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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.

Joint Degree Programs

Joint Degree Programs with the School of Law

Joint degree programs with the School of Law include the JD/MBA in legal and administrative studies; taxation in legal and taxation studies JD/MTax; and the JD and Master of Science in Accountancy in financial forensics, JD/MSA. These programs prepare students for careers in areas such as corporate law, tax accounting, management, or legal practice in government. Students can transfer up to 10 credits of business to fulfill law requirements and up to nine credits of law to fulfill business requirements. Thus reducing total credit requirements for completing both degrees by 19 credits.

Beginning in the Fall 2013 semester, all JD/MBA students will be admitted to the JD/MBA Interdisciplinary concentration. This concentration allows students to transfer nine law credits to the CBA. Students admitted prior to Fall 2013 are encouraged to apply for the Interdisciplinary concentration so as to maximize transfer. Other MBA concentrations have more specific course requirements and may only permit transfer of three or six credits from the School of Law. Law students interested in pursuing MBA concentrations other than interdisciplinary should make an appointment with the Director of Graduate Programs by calling 330-972-7043.

Please note: The JD/MSM-HR program has been suspended by the Management Department and will no longer be offered.

Joint degree programs permit students to transfer courses between programs to reduce the total amount of time and credits required to complete both programs.

Learn more about Joint Programs with the School of Law.

Collaborative Degree Programs

Pre-MBA Business Minor for Undergraduate Students

While many programs described on this page are more formal in nature, students in any undergraduate degree program also can take electives or pursue a pre-MBA business minor to achieve the same goals.

Pharmacy 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.

Pharm. D/MBA

The College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering Professional Masters

The Master of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering Professional Masters program is ideal for applicants with a bachelor’s degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) discipline. The 30 credit program allows students to complete a combination of polymer, business and law courses to achieve the professional degree. Students take six credits of required business coursework and may take an additional three credits of business courses for electives.

Accelerated Honors Engineering-MBA

The CBA and Honors College have developed this collaborative program to accelerate the MBA program for Engineering Honors students. Undergraduate Engineering students select specific electives which can be used to waive the MBA Gateway courses. They may also take up to 12 credits of graduate coursework with permission of the Graduate School and CBA Graduate Program Director during their senior year of undergraduate study. An interested candidate should apply for admission to the MBA during their senior year. Students may apply for the MBA interdisciplinary concentration if they wish to take graduate engineering courses to fulfill concentration requirements.

Arts Administration

The School of Dance, Theatre, and Arts Administration offers an Arts Administration degree that also includes business courses. Students in this program may then go on to pursue the MBA with reduced course requirements because Gateway courses may be waived and up to nine credits of graduate level coursework may be used to fulfill degree requirements for both programs.

UA ARMY Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC)

New students accepted into the UA Accelerated Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program would be eligible to compete for international summer internships which may be used to fulfill program requirements in the MBA, MSM and MAE degree programs. Recent internships have been in Poland, Bulgaria, Latvia and Hungary.
To learn more about Army ROTC at The University of Akron, contact us at to talk with a scholarship advisor.

Accelerated BS/MD-MBA (This program is being discontinued.
The last cohort of eligible BS/MD students was admitted for 2017-2018 academic year)

The last class for the BS/MD program, offered through the College of Arts and sciences was admitted in the 2017-2018 academic year. Students who have been admitted to the BS/MD program are eligible to apply for admission to the BS/MD-MBA program. The College of Business Administration offers the BS/MD-MBA program, which is an accelerated program that allows students to take specific electives within the BS/MD, which can be used to waive the MBA Gateway courses. Students who are in their last year of undergraduate work (senior equivalent year) may take up to 12 credits of graduate coursework with permission of the Graduate School and CBA Graduate Program Director.

An interested candidate should apply for admission to the BS/MD-MBA program after receiving admission to NEOMED. The student’s BS/MD advisor should scan a copy of the students MCAT score report to the Graduate Programs Office and the Graduate School for use in the admission process. In most instances an MCAT, which is acceptable for admission to NEOMED, would be acceptable to the CBA.