Faculty Spotlight

Faculty

Professor Mackubin T. Owens is Professor of National Security Affairs at the United States Naval War College. From 1999 until 2010, he was also Associate Dean of Academics for Electives and Directed Research. He is a Senior Fellow of the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) in Philadelphia, and editor of Orbis, FPRI’s quarterly journal. He specializes in the planning of US strategy and forces, especially naval and power projection forces; the political economy of national security; national security organization; strategic geography; energy security; and American civil-military relations. In addition to the core Naval War College course, he has taught electives on The American Founding, Strategy and Policy of the American Civil War, The Statesmanship of Abraham Lincoln, Sea Power and Maritime Strategy, Strategy and Geography, and US Civil-Military Relations.

Dr. Owens is a contributing editor to National Review Online and a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal, writing primarily on security affairs. His articles have appeared in International Security, Orbis, Armed Forces Journal, Joint Force Quarterly, The Public Interest, The Weekly Standard, Defence Analysis, US Naval Institute Proceedings, Naval War College Review, Marine Corps Gazette, Comparative Strategy, National Review, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Christian Science Monitor, the Jerusalem Post, St. Louis Lawyer, The Washington Times, The Claremont Review of Books, The Dallas Morning News, The New York Post and New York Daily News. He is co-editor of the textbook, Strategy and Force Planning, now in its fourth edition, for which he also wrote the chapters entitled "The Political Economy of National Security," "Thinking About Strategy," and “Strategy and the Logic of Force Planning.” His book, US Civil-Military Bargain after 9/11: Renegotiating the Civil-Millitary Bargain was published in January 2011 by Continuum. He is also completing a book for the University Press of Kentucky tentatively titled Sword of Republican Empire: A History of US Civil-Military Relations.

Before joining the faculty of the War College, Dr. Owens served as National Security Adviser to Senator Bob Kasten, Republican of Wisconsin, and Director of Legislative Affairs for the Nuclear Weapons Programs of the Department of Energy during the Reagan administration. Dr. Owens is also a Marine Corps veteran of Vietnam, where as an infantry platoon commander in 1968-1969, he was wounded twice and awarded the Silver Star medal. He retired from the Marine Corps Reserve as a Colonel in 1994.

Tuition & Fees

All tuition, fees, and other charges are set by the university and subject to change without prior notice. For fall and spring courses, tuition must be paid at the time of registration. For summer courses, payment may be deferred until April 1.  After April 1, payment is due at the time of registration. In addition, students are responsible for acquiring the books for each course.

The total cost of the MAHG or MASTAHG degrees – including tuition, room and board (for on-campus courses only), and books – ranges from $17,000 to $26,000 depending upon the student's program options and the number of courses taken online.

Tuition and Fees for Spring 2014

Live Online Courses

Live Online Course Tuition (AHG 501 - AHG 660) $800 ($400 per semester hour)
Live Online Audit Tuition (non-credit) $400 ($200 per semester hour)

Other Courses

Education Courses (EDxx prefix) $1422 ($474 per semester hour)
AHG 670 - Directed Study (2) $1070 ($535 per semester hour)
AHG 690 - Research Methods (2) $1070 ($535 per semester hour)
AHG 691 - Thesis (4) $2140 ($535 per semester hour)
AHG 692 - Capstone Project (4) $2140 ($535 per semester hour)

Tuition and Fees for Summer 2014

Weeklong Summer Courses

Weeklong Summer Course Tuition (AHG 501 - AHG 660) $1070 ($535 per semester hour)
Weeklong Summer Audit Tuition (non-credit) $535 ($262.50 per semester hour)
Room and Board $475 per week
Total $1545 per course

The Room and Board fee for courses taken at the Ashland main campus includes double-occupancy housing in Ashland University apartments or residence halls and all meals, from dinner Sunday through lunch Friday. Check-in begins each week on Sunday at noon; students must check-out by Friday at 4 pm. Students taking courses in consecutive weeks may choose to remain in campus housing for the weekend between courses at no additional charge with prior notice to the MAHG office. No meal service is provided over the weekend.

Live Online Courses

Live Online Course Tuition (AHG 501 - AHG 660) $800 ($400 per semester hour)
Live Online Audit Tuition (non-credit) $400 ($200 per semester hour)

Other Courses

Education Courses (EDxx prefix) $1422 ($474 per semester hour)
AHG 670 – Directed Study (2) $1070 ($535 per semester hour)
AHG 690 – Research Methods (2)  $1070 ($535 per semester hour)
AHG 691 – Thesis (4) $1070 ($535 per semester hour)
AHG 692 – Capstone Project (4) $1070 ($535 per semester hour)

Textbooks

Students are responsible for acquiring the required textbooks for each course. Students should budget approximately $125 per course, but the exact amount varies from course to course. Books may be purchased directly from the Ashland University Bookstore, or students may purchase them elsewhere. Titles, authors, and edition information will be provided in the syllabus for each course.

Other Fees

Application Fee $30
Graduation Fee $100
Transcript Fee $6 and up

Fees in general are non-refundable. Tuition is non-refundable in the instance of an unofficial withdrawal. Students who make official withdrawals or reduce their course loads should consult the Ashland University Business Office for the schedule of refunds. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain and complete withdrawal forms and procedures from the education center where they are enrolled.