Are you eligible to apply for the Ohio State/Fisher Master of Accounting program?

The application requirements for the Ohio State Master of Accounting program are pretty straightforward and are posted here. You do not need to be an accounting major to successfully apply to this program. However, there are course prerequisites.

Ohio State MAcc prerequisites are easy to satisfy if you plan accordingly!

Ohio State MAcc prerequisites are easy to satisfy if you plan accordingly!

The Fisher MAcc program has some specific prerequisite course requirements for admission:

Must appear on your transcripts at time of application

  • Principles of/Introductory Financial Accounting
  • Principles of/Introductory Managerial Accounting

To be completed by the time you enroll in program if you are admitted

  • Intermediate Financial Accounting I
  • Intermediate Financial Accounting II
  • Intermediate Managerial/Cost Accounting
    • In lieu of the above three intermediate accounting courses, you may choose to complete the PreMAcc Seminar instead

The MAcc admissions committee will review your transcripts to see that you have completed these courses at time of application. The Fisher MAcc admissions committee will accept and review an application from an applicant who has completed only principles of financial accounting and principles of managerial accounting – but will require proof of having completed intermediate financial and managerial accounting prior to being allowed to enroll in the program if you are conditionally admitted. All applicants must show completion of principles of financial accounting and principles of managerial accounting at time of application to be considered for admission.

Conditionally admitted students who need to complete the intermediate financial accounting and intermediate managerial accounting prerequisites can opt to enroll in the PreMAcc Seminar, which is held each summer prior to the start of the fall term. Offered through the Fisher Executive Education office, the not-for-credit 2.5 week PreMAcc Seminar is designed for admitted MAcc students who wish to meet the prerequisites in a very time-efficient fashion.

In addition to the above prerequisites and to be better prepared for the program, the MAcc program recommends the following courses completed (e.g. appear on your transcripts) at the time of application:

  • Microeconomics
  • Statistics
  • Calculus

Have questions for a current Fisher MAcc student?

As you are researching for the best accounting graduate program for you, you are likely scouring websites, contacting admissions offices, reviewing brochures, studying placement information, getting a sense of class profiles, etc.

Part of your discovery process may also include speaking with currently enrolled students in the programs you are researching. Emma Nimps, Tim Kochy, and Laura Venzke are current MAcc students who help the Fisher Graduate Programs Office as student ambassadors. In this role, they assist the recruiting and admissions office with inquiries from prospective MAcc students. (You may also recognize them as current MAcc student bloggers.) Talking to someone who is doing now what you are thinking of doing in the future is a great opportunity – be sure to take advantage of it!

Please click here for more information on how to get in touch with them. They (along with all of us) looks forward to hearing from you!


Introducing the 2014-15 Fisher MAcc bloggers

Websites and brochures are some of the ways you can get information about graduate programs you’re considering. An additional source of information – and possibly one of the better sources – is getting a first person perspective of the program from someone who is in it.

I’m proud to introduce the 2014-15 Fisher MAcc student bloggers. We have four volunteers this year who will write about their experiences in the Fisher MAcc program. If you want to get a much better idea of what being in the program is really like, please be sure to check back for new posts or create an RSS feed so you don’t miss anything!

Check the blog regularly for updates throughout the upcoming year.

Check the blog regularly for updates throughout the upcoming year.


When should you take the GMAT?

Allow yourself enough time to prepare for the GMAT

Allow yourself enough time to prepare for the GMAT

For students applying to the Fisher Master of Accounting (“MAcc“) program, a common question is “When should I take the GMAT?” There are two things you need to be aware of to get the correct answer.

1) What deadline are you shooting for? In other words, by which date do you want to have your application be complete?

It takes two to three weeks for us to get your official scores from the test administrator. Using this info, you work backward – for example, if you want to have a complete application by December 31, you want to take the GMAT by December 7 (approximately 3 weeks prior to December 31). However …

2) Do you want to build in any “error correction” time for yourself if you do no get the score you like on your first attempt?

The advice in point #1 above is true but only if you plan to take the GMAT once. The Fisher MAcc program will use your highest total GMAT score as part of its application review process. If you want to allow for “error correction” – in other words, you want to allow yourself the option of retaking it a second time to attempt to get a higher score, you need to add (at least) another four weeks to the timeline recommended in point #1. For example, if you want to have a complete application by December 31 and want to give yourself the option of retaking it if you do not like your first score, you want to take the GMAT by early November (approximately 6 to 7 weeks prior to December 31). Important –> The test administrator requires test takers to wait at least 30 days in between each GMAT attempt.

