Admissions Procedures

Admission to the Graduate School

Admission to the Graduate School and admission to specific degree programs at Ashland University is a two-part process. Students wishing to take graduate courses at Ashland University must follow this admission process and complete the appropriate application. Minimum standards for admission to the Graduate School are outlined below. Individual degree programs may have additional requirements.

Graduate Admission Policy

The following are required for admission to the Graduate School:

Students seeking a graduate degree:

  1. A completed Ashland University Graduate School Admission Form with application fee;
  2. Official academic transcript(s) from accredited institutions of higher education documenting all undergraduate and graduate degrees awarded. Additional transcripts, if applicable, may be requested at the discretion of the program chairs.
  3. A minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale, or a minimum graduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (a minimum of 12 graduate semester hours is required). Please note: individual graduate degree programs may require additional criteria.

Conditional Admission to the Graduate School

A student may be admitted conditionally with an undergraduate grade point average of 2.25–2.75, or a graduate grade point average of 2.50–3.0 (a minimum of 12 graduate semester hours is required).

  1. A 3.0 GPA must be achieved by conditionally accepted graduate students at the conclusion of 12 semester hours of course work.
  2. The Graduate School will make a decision on conditionally accepted students, as to continuation or dismissal, following the students’ initial 12 hours of course work.
  3. Each graduate program may develop additional requirements particular to its own discipline that would apply to conditional students (letters of recommendation, standardized test, writing sample, etc.)

Program chairs may appeal admission decisions to the Graduate Cabinet.

Non-degree students; Bachelor’s Plus Program; Licensure Audits:

  1. A completed Ashland University Graduate School Admission Form (Part I);
  2. Application fee;
  3. The same minimum undergraduate grade point average as students seeking a graduate degree;
  4. A 3.0 GPA must be achieved by conditionally accepted graduate students at the conclusion of 12 semester hours of course work.
  5. Evidence of undergraduate degree through one of the following:
    1. official undergraduate transcript documenting the degree, or
    2. letter from the registrar of the undergraduate institution verifying the degree and grade point average earned.

Please note: individual graduate programs/colleges may require additional criteria.

Options for Graduate School Applicants from Non-Regionally Accredited Undergraduate Institutions

Applicants who received an undergraduate degree from a college or university that does not have regional accreditation recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education may apply for acceptance as a degree-seeking student, using one of the following options:

  • Option 1: Obtain an "acceptable score" on a recognized graduate school admission test, as defined by the program to which application is made.
  • Option 2: Upon acceptance as a non-degree seeking student, satisfactorily complete 12 semester hours under the supervision of the program director, after which degree-seeking status will be awarded.

International Students and Students Who Completed Previous Course Work Outside of the United States

Ashland University makes a special commitment to serving the needs of international students and those who have been educated outside of the United States. The International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) office exists to provide admissions, orientation, immigration and academic support to these applicants.

The ISSS office will assist international applicants with the preparation and presentation of their application to the Graduate School and program department. It is essential that all candidates meet the academic requirements for admission to the Graduate School and for admission to the individual graduate program to which they are applying. In the Master of Education Program, applicants must have some work experience as a teacher, administrator or school employee providing direct services to students. The Master of Business Administration Program requires applicants to have a minimum of two years, full-time work experience.

International students do not need to complete a separate application for the Graduate School; please use the international application for all programs.

In addition to the standard admission guidelines, international students must submit proof of English proficiency with one of the following scores:

  • Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): 79;
  • Paper-based TOEFL (PBT): 550, or
  • IELTS: 6.5.

Students will also take a one-semester course in university writing if their writing scores are below:

  • 22 on the iBT,
  • 5.0 on the PBT, or
  • 7.0 on the IELTS

Students eligible for admission but who have not attained the minimum scores on the tests above will be admitted to The Ashland University Center for English Studies (ACCESS). ACCESS provides an intensive English program for international students and prepares them for admission to academic studies. Upon successful completion of the ACCESS program, students will be admitted to the University and will be evaluated for readiness for full-time graduate program course work.

How to Apply—International Students

International students must apply for admission to the Graduate School well in advance of their proposed entry date. Click here for an online application and more information.

