International Applicants

Fisher seeks out and welcomes applicants from around the globe. As a result, at least 30% of our MBA class tends to come from countries outside the United States. While the admission criteria and evaluation process are equal for both international and domestic students, there are some specifics required for international applicants.

Application Fee

Fisher College of Business has a competitive application fee compared to programs of similar rank and reputation. We intend to keep it this way to help our prospective students manage costs.

We ask our international applicants for a non-refundable application fee of $70, to cover the higher administrative costs associated with processing applications coming from outside the United States. This fee must accompany your application. Payment should be in U.S. dollars, payable to The Ohio State University. Applications are not reviewed until the application fee has been paid.

You do not need to complete an affidavit of financial support before the application. In the event you are accepted, you will be placed on provisional acceptance pending the receipt of your affidavit.

Certified Translation of Credentials and University Transcript

Applicants submitting transcripts from foreign institutions must be sure to provide official (original or certified) transcripts or records of all post-secondary academic course work and a certified English translation of their credentials, if the originals are not in English.

Copies of transcripts/records and/or English translations must be certified by a university/school official, embassy official, the Ministry of Education, or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. If your original transcripts or academic documents are not in English, you will need to order an extra copy for translation; the original sent to the MBA office must remain unopened.

International Scholarships

The majority of admitted international students qualify for merit-based funding. For detailed information about all of our award types, visit the Merit Awards webpage.

 Chinese Applicants

Fanping allows any applicant from China to create a student profile before you apply to our university.  This profile provides us with information about you that can differentiate you from your peers. This website is not a part of our official application process; however, we can use this student profile to evaluate you as a potential applicant to our university.  Your student profile can be created and submitted at any time of the year for our review.

English Proficiency

Because the Fisher MBA program is very interactive and participatory in nature, we require that you have sufficient knowledge of the English language to follow your proposed program of study. Candidates whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Fisher does accept the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) and the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) in lieu of the TOEFL. Fisher's institutional code is 1592.

Applicants required to submit TOEFL scores must do so before their applications will be reviewed for admission. We do not conditionally admit applicants who have not met the requirement for English proficiency.

Applicants who are citizens of, or who have received a bachelor’s degree or higher in, one of the following countries are exempt from the TOEFL requirement:

  • Anguilla, Antigua, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Caicos Islands, Canada (except Quebec), Cayman Islands, Dominica, England, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Liberia, Montserrat, New Zealand, Scotland, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks, United States, and Wales.

Minimum Acceptable Scores

It takes about one month from the time you take the test for us to receive your test scores.  Scores more than two years old when we receive your application will not be accepted. Please have your scores and official copies sent directly to Fisher College of Business.

TOEFL 600 - paper-based
TOEFL 100 - Internet-based
MELAB 86 - primarily only given in United States and Canada

How We Can Help

At Fisher, we emphasize the development of fluency in business English, in addition to the mastery of the MBA curriculum.

We offer a variety of options for international students, including the option to come early and participate in our English language immersion program - The Ohio State American Language Program. In addition, we have a professional communications course that is a required part of our program for all students.