Remember that you are welcome (and encouraged) to submit your application materials to us even if you have not already taken the GMAT. We will hold on to your application materials until we receive your official GMAT scores.

Please contact us if you have any questions about your application!

 


Fisher MAcc ranked #5 overall and #3 among public universities

The Accounting Degree Review recently released its 2014-15 ranking of graduate accounting programs. Unlike most rankings which are based on a survey of a specific (or single) population (example: Public Accounting Report’s ranking is based on a survey of professors), this ranking takes into account four different ranking sources to create a “super” or meta ranking.

Developed by the blog site “Accounting Degree Review,” this meta ranking factors in rankings from US News & World Report, Public Accounting Report, BYU’s Accounting Research Rankings (ranking of accounting department research quality), and Tax Talent’s ranking. Utilizing all of these data points, the 2014-15 Accounting Degree Review’s “50 Best Graduate Schools for Accounting” ranks Fisher/Ohio State‘s MAcc program 5th overall and 3rd among public universities. (Click here for the full ranking.)

AACSB Accredited

The Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University is accredited by AACSB for both business *and* accounting.

Rankings may play a part in your decision on where to apply – but it should never be the primary or only reason you are considering certain programs. To make the best decision for you, I recommend you consider the following:

  • Do you value course flexibility or do you prefer a rigid curriculum?
  • Do you prefer a student body made up of students from primarily one or two schools? Or would you prefer to go to a program that has students from dozens of different undergraduate programs?
  • Does the career management office have a dedicated full time officer ready to assist you in your career development plan? At minimum, is the career management office housed in the college of business?
  • What is the program’s “culture?” Collaborative? Inviting? Or something else? What type of culture do YOU prefer?
  • Do you want a programs focus to be on simply preparing you for the CPA exam? Or something broader with longer lasting impact on you personally and professionally?
  • Is the college of business accredited for both business and accounting? (AACSB is considered to be the “gold standard” with respect to business education worldwide. It accredits business and accounting programs separately.)

If you’re interested in learning more about the Fisher MAcc program, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.

Fisher College of Business
2108 Neil Ave
Columbus, OH 43210
+1-614-292-8511


3 (plus 1) things to know when applying to the Fisher MAcc program

Three things to keep in mind when preparing your MAcc application

Be aware of deadlines

Deadlines have a way of sneaking up on you. I recommend taking a look at the deadlines and working backward. If you want to submit your application by December 1, for example, you know that gives you approximately three months or twelve weeks from now until then. You need to be aware of how long each item will take to be completed and submitted to us. Examples include but are not limited to:

GMAT: At least two weeks will pass from the time you take the GMAT to the time we receive your official scores. Accordingly, if you want your scores to be here by December 1, you should plan on taking the GMAT no later than November 15.

References: How long will your references take to prepare their recommendations for you? Work backwards from December 1 and add an extra couple of weeks or more as “cushion” in case anything unforeseen and unpredicted occurs.

It is OK to do things “out of order”

You do not need to wait before everything is complete before submitting your application materials. For example, you can submit GMAT scores before submitting your application. Conversely, you can submit your application before taking the GMAT. You can submit your application before all your references are received. And so on.

Be very aware of how long things will take to complete/submit when compiling your application materials

As mentioned earlier, we will not receive your GMAT scores the day after you sit for the test. Plan for the lag time. Also, your references will need (on average) at least one month to prepare your letters of recommendation.

Bonus –> TIPS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS:

i) If you have or will earn your undergraduate degree outside of the United States, you must submit course by course evaluations prepared by either WES or ECE. These can take six weeks or longer to prepare and deliver to us. Plan accordingly.

ii) TOEFL scores can take a long time to arrive at Ohio State. How long? It varies. It can be anything from several weeks to several months. The delay is almost always due to the test administrator involved. If you are an international student and need to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores, be sure to keep in close touch with the TOEFL or IELTS test administrator.

 


Getting ready to apply for autumn 2015? Here’s what you need to do.

When you are preparing your application for the Fisher Master of Accounting program, please refer to the list of required items. Remember that the admissions committee will only review complete applications.

We do not pre-evaluate candidates/potential applicants. It’s not uncommon for us to receive the following question (or something like it): “My GMAT is XXX. My TOEFL is XXX. My GPA is XXX. What are my chances of being admitted?” The only way you can find out whether you will be admitted is to apply. If you wish to review statistics on the most recent class (e.g. GMAT average, GPA average, etc.), click here. The MAcc admissions committee reviews everything in an application to assess admissibility for each applicant. There is no single item that will cause someone to be admitted or be denied admission – everything is reviewed.

