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University of Akron College of Business Administration Full Time MBA

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Full Time

Program Information

Degrees Awarded: MBA, Full Time and Flexible.

Rankings

Rankings

School Rankings

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (Midwest)

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 44% accepted out of 290 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 28
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.39
  • Average Incoming GMAT: 582
  • Average Years Work Experience: 4
  • Out of State Application Fee: $40
  • In State Application Fee: $40

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Recommendations, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Admission Requirements

Required: Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores, Undergraduate GPA, Extracurricular Activities, Recommendations

Optional: Work Experience

Admission Information

The admissions committee at the University of Akron considers all of the following components of a student's application: undergraduate GPA (minimum GPA of 2.75 required), GMAT scores (minimum score of 500 required), TOEFL scores (international applicants), two letters of recommendation, a letter of purpose, resume, previous graduate and postbaccal performance, and professional association and student organization memberships. International applicants must apply at least six months prior to their intended date of entry into the program. The Graduate School of the University of Akron sponsors a diversity program to enhance minority recruitment within the MBA program.

The Princeton Review

School Information

School Information

The following section features data representative of the entire business school, and numbers here are not necessarily reflective of the specific program.

Students and Faculty

Total Graduate Students 290
Percent International Students 50%
Total Full-Time Faculty 50
Full-Time Faculty 68%

Student Life

As is typical with MBA programs, Akron’s program is peopled with a mix of full-time and part-time students, along with the “vast array of career backgrounds” one expects from such a mix. “Some have just finished undergraduate school,” one student writes, “and some are returning to school after 20 years of work experience.” The group is “as intellec­tually diverse as we are ethnically. For every one of our students who are truly interested in learning this material and gaining these experiences, there are an equal number who are clearly trying to put in as little work as possible to achieve a passing grade.” Overall, most are “hard-working” and “friendly” students interested in “obtaining a degree to enhance their career.” There is no great divide between full-time and part-time students. “Even though the majority of the students are part-time, they are interested in working with and giving back to the university. This provides for an interactive environment that sparks interesting discussion both inside and outside of the classroom.” Those accepted to Akron’s MBA program will find that their classmates “are strong academically with important experience that contributes to classroom discussion.” Most students here “honestly enjoy the process of learning and take pride in what we accomplish, regardless of what letter winds up on our transcripts.” In addition to students with diverse work backgrounds, “we also have students from different countries that bring an interesting perspective to discussions.”Outside the classroom “there is always something fruitful that you can hook yourself up with.” When not utilizing the library or the resources of the Center for Career Management, students can check on weekly emails sent to Zipline that “update us on the events that will happen the week to come.” The urban setting of Akron may not compare to a major city’s – students admit, “the surrounding areas are not that great” – but “there is a pretty good nightlife.” The school itself features athletics, a free bowling alley, recreation center, and other amenities, along with the clubs and students organizations one expects from a major college. As one student sums it up, “The bottom line is you can do a lot of useful things every day. The only thing that keeps us from contributing to these activities is our classes.”

Students Say

The University of Akron’s College of Business Administration offers both full-time and part-time programs, including an evening MBA program which qualifying students can complete in as few as 12 months if they meet the required undergraduate course work. An orientation session at the start of the first semester will allow students to get acquainted with the program. From there, it is on to a program devoted to “preparing you for your future.” Concentrations include finance, international business, international finance, man­agement, management and global technological innovation, strategic marketing, supply-chain management, health care, interdisciplinary, leadership of organizational change, global technological innovation, and direct interactive marketing. Through a diverse student body, “high competition” among classmates, and an administra­tion willing to “change curriculum to better serve students,” the University of Akron “real­ly prepare[s] its students to excel in the marketplace.” However, one student believes the work is “much less difficult than I had anticipated.” Still others say that “some professors are difficult to approach and to schedule time with,” with the most disgruntled of students claiming a few professors are “arrogant and really don’t want to help students.” This is in sharp contrast to those who find educators at Akron to be “friendly and accessible” and a group that “make[s] sure that we learn through discussions and active participation.” In fact, many students are “amazed” at the qualifications of the “fantastic” MBA professors here and are pleased to find “an outstanding staff and members of faculty that know what is best for their students to be the future cadres of the worldwide village.” Educators who “bring real world, practical knowledge that is second to none” not only help provide a “rewarding” educational experience, they also “inform you of job opportunities, work­shops, internships, clinics, etc.” But do not expect your hand to be held. “It is up to you to follow up. If you do follow up you have all of their resources at your disposal.”

The Princeton Review

Career

Akron is located near Cleveland’s job market, which is an immediate plus, as is the school’s “local connections with reputable companies.” The school’s Center for Career Management offers career services for all undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni. Through this office, students and alumni will have access to help with career planning, summer internships, job searching, interviewing, and resume writing. With Akron’s “strong network,” and “companies in both public accounting and industry heavily recruit­ing here, it helps make it very easy to land a job in whichever area you prefer.” School-organized career fairs give students a “chance to meet some prominent businesses” and “build [their] professional network.” Employers who have hired from the Akron MBA pool include Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Delloite & Touche, Babcock & Wilcox, Dominion, FirstEnergy, Enterprise, Progressive, National City Bank, and J.M. Smuckers.

The Princeton Review

Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    Standard & Poor’s Research Insight (North America and Global), Compustat ExecuComp, CRSP Financial, SAS, SPSS, LexisNexis Academic, Thompson Financial I/B/E/S, Thompson Reuters Checkpoint, CCH Business and Finance Library, Audit Analytics, BNA Premier, IBIS World, Mergent Online, Thomson One Banker, Gartner Group Reports. We also have the business application Microsoft Dynamics.

  • International Student Support Groups:

    International Business Student Association

  • Minority Support Groups:

    NSHMBA-National Society of Hispanic MBAs, National Association of Black Accountants

  • Peer Tutoring Programs:

    Peer tutoring is provided for students in the Government and Business course to assist international students with this language intensive course.

  • Research Facilities:

    Standard & Poor’s Research Insight (North America and Global), Compustat ExecuComp, CRSP Financial, SAS, SPSS, LexisNexis Academic, Thompson Financial I/B/E/S, Thompson Reuters Checkpoint, CCH Business and Finance Library, Audit Analytics, BNA Premier, IBIS World, Mergent Online, Thomson One Banker, Gartner Group Reports. We also have the business application Microsoft Dynamics.

  • Study Abroad:

    France: ESC Rennes, ESC Marseilles, ESC Lille, LeMans Germany: Stuttgart Denmark: Copenhagen Business School Mexico: ITESM: Cuernavaca; UVM, AU Guadalajara Peru: St. Ignacio Loyola Korea United Kingdom Thailand: Ubon China: Sias

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of The University of Akron College of Business include:

Mary Taylor - Lieutenant Governor State of Ohio

Anthony Alexander - President and CEO, FirstEnergy Corp.

Don Misheff - Managing partner, Ernst & Young, LLP

John Costello III - Chief Global Customer & Marketing Officer, Dunkin Brands

Russell C. Holmes - Sr. VP District Retail Leader, Key Bank

School Outcomes

Average Debt At Graduation: $9,080

Industry Percent Employed Median Starting Salary
Business 60% $53,982
Finance / Accounting 40% $53,563
Other 30% $62,000
Manufacturing 30% $42,000
Financial Services 30% $59,880
Other 30% $59,750
Operations / Logistics 20% $62,500
Information Technology 20% $68,320
Other 20% $42,000
Technical 10% $50,000
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