College of Business and Innovation

Dean's Message - Dr. Anne Balazs

Anne Balazs

On behalf of our faculty, staff and students, I am pleased to welcome you to The University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation (COBI)! At COBI we strive every day to inspire, transform, and empower our students so they can achieve great things, both here in college and throughout their lives.  

Established in 1930, COBI is currently the largest professional college on the campus of The University of Toledo, with approximately 3,000 students across all degree levels.

We are proud of the fact that the College is nationally and internationally ranked and recognized:

  • COBI is among only 5% of business programs worldwide accredited by the world's premier business school accrediting organization, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
  • Furthermore, COBI’s accounting program holds a separate AACSB accreditation, a distinction which can only be claimed by 2% of business schools worldwide.
  • In 2016 Bloomberg listed COBI as one of the top 100 undergraduate business schools in the nation.
  • Eduniversal, an international higher education ranking agency, rates COBI Excellent and includes it as the only Northwest Ohio business school in its list of 145 schools in North America. Eduniversal also ranks COBI’s Human Resources Management program #30, General Management #35, Marketing and Professional Sales # 37, and Executive MBA # 47 in North America.
  • The Princeton Review has recognized COBI’s graduate programs as among the best since 2008.

  • COBI’s Savage & Associates Business Complex is a 54,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility which houses classrooms, action learning labs and serves as a hub for our outreach and engagement activities. One of the action learning labs is the John B. and Lillian E. Neff Trading Room which offers students access to financial data from around the globe in a real-world environment and also facilitates COBI's $1 million student managed investment fund, a truly remarkable learning opportunity providing hands-on financial experience.  The Alan Barry Accounting Lab is distinctive in the nation for having licenses for both CPA and CMA review materials available free for students; it also has tutors and software to help students improve their accounting and writing skills. The Edward H. Schmidt School of Professional Sales (ESSPS) is one of the top university sales programs in the world, with over 200 students, a world class curriculum, a high-tech sales lab, professional certifications, and multiple corporate, university and international partnerships, and was independently recognized as being in the top 5% of all professional sales programs in a study by DePaul University’s Center for Sales Leadership.  All COBI classrooms are multi-mediated and equipped with the latest wireless technology. The College also houses four 24-hour computer labs, including a virtual lab where students can work with laptops outside the confines of a laboratory.

    The College's Business Career Programs Office assists in placing students in both internships and permanent career positions. Click here to read internships and jobs success stories of some of our students and graduates. We take great pride in the fact that we have a 93% placement rate the past few years for those students seeking employment after graduation.

    COBI is proud that The University of Toledo recognizes the sacrifices of our service members and their families and is dedicated to helping them achieve continued success in life through educational and degree completion opportunities as well as a wide range of customized support services.

    The College is also proud of the long and outstanding relationship we have had with the regional business community. COBI serves the broader community through its different centers such as the Family Business Center, regular Key Bank Global Leaders Forums and other unique programming.

    If you are a prospective student considering UT, I encourage you to explore our website for more information on advising, academic programs, student organizations, international opportunities, and other student services that are designed to maximize your educational experience at UT. We offer undergraduate programs in Accounting, Applied Organizational Technology, Finance, Information Technology, Operations Management, Marketing, Sales, International Business, and Management. COBI offers several graduate programs (MBA, MSA, Executive MBA, and Ph.D. in manufacturing and Technology Management) delivered by highly qualified faculty who bring relevance to the classroom while they continuously advance the latest knowledge about various topics/issues by translating their cutting-edge research contributions into classroom applications. If you are interested in the world of business, I am confident that one of our degree programs will meet your needs.

    As you can see, there are many amazing things happening here, every day, in the UT College of Business and Innovation…and that includes you, and what you are doing to prepare for and enhance your professional life.  We are honored that you have chosen to study here at this significant time in your life, and I want to personally assure you that we are committed to your success - as a student, as an individual and in your career.

    Dr. Anne L. Balazs
    Dean, College of Business and Innovation


    Last Updated: 2/7/19