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BSBA/MAcc Crossover Program

One of the great benefits to being an Ohio State student is being able to take advantage of all of the fantastic opportunities that are offered to the student community. Whether it is the 1000+ student organizations, football Saturdays, recreation facilities, or top-notch education programs, Ohio State has it all. One amazing program available to Undergraduate Accounting students in the Fisher College of Business is the BSBA/MAcc program.

What is it?

The BSBA/MAcc is a program in which a student can gain both a Bachelors of Business Administration and a Masters of Accounting degree in four years (3 years as an undergraduate Accounting major, 1 year in the Masters of Accounting Program).

How do I know if I am eligible?

In order to apply students must be:
1) An Undergraduate Accounting Major
2) Have at least a 3.5 Cumulative GPA
3) Have at least 120 credit hours prior to enrollment in the MAcc program
4) Have all undergraduate required classes completed except for ACCMIS 4200, ACCMIS 4500, ACCMIS 3400, and BUSMHR 4490
5) Have taken the GMAT

Why should I do the BSBA/MAcc program?
The BSBA/MAcc provides a terrific opportunity for accounting student to get an undergraduate and graduate degree in a shortened time frame.  The BSBA/MAcc is also a terrific opportunity for students pursuing a career in Public Accounting to satisfy their 150 credit hour requirement to sit for the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) Exam!

Next Steps:

If you are interested in hearing more information regarding the program, stop by the Graduate Programs Office in 100 Gerlach Hall!

Jumping into the Full Time MBA World!

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A picture of my kitchen table on the first day of pre-term MBA program

I’m a 33-year-old (balding) dad of two young kids with 10 years of non-profit work experience.  How do I fit in at business school?

That was the gut-wrenching question in the back of my head as I entered into Fisher’s 1st year MBA pre-term program just one month ago. Little did I know that most of my peers were asking similar questions about their own identity and status.062515Greenawalt-18

It’s no secret that leaving your job as a budding young professional to pursue a degree will cause you to evaluate your identity.  We have left behind our previous jobs, social networks, and, in many cases, even family to live in Columbus and immerse ourselves in a world of academic, career, and personal growth.  While my first day jitters have subsided, it’s that very process of wrestling with issues of identity that I believe contributes to such a powerful experience here at Fisher.  When else in my adult life will I have another opportunity to jump a different direction in my career trajectory, and remove myself from my comfort zone for 20 months in order to learn, grow, and develop as a person and a professional.

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My CORE team of 5 along with some other 1st year MBAs

From my experience so far at Fisher and Ohio State, I’m so grateful for how our resources are pointed towards my personal (and our communal) growth, development, learning, and future career placement.  This university is vast and it’s set up to help many thrive.  From working with career management to tell my story and clarify my career direction, to networking among other MBAs and learning how they are wrestling with their identities, to reading case studies and engaging in class content that relates to my previous work experience and challenges my paradigms, it is nothing short of awesome to be a part of this program!  I’m one of many students here who is utilizing the MBA experience to shift career directions, know myself better, and have a great time doing it.

In the end, I’m thankful to be a 33-year-old balding dad with unique experience to bring to the table here.  Besides, balding gives you wisdom, right?

New Beginnings

Life is full of transitions.

As a married military veteran with a family, I view transitions as endeavors to personally and professionally grow while taking advantage of new opportunities.  Leaving the private sector for full-time graduate school is a long-term investment.  The Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University has so much to offer.  I’m proud to be a Buckeye.

FullSizeRender[1]Dedication to lifelong learning seems to be a theme in our household.  I began a graduate degree program, my wife completed hers (while working), and my daughter started Kindergarten – all in the same week!  As a father and a husband, I am so proud of them both.

As the fall semester begins to pick up momentum, we must remember who we are in order to prioritize what is most important in our lives.  I, like most of my classmates, am attracted to pretty much everything that the Fisher College of Business has to offer.  There are so many clubs, organizations, employer info sessions, events, and activities competing over our most precious resource – time.  If we view time as a resource, how do we allocate it?

