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Business Administration - M.B.A. and Ph.D.

COLLEGE:    College of Business Administration

DEPARTMENT:    Graduate School of Management
A310 Business Administration Building
Tel: 330-672-2282
E-mail: gradbus@kent.edu
Web: www.kent.edu/business/grad

DESCRIPTION:    The Master of Business Administration seeks to prepare students for responsible leadership positions in public, private and nonprofit organizations. Regardless of undergraduate education, the candidates will find a challenging program designed to meet their specific backgrounds and needs. The Graduate School of Management offers three M.B.A. options:
  • Full-time day program
  • Professional (part-time) evening program (PMBA)
  • Executive program (EMBA)
The student has the option of taking a general M.B.A. with electives from a number of areas or selecting any of the following eight concentrations, which must be a minimum of 12 hours: Accounting; Economics; Fashion Design and Merchandising; Finance; Human Resource Management; Information Systems; and International Business and Marketing. The Master of Business Administration also offers a dual degree program with the Master of Arts in Translation, Master of Architecture, Master of Science in Nursing and the Master of Library and Information Science.

The Business Administration major introduces students to the various areas of business such as accounting, marketing, human resources and operations management, and provides training in the theory and practice of business management.

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.

Economics concentration allows students to specialize their degree with advanced topics in various areas in economics.

Fashion Design and Merchandising concentration allows students to specialize their degree with advanced topics in fashion theory, fashion design management and the opportunity to conduct research in the business of fashion.

Finance concentration allows students to specialize their degree with advanced courses in investments, financial markets and institutions, real estate and other related areas.

Human Resources concentration allows students to specialize their degree with advanced topics in employee selection and appraisal, organizational analysis and the opportunity for real-world applications.

Information Systems concentration allows students to specialize their degree with advanced topics in database management systems, emerging hardware and software technology and other related areas.

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.

Marketing
allows students to specialize their degree with courses in buyer behavior, promotion management, service marketing and management and other related areas.

Dual Degree with the M.A. in Translation 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.

Dual Degree with the Master of Architecture
is designed for architects or undergraduate architectural students whose career goals include assuming middle or executive management positions in architectural practices, or who are interested in starting their own businesses.

Dual Degree with the Master of Science in Nursing 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.

Dual Degree with the Master of Library and Information Science
is 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.

The Ph.D. in Business Administration consists of nine concentrations: Accounting, Finance, Human Resource Management, Information Systems, International Economics, Marketing, Operations Management, Public Sector Economics and Strategic Management.

Accounting prepares highly qualified candidates for faculty positions in colleges and universities.  In addition to completing doctoral-level coursework and a dissertation, students conduct scholarly research and become effective teachers.

Finance prepares students for finance faculty positions in colleges and universities. Students complete courses in business and finance, learn how to conduct high-quality, scholarly research and be effective teachers. Completing a dissertation is the final step.

Human Resource Management provides students with comprehensive knowledge regarding the impact of employment relationships on organizations, workers and society. Students are trained to become renowned scholars and exceptional teachers. Completing a dissertation is the final step.

Information Systems creates a strong grounding in areas of behavioral, strategic and economic aspects of global IS decision-making. Students are trained to become renowned scholars and exceptional teachers. Completing a dissertation is the final step.

International Economics: Admissions into this program is suspended until fall 2013.

Marketing prepares highly qualified candidates for positions of professional responsibility in university teaching and research, or administrative and research careers in governmental and private organizations. The program offers a solid balance of teaching experience and preparation for conducting scientific research.

Operations Management trains world-class scholars to conduct research in supply-chain management, operations strategy and operations planning and control. The program emphasizes research that focuses on real problems in operations and supply-chain management and maintains a balance between theory and implementation. Completing a dissertation is the final step.

Public Sector Economics: Admissions into this program is suspended until fall 2013.

Strategic Management receive instruction in strategic management and macro-organizational theory and the methodological approaches underlying them. They also receive training on how to do appropriate doctoral-level research. Completing a dissertation is the final step.

FULL-TIME/
PART-TIME

Full-time Day M.B.A. Program: This program is for the individual who can concentrate all efforts toward earning the degree. Students in this program take three to five courses per semester and complete the degree in two years or less. Admission is only for Fall semester.

Professional Evening M.B.A. Program: The PMBA program is designed for the individual who maintains full-time employment during the day and can only attend courses at night. Students in this program take one to two courses in a semester and can take between three to five years to complete the degree. Courses are available weeknights, Monday through Thursday, and meet one night per week. The PMBA program offers flexibility and begins each semester (fall, spring, summer).

ADMISSION
REQUIREMENTS:
Official transcript(s); GMAT (GMAT or GRE for the dual-degree program); goal statement; two-to-three letters of recommendation (three letters for the Executive M.B.A. and the Ph.D.); resume; and TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB or PTE, if applicable. The Executive M.B.A. concentration also requires five years experience in a responsible position and interview with EMBA director.

Admission is suspended until fall 2013 for the Ph.D. International Economics and Public Sector Economics concentrations.   
GRADUATION
REQUIREMENTS: 
    M.B.A.: 55 total credit hours.

The Ph.D. program consists of five phases: proficiency requirements, supportive coursework, concentration and minor coursework, comprehensive examinations and dissertation. The course requirements in the proficiency phase are roughly equivalent to an AACSB-accredited M.B.A. degree, and certain courses may be waived based upon completed graduate and undergraduate coursework.   
THESIS/
DISSERTATION:
Successful completion of the comprehensive examinations and approval of a dissertation topic shall constitute admission to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree. The final phase of the Ph.D. program is the preparation of the Ph.D. dissertation. Upon completion, the dissertation is defended before a committee ofthe graduate faculty.   
LANGUAGE
REQUIREMENT:
    None   
PROGRAM FEE:    $600/semester for full-time students (9 or more credit hours)
$270/semester for part-time students (less than 9 credit hours and summer term)

ACCREDITATION:    The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

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