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Graduate Business Programs at the College of Business Administration

Online and Evening Classes

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.

Flexible Master's of Business Administration (MBA). Our Flexible MBA program offers courses online and in an evening hybrid format. It 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, online, and evening classes are designed to accommodate your schedule.

Saturday Professional MBA. The Saturday Professional 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 and Collaborative Degree Programs

The CBA offers joint programs, as well as programs in collaboration with a number of departments across campus to allow non-business students to expand their understanding of business and also reduce MBA requirements if they later choose to pursue the degree.

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.

Important Deadlines

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

Application Deadlines

  • August 1 for Fall enrollment
  • December 1 for Spring enrollment
  • May 1 for Summer enrollment

International students. We recommend international students apply six weeks prior to these dates to allow time for admission and visa processing. I-20 forms are processed by the International Center