Message from the Director

Ashland University is very proud to be the institutional home of a wide variety of outstanding graduate programs and one of the largest graduate student populations in the region. Our reputation for balancing theory, research and inquiry and professional practice has set Ashland's graduate programs apart. Our programs have made us the clear choice of practitioners from a variety of professions. Our faculty is made up of graduates of a wide range of universities who also bring with them many years of non-university workplace experience. They are scholars and teachers with a very strong focus on the students in our programs – each student is an individual. They are committed to preparing students to be competent and confident scholars and professionals.

There are four key elements in the Ashland University Mission Statement. These elements serve as focal points for the university graduate community in developing, observing and measuring mission-based student learning outcomes. The categories of our goals include Intellectual Development and Wisdom, Ethical Behavior and Justice, Preparation for Living and Working as Citizens and Global Responsibilities.

The Graduate School sets the standard for academic excellence as it relates to all facets of advanced study. It seeks to serve society's needs in specific technical and professional ways, as well as expanding the frontiers of knowledge. The Graduate School establishes, through its faculty, policies which define good practice in graduate programs, high quality in curriculum, excellence in student selection and rigor in faculty appointments. In short, the Graduate School is your gateway to advanced study at Ashland University. From the admission process to commencement, the Graduate School serves as the advocate for our students and the guardian for academic quality with a focus on "Accent on the Individual."

Some of the important institutions housed within the Graduate School include the Graduate Council; the Graduate Cabinet; the Human Subjects Review Board (HSRB); and the Graduate Writing Consultation Center.

Welcome to The Graduate School!

John Moser, Ph.D.

Interim Director

The Graduate School

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Dr. Ann Converse Shelly, professor of educational foundations, joined the Ashland University faculty in 1996. She has served as chair of teacher education, associate dean... Read more