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Business Management - B.B.A.

COLLEGE: College of Business Administration
DEPARTMENT: Department of Management and Information Systems
Room A432, Business Administration Building
Tel: 330-672-2750
Fax: 330-672-5006


DESCRIPTION: The Bachelor of Business Administration 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, a manufacturing firm such as Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, or a business-to-business type of organization such as Proctor & Gamble.

Combined Baccalaureate/Master's Program in the College of Business Administration and Graduate School of Management: Students must have earned 90 semesters hours to apply for the Combine Baccalaureate/Master's Program in the College of Business Administration. In addition, they must meet the GPA requirement of 3.30 after 90 semester hours.

During a career in management, one’s responsibility can grow from the job of entry-level manager, to department manager, and eventually to division manager or even to Chief Executive Officer. As in most fields of work, upon completion of the degree, the entry-level manager or trainee usually experiences an initial time period of on-the-job training. For example, a manager-trainee might spend time in every department of an organization learning the business inside and out. Then after the training period, the management trainee will be assigned to a specific department and have responsibility for the performance of an area or department of the organization. How far one advances in managerial positions depends on training (such as the Business Management major), talent for working with people, and effort.  Working with people is a primary focus of management; therefore, good communications skills (both oral and written) are essential to the success of the manager.

Management analysts held about 746,900 jobs in 2008. About 26 percent of these workers, three times the average for all occupations, were self-employed. Management analysts are found throughout the country, but employment is concentrated in large metropolitan areas. Management analysts work in a range of industries, including management, scientific, and technical consulting firms; computer systems design and related services firms; and Federal, State, and local governments.

Administrative services managers held about 259,400 jobs in 2008. They are found in all industries, but several industries have a greater share of these managers than others. They are the education services industry with 15 percent, the healthcare industry with 12 percent, State and local government with 12 percent, and finance and insurance with 9 percent. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Requirements to be admitted as a business management major:
  • Satisfactory completion of 46 semester hours applicable to the pre-business management major
  • Minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA
  • Minimum C (2.00) grade in COMM 15000, ENG 11011, ENG 21011 and MATH 11010 (or placement out of ENG 11011 and/or MATH 11010)
  • Minimum C (2.00) grade in MIS 24163

 For more information on admissions, visit the Admissions website for new freshmen.

Transfer Student
: A cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 (2.25 for economics) is required for admission into the College of Business Administration. Students who have previously attended Kent State must also have a minimum 2.50 GPA (2.25 for economics) in their former Kent State coursework.
Minimum 121 total credit hours  and  39 upper-division hours for graduation. Minimum 2.50 GPA overall and 2.50 GPA in major required for graduation.
STUDY ABROAD/AWAY OPPORTUNITIES: There are many study abroad/away opportunities, for more information contact the Office of International Affairs.
PROGRAM FEE: $75/semester
ACCREDITATION: Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, The
Club Managers Association of America, Kent Chapter; Collegiate Business Association; Delta Sigma Pi; Financial Management Association; Information Society; Net Impact Kent State University
Master of Business Administration: Accounting, Finance, Human Resource Management, Marketing
M.A.T. in Secondary Education: Business, Marketing