Applicants will be required to submit:

  1. Non-refundable application fee of $50 USD.
  2. Copy of passport (also include this for any dependent that will be accompanying you).
  3. Originals or certified copies of your transcripts or mark sheets, in English and the original language.
  4. Copy of your most recent graduation certificate or diploma.
  5. TOEFL or IELTS scores, unless seeking admission through the ACCESS program.
  6. Proof of financial support.
  7. Statement of purpose.
  8. Resume.

Immigration documents will note both ESL and the academic program.

NOTE: The academic credentials of applicants educated outside of the United States, including permanent residents, will be evaluated by the International Student and Scholar Services office; and evidence of English proficiency may be requested, regardless of the applicant’s current immigration status in the United States. Referral will be made to English language proficiency classes prior to acceptance when appropriate.

International Student Admissions

It is essential that all candidates, including those who were educated outside of the United States, meet the academic requirements for admission to the Programs and have some work experience as a teacher, administrator or school employee providing direct services to students.

Admission to the Doctoral Program

The admission procedures for the Doctor of Education Leadership Studies Degree are designed to recruit the highest quality professionals, representative of a culturally diverse population. A comprehensive system, including both qualitative and quantitative measures, is used to assess personal characteristics, academic skills, communications and leadership. Acceptance into the doctoral program is by cohort (15 or fewer students per year) and is based upon a competitive evaluation of applications. The Doctoral Admission and Retention Committee reviews the credentials of each candidate, focusing on the following requirements:

Applicants for the Doctor of Education degree must

  1. Possess a master's degree from an accredited institution.
  2. Have a cumulative post-baccalaureate grade point average of at least 3.3 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Complete a Graduate School application and submit an application fee.

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The Admission portfolio for each candidate consists of the following items:

  • Documentation/description of a record of successful administrative experience and/or documented evidence of leadership activities;
  • Four letters of reference, two from persons familiar with the applicant's academic ability and two that describe professional performance citing specific examples of leadership ability;
  • An approximately two-page personal statement describing career goals and reasons for wishing to undertake a doctoral program of study;
  • A complete resume that includes work experience, educational background, professional experience, professional activities, honors, professional publications or presentations, and other relevant information relating to the applicant's leadership background;
  • A sample of professional writing ability, approximately five pages in length;
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate study. Finalists will be invited for an interview with members of the Admission and Retention Committee. During the interview, the applicant will complete a 30-minute onsite writing sample. The deadline for receipt of the application portfolio is March 1 each year. Applicants are encouraged to begin to prepare materials well ahead of the March 1 deadline.

Master of Business Administration Program Admission Procedures

An applicant possessing a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, with a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.75 on a 4.00 scale, with a recognized business undergraduate major and a minimum of two years full-time work experience may be accepted for admission to Ashland University’s MBA program on an unconditional basis.

An applicant without these requirements may be admitted on a conditional basis, as follows, depending on his or her situation:

  • If the applicant has a cumulative undergraduate grade point average between 2.25 and 2.75, the applicant may be admitted conditionally. In such cases, the number of courses taken will be limited to two per semester, and a grade point average of 3.0 must be achieved at the conclusion of 12 semester hours of course work. In the event a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is not achieved after 12 semester hours, the student will be dismissed from the program. Please see the Graduate Admission Policy earlier in this section of the catalog for more information concerning GPA requirements.
  • If the applicant's baccalaureate history fails to reflect sufficient course work in business to assure an understanding of the concepts contained in the Phase II courses, the applicant may be conditionally admitted, but be required to enroll in MBA Foundation course work.
  • If the applicant fails to meet the two-year full-time work experience in an organizational setting, the applicant may be conditionally admitted, but be required to demonstrate additional work experience.

How to Apply

The following materials must be submitted to finalize the application process:

  • A complete MBA admission application with the $30 application fee (checks must be payable to "Ashland University"). The application fee will be waived for applicants who are returning for a second master's degree from Ashland University, or who are former degree-seeking AU graduate students seeking nondegree status.
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions from which a degree was awarded. Acceptable transcripts are only those sent directly from the issuing institution, not those issued to the individual student. Additional transcripts may be requested if necessary.
  • A Personal Competency Assessment (PCA) to be completed by the applicant.
  • Recommendation letters (optional).
  • An updated resume or vita.

