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FAQ

The following is a list of frequently asked questions that future students ask about Fisher's MHRM program. If you don't find answer to your question please Contact Us.

Bullet Q: What kind of transcript is needed for an application?

The MHRM Admissions Committee reviews scanned copies of official transcripts uploaded in your online application for evaluation purposes. You are required to submit transcripts from each undergraduate and graduate institution attended. Coursework from one institution reported as transfer credit on another school's transcript does not meet Ohio State's definition of a transcript. Transcripts should include all work previously completed and work currently in progress. Ohio State will not accept web reports, advising reports, self-reported scores, or transfer credit on another school’s transcript.

If you have taken courses at The Ohio State University, you do not need to submit transcripts for those grades as the Admissions Office will obtain your Ohio State grades directly from the University Registrar’s Office.

If you are admitted to Fisher, you will be required to submit final official transcripts. Do not send paper official transcripts unless specifically requested by our office. International credentials should include certified educational records and degree certificates or diplomas in the original language with English translations. See Admissions Requirements for more information.

Bullet Q: What if I do not want to use my current employer as a reference?

A: If you have little or no work experience, we prefer to see academic references who can comment on your potential to succeed in a rigorous graduate finance program. If you are currently employed and are in a position to get quality references from your emplyer, we understand the concerns about using a current employer. College professors, clients and other supervisors can be used as references if you are uncomfortable with requesting one from your current employer. Your reference should know you and your work well enough to tell us about your abilities and address the areas indicated on the reference form.

Bullet Q: Should I send additional information?

A: Although not required, the MHRM Admissions Committee will be happy to consider any additional information that you would like to submit. Any material you send should add insight into your qualifications for the Fisher MHRM program beyond what was presented in your original application.

Bullet Q: Where do I send my supplemental information?

A: Your transcripts, letters of recommendation (unless provided online), and other information should be sent to:

Fisher College of Business
MHRM Admissions Office
100 Gerlach Hall
2108 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210, USA

Bullet Q: Can I transfer or waive classes?

A: Fisher does not accept transfer credits from other institutions. We also do not waive the total number of credit hours required, although it may be possible to substitute course work (on petition to the MHRM graduate studies committee) based on your undergraduate coursework. However, our flexible curriculum and latest faculty research will ensure that you are not likely to find yourself forced to repeat content you have already mastered.

Bullet Q: What is the GPA requirement for applying to the MHRM program?

A: There is no minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) requirement. 80% of the GPAs for admitted students into this program are typically in the 3.3 to 3.5 range. If, however, your cumulative GPA at time of application is below a 3.0 and Fisher wishes to recommend you for admission, additional approval will be required from the Ohio State University Graduate School.

Bullet Q: How do I know if my application is complete? How do I check the status of my application?

A: Your status can be checked online through our application system after you have officially submitted your application.

Bullet Q: Should I come to campus to state my case?

A: We do not encourage applicants to come to campus to state their cases for admission. However, if you would like to schedule a campus visit to learn more about Fisher, we will gladly assist you.

Bullet Q: When will I hear a decision?

A: Decisions will be made throughout the evaluation cycle. Please check your status online for updates.

Bullet Q: Do you provide feedback on why an application was denied?

A: No, it is the policy of the admissions committee to not comment on admissions decisions for any applicant. If you are denied admission, you are welcome to submit an application for the following year once the application for that admission cycle is available.

Bullet Q: If I decide not to complete my application after submitting it, may I have my application fee returned to me?

A: The application processing fee is non-refundable.

Bullet Q: I have already taken the GRE. Do I also need to sit for the GMAT?

A: No. The Fisher MHRM program will accept either official GMAT or GRE scores as part of a complete application. Applicants do not need to take both tests - one will suffice.

Bullet Q: What is the minimum GRE or GMAT required for applying to the MHRM program?

A: There is no minimum GRE or GMAT score requirement. For informative purposes, review the profile of the most recent admitted class.

Please keep in mind that your GRE and/or GMAT score is only one of a number of factors we review in determining admission. If your scores are below our average, we still encourage you to apply. You may, however, want to consider retaking the GRE or GMAT to improve your score if you believe your scores are too low.

Bullet Q: How long will it take for my GRE or GMAT scores to get to you after I take the test?

A: Fisher College of Business typically receives official GRE or GMAT scores 10 business days after someone sits for either test. At times it may take longer, so allow plenty of time to sit for either test. The MHRM Admissions Office must receive your scores directly from the test administrator for your scores to be considered official. Official scores are required as part of a complete application - only complete applications are reviewed for admission decisions.

Bullet Q: How long are GRE and/or GMAT scores considered valid?

A: Five years.

Bullet Q: Where and when are GRE and/or GMAT testing sessions? Where do I find information about the tests?

A: For information about testing sessions and locations in your area visit the ETS website for GRE or the GMAC website for GMAT information.

Bullet Q: What is the TOEFL requirement for international students who apply to the MHRM program?

A: Applicants whose native language is not English must official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores as part of a complete application. The Ohio State University Graduate School requires a minimum score on the TOEFL internet-based test (TOEFL iBT) of at least 79 to apply to any graduate program at Ohio State; however, the MHRM program recommends your total TOEFL iBT score be at least 100 (with speaking score at least 24) to be minimally competitive.

Bullet Q: Are there instances in which I would not be required to take the TOEFL?

A: The TOEFL will be waived if you have earned a degree from a U.S. university. 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, and Wales.

Bullet Q: How long is the TOEFL valid?

A: The TOEFL is valid for two years

Bullet What is the TOEFL institutional code for The Ohio State University?

A: The Ohio State University TOEFL institutional code is 1592.

Bullet Q: I took the IELTS. Will you accept that instead of the TOEFL?

A: Yes. Have the official report sent directly to Fisher.

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Fisher College of Business
MHRM Admissions Office
100 Gerlach Hall
2108 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210, USA