The Monte Ahuja College of Business prepares its graduates for professional careers in business, government, and nonprofit organizations. The College offers two baccalaureate degrees: the BBA and the BSCIS.
The BBA degree at Monte Ahuja College requires students to explore the world of business in society, to develop managerial, technical, ethical, and critical thinking skills, and to understand the roles and responsibilities of individuals as citizens, managers, and professionals. This is accomplished through a carefully designed curriculum of “lower division” general education courses in the humanities, natural science, mathematics, and the social sciences. Students in the BSCIS program begin their technical education with a similar combination of computer and information science and general education courses.
The upper-division program of study in business permits students to acquire a broad foundation of knowledge and skills in the functional areas of business, including accounting, finance, international business, marketing, organizational behavior, human resources management, information systems, and supply chain management . Within a major, the student acquires specialized knowledge and skills. Emphasis is placed upon individual initiative, teamwork, integrative and critical thinking, ethical analysis, and strategic decision-making skills. Students are provided fundamental tools as well as knowledge about advances in management practice and thought to assist them in meeting the management and leadership responsibilities in their business, civic, and personal lives. The upper division program of study in computer and information science consists of advanced elective courses that permit students to major in CIS or computer science (CSC).
The faculty of the Monte Ahuja College of Business confers the following undergraduate degrees:
- Bachelor of Business Administration
- Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Science
The college also offers programs, in conjunction with the College of Graduate Studies, leading to the following graduate degrees:
- Master of Accountancy
- Master of Business Administration (MBA)
- MBA in Health Care Administration
- Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration (JD/MBA)
- Master of Science in Nursing/Master of Business Administration (MSN/MBA)
- Master of Computer and Information Science
- Master of Labor Relations and Human Resources
- Doctor of Business Administration
For information on these programs, refer to the Cleveland State University Graduate Catalog, available through the College of Graduate Studies. Major Programs in the B.B.A. Degree
- Accounting (ACT)
- Business Administration (BUS)
- Business Economics (BUSECN)
- Finance (FIN)
- Information Systems (IST)
- International Business (IBN)
- Management and Labor Relations (MLR)
- Marketing (MKT)
- Operations and Supply Chain Management (OSM)
Tracks in the B.S.C.I.S. Degree:
- Computer and Information Science (CIS)
- Computer Science (CSC)
Students outside and within the College of Business Administration may earn a business minor. For details, please contact the departmental offices or the Monte Ahuja College of Business Advising Center (telephone: 216-687-3729).
The certificate programs sponsored or co-sponsored by the College of Business Administration are described below.
- Certificate in Global Business
- Certificate in Arts Management
- Certificate in Multimedia Advertising
- Certificate in Business Biotechnology
- Declaring a Major
- Add/Withdrawal Policy
- Work Experience
- A minimum of 128 credit hours of academic work is required for all students. One hour of BUS 101, Introduction to College Life, is required of all freshmen.
- The accumulation of quality points must total a minimum of 2.00 times the number of credit hours taken both for business courses and overall.
- Distribution of course work will vary within the requirements for each of the college degrees.
The general course requirements of Cleveland State University and the College of Business Administration are listed in this section for the lower- and upper-division years. In addition, students complete the requirements of the major field and electives of their choice during the final two years. Students are responsible for satisfying course prerequisites and taking courses in the correct sequence.
BBA students must complete all of the business core courses before enrolling in MLR 465 - Management Strategy & Policy and Policy, the BBA program’s capstone course.
The College of Business Administration may remove students from classes and/or revoke credit for courses taken out of sequence or without the required prerequisites. Students may be required to take additional courses to substitute for courses taken out of sequence. Students with questions about prerequisites or sequencing should see an academic adviser.
NOTE: Students outside of the Monte Ahuja College of Business may be allowed to enroll in business courses. However, accreditation rules require that no more than 25 percent (32 semester hours) of the coursework that is counted toward a non-business bachelor’s degree can be business courses unless the student also completes all of the Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) courses listed for the College of Business. The 18 CBK courses are: BUS 151 , ACT 221 , ACT 222 , IST 203, IST 305 , ECN 201 , ECN 202 , ECN 302 , FIN 351 , GAD 250 , OSM 201 , OSM 202 , OSM 311 , MKT 301 , MKT 351 , MLR 321 , BLW 411 , and MLR 465 .
Declaring a Major
A major may be declared upon admission to a degree program at the university or upon completion of 60 credits. A declaration of major form is available at the College of Business Advising Office (Ahuja Hall, BU 219).
After the drop deadline, a business student must file a college petition for late withdrawal. Petition forms may be obtained at the college advising office (Ahuja Hall, BU 219). Late registrations or adds are not permitted after the first week of class without authorization from both the instructor of the course(s) and the college advising office.
Gaining Work Experience
The Monte Ahuja College of Business recognizes that, in today’s competitive job market, students who graduate with work experience closely related to their career preparation will have an advantage over other job-seekers. Consequently, the college encourages students to participate in internships and cooperative education programs that provide this experience. College credit can be earned with selected internship programs. For information about internship opportunities, visit the Business Career Center in BU 213.