FullSizeRenderOne place to start is to identify who we are in relation to others (I am a father, husband, son, brother, student, uncle, employee, job-seeker, club member, mentor, mentee, veteran, coach, blogger, etc.).  The list is long for many of us.  Prioritizing this list can also be difficult with so many competing factors taking place simultaneously.  We realize that we cannot be everything to everyone all the time, but we can deliberately plan those aspects that are most important into our lives if we choose to do so.  This process becomes critically important during major transitions when we are faced with new situations, changing conditions, and increasing obligations. It can be difficult deciding what not to do, at least temporarily, during transitions.  Ultimately, our decisions are about trade-offs intended to maximize value.

What we choose to do with our time is ultimately what we value most.  Many of us have roles and responsibilities within our personal, professional, and even spiritual lives.  Intellectual curiosity, respect for diversity of thought, and continual growth and development are important to me in a professional context.  This is why I chose to invest my time at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business.FullSizeRender[2]






Another busy day

Another busy day of work today, filled with the normal challenges that helped propel the day forward.  Our boss offered to treat everybody to drinks and food, but I had to say, “no” because I had to teach a guitar lesson and it would be the first time all week that I could sit with both my kids at the same time.  Before I was able to go home though, Jill Westerfeld had arranged for a photographer to come to OSU and took free professional headshots for all the Fisher Grad Students.  My current LinkedIn profile is a picture of me and my daughter playing guitar.  Prior to the MHRM program, I was teaching guitar full time and so it was a more appropriate photo.  Now that recruiters might peek at my profile, I took advantage of the opportunity to put something more professional up.

After smiling awkwardly for the camera, I had to buy two more books for class.  Since I was already on campus, I stopped by the bookstore.  I have two bachelors degrees and a music minor and yet I still keep forgetting how expensive books can be.  On top of that, it would seem that being in a graduate program also means that the price of books are “graduated” to a higher price tag.  Despite the higher price tag, I am excited to be back on campus and look forward to getting into the material.

I got home and my wife had a nice meal for us all to enjoy together.  To be honest, just holding my boy in my lap, talking to my little girl, and being with my wife was what I was really hungry for.  It was like the best kind of reward for a busy week.  All of us are getting used to the new schedule.  We definitely haven’t worked it all out, but I believe it will come soon enough.

Buckeye Football!

If you’ve never been to Ohio Stadium (aka “The Shoe”) when The Ohio State Buckeyes are playing football, then you need to hop on ticketmaster and snag a ticket as soon as possible. I grew up watching Buckeye football my whole life and I must say, the experiences have been better with age. There is just something about the emotion of having 100,000+ people flood Columbus to cheer on this group of brothers that puts me on a whole new level of excitement. I am getting chills just sitting here thinking about it. “Buckeye Nation” is what the loyal following is known as and members range from die hard nuts to casual viewers. Whatever your interest or affiliation, Buckeye Nation is always accepting new members.

On the 12th of September I woke up, put on my white #5 jersey, grabbed a snack and took off for Lane Avenue where I met my fellow Buckeyes for some pre-football tailgating. We stopped at a few tents on the way to our destination (all overflowing with people and FOOD..lots of food) but eventually made it to Fisher Commons where our host and fellow SMF student, Taylor Richard, had buffalo chicken dip ready to be demolished. After enjoying more than my fair share of buffalo chicken dip, we took off for The Shoe and what we hoped would be another Buckeye victory.

Buckeye Football

As a rank 4 student, we have some pretty incredible seats!

There really isn’t anything quite like a Buckeye football game. I could go into details about the deafening roar of the crowd when we score a touchdown or the amazing feeling you get as you sing Carmen Ohio while embracing your fellow Buckeyes arm-in-arm, but I am going to let you experience it for yourself! Because my words just don’t do it justice.

Just Around the Riverbend

“What I love most about rivers is
You can’t step in the same river twice
The water’s always changing, always flowing.”

