Q: Is Ashland University accredited?
Q: What is the application deadline?
Q: When will I hear about admission?
Q: How may credit hours must be completed on campus during the summer semester? How many credits may I complete via online course work?
Q: May I enroll in two master's programs at Ashland University?
Q: If I have already been accepted to the masters degree program but did not take classes last summer, do I have to reapply to the program?
Q: What degree is awarded by Ashland's history and government programs?
At the time this program was proposed, the university was approved by the Ohio Board of Regents to offer degrees with the Master of American History and Government designation. This "Master of..." designation was reflective of the Regent's belief that the proposed program's original target audience -- secondary school social studies teacher -- made it more of a professional preparation program than a traditional research program. Thus, the "MAHG" degree designation was created, much like a Master of Education or a Master of Business Administration degree. Reflecting the success of the program and the body of scholarship produced by our students, the Regent's reclassified the program as a Master of Arts in 2012.
Q: Should I begin my coursework with the 500 level courses?
Q: I don't have a strong background in American history. Where should I begin my coursework?
Q: I'm not a teacher but I would like to become one. Will these MA programs lead to certification as a social studies teacher?
If you are interested in receiving your initial license as a social studies teacher, the Bachelor's Plus program offered by the Ashland University College of Education may be of interest to you. This program is designed for individuals who hold a bachelor's degree in a field other than education who wish to become licensed teachers. Contact the College of Education at (419) 289-5977 to learn more about this option.
Q: What if I want to register for a Directed Study course?
The AHG 670 - Directed Study course is offered for two credit hours. Contact your academic advisor for more information or to register.
Q: Are courses in the MAAHG program available online?
Online courses will be open to both degree-seeking and non-degree continuing education students taking classes for graduate credit. Degree students should be aware that our online offerings are intended to supplement in-person residential instruction at the Ashland campus. The degree cannot be completed solely online.
Q: Do I have to pay for courses at the time of course registration?
For fall and spring online courses, tuition and fees are due at the time of registration.
Payment can be made in the following ways:
Please note that credit and debit card payments - whether made online, over the phone, or in person - will incur a 2.7% service charge (minumum charge: $3.95). Additionally, electronic checking drafts done through our website will incur a $2.95 processing charge per transaction. All service charges will appear on your credit card or bank statement as a separate transaction. There is no service charge for personal or bank-issued paper checks or cash transactions.
Q: How do I know how much I owe? How do I pay for courses if I didn't do so at the time of registration?
If you did not pay for courses when you registered, payment may be made in the following ways:
Please note that credit and debit card payments - whether made online, over the phone, or in person - will incur a 2.7% service charge (minimum charge of $3.95). Additionally, electronic checking drafts done through our website will incur a $2.95 processing charge. All service charges will appear as a separate transaction on your credit card or bank statement.
There is no service charge for personal or bank-issued paper checks or cash transactions.
Q: May I take courses without enrolling in the degree program?
Q: How many courses may I take in one semester?
The following courses do not count toward the four course limit. MA students may enroll in four courses in addition to any one or more of the following:
Q: May I withdraw from a course and receive a refund for tuition, room, and board?
Q: How do I withdraw from a course?
Q: I am enrolled in the Master's degree program but I will not be registering for any courses this semester. Do I need to advise anyone?
Q: I am interested in applying for loans to pay for my studies in the MA program. Where should I go to learn more or begin the loan application process?
Q: What is Ashland's Title IV code that I should use on my FAFSA to have my Student Aid Report sent electronically to Ashland?
Q: Do I have to be enrolled in the degree program to receive a Federal Stafford Loan?
Q: How much should I budget for books?
Q: What is the James Madison Fellowship?
Q: Are Ashland's Master of Arts programs in American History and Government qualifying master's degree programs according to the standards of the Madison Foundation?
Q: Do you have any advice or suggestions for completing the Madison Fellowship application?
Q: How do I complete the Plan of Study form for my Madison Fellowship?
Q: I'm a Madison Fellow and I'm ready to request reimbursement from the Foundation for my tuition. What do I do with the Payment Request Form?
Once you have completed the Payment Request Form, please fax, email, or mail it to Chris Pascarella at the Ashbrook Center. DO NOT SEND IT TO THE ASHLAND REGISTRAR, FINANCIAL AID OFFICE, OR YOUR ACADEMIC ADVISIOR. Your form will be reviewed, signed, and mailed to the Madison Foundation office.
Our fax number is (419) 289-5425. Postal mail should be addressed to:
Master of Arts in American History and Government
Ashbrook Center at Ashland University
401 College Ave
Ashland, OH 44805
Q: What is my Ashland University username and password?
Your username and password will provide you with access to the following university web-based systems:
Q: How do I change my password?
ALL STUDENTS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO ENROLL IN THE SELF-SERVICE RESET TOOL. By doing so, you will create a series of challenge questions with answers only you would know. Should you forget your password in the future, you can reset it on your own without having to call the Ashland University IT Help Desk.
Q: I have forgotten my username and/or password. What do I do?
