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College of Business Administration

Department of Management and Information Systems

Room A432, Business Administration Building
Tel: 330-672-2750
Fax: 330-672-2953


The Bachelor of Business Administration in Computer Information Systems is designed to provide students with a focus on the creation and supervision of the Computerized Information Systems (CIS) that commonly are used in organizations of all types and sizes. There is a primary emphasis on problem solving within systems development, the logic of state-of-the-art programming languages and methodologies, project management and business experience. Examples of CIS include airline reservation systems, bank automated teller systems, trading systems for stock exchanges and accounting/auditing systems.

Once the required courses have been completed, students can select electives to complement their knowledge base and interests such as in network management which focuses on the creation and maintenance of local and wide area networks and other computing infrastructure components, and prepares students for careers as network engineers and network managers. Or enterprise systems which use integrated software systems to support and manage business processes and operations in organizations. Some material taught in major and minor courses correlates with the knowledge needed to pass professional certification exams.

Students also are strongly encouraged to engage in a CIS internship, which involves a summer or a semester of paid professional experience in industry. Internship experience helps show the relevance of on-campus courses to professional work, helps students focus their career plans and often enables students to secure better jobs upon graduation. Three hours of academic credit can be earned for an internship. Guidance in selecting electives is available from the CIS faculty or from the Undergraduate Programs Office.

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

Computer systems analysts held about 520,600 jobs in 2012. Employment of computer systems analysts is expected to grow 25% from 2012 to 2022. Computer systems analysts were employed by governments; insurance companies; financial institutions; and business management firms in the computer systems design and related services industry Many are self-employed.

Computer software developers and computer programmers held about 1.3 million jobs in 2008. Approximately 1,018,000 were computer software developers and about 343,700 were computer programmers. Although computer software engineers and computer programmers can be found in a wide range of industries about 32 percent were employed in computer systems design and related services. Many also worked for software publishers, manufacturers of computers and related electronic equipment, financial institutions, and insurance providers. Many computer software engineers and computer programmers were self-employed in 2012.
(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, 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 who completed (or the equivalent of) COMM 15000, ENG 21011, MATH 11010 must have earned a minimum C (2.000) grade, and a minimum C (2.000) grade in both MIS 24053 and 24065.

Progression in the major: Minimum 2.500 cumulative GPA, minimum C (2.000) grade in COMM 15000, ENG 21011, MATH 11010 and a minimum C (2.000) grade in both MIS 24053 and 24065.

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 and MATH 11010 (or placement out of MATH 11010). A minimum C (2.000) grade in both MIS 24053 and 24065

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 students 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.


Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, The

Student Organizations

Association for Computing Machinery; Collegiate Business Association; Delta Sigma Pi; Management and Information System Association (MISA); Net Impact Kent State University

Advanced Degree Programs

Master of Business Administration: Information Systems (M.B.A.); Computer Science (M.A. and M.S.)