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Fisher MAcc applications for autumn 2012 are now available

The Fisher MAcc application for the 2012-2013 academic year 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 2012 are listed below:

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

November 7 – early decision deadline. Complete applications submitted by this date will have an admission decision (admit, deny, wait-list) by December 31.

December 23 – Fellowship/priority funding deadline

May 15* – Final deadline
*Complete applications received after this date may be reviewed on space available basis.

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INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

November 7 – Fellowship/priority funding deadline

February 1 – 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!


Do NOT panic – we are still accepting applications for autumn 2011

We are still accepting applications from domestic applicants

We have received several calls recently, asking whether we are still accepting applications for the Fisher MAcc program. The answer is “yes.” If you are a domestic applicant, we guarantee we will review applications submitted to us by May 1, 2011. (We may extend the deadline beyond May 1 but will not know for sure until the last week of April.) A good way to see whether we are still accepting applications is to go to fisher.osu.edu/macc. If the application link is still posted there, we are still accepting applications.

Note to those who wish to apply for autumn 2012: do NOT use the application currently posted at fisher.osu.edu/macc. If you have provided your name and email address to us already and have indicated that you are interested in applying for autumn 2012, we will contact you as soon as the autumn 2012 application is ready. We expect it to be posted online during August 2011 and no later than September 1, 2011.


Spring break 2011 :: and why this affects our response time

Hold tight, we'll be with you shortly!

All Fisher graduate students are on their well deserved spring breaks this week. Everyone will be back on campus by next Monday (March 28). Why is this of concern to anyone who might be reading this blog post? If you have contacted the Fisher MAcc Admissions Office via its email account (fisher_macc@fisher.osu.edu), it is likely you have interacted with both full time and part time (e.g. students) admissions personnel. When students are not on campus, it decreases our staffing that handles these general inquiries by at least 80%.

The fisher_macc@fisher.osu.edu email account will be monitored during spring break – but it will likely not be checked as often as it normally is since the number of people to assist with the account is significantly reduced during spring break. We will be back to “normal” staffing levels next week. Until then, we thank you for your patience!

P.S. If you have anything that is urgent, you can always contact the Fisher Graduate Programs Office directly at +1-614-292-8511


“What’s the status of my application?”

It will take a few days to match surface mail items with your online application

Our office receives at least one dozen inquiries every day from applicants, asking us for the status on their applications.

Here are some reminders and things to keep in mind:

  • Items that are sent to us via surface mail (e.g. transcripts, etc.) are noted as received on the day we receive them and will be considered “on time” if this date meets our application deadline (please do not worry if you are a day or two late – we review applications on a rolling basis anyway and will certainly still review yours).
  • There is and will be a delay between the time that we receive materials and those materials being recorded as “received” on your status page. The length of the delay will depend on the time of year – around the holidays and the deadlines, please expect a longer processing delay.
  • If you submit materials to us (e.g. transcripts, TOEFL scores, etc.) prior to submitting your application, we are unable to confirm receipt of those materials.
  • Once you submit your application, you may check your application status in your Apply Yourself account to determine which materials we have received.  Again, please note that your account will not be updated the minute you submit your application, but after we have had a chance to search for documents we have received that match the name on the application submitted.

Is one of your references MIA?

Is a missing reference the last piece of your application puzzle?

We have received a few inquiries from applicants who have submitted their applications and one or more of their listed references have not completed the online recommendation form.  We generally get a question like this:  “I listed a professor/former supervisor as a reference in my application and it appears his/her reference is the only one missing. I am unable to get in touch with him/her, as s/he no longer works at my company (or is at the university) and I am afraid s/he may have forgotten about my reference for my application. Can I select another person in his/her place in order to complete my application?”

You have two options.

Option 1 – replacing reference with an electronic reference

If you wish to replace the missing reference with an electronic reference, send an email to grad_app_help@fisher.osu.edu. Include your full name and email address – specifically, the name and email address you used when you submitted your application. Also include your applicant ID number if available. In your email, include the follwing information:

  • First Name of your recommender
  • Last Name of your recommender
  • Email address for your recommender
  • Relationship to your recommender (e.g. supervisor, professor, etc.)
  • Your recommender’s job title
  • Your recommender’s place of employment (e.g. company, university name, etc.)
  • The number of years and months your recommender has known you

Option 2 – replacing reference with a paper reference

If you wish to replace the missing reference with an paper reference, you do not need to change anything on your submitted application. Simply download and print the paper reference form, complete/sign/date page 1 of the form and provide both page 1 and 2 to your reference with a stamped, addressed envelope. (For the mailing address, it is critical you use the following address: MACC ADMISSIONS; 100 Gerlach Hall; 2108 Neil Ave; Columbus OH 43210-1144.)

