Colleges and Programs

The University of Akron offers comprehensive programs of instruction leading to the associate (two-year), bachelor’s (four-year), master’s (graduate), and doctoral (graduate or professional) degrees.

Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences

Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences is the largest and oldest degree-granting college at The University of Akron. In addition to providing a world-class education in an array of bachelor's, master’s and doctoral degree programs, Buchtel College provides the majority of general education courses for the University. E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall, the region’s flagship performance venue, is home to many arts performances for the college.

The College has four administrative divisions: Fine Arts, Humanities, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences.

The Fine Arts Division includes the Mary Schiller Myers School of Art; the Schools of Dance, Theatre, and Arts Administration; Music; and Family and Consumer Sciences. The Humanities Division includes the Departments of Anthropology and Classical Studies; English; Modern Languages; and Philosophy. The Natural Sciences Division includes the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology and Environmental Science, Physics, Mathematics; and Statistics. The Social Sciences Division includes the Departments of Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration and Urban Studies (graduate only), Sociology, and the School of Communication.

Qualified students seeking hands-on career exploration experiences can enroll in internships and co-op opportunities. Students wishing to enrich their majors by completing a certificate, a minor or a double major are encouraged to do so. Interdisciplinary studies are readily available to Arts and Sciences students through the Humanities Division major, the Natural Sciences Division major, the Social Sciences Division major and the Bachelor of Arts Interdisciplinary Studies program.

College of Business Administration

The College of Business Administration (CBA) is a professional college of the University that is dedicated to teaching, business research and public service. The College is accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance the Collegiate Schools of Business and offers accredited baccalaureate and master's degree programs during the day and evening. It is home to the George W. Daverio School of Accountancy, Department of Finance, Department of Management and Department of Marketing.

College of Education

The College of Education is a community of professionals whose purpose is to provide leadership for community well-being through standard-setting programs that enhance teaching, learning and human development; research and inquiry; and outreach. It develops itself and others through continuous improvement and through a commitment to these core components of professional practice and scholarship: Knowledge, Technology, Diversity and Ethics.

The College is home to the departments of Counseling, Curricular and Instructional Studies, Educational Foundations and Leadership, and Sport Science and Wellness Education, as well as numerous centers and clinics. The College’s programs include a balanced offering of a foundation in general education, intensive study in the content area and professional courses and other learning experiences which combine theory and practice.

College of Engineering

The College of Engineering provides educational opportunities for students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels who wish to pursue careers in engineering. The faculty in the College of Engineering perform research with the purpose of contributing new knowledge to the fields encompassed by engineering principles.

The College offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Aerospace Systems Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Corrosion Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Engineering.

The College’s co-op program, one of the oldest in the nation, enables student engineers to integrate classroom learning with on-the-job experience while they earn their degrees. Students can alternate semesters of paid employment in their major fields of interest with semesters on campus after they have completed five semesters of study.

College of Health Professions

The College of Health Professions brings an interprofessional educational and collaborative approach to health care. This bold new approach significantly improves patient outcomes as doctors, nurses, dietitians, social workers and other health providers work together to treat the whole patient.

Students in nursing, dietetics, audiology, speech-language pathology, social work and other fields learn side by side so that as professionals, it will be natural to treat patients collaboratively.

Students benefit from close college ties with such health systems as the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Summa Health System, Akron Children’s Hospital, the Northeast Ohio Medical University and the Austin BioInnovation Institute in Akron. Students engage in state-of-the-art simulation experiences, gain clinical experience and spend ample time learning collaboratively with fellow students and seasoned professionals in many disciplines.

Honors College

The Honors College supports high achieving and highly motivated students with challenging curriculum options, honors classes, academic scholarships, priority in registration, priority assignment to rooms in the honors residence, and enhanced computer and study facilities. Honors College students who complete the requirements of their academic majors and of the Honors College with cumulative grade-point averages of at least 3.40 are recognized at graduation as University Honors Scholars.

College of Applied Science and Technology

The College of Applied Science and Technology offers associate and baccalaureate degree programs in a variety of technical areas, many of which are nationally accredited. It also offers certificates and minors, is home to the UA Police Academy, the Training Center for Fire and Hazardous Materials, and the Center for Emergency Management & Homeland Security.

