Getting Students 'Career Ready and Connected'
The College of Business (CoB) was established as a professional college at The University of Akron in 1953. Today we have set ourselves apart as a nationally ranked and globally recognized institution for developing business professionals and leaders. The CoB has the highest level of accreditation at both Business and Accounting which puts us in elite status among business schools – the top 1.15%. We have been listed as a Best Business School by Princeton Review every year since 2005, a top part-time MBA program by U.S. News & World Report, Tier One by CEO Magazine, Top 50 public business school in the United States by Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and Top 40 public business school nationally by Poets & Quants.
Graduate Degrees Options
The College of Business at The University of Akron offers several valuable graduate degree options, with the MSM in Business Analytics an official STEM degree:
- Master of Science in Management (MSM): Business Analytics, 30 credits (STEM)
- Master of Business Administration (MBA), 36 credits
- Master of Science in Accounting (MSA), 30 credits
- Master of Taxation (M. Tax), 30 credits
Extensive Network with Alumni
Our active business network truly sets us apart. CoB students instantly join a business network of 33,000 alumni with over 900 in top executive posts (CEO, CIO, CFO, etc.) around the country and the world. More than 270 professionals are especially connected to the CoB through service on Advisory Boards that meet regularly to provide expertise and guidance on curriculum decisions and strategic direction. This helps us to be sure that what we teach includes the latest business skills and knowledge. Advisory Board members also bring their organizations’ business internships and co-ops, and projects, to CoB students every year.
Faculty Teach in the CoB—Not Teaching Assistants
Our mission to ensure our students graduate Career Ready and Connected is fueled by our highly qualified and passionate instructors. There are no graduate students teaching courses in our college. In addition to the top-quality research that is faculty publish, they also instruct students full-time, often in state-of-the-art facilities and learning labs. We also sometimes invite industry experts to teach specialized courses so that students receive the very latest thinking from world-class companies. Our faculty frequently partner with companies each semester to seek out real-world projects that provide hands-on learning opportunities, connecting classrooms to boardrooms.
Personalized Attention in Small Class Sizes
We maintain small class sizes so that students receive personalized attention and focused learning. The average class size for MBA classes is 20, Accounting is 10, and MSM-Business Analytics is 15. Students are able to get to know each other, develop friendships and learn together.
Welcome International Students and Applicants
The University of Akron College of Business Administration (CoB) Graduate Programs has a rich tradition of enrolling students from around the world. Each year we have students representing over 30 countries taking business classes and have had more than 50 Fulbright students over the past 15 years. Our faculty members also have a variety of backgrounds, including industry experience, and come from many countries. We value the insights that a diverse population offers.
International students have certain steps to take to be admitted to and successfully perform in a CoB Graduate program. We have created this page to provide links to important steps and other helpful information for students from outside the United States. It will be crucial for you to read the pages linked on this page to ensure your application will be processed smoothly so you can start planning on joining us in Akron!
The University of Akron Graduate School processes applications and approves admissions for all graduate programs on campus. Information specifically for international students is gathering in a portion of the website, including Visa paperwork (I-20) and mandatory health insurance coverage.