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Business Administration

The Business Administration program is designed for students who do not necessarily want to specialize in one or two specific areas of business. It provides students with a broad foundation in business and the flexibility to choose courses that relate to their particular areas of interests within the field of business. Students complete the CBA core curriculum and 27 credits chosen from the following areas:

  • accounting
  • entrepreneurship
  • finance
  • information systems
  • international business
  • management
  • marketing
  • sales management

Due to the general nature of this degree program, it prepares you to hold a wide variety of positions within a business enterprise. If you intend to pursue a career in small business management, whether by creating or acquiring a small business, or taking over a family enterprise, the general business degree will provide you with the broad knowledge and skills needed to manage your business. The degree will also prepare you for further graduate study or certification in a specialized business field.

Charles Schwab Foundation Scholars in Financial Planning Scholarship

The College of Business Financial Planning program and the Charles Schwab Foundation are pleased to announce the Charles Schwab Foundation Scholarship for the 2021-2022 academic year. The scholarship, aimed at inspiring a future career in finance, will provide students in underrepresented populations a $10,000 per academic year scholarship.

The Schwab Scholars in Financial Planning Scholarship is automatically renewable for an additional $10,000 in the subsequent academic year. Recipients also receive the opportunity to interview for a paid internship at Schwab.

Application Deadline: Monday, April 1, 2021

Apply Online

Graduation Requirements

In addition to completing all required courses for their major a student must also maintain certain cumulative GPAs to graduate:

  • 2.3 overall GPA in all courses
  • 2.0 GPA in major courses
  • 2.0 GPA in business and economics courses

Graduation Deadlines

  • Spring Graduation – Apply by December 1
  • Summer Graduation – Apply by April 1
  • Fall Graduation – Apply by July 1

Academic Resources

Resources are available to help you learn more about the school and major, determine class schedules, requirements, and progress toward you degree.

Before you apply to The University of Akron, contact our Undergraduate Recruiter to answer your questions. Current UA students who want to be admitted to a major should be sure to visit an undergraduate Academic Adviser.

Once you are admitted to The University of Akron, you’ll use the Degree Progress Report (DPR), which is an online tool you can use to view data regarding course requirements. DPR outlines your degree requirements, marks completed courses, and shows your remaining coursework.

Professional Experience

You will work in teams on real-world business cases, applying your classroom knowledge to help solve problems faced by local businesses. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to gain practical, professional experience through the CBA’s paid and for-credit internship and cooperative education programs.

Course Availability

University general education requirements and CBA Core classes are offered each semester, including over the summer. CBA core classes also are available each semester, including summer. Please note that the number of sections available often is less during the summer semester.

Business Administration major courses are offered during fall and spring semesters with some options for summer.


Once you are a student, The University of Akron and the College of Business offer tutoring services for additional help in many subjects.

  • The University of Akron offers free online tutorials for students to learn to use a variety of software programs, like Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Project, Google Docs, and Brightspace through Hoonuit.
  • The CBA offers tutoring on business topics.
  • The main campus library has writing and math Tutoring Services. 

Student Organizations

The College of Business Administration is associated with many student organizations through which you can expand your classroom learning and enhance your leadership, organizational and interpersonal skills. Within these organizations you will meet students from diverse backgrounds and will have opportunities to interact with business professionals, participate in competitions and organize community service projects. Students are encouraged to actively participate in the organization(s) of their choice.