-Schwartz & Menken-

It’s now year two of the MHRM program, and I have to admit, it feels quite different. Upon arrival during first year, most students spend their first month or so in the program getting their feet wet. They’re trying to acclimate to their new home in Columbus and at OSU & Fisher. They’re also adapting to graduate level course work and the new classroom environment, becoming familiar with the faculty and their expectations of students, and building relationships with peers. Upon arrival for second year though, students are much more relaxed, laid-back and comfortable. I am not suggesting that this was not the case first year, but perhaps not immediately during first year. Nonetheless, I do think there has been a shift in attitudes and confidence.

You may be thinking, why? Well, I can only provide my opinion on the matter, but I believe it is the result of the ongoing support of our faculty and staff here at Fisher, as well as the experiences and knowledge gained from summer internships. Throughout our first year we had the opportunity to engage in class discussions and projects with our peers to push outside of our comfort zone in order to learn from one another. We also had the opportunity to build personal and professional relationships with faculty and staff, who offered their expertise, shared their personal experiences and stories, offered a listening ear, and provided guidance when needed. In addition, since one of the program requirements is the completion of a thesis or internship (most students select the internship) during the summer between the first and second year, many students are returning from their internships having gained hands-on experience in HR. Being able to apply theory, concepts and knowledge from the classroom into organizational practices is invaluable, and I think people came back with a much deeper understanding of HR, as well as a greater appreciation for the impact HR can have in organizations.

It’s just the beginning of year two, but I am excited for the fresh perspectives everyone is bringing back into the classroom, and I am excited to see how the year unfolds. What will be…’Just Around the Riverbend’?

*For those who may be unfamiliar with the quote above, reference –> (Classic).

Lesson Learned.

Hello All! My name is Rachel, and I am a “newb” at this blogging thing! A little bit about myself, I guess:

  • MRHM Student
  • 24 years old
  • First Year
  • From West Virginia (yes, we are an actual state and no, I am not missing any teeth)
  • Getting married in less than 9 months!!

I just wanted to get on here and share a story of my awesome first day with Fisher. The term “awesome” is somewhat said in a sarcastic tone (it would make my life so much easier if sarcasm was readable).


My first class was great (MHRM 7301). I enjoyed the dry, witty humor that the professor shared throughout the class. It was an awesome experience to interact with others that are currently working towards the same goal as I am.

The trouble for me began after class–I parked in the parking garage right next to the architecture building, so as I went to leave for the evening, my key card would not let me out of the building. I tried and tried and tried to get out of the garage, and it wouldn’t let me. I finally got smart and called


Played a long game of “What parking garage are you in?”. For example,

CP: “Are you in the parking garage next to Hitchcock Hall?”
Me: “Is that the engineering building?”
CP: “I don’t know.”
Me: “I’m in the one right across the architecture building.”
CP: “What’s the architecture building?”
Me: “The only white building on North Campus?”
…You get the idea….

Long story short, I figured out that since my car is so small, the sensor wasn’t recognizing that my car was trying to leave.
A good first year lesson: pull up as far as you can while trying to leave the parking garages.
Another good lesson is to know what buildings are called.

Thanks for listening everyone!


<3 Rachel

Welcome Week

The new academic year began with Welcome Week. I don’t know other students’ feelings, but to me, Welcome Week is more like a party.


Actually, Welcome Week did start with a party-Global Buckeye Celebration. With food, games, and dancing, the celebration provided a good opportunity for new students to meet each other. I want to mention the dancer who led the dance that night. At first, not so many students danced with her (International students, especially Chinese students, are too shy to dance in front of a crowd). But slowly, maybe influenced by this brilliant dancer and the atmosphere she created, more and more students joined her. However, I did not join the dancing at last (Yes, I am shy :) ), but I tried some games and the pizza tasted great!


Another important event during Welcome Week is the Involvement Fair. Hundreds of organizations exhibited themselves on the Oval. In China, our university students also have an Involvement Fair but on a much smaller scale. Besides, the main aim of the Chinese Involvement Fair is to attract new members for university association, while the Involvement Fair at OSU was just like a university-wide celebration!


