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.

Master and Apply Emerging Technologies

The three required classes in the management information systems specialization expand on core MBA coursework and give you the tools to use technology in novel ways across an organization.

Understand the Management Information Systems Landscape

In this foundational course, you’ll explore the development, implementation and administration of business technologies. Specific topics range from systems analysis and design to emerging artificial intelligence applications such as expert systems, fuzzy logic and neural networks.

Stay on the Cutting Edge of Business Technology

Additional courses dive deep on systems analytics and design and on business intelligence and data analytics. They teach you to apply the latest tools to real-world problems. Plus, you’ll examine ethical issues and learn to work effectively with non-technical leaders.

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.

Careers for Management Information Systems MBA Graduates

This specialization can prepare you for a number of rewarding and in-demand tech leadership roles.

Business Intelligence Analyst
Business Intelligence Analyst

Today’s corporations have huge quantities of data at their disposal. Business intelligence analysts use technology to parse that data, identify key trends and insights and make recommendations to improve business outcomes.

Chief Technology Officer
Chief Technology Officer

Technology is integral to every business, which means that tech leaders are an essential part of any executive team. Chief technology officers direct organizations’ technology investments, tools and teams, with a major focus on strategy.

IT Project Manager
IT Project Manager

Implementing and managing technology tools and systems in organizations can be complex. IT project managers lead projects ranging from upgrades to enterprise-wide rollouts, while keeping technology and business teams aligned and on-task.

Jim Nixon

“I am grateful for the experience and skills acquired through (AU’s MBA) program. The professors were consistently top-notch, the program was very flexible and, in my case, the site location was incredibly convenient.”

Jim Nixon
Vice President of Innovation and New Markets, Quanex Building Products