Have questions for a current Fisher MHRM student?

As you are researching for the best human resources graduate program for you, you are likely scouring websites, contacting admissions offices, reviewing brochures, studying placement information, getting a sense of class profiles, etc.

Part of your discovery process may also include speaking with currently enrolled students in the programs you are researching. Ruth Durig is a first year MHRM student who helps the Fisher Graduate Programs Office as a MHRM student ambassador. In this role, she assists the recruiting and admissions office with inquiries from prospective MHRM students. (You may also recognize her as a current MHRM student blogger.) Talking to someone who is doing now what you are thinking of doing in the future is a great opportunity – be sure to take advantage of it!

Please click here for more information on how to get in touch with Ruth. She (along with all of us) looks forward to hearing from you!


Introducing the 2014-15 Fisher MHRM bloggers

Websites and brochures are some of the ways you can get information about graduate programs you’re considering. An additional source of information – and possibly one of the better sources – is getting a first person perspective of the program from someone who is in it.

I’m proud to introduce the 2014-15 Fisher MHRM student bloggers. We have four volunteers this year who will write about their experiences in the Fisher MHRM program. If you want to get a much better idea of what being in the program is really like, please be sure to check back for new posts or create an RSS feed so you don’t miss anything!

Check the blog regularly for updates throughout the upcoming year.


When should you take the GRE (or GMAT)?

Whether you take the GRE or GMAT for your application, give yourself enough time to prepare adequately.

Whether you take the GRE or GMAT, give yourself enough time to prepare adequately.

For students applying to the Fisher Master of Human Resource Management (“MHRM“) program, a common question is “When should I take the GRE or GMAT?” There are two things you need to be aware of to get the correct answer.

1) What deadline are you shooting for? In other words, by which date do you want to have your application be complete?

It takes at least three weeks for us to get your official scores from the test administrator. Using this info, you work backward – for example, if you want to have a complete application by December 31, you want to take the GMAT or GRE by December 7 (approximately 3 weeks prior to December 31). However …

2) Do you want to build in any “error correction” time for yourself if you do no get the score you like on your first attempt?

The advice in point #1 above is true but only if you plan to take the GMAT or GRE once. The Fisher MHRM program will use your highest total GMAT/GRE scores as part of its application review process. If you want to allow for “error correction” – in other words, you want to allow yourself the option of retaking it a second time to attempt to get a higher score, you need to add (at least) another four weeks to the timeline recommended in point #1. For example, if you want to have a complete application by December 31 and want to give yourself the option of retaking it if you do not like your first score, you want to take the GMAT/GRE by early November (approximately 6 to 7 weeks prior to December 31). Important –> The test administrator requires test takers to wait at least 30 days in between each GMAT/GRE attempt.

Remember that you are welcome (and encouraged) to submit your application materials to us even if you have not already taken the GRE or GMAT. We will hold on to your application materials until we receive your official scores.

Please contact us if you have any questions about your application!

 


3 (plus 1) things to keep in mind when applying to the Fisher MHRM program

Three things to keep in mind when preparing your MHRM application

Be aware of deadlines

Deadlines have a way of sneaking up on you. I recommend taking a look at the deadlines and working backward. If you want to submit your application by December 1, for example, you know that gives you approximately three months or 12 weeks from now until then. You need to be aware of how long each item will take to be completed and submitted to us. Examples include but are not limited to:

GMAT: About two to four weeks will go by from the time you take the GRE or GMAT to the time we get your scores. Accordingly, if you want your scores to be here by December 1, you should plan on taking the GRE or GMAT no later than November 15.

References: How long will your references take to prepare their recommendations for you? Work backwards from December 1 and add an extra couple of weeks or more as “cushion” in case anything unforeseen and unpredicted occurs.

It is OK to submit things “out of order”

You do not need to wait before everything is complete before submitting your application materials. For example, you can submit GRE or GMAT scores before submitting your application. Conversely, you can submit your application before taking the GMAT or GRE. You can submit your application before all your references are received. You can submit your transcripts to us before you submit your application. And so on.

Be very aware of how long things will take to complete/submit when compiling your application materials – and assume it will take longer than you plan

As mentioned earlier, we will not receive your GRE or GMAT scores the day after you sit for the test. Plan for the lag time. Also, your references will need (on average) at least one month to prepare your letters of recommendation.

