Graduate Programs


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. This degree has an online option that is proposed for Fall 2014.

Joint MBA or M.Tax/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:

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:

Important Deadlines

Please note that several graduate programs admit students only in the fall semester.

Application Deadlines

  • 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 Office of International Programs.