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Academic Record

In determining your fit with Fisher's MBA program, we will examine your overall academic ability based on prior university records and GMAT scores, as well as the quality and nature of your work experience.

We are aware of differences in educational systems and grading policies between countries and factor this into our assessment of your application.

Academic credentials

The Ohio State University does not recognize a three-year bachelor’s degree to be comparable to the American bachelor’s degree. One of the basic requirements for admission to Fisher is the completion of an American bachelor’s degree or its equivalent prior to matriculation.


One official transcript or record (degree certificate, provisional certificate, mark sheets) of all university academic course work is required for admission to The Ohio State University. Official transcripts are those provided in a sealed envelope by the institution attended. 

Please note

The MBA Admissions Committee will review unofficial copies of transcripts (scanned, faxed, or mailed) for admission consideration; however, if a formal offer of admission is made, final official hard-copies of all transcripts will be required prior to enrollment at the university. 

Transcripts should include all work previously completed and work currently in progress. You should contact each institution you attended and request that one official transcript/record of all courses completed there be sent to our MBA office. Separate transcripts must be submitted if you received any transfer credit from another university(ies).

In cases where examination results or grades are not released, please contact the Graduate Admissions Office.

Transfer of credits

We do not transfer credits from other programs, MBA or otherwise. Occasionally, we may have applicants who are concerned that they will already be familiar with business concepts they will learn during their MBA studies at Fisher. However, in addition to the rigor of our MBA program, you will find that our very flexible curriculum gives you the choice among many electives that will allow you to build on your existing knowledge.

Pre-MBA coursework

There are no prerequisite courses for the MBA program.  While all classes are taught at the graduate level, no prior knowledge is assumed.  As such, the first couple of weeks of the quarter may be a review for some students while serving as an introduction to the subject matter for others. 

Some applicants who have less quantitative experience than others may wish to complete introductory courses or self-study in areas such as statistics, mathematics, or economics prior to starting the MBA program.  This will ensure that you will be able to start on par with those peers who may have a more quantitative background.