Essay changes for 2013 application

The new application for 2013 will be ready to go in mid-July and we will begin reviewing applications at the beginning of August.  Essay content will not be different for this year, but there is one major change – we will only have TWO required essays instead of THREE and you will have a choice for your second essay.  The application instructions will look like this for the essay section:

Essay #1Shaping Your Vision

Every year Fisher College’s Full-Time MBA program admits a select group of talented professionals with demonstrated potential to become successful business leaders in an increasingly competitive, global environment. Why do you want to earn an MBA degree in general and a Fisher College MBA in particular? How will Fisher specifically assist you in achieving your individual potential? As part of your response, include a brief summary of your professional accomplishments to date. If you have not held a full-time job or are still in college, let us know about your leadership accomplishments in a school, internship, or extracurricular context.

Maximum words: 750

Essay #2 – CHOICE*
For your second essay, choose either Focusing on Leadership or Discovering You.

Focusing On Leadership*

One of Fisher’s strengths is its dedication to developing leaders. Listed below are 10 attributes that characterize great leaders. Please select the two criteria that best describe your strengths and provide us with concrete evidence to support your choices.

Write an essay for each of the two characteristics you select, describing situations in which you exemplified these leadership traits. Please title each of your essays with the specific trait (e.g. ‘endurance’) that you have chosen for yourself. As part of your essay response, you may include a digital photo or link to content (e.g. blog, video clip, website, etc.) if that content helps to illustrate the attribute(s) you have chosen.

  • Integrity
  • Empathy
  • Curiosity
  • Endurance
  • Creativity
  • Global awareness
  • Passion
  • Vision
  • Self Awareness
  • Communication and interpersonal skills

Maximum words: 500 per attribute

Discovering You*

As a Fisher College MBA student, you get the best of both worlds: the up-close and personal feel of a small program combined with the resources and opportunities offered by a major research university. As an individual participant, you will play a key role in shaping our culture. Consequently, we would like to learn more about who you are and the unique characteristics you will contribute to the Fisher College community. Provide an honest description of yourself outside your professional context, stressing the personal characteristics you believe to be your strengths and weaknesses, along with the factors that have most influenced your development to date.

Maximum words: 750

We are also adding the opportunity for you to include supplemental information within the online application module. In the past, if you wanted to share information with the Admissions Committee that was not covered in another section of the application, you had to email it to us separately. This year you will see the following section:

Supplemental Information (Optional)
Please feel free to provide a statement concerning any information you would like to add to your application that you have not addressed elsewhere.

Maximum words: 250


2 Responses to “Essay changes for 2013 application”


  1. 1 Dan H. May 26, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Thanks for the info. I’m looking forward to getting my application in for 2013 and hope to be joining you at Fisher!

  2. 2 Rob May 29, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    We look forward to reviewing your application! The 2013 application will be posted at http://fisher.osu.edu/mba as soon as it’s ready. We expect it to be posted in mid July and no later than late July 2012. If you have any Qs in the meantime, you can reach us at mba@fisher.osu.edu or 614 292 8511

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