A big name in Ohio education, Kent State University serves the Midwest with a range of high-quality MBA programs. Here, young professionals can jump-start their careers through an “enjoyable and enlightening” academic curriculum, offered at “a value price.” Catering to students at every stage of life, the school operates a full-time MBA on the main campus and part-time professional programs at various satellite campuses, including “distance learning for students at the Lorain County Community College and Kent State Stark campus.” Seasoned managers can apply for the fast-paced Executive MBA, and “Kent is one of a few schools in the nation that has a dual-masters degree with architecture and business.” Cost effective and convenient, “Kent State is in the heart of northeast Ohio, which makes it possible to have a career in one of the surrounding cities, while going to graduate school part-time.”Kent State maintains an accomplished team of business professors, who often come to the college from impressive executive and managerial positions. On the whole, “professors are extremely knowledgeable and eager to teach,” and they usually “stay up-to-date on current events and issues related to their fields in business.” At the same time, the classroom experience can be “hit and miss,” with students often noting that, “tenured staff tends not to be as good as younger staff.” In less popular classes, “the coursework is outdated” or too academic to feel applicable. To encourage networking and build soft skills, the program “promotes group work,” and classroom discussions are encouraged. A current student adds, “In the professional MBA program, everyone is working, so we are able to share real-world experiences in the classroom. There is something every night in class that I can take and apply to my job.” Whether they attend in the evenings or full-time, MBA students can expect a “fairly heavy workload” throughout the program. Fortunately, they’ll receive plenty of support from the faculty and staff. At Kent State, “the professors are incredibly interested in the students’ success,” and they are “almost always available for individual consultation on topics not necessarily related to class work.” A student shares, “I am very comfortable meeting with professors during office hours, even when I am not enrolled in one of their courses.” Administrators are also “very helpful,” and make it clear that they “really care about your future success as an individual.” Finally, Kent State is an excellent value. As a state school, “the tuition is relatively low,” while the regional reputation is excellent.
The Princeton Review