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 within the Monte Ahuja College of Business 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” business requirements and 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 business 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 (INB)
- Management (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 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 are described below.
- Certificate in Global Business
- Certificate in Arts Management
- Certificate in Multimedia Advertising
- Certificate in Business Biotechnology
- BBA: Entry Level Requirements
- BSCIS: Entry Level Requirements
- A minimum of 128 credit hours of academic work is required for all students. One hour of 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 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 , the BBA program’s capstone course.
The College of Business 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.
BBA: Entry Level Requirements
All BBA students must complete the lower division core (entry level requirements/additional coursework) with the appropriate academic standards prior to completing any course(s) from the upper division core or 300/400 level major course work.
BSCIS: Entry Level Requirements
All BSCIS students must complete lower divisional core (entry level requirements/additional coursework) with the appropriate academic standards completing any course(s) from 300/400 level major course work.
- Lower division core refers to / (or / ) and / and appropriate academic standards are grades of C or higher in all the above cited courses. Please meet with a Business Advisor regarding possible exceptions.
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 305
, ECN 201
, ECN 202
, ECN 302
, FIN 351
, GAD 250
, OSM 201
, OSM 202
, OSM 311
, MKT 301
, BUS 351
, MLR 321
, BLW 411
, and MLR 465
Student Services: Academic Advising, Graduation Roadmap, Graduation Application, Petition Services and Scholarships
The Monte Ahuja College of Business Undergraduate Advising Center provides services for current and prospective students. The Undergraduate Business Advising Center serves all undergraduate students of the Monte Ahuja College of Business regarding on-going academic advising issues such as understanding University, College and Major requirements, as well as developing long term graduation roadmap plans and completing graduation application evaluations. Undergraduate Business Advisors can also help current students with issues regarding College and University petition requests, exploring scholarship opportunities within the College and discussing career/internship issues. The Center also provides transfer information services for students seeking to transfer to the Monte Ahuja College of Business. Note: This service is only available for students who have completed college level course work in the United States. Students who have completed college level course work outside the United States must contact the Cleveland State University - Office of International Admissions, 2121 Euclid Avenue, KB 1400, Cleveland Ohio 44115, U.S.A. Phone : ( 216 ) 687 - 4579.
Mandatory Freshman Advising Policy
Mandatory academic advising is required for all freshmen who have a declared major in the Monte Ahuja College of Business. CSU students are considered freshman status if they have earned less than 30 credit hours. Business Freshmen MUST attend academic advising appointments with their assigned College of Business Advisor or alternative Business representative for each semester (fall and spring/summer) regarding registration and other academic related issues.
College of Business freshmen will have an advisory academic hold placed on their account that will prevent registering of classes. This hold will not prevent students from dropping or withdrawing from classes. However, it is advised that students speak with their College of Business academic advisor and a Campus 411 specialist to learn about potential NEGATIVE ramifications of dropping or withdrawing from a class.
Why do you need advising?
Every undergraduate business student should meet with an Academic Advisor. Not only will an advisor ensure that you take the proper courses to fulfill your degree requirements and graduate on time, but an advisor can help make the rigors of college more comfortable. Our advisors are experienced professionals who will help all College of Business students learn more about the required Cleveland State University General Education and College of Business graduation requirements.
Academic Advisors can help you:
• Capitalize on the economic benefit of taking a full course load (12-16 hours) while balancing your workload throughout the semester
• Maximize transfer credits
• Thoroughly review your Degree Audit within Campus Net
• Recognize the opportunity to earn a minor by augmenting courses already completed
• Determine eligibility for transient status
• Develop your personal Academic Graduation Plan
Gaining Professional 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.
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, 216-687-3729) in order to declare a major.
CSU College to College Transfer Policy
Students enrolled in a college at Cleveland State other than the Monte Ahuja College of Business who wish to be considered for transfer to the Monte Ahuja College of Business should complete
. The College of Business requires a C or better in each of these courses, and an overall GPA of at least 2.0. The GPA will be calculated excluding remedial courses. Please note, pending college to college transfer students must continue to work with their current College Advising Office until the above requirements have been met and the student will be officially assigned a College of Business Advisor.
After the drop deadline, a business student must file a college petition for late withdrawal. Petition forms may be obtained at the College Advising Center (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.
Major and Minor Programs