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External scholarships – apply early and often

There are scholarships you can apply to – apply early and often!

If you are seeking scholarship opportunities for the Fisher MAcc program, be sure to check your eligibility to apply for an AICPA scholarship. The majority of the scholarships have an April 1 application deadline. Scholarships include (but are not limited to):

  • The John L. Carey Scholarship: provides financial assistance to liberal arts and other non-business related degree holders who are pursuing graduate studies in accounting and the CPA designation. Amount: $5,000/year
  • The AICPA Minority Scholarship: provides awards to outstanding undergraduate and graduate minority students who plan to pursue the CPA licensure. Amount: $3,000/year
  • The AICPA/Accountemps Student Scholarship: provides financial assistance to accounting majors who plan to become CPAs. Amount: $2,500/year

The above three are but one of many scholarships that are out there. My advice – apply early (pay close attention to application processes and deadlines) and often.

Several Fisher MAcc students have received these scholarships in the past so, if you’re eligible to apply, please do so!

Columbus one of the smartest 7 cities in the world

I recently saw in in the news that Columbus has been named one of the seven smartest cities in the world by the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF), an economic and social development think tank.

According to the ICF:

The Top7 represent models of economic and social transformation in the 21st Century.  They are not the most advanced technology centers, the most wired cities or the fastest growing economies in the world.  Instead, each exemplifies best practices in broadband deployment and use, workforce development, innovation, digital inclusion and advocacy that offer lessons to regions, cities, towns and villages around the world.  They are charting new paths to lasting prosperity for their citizens, businesses and institutions.

Fisher has some really smart MAcc students. Now it all makes sense 🙂

Columbus was recently voted one of the 7 smartest cities in the world

ApplyYourself vs Buckeyelink

If you have created an application account for the MAcc program and have started working on your application, you have been using a system called ApplyYourself (“AY“). This screen shot should look familiar when you log in:

Screen shot of application in progress












Once you submit your application to the MAcc program, you will continue to visit AY to review your application checklist – this will tell you whether we have received your transcripts, your test scores, your letters of recommendation or any other application materials that were not submitted with your online application form.

Soon after submitting your application, you will receive an email from The Ohio State University that provides your OSU ID and OSU ID password. This information will be used to log into the Buckeyelink to check your application status as it pertains to a DECISION on your completed application. This site will be updated to indicate whether your application is in review, been approved for admission, been denied, or whether a decision has been deferred until a later date (wait listed):

For Fisher MAcc applicants, this application status button on Buckeyelink is not where you go to make sure we have received your application materials. This is where you go to check on the status of your completed application.

To summarize:

Check AY to check the status of your application that has been submitted but not yet complete.

  • In other words, until your application is complete, check AY.

Check Buckeyelink to check the status of your application that has been submitted and is complete.

  • In other words, after your application is complete, check Buckeyelink.


Good luck!

Fisher MAcc ranked 8th in 2013 PAR Professors Survey

Public Accounting Report, billed as “the independent newsletter of the accounting profession since 1978,” recently released its 31st Annual Survey of Accounting Professors. Following a venerable tradition in the PAR, Fisher accounting continues to excel across all three rankings—undergraduate, graduate, and PhD.—each of which ranks the top 25 programs in the nation.

MAcc Ranking: #8 overall (#5 among public universities)

Fisher once again places in the top ten nationally.

PhD Ranking: #15

Fisher has regularly ranked among the top doctoral programs and has a rich tradition of producing thought leaders in the field of accounting.

Undergraduate Ranking: #7 overall (#4 among public universities)

Fisher rose to 7th overall and ranks #4 among public universities in the survey.

All of the programs listed in the survey are very strong programs – but not all are the same. Do you want a program that focuses primarily on technical knowledge? Or would you prefer a program that focuses more on conceptual topics? Do you want a program that consists of students mostly from the same undergraduate institution? Or a program where most of its students are from a variety of backgrounds? It is critical that when researching MAcc programs, you look for aspects that are important to you.

P.S. To get an insider’s view of the Fisher MAcc program, don’t forget to check out the MAcc student blogs.

“Have you received my …?” : Keeping the US Postal System busy (and vice versa)

We are being weighed down by a lot of mail. One of the results of the Fisher MAcc program being nationally ranked!

“I mailed my transcripts last week, did you get them?”

As a top ranked graduate accounting program, the Fisher MAcc application office is inundated with transcripts, GMAT scores, and applications this time of year. MAcc staff is working tirelessly to make sure applications are complete for review.

If you have e-mailed us and we have not returned your e-mail, please note that the MAcc email inbox is steeped with requests about whether or not applications materials have been received. It will take us several days (or more) for us to reply. Additionally, please note that it can take a few weeks for the staff members to update your status online. The best way to keep up with your application is to check your ApplyYourself account (read this blog post for a refresher). After all, if we are busy answering e-mails, who is going to process your application? At minimum, wait at least 7 days from the time you submit your application before you contact the office to check on status.

