Frequently Asked Questions

1. How long does it take to complete the MBA program?

Students can complete the MBA program in two years by taking two courses per semester - Fall, Spring, Summer. For students needing Foundation courses, the MBA program can be completed in just over 2 years.  Since most of our students are working full-time, Ashland University permits a maximum 5 year time frame for the MBA to be completed.

2. Is the GMAT required?

Our careful review of applications, resumes and prior education accomplishments allows us to predict success in the program.  Therefore, GMAT waiver options are available.  We require students to have completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline and our students typically have significant workplace success.

3. What is the tuition rate and how much will the MBA program cost?

Please view the current Graduate School Tuition & Fees page.

4. Are specialization offerings part of the MBA curriculum?

Yes. We presently offer specializations in the following areas: Project Management, Finance, Human Resource Management, Entrepreneurship, Global Management, Supply Chain Management and Accounting. Each specialization consists of three courses for a total of nine credit hours. Students are awarded a certificate upon completing the MBA program and the specialization is documented on their transcript.

5. Is there an Online MBA program offered?

Yes. We now offer a sequence of twelve online MBA courses that allow students to complete our AU MBA without attending any formal class sessions.

6. Can the MBA program be completed at any of the five locations?

Yes. Students can complete the MBA program in two years at the Main Campus, Medina and North Canton centers.  Our Columbus and Cleveland (Independence) Centers offer students the unique opportunity to complete the MBA Program in 1 year with International Study Tours included.  Depending on the student's specialization of choice, visits to the other Centers may be required.  Please contact the MBA Programs Office for additional specifics.

7. How are textbooks purchased?

Textbook information can be found at the bookstore on the main campus in Ashland, at the Columbus Center Bookstore or online at www.ashlandbookstore.com. Textbooks can be mailed to the student's home via Fed Ex.

8. Is the MBA program accredited?

Yes. We received our initial professional accreditation in 1993 from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Every 10 years ACBSP fully reviews accredited programs. We received our reaffirmation of accreditation in 2012. Also, we are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission which is our regional accreditation, the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

9. Who will serve as the student's academic advisor?

The Academic Advisors in the MBA Programs Office will serve as the student's academic advisor. They will assist with course planning, registration, and program review . Students are also encouraged to seek advice from faculty members, especially regarding career planning and which courses to take.

10. Is there a corporate reimbursement option available for students whose company or organization provides tuition assistance for employees?

Yes. Students may delay their tuition payment until the end of the semester. Upon receiving their final grades the student will have approximately 30 days to pay their balance. There is a $40 corporate reimbursement fee per course that will be assessed to the student's account.

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