Ashland University, which is accredited by The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, offers master’s degrees in the College of Education, the College of Business and Economics, the Ashland Theological Seminary, and the College of Arts and Sciences, and doctoral degrees in the College of Education and the Ashland Theological Seminary. Ashland University is a member of the Council of Graduate Schools.
The Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree program was introduced in 1976 and the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program was initially offered in 1978. The Master of American History and Government (MAHG) began in 2005. The M.Ed. program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the MBA program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). In 1997, The Ohio Board of Regents authorized Ashland University to offer a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree in Educational Leadership and, in 1998, The North Central Association granted accreditation for the Ed.D. program. Permanent authorization for the Ed.D. degree was granted by The Ohio Board of Regents in 2001. Ashland is one of only two independent universities in Ohio authorized to offer this degree in the area of educational leadership.
Graduate programs are offered in a challenging and supportive environment which many have come to know as characteristic of Ashland University. Programs are designed to meet the needs of today’s professionals and, therefore, reflect the latest in theory and practice. Graduates should expect a level of preparation that can assist them in becoming more successful in their respective fields.
In the graduate programs, course work provides students with a broad understanding of the theoretical bases and practices in their fields. Courses contain clearly defined knowledge, skills, and practices that graduate students are expected to master. Related experiences help students apply what they have learned.