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Accelerated Accounting Program

Highly qualified undergraduate students may be admitted into the MBA program on a provisional basis before completing their undergraduate degree, as part of the accelerated BSBA/MBA program. To be eligible, students must have senior status at Ashland University with a declared major in Accounting, have completed a minimum of fifteen hours of course work in the Accounting major, and have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Provisional Admission will allow students to take up to nine credit hours of graduate courses. Upon completion of a total of 120 hours or more in the accelerated BSBA/MBA program, including at least one internship specific to Accounting, the student can apply to the Graduate School for admission. Refer to the undergraduate catalog for more information on this program, including curriculum details.

Personal Competency Assessment (PCA)

The MBA faculty have adopted a competency model that emphasizes leadership, communication skills, problem solving skills, integrity and accountability, specialized knowledge, and international and global perspective. AU’s MBA program requires all incoming students to complete a Personal Competency Assessment (PCA) in lieu of the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). This assessment enables MBA advisers to assist students in developing their competencies to become more effective business leaders.

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Master of Education Program Admission Procedures

All students seeking a graduate license, endorsement, Bachelor's Plus enrollment, and/or master's degree must be admitted to the Graduate School. Admission is open to all qualified persons of good character regardless of disabilities, religion, race, creed, gender, or national origin. Students must be admitted to the Graduate School and meet the criteria for a given program before taking courses. See individual programs for additional information.

Admission to the Master of Education Program is open to candidates who give evidence of intellectual ability, appropriate academic and/or teaching experiences, and personal suitability for pursuing graduate study.

Regular admissions procedures are based on evidence of the following:

  • a completed application to the Graduate School, available online.
  • $30.00 application fee;
  • an official transcript showing a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university;
  • cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or above (4.0 system);
  • a copy of the State of Ohio teaching license/certificate or its equivalent;
  • a letter stating teaching experience from superintendent or principal of school.
    For a noncertified and/or nonteaching experienced student having a GPA of 2.75, two letters of recommendation are required;
  • completion of a Good Moral Character form;
  • review and sign the Memorandum of Understanding; 
  • a personal interview with the resident program director.

Conditional admissions procedures are based on evidence of the following:

  • a completed application to the Graduate School, available online;
  • $30.00 application fee;
  • an official transcript showing a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university;
  • cumulative grade point average of 2.25 to 2.75;
  • appropriate scores on aptitude tests, i.e., GRE and/or Miller Analogies;
  • two letters of recommendation;
  • completion of a Good Moral Character form;
  • a personal interview with the resident program director.

Final determination of admissibility of Master of Education Degree candidates rests with the dean in consultation with the appropriate resident program director.

It is advised that each candidate for admission collect all above data and submit it to the director of the center at the time of the interview.

A student may enter the master's degree program at the beginning of the fall, spring, or summer term. Applications may be submitted at any time during the year. Minimal course enrollments (six or more students) may be required for all courses, and some courses may not be available each semester. Inquiries regarding such matters, as well as program development and requirements should be directed to the resident program director.

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Requirements for Admission to the Bachelor's Plus Program

  1. Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university.
  2. Grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 grading scale. Applicant with less than a 2.75 may apply for conditional admittance.
  3. Completion of all Pre-Admittance Program Application forms (may apply online).
  4. A completed application to the Graduate School, available online.
  5. An acceptable, completed Good Moral Character Form.
  6. Official bachelor's degree transcripts from accredited colleges or universities must be submitted for review. Check sheets of required tests and courses will be composed. The completed check sheets will be vided to the candidate.
  7. Two letters of recommendation. Each recommendation should be on the writer's stationery and addressed to the identified person at the appropriate Ashland University center.
  8. Personal interview with a resident Bachelor's Plus director or assistant director at a program center.
  9. Demonstrated proficiency of oral, interpersonal, and written communication skills on a continuing basis.
  10. Take and receive a passing score of 172 or higher on each of the three PRAXIS I tests (Reading, Writing, & Math) during the first semester in the program and before doing the first field experience. The PRAXIS I requirements may be met by having a high enough score on the ACT, GRE, or SAT, based on documentation.
  11. Upon admission to the program, students working toward licensure in foreign language (French or Spanish) are required to take the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and must attain an Intermediate-High level. They must also take the Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) and earn a score of Intermediate-High or above. See the resident Bachelor's Plus director at a program center for specific details.
  12. Bachelor's Plus students admitted with or without conditional status must maintain a GPA of 3.0 in all coursework recorded on their official Ashland University transcript in order to continue in the program. This includes field experiences and student teaching/internship. Refer to the Academic Probation/Dismissal requirements listed for graduate education programs in this catalog.
  13. No course (undergraduate or graduate) taken from other accredited colleges and universities and used as an equivalent course for credit is used in the calculation of the student's GPA.