Finally, a concert pushed Welcome Week to an exciting climax. I was shocked because I had never seen so many people on campus before. In front of the Union was a huge crowd of people, on the street was a huge crowd of people…Some of my classmates were trapped on the street as the buses had to changed their routes.

In China, students are not allowed to have so many activities in their first week: people believe that students should calm down and get prepared for a new semester. Party? No way. But I do love Welcome Week in the Ohio State University, it gave me a wonderful beginning to my new academic year.

A Virtual Tour of Gerlach Hall

In this blog post I will show you what the day-time home of a Fisher Graduate Student looks like! Masters of Accounting, Finance, Human Resource Management, and Business Administration alike all share Gerlach Hall. So come along as show you some of the most popular places in Gerlach Hall according to Fisher Graduate Students.

 Gerlach Hall 3View from the Fisher Courtyard of the front of Gerlach Hall

Gerlach Lounge 12nd Floor Graduate Student Lounge

The Graduate Student Lounge is the popular place for group meetings, eating lunch, or taking a break in between classes. It is also conveniently located just a floor below a majority of classes!

Gerlach Hall ClassroomClassroom in Gerlach Hall

A majority of the classrooms in Gerlach Hall are set up in a similar style–concentric semi-circles surrounding a speaking area. This design is great for stimulating classroom communications as well as interactive lectures.

Gerlach Hall Comp LabGraduate Student Computer Lab

This computer lab, which is only open to Graduate Students, is located on the Second floor of Gerlach Hall and is open 24/7. Every graduate student is given a login and password and a print allotment for all of their classroom material needs.

It is also important to point out that Fisher Graduate students get out of the business school to explore all of the other great aspects of Ohio State’s campus outside of The Fisher College of Business! Stay tuned for a note on the most exciting experiences an OSU student can have when The Ohio State Buckeyes football team takes on The University of Hawaii at home on September 12th!

Looking Back and Looking Forward

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I am a second year full time MBA student and am set to graduate in about a month.  There is a mix of reflection and excitement (even more so from my wife who has endured having her spouse in a full time graduate program).

The Past

When reflecting on the past two years and what I’ve gained from them, I’ve thought of the relationships I’ve made and how walking out of this experience confirmed the things that brought me here in the first place.  When talking about Fisher, we talk a lot about the small class size being a key component of the overall experience.  The small class size lends itself to more intimate settings which, in turn, lend itself to more opportunities to connect with classmates, faculty and career management.  This all made logical sense, but I’ve been able to now have the experience of living it out and I can say it’s all true.  Friendships-I have been able to get to know several classmates in a deep way over this relatively short period of time, and I fully expect to continue those relationships even after the program is finished. Professors-even having gone to Ohio State for undergrad, I’ve seen a world of difference in the depth of relationships I have with my professors at Fisher.  Most of them are in the Ops/Logistics field (my focus in the program) and I have been able to cultivate these relationships and to lean on them for better understanding a concept and also for career advice.

Another area that sticks out to me is the Corporate Mentor Program.  As a student, you fill out an “application.”  It’s more of an info sheet on what you’re looking for in a mentor, and they pair you with an executive in the Columbus area.  The program is only supposed to last for a year, but often the relationships extend for more, and that was the case for me.  My mentor has been a great source of advice and has graciously connected me to others in the supply chain profession.

The FutureFuture path

Looking now to the future.  Currently, I am searching for a supply chain position in the Columbus area, but am hopeful that something will come through soon.  Coming to an MBA program is somewhat of a gamble, albeit a calculated and relatively low risk gamble (92% of graduates last year had jobs within 3 months of graduation).  You’re essentially putting all of your chips in and hoping the investment pays off.  Thankfully it almost always does, but at certain times tries your resolve.  I’ve found in those times it’s been helpful to focus on the good things in your life and to know that life is more than just what job you have.  For example, my wife and I just welcomed our daughter to the world a couple weeks ago (see picture below).  What a blessing!


The MBA program has been a great re-calibration experience for my career and I’m looking forward to a brighter future than when I entered.

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