If this situation applies to you, I hope this information helps! Let us know if you have any questions. We’re here to help!


Ohio State campus offices closed on Monday, January 17

Quick note to remind everyone that all Ohio State campus offices (including the Fisher Graduate Programs Office) will be closed on Monday, January 17, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. All offices will reopen at 8:00AM EST on Tuesday, January 18.


Why wait? Applying before your references are ready *is* a good idea

Waiting may be exciting but waiting for your references before you apply isn't a good use of your time

We have received several inquiries during the past couple of weeks from soon-to-be applicants. They told us they’re waiting to submit their applications because they’re waiting for all of their references to be completed before they submit their applications.

Here’s some advice – don’t wait to submit your application. Once you’ve completed your application and you’ve uploaded your essay responses and your updated resume, the only thing left before you submit your application is to list your references in your application. After you do this, you are ready to submit. You do not gain any advantage on waiting for your references to submit their recommendations before you submit your application. Although the admission committee will not review your application before it is complete (including receipt of all required references and/or required test scores), you will help to speed up the processing of your application by submitting it as soon as you are able. If there are any materials submitted to us on your application after you submit your application (e.g. references,  GMAT scores, etc.), we will match those materials to your already-submitted application. Your application will be processed more quickly this way than waiting for everything to be “done” before submitting your application.

Waiting may be “exciting” – but, truth be told, waiting to submit your application until everything else has been submitted isn’t a good idea!


Fisher Graduate Programs Office closed Friday, December 31

The Graduate Programs Office will be closed on Friday, December 31, in observance of New Year’s Day. The office will reopen at 8:00 AM EST on Monday, January 3, 2011. Any applications submitted on Dec 31, Jan 1, or Jan 2, will be uploaded into the application management system at/after 8AM on Jan 3. Before you contact us on whether we have received any of your application materials, please be sure to read this earlier blog post.

Happy New Year, everyone!

P.S. Don’t forget to watch the Ohio State University Buckeyes vs the University of Arkansas Razorbacks in the 2011 Sugar Bowl on January 4th!


Fisher Graduate Programs Office closed December 23-26

We wish you a wonderful holiday season!

All university offices, including the Fisher Graduate Programs Office, will be closed December 23-26 in observance of Christmas. All university offices, including the Fisher Graduate Programs Office, will reopen during normal office hours on Monday, December 27.

Do not worry about anything you send to us – if material you send to us is delivered while campus is closed, it should be delivered to us on Monday, December 27. We expect to receive a LOT of mail next week – please re-read this earlier blog post if you’re wondering if we received application materials for your file.

Have a great week, everyone!


What to expect after the Dec 31 application deadline

Keep in mind upcoming deadlines

Friday, December 31 marks the Fisher MAcc priority funding deadline for domestic MAcc applicants for Autumn 2011.

Here is what you can expect in terms of the admissions process over the next several weeks:

  • Remember that once you submit your application, the processing office has to match up your application form with any supplemental materials you may have sent previously or have yet to send.
  • Once we have identified any materials that belong with your application, we will update your checklist on your online application so you can check to see what is still missing. These checklist updates are NOT made in “real time.” Please wait at least five business days to check the online tracking system.
  • Once you have a complete application, your file will be put into review.  During this time of year, the review process generally takes 2-4 weeks.
  • Once your file has been reviewed, you will receive communication about the status of your application.  Possible outcomes include:
    • request for interview
    • defer a decision until a future date/wait list
    • application not accepted/deny
  • If you are invited to interview, you will be contacted via email with available dates/times to schedule  an in-person or phone interview
  • Upon completion of an interview, you can expect to hear a decision within 1-3 weeks.  Possible outcomes include:
    • admission
    • defer a decision until a future date/wait list
    • application not accepted/deny

Please keep in mind that:

In addition to weekends, the Graduate Programs Office will be closed on Thursday, December 23, Friday, December 24 and Friday, December 31 in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

MAcc students are currently on winter break until Monday, January 3.  Admission staff  WILL be checking the fisher_macc@fisher.osu.edu email account sporadically during winter break, except on holidays. The account will be checked again on daily basis on/after January 3.

I wish you all the best of luck with your application to the program.  Please be patient with us over the next several weeks. We will do our absolute best to communicate with you on a timely basis, but it is the holidays after all, so mail delays and staff absences may create a backlog as we process all of your applications.


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