Monte Ahuja College of Business

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Monte Ahuja College of Business
Monte Ahuja Business logo.png
Established 1964 (1964)
Location Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
41°30′08″N 81°40′46″W / 41.5022°N 81.6794°W / 41.5022; -81.6794Coordinates: 41°30′08″N 81°40′46″W / 41.5022°N 81.6794°W / 41.5022; -81.6794

The Monte Ahuja College of Business is the business school at Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio. With more than 3,000 current students and over 19,000 alumni, the Monte Ahuja College of Business ranks among the largest in Ohio. It is fully accredited by the AACSB[1] and currently offers two undergraduate degrees with numerous concentrations: Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and the Bachelor of Science in Computer & Information Science (BSCIS). It also offers six graduate degree programs, two dual graduate degree programs, and one doctoral degree program.


Monte Ahuja College of Business is located in Downtown Cleveland. It is bounded on the East 18th Street of Euclid Avenue and Chester Avenue.


The college was first formed as the Nance College of Business, named for James J. Nance,[2] a Cleveland industrialist who served as the university's first chairman of the board of trustees. At the onset, it was an applied vocational school, and was housed in World War II-era Quonset huts, without any permanent building on campus.[2]

In 1970, the college was renamed to the James J. Nance College of Business Administration.[2] In 2011, it was again renamed, to the Monte Ahuja College of Business, after former CSU Board of Trustees chair Monte Ahuja.[3] Ahuja had donated $10 million to the school, the largest gift in the University’s 47-year history.[3]

Programs and majors[edit]

Its Ahuja Accounting Programs are among a select group of only 168 accounting programs worldwide that hold Accounting Accreditation from AACSB International—the hallmark of management education.[4]

Ahuja's Department of Finance is known nationally and internationally as a leading Center for real estate research. The department's strength lies in three areas:[5]

  • Corporate Finance and Investment
  • Financial Institutions
  • Real Estate

The Finance faculty have been widely recognized outside the university for their scholarly achievements. Recent faculty awards and recognition include:

  • An appointment to the National Distinguished Fellows Program of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties
  • Fulbright Scholar Awards to teach in Bulgaria and Latvia
  • A grant from the State of South Carolina to work on Medicare reform

The department is also very active in encouraging many of its finance majors to take and pass the Chartered Financial Analyst Examinations (CFA).

Undergraduate majors[edit]

Monte Ahuja Hall, Monte Ahuja College of Business


  • Accounting
  • Business Economics
  • Finance
  • Information Systems and Technology
  • International Business
  • Management & Labor Relations
  • Marketing
  • Operations And Supply Chain Management[6]

BSCIS major fields of study

  • Computer & Information Science
  • Computer Science

Graduate programs[edit]

Adam Smith's Spinning Top, sculpture by Jim Sanborn outside Monte Ahuja Hall
  • Master of Accountancy (MACC)
  • MBA, Master of Business Administration (Various Concentrations Offered)
  • EMBA, Executive Master of Business Administration
  • MBA in Health Care Administration (MBA-HCA)
  • Master of Computer & Information Science (MCIS)
  • Master of Labor Relations/Human Resources (MLRHR)
  • Master of Public Health (MPH)
  • MBA/Juris Doctor (JD/MBA)
  • MBA/Master of Science in Nursing (MSN/MBA)
  • Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

Global Business Center[edit]

The Global Business Center was created to sustain education and training programs in global business. It also promotes the region’s global competitiveness and to expand the presence of the region’s entrepreneurs in the global market.

The Global Business Center relies on the expertise of a cross-functional, interdisciplinary team of faculty, scholars and Advisory Board members to provide the region with innovative International Business education programs, research and related business services.

In addition, the Center has partnered with World Trade Center Cleveland and the Beachwood Business Development Center to provide customized services and programs to foreign companies looking to invest in local markets. The partnership also serves domestic companies looking to invest in most foreign markets.


The college was honored on June 21, 2006 with the Ohio Governor's Excellence in Exporting Award, presented by then-Governor Bob Taft.[7]


External links[edit]

  • Official website
  • "Engage Nance". Engage Nance. Cleveland, Ohio, USA: Cleveland State University. Archived from the original on 2011-08-15. Retrieved 11 January 2015.  [This is for the previous name of the college; the website was apparently closed down after the 2011 renaming.]