Bonus –> SPECIAL NOTE TO INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

TOEFL scores can take a long time to arrive at Ohio State. How long? It varies. It can be anything from several weeks to several months. The delay is almost always due to the TOEFL test administrator. If you are an international student and need to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores, be sure to keep in close touch with the TOEFL or IELTS test administrator.

 


Getting ready to apply for 2015? Here’s what you need to do.

When you are preparing your application for the Fisher Master of Human Resource Management program, please refer to the list of required items. Remember that the admissions committee will only review complete applications.

We do not pre-evaluate candidates/potential applicants. It’s not uncommon for us to receive the following question (or something like it): “My GMAT/GRE is XXX. My TOEFL is XXX. My GPA is XXX. What are my chances of being admitted?” The only way you can find out whether you will be admitted is to apply. If you wish to review statistics on the most recent class (e.g. GMAT or GRE average, GPA average, etc.), click here. The MHRM admissions committee reviews everything in an application to assess admissibility for each applicant. There is no single item that will cause someone to be admitted or be denied admission – everything is reviewed.

Here are some additional tips:

GMAT/GRE

You may submit either GRE or GMAT scores for your application. It’s your choice. Also, it is very OK for you to submit your application prior to taking the GRE or GMAT. Just be sure you take the applicable test by the end of December 2014 to meet most “early” deadlines.

Transcripts

You will need to upload a scanned copy of an official transcript from each and every university (other than Ohio State) you have attended. Even if you just took a single class at a local community college, we will need to upload a scanned copy of an official transcript from that community college. (The upload button is built into the online application.)

You are NOT required to submit transcripts for any grades you earned at The Ohio State University.

TOEFL

I plan on writing another blog post on issues involving the TOEFL but if you are required to submit the TOEFL as part of a complete application, be sure you use the correct institution code for Ohio State University (1592) and that you allow PLENTY of time for the scores to get to us. The TOEFL is regularly the one item that seems to take forever to get to us – if you need to submit the TOEFL, it is your responsibility to ensure the test administrator (ETS) sends us your official TOEFL scores.

The MHRM program also accepts IELTS from those applicants required to submit a test of English proficiency.

References

Your references can be sent to us electronically or via paper. (Additional instructions are in the application on the difference between the two formats.) Note that we will receive your references sooner if you choose electronic. Just be sure to give your recommenders plenty of time to write your references!

Essays

Give yourself enough time to write essays that really reflect you. Do not write generic, plain vanilla essays. Answer the questions that are posed to you in this application. Do not recycle essay responses you are using for any other applications.

We will be posting additional tips for each of the items referenced above throughout the next few months so keep an eye on this blog for updates.

If you have any questions, please let us know!


Fisher MHRM 2015 applications/deadlines are available online

The 2015 Fisher MHRM application is now live and available online.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply early – your chances of earning admission and merit-based financial aid are best at the beginning of the application cycle.

Deadlines for Autumn 2015 are listed below:

DOMESTIC APPLICANTS (U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents)

November 14 – Fellowship nomination deadline

December 5 – Financial aid priority deadline

May 29* – Final deadline
*Complete applications received after this date may be reviewed on space available basis.

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INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

November 14 – Fellowship/priority funding deadline

March 20 – Final deadline

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If you are applying for spring 2015, the deadline to submit your application is October 15. (Application for spring term is open only to domestic part time students. If you are full time and/or international, you must apply for autumn semester.)

Over the next few months, please check back on this blog. I will post information that may help you as you prepare to submit your application. Enjoy the rest of your summer in the meantime!

Enjoy summer while it lasts!


Online information sessions scheduled through end of August 2014

Online information sessions are scheduled. Sign up for one today!

Online information sessions are scheduled. Sign up for one today!

Interested in learning more about the Fisher MHRM program? Online information sessions have been scheduled through the end of August 2014. You will hear directly from an admission director who will provide you with a quick overview of the program along with some tips on applying. You will also be able to ask any questions you may have.

Webinars are currently scheduled for August 1 (1:00 PM), August 6 (1:00 PM), and August 11 (1:00 PM)- all times listed are Eastern Time Zone.

Click here to register today.


2015 application now available online

Announcement – the 2015 application is now available!