The College helps to further the goals and purposes of the University by emphasizing the following objectives:

  • The College serves the student by providing the means to examine academic and career opportunities considering interests, abilities and achievements
  • The College provides for industry, business, government agencies, health-care establishments and human service occupations; pre-service and in-service training for entry-level positions and/or advancement in employment
  • Consistent with the philosophy of learning as a life-long experience, the College provides educational opportunities for the student no matter the age, background or need; full- or part-time, day or evening
  • The College provides quality instruction with qualified and experienced teachers who are encouraged to use the community as a “laboratory” for achieving educational goals

Wayne College

To meet the needs of the citizens of Wayne, Holmes and Medina counties, The University of Akron Wayne College opened its doors in 1972. Wayne College offers technical programs and certificate programs, as well as the first 64 credits of many baccalaureate programs. The following degrees are available from The University of Akron Wayne College: Associate of Arts; Associate of Science; Associate of Technical Studies; Associate of Applied Business in Business Management Technology; Health Care Office Management; Associate of Applied Science in Paraprofessional Education and Exercise Science Technology.

Graduate School

The Graduate School offers advanced study to students who wish further education beyond the baccalaureate degree with programs leading to the master’s degree as well as the doctoral degree. A separate publication detailing admission procedures and individual study requirements for graduate work is available from the Graduate School.The Graduate Bulletin may be obtained online at

Graduate School,
The University of Akron,
Polsky Building, Room 469,
Akron, OH 44325-2101

School of Law

The School of Law provides legal education through day and evening classes and full and part-time programs leading to the Juris Doctor degree. J.D. candidates may obtain Certificates in Litigation, Intellectual Property, and Health Law. J.D. candidates may pursue the following joint degrees with other colleges: J.D./MBA and J.D./MTax (with the College of Business Administration), J.D./MPA (Master of Public Administration, with the Department of Public Administration and Urban Studies), J.D./MAP (Master of Applied Politics, with the Bliss Institute). The School of Law also offers an advanced degree, the LL.M. in Intellectual Property. J.D. students may enroll in the Joint J.D./LL.M. Program, in which they can earn both degrees in three years. Otherwise, an applicant for the LL.M. program must have a J.D. degree from an American law school or an equivalent degree from a foreign law school. An applicant to the J.D. program must take the Law School Admission Test and have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university for J.D. admission. No particular course of undergraduate study is required for admission. A separate publication detailing admission requirements and the procedure for applying may be obtained by calling (330) 972-7331, or (800) 4-AKRON-U, or by e-mail:  

You may also write to:
School of Law
The University of Akron
Akron, OH 44325-2901

College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering 

The College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering offers graduate degrees leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in both Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering. In addition, there are elective courses in both polymer science and polymer engineering for undergraduate science and engineering majors. Options that emphasize polymer engineering have been developed with the College of Engineering Departments of Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering for undergraduate students interested in the polymer industry. An option has been developed in the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences in chemistry that emphasizes polymer science, including advanced materials. Research experiences for one to three credits per semester are also offered, starting at the freshman level.

University - Additional Locations

The University operates five educational centers in our surrounding communities.

Baccalaureate Programs 
The University of Akron believes that the student should master basic courses in the humanities, social sciences, and physical sciences before proceeding to advanced work in the major. Both the University College concept and College of Applied Sciences and Technology’s College Success Program guarantee this mastery. Direct, Standard or Adult admit students seeking a baccalaureate degree and having attained less than 30 college semester credits study in the University College before transferring to a degree-granting college. General admit students seeking a baccalaureate degree study in College of Applied Sciences and Technology’s College Success Program before transferring to a degree-granting college. Studies in the University College develop students’ abilities to understand and express ideas effectively and to comprehend the processes involved in accurate thinking. After completing the general studies phase, students are admitted to a degree-granting college, where they then concentrate on courses in their specific academic interests.  Baccalaureate programs are offered in a variety of disciplines.

Associate Programs 
Our fast-paced age of technological development needs persons specifically trained for work in the semiprofessional, technical, and highly skilled professions. Most critically needed are laboratory technicians, health technicians, engineering assistants, sales people, supervisors, secretaries and management assistants.  

Certificate Programs 
Students may add a dimension of depth to their education beyond a chosen major by pursuing one of the University’s interdisciplinary or interdepartmental programs, which provide concentrated work in the following areas.

For a full listing of Baccalaureate, Associate, and Certificate Programs: