College of Business Administration

Effective Instruction

The CBA emphasizes effective teaching and participatory learning as the primary means to educate and prepare future business leaders. Faculty members are strongly committed to being involved with and accessible to CBA students. The CBA attempts to provide relatively small class sections throughout the curriculum.

Effective teaching and participatory learning includes challenging our students through a variety of teaching methods. The College relies upon the case method, seminar presentation, skills performance methods (oral and written), discussion method, and experiential learning in addition to traditional lectures in the classroom. Relevant learning experiences, such as internships and co-ops, are also important components of the CBA curriculum. These methods are used to: 1) involve students actively in their own education by requiring preparation and engagement; 2) instill in students the ability to educate themselves as a life-long habit; and 3) prepare students to more effectively and quickly bridge the gap to competent business leadership.

In addition, the CBA provides students with an education in management skills (critical thinking, problem analysis and solving, oral and written communications, computing and special functional competencies), people skills (compassion, self-confidence, tolerance), and ethical values (responsibility and the ability to withstand the daily pressures of management without succumbing to personal interest). Exposure to business practitioners - in and out of the classroom - assists in achieving these goals. The CBA also introduces students to a basic understanding of professionalism, public service responsibilities and the role of business in society. This requires that students develop a respect for learning and a preference for solutions that advance the public good. Further, the CBA emphasizes creativity, open-mindedness, and diverse cultural perspectives.

Since the College's inception, the curriculum has been designed with equal emphasis on broad basic theoretical principles and immediate applied practices. Classroom knowledge is consistently made more significant by visits to businesses, the College's excellent tradition of vibrant student organizations, guest speaker programs, and other efforts to bring students and business professionals closer together. 

College Requirements

Requirements for Admission

To be admitted to The College of Business Administration, students must have completed the courses listed below and have an overall 2.5 grade point average:

  • English Composition I and II (3300:111 and 3300:112)
  • Speech (7600:105 or 7600:106)
  • College Algebra (3450:145) or Calculus with Business Applications (3450:210)
  • Principles of Microeconomics (3250:200) or Principles of Macroeconomics (3250:201)
  • Accounting Principles I (6200:201) OR
  • Spreadsheet Modeling & Decision Analysis (6250:250) OR
  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship (6300:201) OR
  • Legal & Social Environment of Business (6400:220) OR
  • Marketing Principles (6600:205)

Other Admissions

Students accepted into the University Honors College as business majors are automatically admitted to the College of Business Administration. Incoming freshmen with appropriate credentials may receive direct admission to the College upon application to the University.

Freshmen who begin study in another major at the University, and would have met the direct admit criteria of the College of Business Administration, from high school, have until the last day of instruction in the first semester of their freshman year to change their major to the College of Business Administration.

Transfer Student Admission

Transfer students from accredited two-year and four-year colleges are welcome. Students from outside the University must meet the same grade-point average, credit hours and coursework standards of University of Akron students. Transfer students who have not met the above coursework and academic performance standards will not be admitted to the College until all admission requirements are met.

Transfer/Transient Course Work

Some courses taken out of the University may be accepted in lieu of college requirements. The College will consider transfer/transient coursework from regionally accredited community colleges and other AACSB accredited institutions in accordance with the State of Ohio transfer policies and requirements laid out in this Bulletin. Courses will be evaluated based on content, complexity, grading standards and an earned grade of "C" or higher.

If transferring from another regionally accredited community college, it is anticipated that students will have devoted the major share of their academic effort to the completion of basic requirements in the general education and pre-business areas. The College will only evaluate 200-level business courses from regionally accredited community colleges for course-to-course transfer/transient substitution.

Continuation of the Baccalaureate Program

A CBA student shall be subject to academic probation if any one of the following conditions exist:

  • The accumulated GPA for all courses is less than 2.0; or
  • The accumulated GPA for all CBA and Economics courses is less than 2.0; or
  • The accumulated GPA in the major is less than 2.0

CBA students who are on academic probation for two consecutive semesters will be considered for academic dismissal. Probation and dismissal are decided by the Dean of the College in accordance with policies laid out in this Bulletin.


The College of Business Administration offers two baccalaureate degrees: the Bachelor of Science in Accountancy and the Bachelor in Business Administration.

Integrated Core Curriculum

The Integrated Core Curriculum is made of 36-39 credits and serves as the foundation of the business curriculum. The purpose of the Integrated Core Curriculum is to provide a basic understanding of the business disciplines, to contribute to a student’s choice of major, and to fulfill pre-requisites for courses in the major. See an advisor for more information on the core curriculum and related requirements.

The following learning goals form the foundation of the learning activities that occur within the Integrated Core Curriculum:

A. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of core business fundamentals (accounting, business finance, marketing, business law, production and operations management, management principles, quantitative methods, computer applications in business, international business, and business strategy)

B. Demonstrate the ability to apply core business fundamentals through case analyses and simulations

C. Understand and show appreciation for the global nature of contemporary business

D1. Demonstrate effective written communication skills

D2. Demonstrate effective oral communication

E. Demonstrate the ability to think critically (integrate ideas from multiple sources, solve unstructured problems, have holistic view of business, and apply knowledge of business fundamentals in creative and innovative ways)

F. Work effectively in teams that include diverse individuals

G. Demonstrate information technology and knowledge management skills (using database tools, spreadsheet tools, presentation graphics, and online research queries for business decision making and problem solving)

H. Understand, identify, and address ethical circumstances and dilemmas and the responsibility of business professionals in society

I. Demonstrate an understanding of and appreciation for leadership (negotiation, persuasion skills, and strategic thinking are important elements)

Based on the declared major, the Integrated Core Curriculum will consist of at least 11 courses arranged in sequential order on which to build a foundation. Students will begin with Core 1 – 4, must maintain a 2.0 minimum GPA in these courses and meet all course prerequisites in order to move on to the upper 300 and 400-level Core Courses.

Additional guidelines for the Core are:

  • Core 1 – 11 must be completed prior to enrolling in Core 12: 6500:490 Strategic Management

Requirements for Graduation

To receive a baccalaureate degree from the College of Business Administration, a student must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete a minimum of 128 semester credits with a minimum 2.30 grade-point average. No more than three credits of physical education courses may be applied toward CBA degree requirements.
  • In order to enroll in CBA 3xx and 4xx courses, all students are required to have a minimum 2.00 overall grade-point average.
  • After transfer into the College of Business Administration, students may take any courses for elective credit, except those courses which would be duplicative or significantly overlap any pre-business or CBA course.
  • Obtain at least a 2.00 grade-point average for courses in the major as well as for courses in business administration and economics.
  • At least 50 percent of the business credit hours required for a business degree must be earned at The University of Akron, including a minimum of  14 credits in the student’s major program.
  • Receive admission to the College of Business Administration and earn at least 15 credits within the College after admission is granted.
  • Obtain the recommendation of the department faculty in the student’s primary major.
  • The Calculus Requirement, 3450:210, must be completed within the first 64 credit hours attempted.
  • Complete other University requirements
  • Complete all General Education requirements
  • Complete Principles of Macroeconomics (3250:200) and Calculus with Business Applications (3450:210)
  • Complete all Integrated Core Curriculum CORE courses (36 – 39 credits)

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