Graduate Business Programs at the College of Business Administration
We know how busy you are, but we also know that obtaining a graduate business degree is one of the best investments a person can make in their career. While graduate school is a serious commitment, we are confident we can help you to be successful in the classroom so that success can translate to your career. We have designed flexible, rigorous programs to benefit you and your career – all at a great value.
Master's of Business Administration (MBA). Our MBA program is designed to fit your needs and interests by offering a number of concentrations that will matter in the marketplace. Whether you need to attend part-time or full-time, evening and weekend classes are designed to accommodate your schedule.
Saturday MBA. The Saturday MBA is a cohort program available to residents in or near Summit, Cuyahoga, Medina, Portage and Stark counties who want to obtain a graduate business degree from The University of Akron.
Master of Science in Management (MSM). The Master of Science in Management (MSM) allows you to pursue in-depth study in either Information Systems Management, an Accelerated MSM-Information Systems option, or Supply Chain Management. While students with any background can pursue this degree, it is popular with those who have undergraduate degrees in computer science, information technology, management, or related fields, or for those who are planning to work in technology.
Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA). The Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) is designed to help students from different backgrounds become capable accounting professionals. Students with accounting undergraduate degrees can combine their accounting backgrounds with coursework in information systems and finance to broaden their business knowledge. Students who are newer to accounting can gain the skills to pursue a career in the field. In this degree, students can pursue either a professional accountancy option or an accounting information systems option.
Master of Taxation. The Master of Taxation Program is a professional degree that provides intensive training for individuals planning to enter the field of tax accounting and for experienced accountants and attorneys. A totally online program called MTAX Direct is also available.
STEM Designated Graduate Business Programs
The University of Akron Graduate Programs in Business offers three STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) designated programs: The MS Management - Information Systems and MS Management - Supply Chain Management.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) recognizes graduates of this program residing on student visas as eligible for an optional practical training (OPT) extension. While regular international students are able to remain in the country and receive training through work experience for up to 12 months, students who graduate from a designated STEM degree program, such as our MSM in Information Systems program, may be eligible for an additional 24 months on an OPT STEM extension.
Information on the standard OPT and STEM OPT extension can be found on the Office of International Programs (OIP) website for OIP-STEM
Joint MBA or MTax/Juris Doctor (JD) Degrees. The School of Law and the College of Business Administration (CBA) offer two joint degree program options: The JD/MBA, and JD/Taxation (JD/MT). These combinations prepare students for careers in areas such as corporate law, tax accounting, management, or legal practice in government.
Collaborative Programs. The CBA offers programs with other colleges and programs on campus for students who want to enhance their non-business degrees. For MBA students interested in non-business concentrations, the Interdisciplinary concentration can include 9 credits outside of business coursework. Additional collaborative programs include:
- Pharm. D/MBA The Pharm. D/MBA program is a collaborative program between the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) and The University of Akron College of Business Administration (CBA). Students of NEOMED who wish to attain a Master of Business Administration (MBA) would be eligible for articulated course credits at Akron.
- Honors Engineering Undergraduate. Master of Science in Engineering – Engineering Management Specialization. Evening program intended for practicing engineers who want to improve their engineering and management skills.
Accelerated BS/MD-MBA (last cohort 2017-2018 academic year)
The last class for the BS/MD program was admitted in the 2017-2018 academic year. Students admitted to this program are eligible to apply for admission to the BS/MD-MBA program. The BS/MD program has been offered through the College of Arts and Sciences. The College of Business Administration offers BS/MD-MBA program. This is an accelerated program which allows students in the BS/MD program to take specific electives within the BS/MD which can be used to waive the MBA Gateway courses. Also in the last year (senior equivalent year) a student may take up to 12 credits of graduate coursework with permission of the Graduate School and CBA Graduate Program Director.
An interested candidate should apply for admission to the BS/MD-MBA (MBA Interdisciplinary concentration) after receiving admission to NEOMED. The student’s BS/MD advisor should scan a copy of the students MCAT score report to the Graduate Programs Office and the Graduate School for use in the admission process. In most instances an MCAT, acceptable for admission to NEOMED, would be acceptable to the CBA.
- Master of Arts Administration Master of Arts degree in the school of Dance, Theater, and Arts Administration offers an Arts Administration Option, which includes at least 9 credit hours of graduate business classes (please refer to page 46 of the Graduate Bulletin).
Graduate Certificates. Graduate certificate programs are ideal for students in a master’s program or already holding a master’s degree who are interested in learning new skills. The master’s degree can be in areas of study outside of business. Current graduate certificate programs include:
Please note that several graduate programs admit students only in the fall semester.
- July 15 for Fall enrollment
- November 15 for Spring enrollment
- April 15 for Summer enrollment
International students. We recommend international students apply one month prior to these dates to allow time for admission and visa processing. I-20 forms are processed by the International Center.