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 Cuyahoga, Medina, and Wayne 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, Supply Chain Management, or Technological Innovation. 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.
Master of Arts in Economics. The Master's program in the Department of Economics provides a balance between a core of microeconomic, macroeconomic, and econometric theory and a wide variety of applied courses. Internships and writing several research papers on current economic policy issues using empirical data provide experiential learning.
After completing this program your core competencies include critical thinking skills, hypothesizing and solving problems, data acquisition skills, data analysis techniques, the application of economic theory to analyze economic data, writing and reporting skills, and competency in the use of technical computer software. Job opportunities are available in a wide variety of fields including professional careers in business, banking, financial services, federal, state and local government, consulting, and not-for-profit organizations. The Master's program in economics also provides a solid foundation for pursuing a PhD degree in economics or further graduate studies in related fields such as business and law.
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, MS Management - Supply Chain Management and MA Economics programs.
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. Click bulletin.
- 5-Year BS Applied Math/MBA
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.