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i) Graduate Programs Office closed Nov 25-28 and ii) The Game

Two announcements for this week:

Office Closed from Thursday, Nov 25 through Sunday, Nov 28

The Fisher College of Business Graduate Programs Office will be closed from November 25 through November 28, 2010 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The office will reopen on Monday, November 29 at 8:00A.M. EST.

2010 Ohio State vs. Michigan game

The 2010 edition of the #1 college sports rivalry will take place at 12 noon on Saturday, November 27, 2010. The rivalry is intense and a lot of good always comes of it.

Go Bucks!

The #1 rivalry in college sports

The #1 rivalry in college sports


“I submitted my materials three hours ago – did you receive them?”

We recently had our first early deadline (Nov 15) – specifically, for international applicants who wish to be considered for both admissions and then fellowship award nomination. We have received several inquiries from applicants who want us to check the status of materials sent to us.

Please note the following:

  • 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.
  • You can check your application status online by logging into your account. Please do not contact the office to confirm receipt of materials.
  • 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 delay can be anywhere from one to ten business days, depending on the time of year. Around application deadlines, expect the delay to be closer to be between five and ten business days.
  • 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.

What if you miss the Nov 15 deadline? We will review files in the order of completion until the February 1 international applicant final deadline. However, all else being equal, you should complete your application as early in the admissions process as possible.


Mini FAQ on English proficiency requirements for international students

If you are an international applicant, English proficiency is critical. English proficiency is critical not only for classroom interactions but also when you are involved in the recruiting/interviewing process. Below are common Qs we receive on English proficiency for international applicants:

Do you accept the IELTS?

The Ohio State University accepts the TOEFL, IELTS, and MELAB. For your scores to be valid, they must be no older than two years at the time of your application.

I scored XXX on the TOEFL or I scored X.X on the IELTS. Can I gain admission to your program?

First, we do not make admission decisions based on a single criterion. EVERYthing in your application is reviewed as part of an admission decision. Second, see a previous blog post on recommended scores on the TOEFL or IELTS to be minimally competitive on this criterion.

My entire instruction at the undergraduate level was in English. Do I need to submit English test scores (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB)?

You are exempt from taking an English proficiency test, such as, TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS, if you have established citizenship in one of the following countries: Australia, Belize, British Caribbean, British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Scotland, Wales, and the United States. US Green Card holders (“permanent residents”) are exempt from taking an English proficiency test if they have held permanent residency status for at least one year prior to their quarter of enrollment.

If you are eligible to receive a 4 year bachelor’s degree or higher from one of the countries listed above, then you are exempt from taking an English proficiency test. Please note: It is not required that you must have your degree completed from one of the exempt countries at the time you are applying for admission. However, you must have completed your degree prior to your quarter of enrollment.

If your country is not listed as any of the exempt counties, you must take the English proficiency test.

May I be conditionally admitted before receiving an acceptable score on the TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB tests?

No. The Ohio State University does not admit applicants who have not met the requirement for proof of English proficiency. Those applicants required to submit TOEFL, MELAB or IELTS scores must do so before they will be reviewed for an admission decision and can be officially admitted.

I hope this information helps. If you have any questions, please let us know!


Difference between Fisher Graduate Programs Office and Ohio State Graduate Admissions Office

All business schools process their applications differently. At Ohio State, we have a centralized Graduate Admissions Office that ultimately processes all of our applications. As an applicant, you will receive communication from Fisher (Graduate Programs Office, aka “GPO”) and from The Ohio State University (Graduate Admissions Office, aka “GAO”).

Transcripts

When you apply to the MAcc program, you must send ALL of your materials to the Fisher GPO. Since most of your application can be completed online, this generally refers to transcripts. We ask you for two official copies of each your transcripts. Send BOTH official copies of each of your transcripts to the Fisher GPO, as we will make sure a copy is sent to the university’s GAO.

Mailing address

The physical/surface mailing address for the Fisher GPO is

MAcc Admissions
Fisher College of Business/Ohio State University
100 Gerlach Hall
2108 Neil Ave
Columbus OH 43210-1144

It is critical you put “MAcc Admissions” in the first line of the address on anything you send to us via surface mail. The Fisher GPO processes applications for several different graduate programs – if you omit “MAcc Admissions” or accidentally list another program, your mail has a higher chance of being mis-filed and mis-placed. We will find it eventually – but the processing of your file will very likely be unnecessarily delayed.

Checking status of your application

When you submit your application to the MAcc program, you will receive an email from the Fisher application system confirming that we have received your submitted application. The email will also include a link through which you can check the status of your application. Use that link – and that link only – to check the status of your application. Please note it can take up to two weeks from the time you submitted your application to the time your web status update page is updated. So, please, if you need to contact us about the status of your application, please be patient and allow a couple of weeks to pass before contacting us.

As always, if you have any questions, please contact us!

GPO

GAO


Here’s your checklist for applying

When you are preparing your application for the Fisher Master of Accounting program, please refer to the checklist 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 current class (e.g. GMAT 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 2010 to meet most “early” deadlines.

Transcripts

We need two official transcripts from each and every university you have attended. Even if you just took a single class at a local community college, we will need two official transcripts from that community college. Be sure to send them to the correct address:

MACC ADMISSIONS
Fisher College of Business
100 Gerlach Hall
2108 Neil Ave
Columbus OH 43210-1144

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

Note that if you earned a degree from outside the United States, you are 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.

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.

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!

 

Welcome, fall 2011 MAcc applicants

It’s that time of year again:  the autumn 2011 Fisher/Ohio State MAcc application is now available.  Plan ahead so that all of your application materials arrive by the applicable deadline:

  • International application deadline (fellowship/financial aid consideration)
    • November 15
  • Domestic application deadline (fellowship/financial aid consideration)
    • December 31
  • Final application deadline for international applicants
    • February 1
  • Final application deadline for domestic applicants
    • April 1
    • Applications will be accepted from qualified domestic applicants after April 1 on space available basis; however, applications submitted earlier get more consideration than those submitted later.

We often receive questions on what “domestic” and “international” means. Domestic applicants are those who are U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. International applicants are everyone else.

I recommend that you review the Fisher MAcc web site carefully and visit this admissions blog on a regular basis to stay updated on the application process and informed about the Fisher MAcc program. Don’t be afraid to post your questions and comments on the blog. If you have a question, most likely several other applicants are wondering the exact same thing!


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