Ashland University Launches New Online MBA Option

6/9/11 ASHLAND, OH -- Ashland University's Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program will offer a new online MBA option in the fall of 2011. The new online option complements the University's current MBA program degree offerings for working professionals.

Through the new online MBA, students will complete their degrees in two years with the same academic requirements as those taking the regular MBA degree offered by the Dauch College of Business and Economics at the main campus in Ashland and its centers located in Columbus, Massillon/Stark, Medina and Westlake.

"So many professionals have multiple demands on their time these days and we believe an online MBA program will help people balance work, family and education more successfully," said Dr. Jeffrey Russell, dean of the Dauch College of Business and Economics. "Over the years, we have received many inquiries about an online MBA program so we are pleased to add this to our offerings and we look forward to our inaugural online MBA class."

Steve Krispinsky, executive director of the Ashland University MBA program, said the MBA office is taking applications now for the inaugural fall 2011 semester of the online program and those wanting more information can call 1-888-MBA-CLAS or go to www.ashland.edu/graduate/mba<http://www.ashland.edu/graduate/mba>/online.

Krispinsky agrees that the online option will make the ACBSP-accredited Ashland MBA program readily accessible to more professionals.

"Although the program will not be a cohort program, students can complete the online MBA degree in two years by taking two courses per semester," he said. "The curriculum offerings will allow for students to acquire a specialization in project management and eventually, a specialization in human resource management and possibly finance will be offered."

Krispinsky said all courses offered online will be Quality Matters (Q.M.) certified. Q.M. is a set of standards and a peer review process that Ashland University has adopted to ensure quality in the design of its online and hybrid courses.

"In addition, the tuition rate for the online program will be the same as the regular MBA program at this time," he noted.

Students residing anywhere in the United States can be accepted into the online program, however, students will need to pay attention to deadlines for submitting assignments and exams as all deadlines will be Eastern time.

Krispinsky noted that students in Ashland University's regular MBA Program will have the option of transferring to the online program.

Ashland University (www.ashland.edu<http://www.ashland.edu>) is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.