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College
College of Business Administration

Department
Department of Finance

Room 404, Business Administration Building
E-mail: finance@kent.edu
Tel: 330-672-2426
Fax: 330-672-9806
Web: http://www.kent.edu/business/finance/index.cfm
 

Description

The Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance is designed to provide students with an academic background appropriate for entry into a financial career, including financial management, investments, banking/financial institutions, risk/insurance and related areas. The courses are designed to provide students with an understanding of the relationship between business finance and the economic system in the context of managerial analysis and decision making.

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
  

Career Opportunities

Financial analysts held 353,000 jobs in 2012. Many financial analysts work at large financial institutions based in New York City or other major financial centers. About 45 percent of financial analysts worked in the finance and insurance industries, including securities and commodity brokers, banks and credit institutions, and insurance carriers. Others worked throughout private industry and government.

Because of their close relationship to stock exchanges and large banking operations, most of the major investment banks in the United States are based in New York metropolitan area. Smaller investment banks can be found in many major American cities and some major investment banks have operations in other cities, although most of their business remains in New York.

Financial managers held about 532,100 jobs in 2012. Although they can be found in every industry, approximately 2 percent were employed by finance and insurance establishments, such as banks, savings institutions, finance companies, credit unions, insurance carriers, and securities dealers. About 8 percent worked for Federal, State, or local government.

Personal financial advisors held 223,400 jobs in May 2012. Jobs were spread throughout the country, although a significant number are located in New York, California, and Florida. Most worked in finance and insurance industries, including securities and commodity brokers, banks, insurance carriers, and financial investment firms. About 25 percent of personal financial advisors were self-employed, operating small investment advisory firms.

(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)
 

Admission Requirements

General Admission for Freshman Students: Admission Requirements at the Kent Campus: The freshman admission policy at the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based upon the following: cumulative grade point average, ACT and/or SAT scores, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends.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. 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 and entrepreneurship) 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 and entrepreneurship) in their former Kent State coursework, and a minimum C (2.000) grade in ENG 21011, COMM 15000, MATH 11010 and FIN 36053.

Progression in the major: Minimum 2.500 cumulative GPA, minimum C (2.000) grade in COMM 15000, ENG 21011, MATH 11010 and FIN 36053.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 120 total credit hours  and  39 upper-division hours for graduation. Minimum 2.500 GPA overall and 2.500 GPA in major required for graduation. Minimum C (2.000) grade in COMM 15000,  ENG 21011, FIN 36053 and MATH 11010 (or placement out of MATH 11010).

Program Learning Outcomes

The learning objectives for the Bachelor of Business Administration degree are as follows:

  1. Our students will have a thorough understanding of various organizational and market activities and processes to be able to systematically analyze, interpret and apply to make business decisions
  2. Our student will have the ability to articulate and communicate business knowledge and skill necessary to enter the economy as business professional
  3. Our students will be able to recognize and analyze ethical problems to make ethical business choices.
  4. Our students will understand the impact of globalization on business decisions in organizations.
Study Abroad/Away Opportunities

There are many study abroad/away opportunities, for more information contact the Office of Global Education.

Accreditation

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, The
 

Student Organizations

Collegiate Business Association; Delta Sigma Pi; Financial Management Association; Net Impact Kent State University
 

Advanced Degree Programs

Master of Business Administration: Accounting, Finance, Human Resource Management, Information Systems, International Business, Marketing (M.B.A.)