ability to enroll in the online MBA program any semester—this program admits year-round, during fall, spring and summer semesters
  • For the full-time options: Admission to the full-time Master of Business Administration program is in the fall semester only
  • Kent Campus (full-time) or online (full- or part-time)

Graduation Requirements

The Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship will permit the waiving of M.B.A coursework if supported by the appropriate and recent undergraduate coursework. The waiver of each specific course will be determined by the relevant academic department (Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management and Information Systems and Marketing and Entrepreneurship). Students may graduate with the M.B.A. degree with fewer than 37 total credit hours but no fewer than 30 total credit hours.

Online Dual Degree Program Structure

  • 50 to 61 required credits depending on chosen online dual degree

Business Administration (MBA) Graduate Certificate Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum 3.000 undergraduate GPA on a 4.000 point scale
  • Completion of two quantitative undergraduate courses (e.g., advanced algebra, statistics) with minimum B grade
  • Official transcript(s)
  • GMAT or GRE scores (effective for spring 2024 admission term, GMAT/GRE scores are no longer required)
  • Résumé
  • Goal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • English language proficiency - all international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning one of the following:
    • Minimum 550 TOEFL PBT score (paper-based version)
    • Minimum 79 TOEFL IBT score (Internet-based version)
    • Minimum 77 MELAB score
    • Minimum 6.5 IELTS score
    • Minimum 58 PTE score
    • Minimum 110 Duolingo English Test score

    For more information about graduate admissions, please visit the graduate admission website. For more information on international admission, visit the international admission website.

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Business Administration (MBA) Graduate Certificate Courses

Courses for the online MBA cover a core of practical and theoretical business knowledge essential for managers and leaders. Topics include financial and managerial accounting, managerial economics, macroeconomic policy, law and ethics, operations and supply chain management, analytics, leadership, professional development, marketing management, and business strategy. Students may select either a 9-credit concentration or 9 credits worth of electives distributed across any of the three available concentrations.

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Quality Matters Recognized Courses:

Quality MattersTM (QM) Recognition via the peer review process means that a course has met rigorous, research-based standards for quality online course design. Kent State University is proud to announce that the following College of Business Administration courses are QM-Recognized.

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Dual Degree Courses

MBA/MA in Translation
Students pursuing the MBA/MA dual degree will complete a minimum of 61 total credit hours of coursework designed to prepare them for a management role in a global business context. Students will augment their core MBA classes with coursework that covers multilingual documents, theories of translation and interpretation, and software and computer terminology in multilingual contexts. Students will also select a language specific concentration—available languages are Arabic, French, German, Japanese, Russian and Spanish—and complete five additional concentration courses in translation practice; literary and cultural translation; commercial, legal and diplomatic translation; scientific, technical and medial translation; and a case study course in their chosen language.

View MBA/MA Dual Degree Course Requirements
MBA/MLIS
Students pursuing the MBA/MLIS dual degree will complete a minimum of 61 total credit hours of coursework designed to prepare them for a management role in an information organization. Topics of study include information landscape, information organization, information ecology, and information institutions and professions in addition to the core business topics outlined above. Students in this combined program will select 18-21 credits of business administration or library and information science electives, and they will also complete both a 3-credit internship and a 1-credit master’s portfolio.

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MBA/MSN
Students pursuing the MBA/MSN dual degree will complete 25 total courses (58 total credit hours) comprised of informatics, policy, theory and clinical skills associated with nursing practice and business fundamentals that include operations, supply chain management, leadership, business strategy, marketing, human resources and more. Included among these are four culminating requirement courses—two seminar courses (4 credit hours) and two courses (4 credit hours) of practicum experience.

View MBA/MSN Dual Degree Course Requirements

Business Administration (MBA) Graduate Certificate Tuition and Fees

Ohio Residents

Per Credit Hour Per 2-Credit Course Approximate Tuition Cost
$830 $1,660 $30,700

Non-Ohio Residents

Per Credit Hour Per 2-Credit Course Approximate Tuition Cost
$840 $1,680 $31,100

An additional Distance Learning fee for all students enrolled in a distance learning course is $15 per credit hour. Program tuition and costs are estimated and subject to change.

A webinar fee is also charged, covering 18-month subscriptions consisting of five self-paced instructional webinars each. The webinar topics are in the following subject areas:

  • Accounting—completed prior to ACCT 63037 and MIS 64005
  • Spreadsheets—completed prior to ACCT 63037
  • Finance—completed prior to FIN 66060
  • Statistics—completed prior to MIS 64005
  • Economics—completed prior to the first Economics course taken, either ECON 62021 or ECON 62022

Actual tuition costs may vary based on a student’s chosen academic plan. For a complete listing of tuition rates for approved online programs please contact the One Stop for Student Services at 330-672-6000, or via our website Contact Us link.

The total program costs are estimates and are not final or binding. Program costs are based on standard fees, but fees may vary based on the actual classes taken.  Kent State University disclaims any liability arising from the use of or reliance upon these program cost estimates by any person.  Program costs are subject to change without notice.

*Out-of-state/International tuition includes a surcharge of $10 per credit hour for all students enrolled in an online program.

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