Choose the Timeline That Works for You

To earn an MBA from Ashland, you’ll need to complete ten courses for a total of 30 credit hours — but the pace of your degree is entirely up to you. Ashland’s courses are offered across three terms — fall, spring, and summer. Each term is split into two eight-week sessions. Depending on the pathway you choose, you might take one or two courses per session or take certain sessions off to accommodate personal and professional commitments.

Not sure what your life will look like in six months? You can always adjust your course load if your needs change.


12 months

You will take four courses per semester in this one-year program. Your schedule can be customized with your personal MBA Advisor.

The accelerated program is offered online and in person in Columbus.


18 months

You will take two courses per semester in this program, making it easier to manage other demands on your time. Your personal MBA Advisor will work with you to create a schedule that fits into your busy life.

Complete your MBA from anywhere with our online courses, or take some or all of your courses in person in Columbus.

Broaden Your Perspective and Your Impact

Every Ashland MBA student completes core coursework on foundational business topics including operations, marketing, finances and strategy. Each specialization requires three additional courses designed to focus your studies and help you stand out.

Focus on Finances

Choose a specialization in accounting or financial management to prepare for careers in fields such as investing, corporate financial management, accounting and auditing. You’ll learn how financial markets operate and hone your technical skills through case studies and simulations.

Expand Your Horizons

Whether you dream of starting and running your own business or leading a multinational organization, Ashland offers a specialization for you. Learn the brass tacks of entrepreneurship, from funding to taxation, or explore the complexities of cross-border management and dealmaking.

The Ashland Difference



Years Educating Working Adults



Full-Time Faculty with Doctorates



Ashland MBA Alumni

MBA Specializations

Have a specific career goal in mind? Choose from 12+ MBA specialization options that pair core MBA coursework with industry-specific classes, or design your own focus area with help from our faculty.

Career Paths for MBA Graduates

With an Ashland MBA, the professional possibilities are endless. Specializations in financial management, accounting, global management and entrepreneurship set you up for success in nearly any field you can imagine.

Chief Financial Officer
Chief Financial Officer

Any company is only as good as its finances. Chief financial officers keep organizations healthy by tracking cashflow, making and executing strategic financial plans and pivoting in response to challenges.

Certified Public Accountant
Certified Public Accountant

From financial planning to tax preparation, certified public accountants (CPAs) can do it all. These licensed professionals may work for accounting firms, in-house for corporations or as independent contractors.

Global Marketing Director
Global Marketing Director

In a globalized world, marketing strategy doesn’t stop at a country’s borders. Global marketing directors oversee international teams and create and implement strategies that reach customers wherever they are.

Koffi Akakpo

“Attending AU developed my leadership, financial and so many other skills that have been foundational in progressing my career. Great program, great supports and great institution, and I like that AU is all about Accent on the Individual. That is something that I experienced.”

Koffi Akakpo
President, Kentucky State University