Colleges and Programs

The University of Akron offers comprehensive programs of instruction leading to the associate (two-year), bachelor’s (four-year), master’s (graduate), and doctoral (graduate or professional) degrees.

Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences

Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences is the largest and oldest degree-granting college at The University of Akron. In addition to providing a world-class education in an array of associate's, bachelor's, master’s and doctoral degree programs, Buchtel College provides the majority of general education courses for the University. E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall, the region’s flagship performance venue, is home to many arts performances for the college.

Qualified students seeking hands-on career exploration experiences can enroll in internships and co-op opportunities. All students are encouraged to pursue experiential learning through curricular and co-curricular experiences on campus, in research settings, and in the community.  Students wishing to enrich their majors by completing a certificate, a minor or a double major are encouraged to do so. Interdisciplinary studies are readily available to Arts and Sciences students through the Biomedical Science major, the Humanities Division major, the Social Sciences Division majors and the Bachelor of Arts in Multidisciplinary Studies program.

The College has five administrative divisions: 

  • The Arts Division includes: 
    • Mary Schiller Myers School of Art
    • School of Dance, Theatre, and Arts Administration
    • School of Music
  • The Education Division includes:
    • LeBron James Family Foundation School of Education
  • The Humanities Division includes:
    • English 
    • Modern Languages
    • Philosophy
  • The Natural Sciences Division includes: 
    • Biology 
    • Chemistry
    • Geosciences
    • Physics
    • Mathematics
    • Statistics
  • The Social Sciences Division includes:
    • Anthropology 
    • School of Communication
    • Criminal Justice Studies
    • History 
    • Political Science 
    • Psychology 
    • Public Administration and Urban Studies (graduate only) 
    • Sociology 

College of Business

The College of Business is a professional college of the University that is dedicated to teaching, business research and public service. The College is accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance the Collegiate Schools of Business and offers accredited baccalaureate and master's degree programs during the day and evening. 

The College of Business is home to:

  • George W. Daverio School of Accountancy 
  • Economics 
  • Finance 
  • Management 
  • Marketing

College of Engineering and Polymer Science

The College of Engineering and Polymer Science (CEPS) provides educational opportunities at both the undergraduate and graduate levels for students who wish to pursue careers in engineering, engineering technology, computing, and polymer science.

College of Health and Human Sciences

Students in nursing, dietetics, audiology, speech-language pathology, social work and other fields learn side by side so that as professionals, it will be natural to treat patients collaboratively.

Students benefit from close college ties with such health systems as the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Summa Health System, Akron Children’s Hospital, the Northeast Ohio Medical University and the Austin BioInnovation Institute in Akron. Students engage in state-of-the-art simulation experiences, gain clinical experience and spend ample time learning collaboratively with fellow students and seasoned professionals in many disciplines.

Williams Honors College

The Williams Honors College supports high achieving and highly motivated students with challenging curriculum options, honors classes, academic scholarships, priority in registration, an opportunity to live in the Honors Residence Hall Complex, and enhanced computer and study facilities. Williams Honors College students who complete the requirements of their academic majors and of the Williams Honors College with cumulative grade-point averages of at least 3.40 are recognized at graduation as Williams Honors Scholars. 

Graduate School

The Graduate School offers advanced study to students who wish further education beyond the baccalaureate degree with programs leading to the master’s degree as well as the doctoral degree. A separate publication detailing admission procedures and individual study requirements for graduate work is available from the Graduate School.

Graduate School
The University of Akron
Polsky Building, Room 469
Akron, OH 44325-2101

School of Law

The School of Law provides legal education through day and evening classes and full and part-time programs leading to the Juris Doctor degree. JD candidates typically begin studies in the fall semester, but they may begin in January. They may obtain Certificates in Litigation, Constitutional Law, Intellectual Property, and Health Law. JD candidates may also pursue the following joint degrees with other colleges: JD/MBA, JD/MTax, or JD/MSA in Financial Forensics (with the College of Business Administration), JD/MPA (Master of Public Administration, with the Department of Public Administration and Urban Studies), JD/MAP (Master of Applied Politics, with the Bliss Institute). The School of Law also offers an advanced degree, the LL.M. in Intellectual Property. JD students may enroll in the Joint JD/LL.M. Program, in which they can earn both degrees in three years. Otherwise, an applicant for the LL.M. program must have a JD degree from an American law school or an equivalent degree from a foreign law school. An applicant to the JD program must take the Law School Admission Test and have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university for JD admission. No particular course of undergraduate study is required for admission. Also, an applicant with a foreign law degree may apply for an accelerated program to receive the JD in two years. The School of Law has recently added a Masters in the Studies of Law. An applicant to the MSL program is not required to take the Law School Admission Test. A separate publication detailing admission requirements and the procedure for applying may be obtained by calling (330)972-7331, or (800) 4-AKRON-U, or by e-mail: