Bridgepoint Education's Ashford University Introduces New MBA Specialization in Business Economics

Bridgepoint Education, Inc. (NYSE: BPI), a provider of post-secondary education services focused on providing higher access to higher education, announced today that Ashford University has introduced a new specialization in business economics, as part of its Master of Business Administration degree.

The specialization was developed in order to reinforce the natural relationship between the disciplines of economics and finance. It will focus on the impact that economic forces, such as employment, inflation, interest rates, and monetary and fiscal policy, have on business.

"Ashford University's MBA with Business Economics specialization further enhances the graduate student's ability to understand and quantify the economic forces driving the business. It's designed for those unique individuals seeking a deeper appreciation of markets," said Dr. Michael Reilly, program director of the Ashford University College of Business and Professional Studies. "For students in our MBA program looking to be successful entrepreneurs or business leaders within an organization, an understanding of how local, national and global economies impacts enterprise is key. This specialization will give a greater range and breadth to our already excellent program," he added.

Ashford University's MBA specialization in Business Economics program is currently available online. It does not include any additional professional licensures or certifications.

About Ashford University

Founded in 1918, Ashford University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools ( The University offers graduate and undergraduate degree programs online and at its Clinton, Iowa, campus. The University is known for its high quality yet highly affordable online and on-campus programs. For more information, please visit or call Shari Rodriguez, director of Public Relations, at 858.513.9240 x2513.

About Bridgepoint Education

Bridgepoint Education's postsecondary education services focus on offering associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in such disciplines as business, education, psychology, social sciences and health sciences. Bridgepoint Education's regionally accredited academic institutions - Ashford University and University of the Rockies - deliver their programs online as well as at traditional campuses located in Clinton, Iowa, and Colorado Springs, Colorado. For more information about Bridgepoint Education, visit or call Shari Rodriguez, director of Public Relations at 858.668.2580.