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Admission to the Master of Education Program from the Bachelor's Plus Program

Bachelor’s Plus students interested in the Master of Education Degree Program should contact the resident M.Ed. Director to schedule an appointment during the latter part of their licensure program. A student cannot be formally admitted to the master’s program until he or she has completed his or her licensure program, nor can any courses count as master’s credit until the student is officially admitted into master’s program. Some graduate courses may count as credit toward a Master of Education Degree.

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Admission to Teacher Licensure and Endorsement Programs

  1. The Office of Teacher Testing and Licensure is dedicated to assisting teacher candidates in reaching the goal of receiving an Ohio Teacher's License. A graduate student can achieve second licensure through Ashland University by completing the following requirements.
  2. A completed application to the Graduate School, available online.
  3. The candidate will also need to submit a copy of his or her teaching license and an official transcript indicating a bachelor's degree in education from an accredited college or university. A cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 or above is required.
  4. A prospective student is to contact a regional M.Ed. Program director or Mr. Steve Willeke, Director of Licensure and Testing and Director of Graduate Programs, to request an official evaluation of his or her transcripts to be completed on the Ashland University program check sheets. Mr. Willeke can be reached at 419.289.5373.
  5. After receiving the official evaluation, the appropriate resident program director is contacted by the student for admission and interview purposes. If required, copies of any licenses held must be on file at Ashland University. Additionally, a signed copy of the Good Moral Character form is to be included in the above materials.
  6. The student must complete all UNIVERSITY AND STATE REQUIREMENTS for the stateissued teacher license. The requirements may include but are not limited to course work, teaching experience, field experiences, state testing, a criminal background check, and other university and state requirements that may be legislated. It is the student's responsibility to contact the Office of Teacher Licensure and Testing to keep knowledgeable about the requirements.
  7. The student shall then apply for new licenses and/or endorsements of the Ohio teacher license through the Office of Teacher Licensure and Testing and pay all of the required fees. (Renewing and upgrading existing certificates or licenses are the responsibility of employed teachers with their superintendents, or if not employed, by the teacher and the state division of teacher licensure directly.)

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Master of Fine Arts Program Admission Procedures

Students seeking admission to the Master of Fine Arts Program must:

  • submit all required Graduate School application materials
  • submit writing sample (10–15 pages of poetry or 20–25 pages of creative nonfiction)
  • submit two letters of recommendation Admission is based on the following:
  • acceptance into the Graduate School
  • 10–15 pages of poetry or 20–25 pages of creative nonfiction deemed by the MFA faculty to be of sufficient quality for admittance to the program

Applications for the Master of Fine Arts Program are reviewed on a rolling basis. The priority deadline is February 1 for summer residency admission and September 1 for January admission. The admission period will formally close on May 15, but applications will be considered until June 15 as long as space is available.

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Master of Arts Admission Procedures

The following are required for admission to the American History and Government or Specialized Teaching in American History and Government programs as a degreeseeking student:

  • A completed Ashland University Application for Graduate Admission
  • Official academic transcripts from accredited institutions of higher education documenting all undergraduate and graduate degrees awarded. Additional transcripts may be requested at the discretion of the program chair.
  • A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 of a 4.00 scale, or a minimum graduate grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  • A $30 application fee. The application fee is waived for applicants who have previously applied to another master's degree program at Ashland University.

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