If you do not know or have forgotten your password, you must contact the Ashland University Information Technology Help Desk at (419) 289-5405.
Only the IT Help Desk can assist you with a forgotten password. No one in the MA program office knows your password nor are we permitted to request a password reset on your behalf.
Q: Do I have an ashland.edu e-mail account?
You are welcome to use this email account any way you wish, however this is the university's official means of conacting you. Certain university communications, including Financial Aid and invoices from the Student Accounts office are sent only to this address. If you do not expect to use it on a regular basis, it is suggested that set your ashland.edu mail to forward to your primary email address. To do this, log in to your ashland.edu account and follow these instructions.
Q: Where is the closest airport to Ashland?
We offer a complimentary shuttle service between Ashland and the Cleveland airport ONLY. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR GROUND TRANSPORTATION FROM ANY AIRPORT OTHER THAN CLEVELAND. The best way to get to campus from Columbus or Akron-Canton is by rental car.
Q: How does the shuttle service work?
Please send a copy of your itinerary to us at email@example.com. Please include your name, city of departure, airline, flight number, time of arrival, and a phone number (preferably a cell phone) as soon as travel plans are finalized. The shuttle schedule will be created based on all of the participants' arrival information. The schedule will be emailed to participants with detailed instructions during the week before the session begins.
Q: I'm driving to campus. Where are you located?
For those using GPS devices or internet maps, check in takes place at Senior Apartment Building B, located at 420 Samaritan Avenue, just east of King Road on the south side of campus.
Q: When is check-in?
Students whose need to check-in prior to noon on Sunday MUST make arrangements with us AT LEAST one week in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org. Early arrival times are limited and cannot be guaranteed without prior arrangement.
Q: What should I bring with me to campus?
Q: I live far from Ashland. Is room and board available during the summer semester?
Q: Do I have to live on campus?
On-campus housing is not required, however. Students who live withing commuting distance of the university or who choose to make other living arrangements may live off campus during the week.
Q: Where do we stay on campus?
A limited number of single rooms are available at no additional charge. Single room requests will be housed in Ashland University dormitories. The dormitories have community bathrooms on each floor and may not be air-conditioned. If you wish to be assigned to a single room in a dormitory, please contact us by email at email@example.com.
Q: Is there an exercise facility available?
The Rec Center's hours may be found here. Reservations are required for the racquetball courts and golf simulator and can be made by calling (419) 289-6173.
Q: Will we have access to computers and the internet while on campus?
You are welcome to bring your own laptop or tablet computer to campus. Ethernet and WiFi are available in all campus residential facilities. WiFi is also available in all classroom buildings, the library, and most student dining and lounge areas on campus. Technical support for connecting to the campus network is available from Ashland's Information Technology Help Desk.
Q: Do residence hall rooms have telephones?
Should you need to leave a number with friends or family at which you may be contacted while at Ashland, please use the Ashbrook Center's main phone number: (419) 289-5411. We will relay any messages we receive for you.
Q: How can I get an Ashland University student identification card?
Q: I'm registering for courses that meet two weeks in a row. May I stay on campus during the weekend between the two sessions?
Q: Does Ashland have an emergency notification system?
Q: What technology is required to participate in a Live Online course?
A: Participants are responsible for supplying the following items:
Additionally, participants may need administrator privileges on the computer with which they intend to participate. In certain cases, you may be required to download plug-ins or updates to your software which are required to run WebEx. If you are using a computer from your employer's IT department, please verify in advance that your computer is capable of running the necessary software.
Q: May I complete the degree program entirely online?
Q: May I participate via my smartphone, iPad, or Android tablet?
Q: What if I do not have a broadband internet connection in my home?
Q: What if I cannot attend all scheduled sessions of a course?
Q: Can I access the Ashland University Library's research databases from home?
Q: I have questions about my academic progress and about course selection. Who should I speak with?
Q: How do I access WebAdvisor?
Q: I have general questions about the MAAHG program, fees, registration, housing, syllabi, etc. Who should I speak with?
Q: I am uncertain about my skill as a writer at the graduate level. Is help available?
Q: What citation format does the MA program use?
Q: I want to avoid committing an act of academic dishonesty. What constitutes cheating and plagiarism?
You are STRONGLY encouraged to make yourself familiar with the correct procedures of citation and use of sources. The Graduate Writing Center offers many excellent resources on research, writing, citation, and use of sources. You may find additional information on citations and the proper use of sources at Purdue University OWL.
Q: How will I receive my grades?
Q: When will I receive my grade?
Q: How do I request a transcript?
Q: How do I request a letter of recommendation?
Q: How do I track my progress toward graduation?
The Academic Evaluation displays your progress toward your degree, including your GPA, courses completed, course grades, and remaining course requirements. It is recommended that students check their progress regularly, particularly when preparing to register for classes.
Q: How do I apply for graduation?
MAHG students should apply for graduation when they begin their thesis or capstone project or when they schedule and prepare for their comprehensive examination. Delaying registration for graduation may result in the assessment of a late fee. Additional information is available from the Registrar's website.