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.

Build Your Project Management Toolkit

The project management specialization’s three required classes expand on core MBA coursework and equip you with the skills that set professional project managers apart.

Master Methods and Processes

In this specialization’s foundational course, you’ll explore the critical components of project management: scoping, timelines, budget, human resources, procurement, risk, communications, integration and quality. You’ll also learn to develop a work breakdown structure and use tools like precedence diagramming, earned value analysis and risk analysis.

Improve Capacity and Communication

Additional coursework dives deeper into skill development and organizational learning and prepares you to build a compelling business case for project management initiatives. Since effective project management relies on good communication, these courses also address advanced methods and techniques for communication and conflict management.

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 Project Management MBA Graduates

A project management-focused MBA is a boon to nearly any professional role and is especially well-suited to students who aspire to leadership positions.

Project Manager
Project Manager

Whether you want to work in aerospace or marketing, project managers are always in demand. In many organizations, it’s also possible to advance significantly into senior or leadership roles overseeing multiple projects or even teams.

Director of Operations
Director of Operations

Operations leaders keep companies running at their best, manage essential functions  such as budget setting and compliance and help set strategic goals. This role draws heavily on organizational and communications skills.

Project Management Consultant
Project Management Consultant

Sometimes, companies need a fresh perspective. Project management consultants offer outside insights on streamlining processes, working more effectively across teams and using project management tools effectively. They may work independently or as part of a consulting firm.

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