The Fisher MHRM application for autumn 2015 is now live and available online.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply early – your chances of earning admission and merit-based financial aid are best at the beginning of the application cycle, all else being equal. Your application must be complete before the admissions committee will review it – “complete” is defined as we have received everything required for your application to be complete.

Deadlines for autumn 2015 are listed below:

DOMESTIC APPLICANTS (U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents)

November 14 - Fellowship/priority funding deadline
The Fisher MHRM program participates in the University Fellowship and Graduate Enrichment Fellowship competitions.

December 5 - financial aid (other than fellowship) priority consideration deadline

May 29* - Final deadline
*Complete applications received after this date may be reviewed on space available basis.

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

November 14 - Fellowship/priority funding deadline
The Fisher MHRM program participates in the University Fellowship and Graduate Enrichment Fellowship competitions.

March 20 - Final deadline

Over the next few months, please check back on this blog – perhaps bookmark it or add it to your RSS feed. I will post information that may help you as you prepare to submit your application. If you have any questions, please leave a comment or contact us (contact information is posted here).

In the meantime, enjoy the rest of your summer!

There are a few more weeks of summer left this year. Enjoy them!


Application for 2015 to be released soon

The new 2015 application will be released soon. Be on the lookout for it!

The new 2015 application will be released soon. Be on the lookout for it!

We’ve been working diligently on the new application for autumn 2015. I’m happy to announce that it will be posted online here on Monday, July 14, 2014. Although most of the application will be very similar to the application we used for 2014, there will be a few changes to the new application.

Please come back to this blog throughout the next several months on announcements and tips/strategies on applying for the Fisher MHRM program for autumn 2015.


If you’re waitlisted for Fisher MHRM: A mini-FAQ

If you’ve been waitlisted, here is some information to help give you some clarity on your status

The MHRM admissions office has been releasing admission decisions over the several months and will continue to do so for the next few weeks. Decisions on applications fall into one of three categories:

  • Admitted
  • Denied
  • Waitlisted

The first two decisions are self-explanatory. Based on the questions we have been getting from waitlisted applicants, the third category (“Waitlisted”) may require some additional information.

How do I know if I’ve been waitlisted?
You will receive an email from the MHRM Admissions Office informing you that you have been placed on the waitlist.

What happens if I am on the waitlist?
You will either be admitted or denied off the waitlist.

How often is the waitlist reviewed?
On average, it’s reviewed once every four to six weeks. The MHRM Admissions Office will clear the waitlist – that is, make a decision on all applications on the waitlist - no later than April 30.

If I am removed from the waitlist and admitted or denied, how will I be notified?
The quickest way to check your status on a complete application is to check your status online. (A surface letter will also be mailed to you – but depending on where you are, this can take a while for you to receive the letter. As such, we recommend checking your app status online.)

How many people are on the waitlist? What are my chances for admission?
The number of candidates on the waitlist fluctuates depending on timing within the admissions cycle. While we anticipate admitting some waitlisted candidates, the applicant pool and yield on offers of admission varies each year. Therefore, we cannot predict exactly how many candidates will be placed on the waitlist or how many applicants will be offered admission based on previous years.

Do you rank your waitlist?
No, we do not rank our waitlist. We periodically review all waitlisted candidates but waitlisted candidates are not placed in a ranked order.

Do you offer feedback to candidates who have been waitlisted?
The MHRM Admissions Committee does not release details of its admission decisions to its applicants beyond the admission decision itself. Therefore, we cannot give you specific reasons as to why your specific application to this program was waitlisted nor can we counsel you on your specific situation.

Can I submit new information to add to my existing application? Will this help?
You are welcome to submit new information – whether or not it will help you is impossible to say. Focus on substantive, meaningful improvements that you feel will make you a stronger candidate or provide information not already presented in your application.

Examples of “new information” might include:

  • Updated test scores (e.g. GMAT, GRE, TOEFL)
  • Updated resume
  • Additional recommendations

Submitting new information is neither required nor necessary and may or may not affect your likelihood of being admitted.

If you wish to submit new information, you may submit updates via email or mail to the admissions office.  When possible, email is preferred.

Updates may be sent via email to mhrm-app@fisher.osu.edu.  Supplemental materials sent via surface mail should be mailed to:

MHRM ADMISSIONS
Fisher College of Business/Ohio State University
100 Gerlach Hall
2108 Neil Ave
Columbus, OH 43210-1144

 


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