Here are some additional tips:

GMAT

It is very OK for you to submit your application prior to taking the GMAT. Just be sure you take the GMAT by the end of December 2014 to meet most “early” deadlines.

Transcripts

You will need to upload a scanned copy of an official transcript from each and every university (other than Ohio State) you have attended. Even if you just took a single class at a local community college, we will need to upload a scanned copy of an official transcript from that community college. (The upload button is built into the online application.)

You are NOT required to submit transcripts for any grades you earned at The Ohio State University.

Note that if you earned or will earn a degree from outside the United States, you are also required to have a course-by-course evaluation by an approved evaluator. Currently, the Fisher MAcc program accepts course-by-course evaluations from either WES or ECE. The course by course evaluation does not replace the transcripts requirement – it is in addition to the transcripts requirement.

TOEFL

I plan on writing another blog post on issues involving the TOEFL but if you are required to submit the TOEFL as part of a complete application, be sure you use the correct institution code for Ohio State University (1592) and that you allow PLENTY of time for the scores to get to us. The TOEFL is regularly the one item that seems to take forever to get to us – if you need to submit the TOEFL, it is your responsibility to ensure the test administrator (ETS) sends us your official TOEFL scores.

The MAcc program also accepts IELTS from those applicants required to submit a test of English proficiency.

References

Your references can be sent to us electronically or via paper. (Additional instructions are in the application on the difference between the two formats.) Note that we will receive your references sooner if you choose electronic. Just be sure to give your recommenders plenty of time to write your references!

Essays

Give yourself enough time to write essays that really reflect you. Do not write generic, plain vanilla essays. Answer the questions that are posed to you in this application. Do not recycle essay responses you are using for any other applications.

We will be posting additional tips for each of the items referenced above throughout the next few months so keep an eye on this blog for updates.

If you have any questions, please let us know!


Fisher MAcc applications/deadlines for autumn 2015 are now available

The 2015 Fisher MAcc application is now live and available online.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply early – your chances of earning admission and merit-based financial aid are best at the beginning of the application cycle.

Deadlines for Autumn 2015 are listed below:

DOMESTIC APPLICANTS (U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents)

November 14 – Fellowship nomination deadline

December 19 – Financial aid priority deadline

May 22* – Final deadline
*Complete applications received after this date may be reviewed on space available basis.

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INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

November 14 – Fellowship/priority funding deadline

March 6 – Final deadline

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Over the next few months, please check back on this blog. I will post information that may help you as you prepare to submit your application. Enjoy the rest of your summer in the meantime!

Enjoy summer while it lasts!


Online information sessions scheduled through end of August 2014

Online information sessions are scheduled. Sign up for one today!

Online information sessions are scheduled. Sign up for one today!

Interested in learning more about the Fisher MAcc program? Online information sessions have been scheduled through the end of August 2014. You will hear directly from an admission director who will provide you with a quick overview of the program along with some tips on applying. You will also be able to ask any questions you may have.

Webinars are currently scheduled for July 28 (1:00 PM), August 5 (1:00 PM), and August 13 (1:00 PM) – all times listed are Eastern Time Zone.

Click here to register today.


2015 application is now available online

Announcement – the 2015 application is now available!

The Fisher MAcc application for autumn 2015 is now live and available online.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply early – your chances of earning admission and merit-based financial aid are best at the beginning of the application cycle, all else being equal. Your application must be complete before the admissions committee will review it – “complete” is defined as we have received everything required for your application to be complete.

Deadlines for autumn 2015 are listed below:

DOMESTIC APPLICANTS (U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents)

November 14 – Fellowship/priority funding deadline
The Fisher MAcc program participates in the University Fellowship and Graduate Enrichment Fellowship competitions.

December 19 – financial aid (other than fellowship) priority consideration deadline

May 22* – Final deadline
*Complete applications received after this date may be reviewed on space available basis.

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

November 1 – Fellowship/priority funding deadline
The Fisher MAcc program participates in the University Fellowship and Graduate Enrichment Fellowship competitions.

March 6 – Final deadline

Over the next few months, please check back on this blog – perhaps bookmark it or add it to your RSS feed. I will post information that may help you as you prepare to submit your application. If you have any questions, please leave a comment or contact us (contact information is posted here).

In the meantime, enjoy the rest of your summer!

There are a few more weeks of summer left this year. Enjoy them!


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