Kent State Offers New Dual Master's Degree

KENT, Ohio – The School of Communications Studies and College of Business Administraation at Kent State University are offering an opportunity to earn two graduate degrees simultaneously: a master of arts in communication studies and a master of business administration beginning this fall.

The university anticipates the dual-degree program should be “particularly attractive for managers, professionals and [undergraduate] students looking to enhance their communication skills to influence business in emerging global markets as well as develop skills to augment their own professional careers,” it says.

Coursework includes communication theory and skills, media and information dissemination and processes, the fundamentals of business and entrepreneurial thinking, and team-building skills.

“The M.A./MBA dual degree will provide knowledge of the critical areas of business combined with an emphasis on global communications,” said Deborah F. Spake, dean of the college of of business administration, in a prepared statement. “Competitively, the dual degree places graduates ahead of their peers with skills in demand across all industries, from the private sector to public service and entrepreneurial ventures.”

The dual degree requires 62 to 65 credit hours of coursework: 35 to 41 hours in business administration and 20 to 27 hours in communication studies.

Applicants need submit only one set of information materials. Each program makes an independent admission decision on the same application. Admission is based on grades, the Graduate Record Exam or Graduate Management Aptitude Test score, an admissions essay and professional experience.

For more information, contact Mei-Chen Lin, professor and graduate coordinator at the school of communication studies, at or Louise Ditchey, administrative director of graduate programs at the college of business administration, at

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.
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