Last, we have received many requests asking if the admissions committee can review an application without official scores. The MAcc program will not make decisions based upon scanned and uploaded copies of required test scores (e.g. GMAT, TOEFL/IELTS, etc.). Application deadlines are posted here. A recap of what you need to submit a complete application is posted here.

Who should be my reference? What should they say about me?

Very common question we get –> “Who would be a good reference for me if I’m applying to the Fisher MAcc program? What should a good letter of reference include?”

The primary criterion you should use when determining who you should approach to be your reference is “someone who knows me WELL enough to write a STRONG letter of reference.” A strong letter of reference is the sort of recommendation that introduces relevant information about the subject (e.g. you) that we would not be aware of if we had not read the letter. For example, a letter that regurgitates and summarizes easy-to-obtain information is NOT a strong letter of reference. If a recommender references your GPA, for example, this is not unique information – we’ll see your GPA on your transcripts. If a recommender states simply that “(you) are an active member of the XYZ Community Service Organization,” this is not valuable information, especially if your involvement with that organization is listed on your resume.

A more valuable recommendation will provide the admissions committee with information about you that the committee could not obtain elsewhere. For example, if your reference is a professor for which you had a class, him or her saying that “you’re a good writer” is interesting. It becomes very useful for the admissions committee if that recommender states why s/he believes you are a good writer. In other words, s/he provides proof to support his/her opinion of you. This is much more effective that simply saying “(you) got an A in my class – s/he is a very good student.” Or if your recommender wants to comment on your involvement in the XYZ Community Service Organization, this is effective if s/he discusses what you accomplished in the organization, any positive results that occurred as a result of your involvement, and why s/he believes your involvement is indicative of your potential for success in this program. In summary, the best letters of reference do not simply tell us “what” –> the best letters explain whyand in detail. The best letters talk about those characteristics about you that, in their opinions, indicate your potential for success in the program if you were to be admitted and enroll.

Who should you approach for your recommendations? If you’re still in school or you’re a recent graduate, academic/faculty references carry the most weight with the admissions committee. If you have been out of school for a few years or more, it’s likely that professional references may be most appropriate in your situation. Do not get letters of reference from family, friends, and/or friends of your family <– these type of letters are judged negatively by the admissions committee.

Although your friends may be super, do not approach them to be your references for your graduate application

We look forward to reviewing your applications!

We’ll be in Chicago this Thursday and Friday

Fisher MAcc will be in Chicago this week at University of Illinois-Chicago and at the University of Chicago for a couple of events. The details are listed below.

Thursday, October 4: 3:00PM-7:00PM
University of Illinois-Chicago (at the UIC Forum)
Chicago Graduate and Professional School Fair
725 West Roosevelt Rd
Chicago IL 60607

Friday, October 5: 12:00PM-4:00PM
University of Chicago
Graduate and Professional School Fair
Ida Noyes Hall, Cloister Club
1212 E 59th St
Chicago, IL 60637

If you’re in the area, please stop by. We’d love to chat with you about your interest in the program!

Admissions decisions = a branch of holism

We are often asked about statistics that describe the current MAcc class. We have calculated the statistics that represent the Fisher MAcc class of 2013. Click here for the class profile statistics.

Please know that this data is aggregated – it is a summary of over 80 students currently enrolled in the program. No single applicant looks the same. The admissions committee looks at everything in each applicant’s file – no one will be denied or admitted on a single criterion (e.g. GMAT, GPA, etc.). A high GMAT does not guarantee admission nor will a “low” GMAT necessarily prevent someone from being admitted into the program. The same is true for GPA. The admissions committee looks at everything – in other words, the committee is most concerned how your credentials (references, essays, transcripts, GMAT, resume), taken together, present a complete picture of you as a potential student in this program. We are not concerned so much with the individual components – individual components, by themselves, are not indicative of an applicant’s strengths. We are more concerned with how all of these individual components, taken together, comprise a complete picture of the applicant.

The whole is greater than the sum of the parts


You say you didn’t major in accounting? Yes, you may be a successful candidate for this program

I just returned from a lunch we had for the 2012 Pre-MAcc participants. What’s Pre-MAcc, you ask?

A bit of background first … not all Master of Accounting (or “MAcc”) programs are the same when it comes to necessary prerequisite coursework. When you’re investigating MAcc programs, be sure to check into the expected prerequisites. The Fisher MAcc program accepts applications from all majors. In addition to the application requirements, there are course prerequisites that must be satisfied prior to enrolling in the program each autumn if you are admitted.

A common question we receive is on the Fisher/Ohio State MAcc program’s  prerequisite courses. Check here for a complete listing of the Fisher MAcc application requirements, including course prerequisites.

Here’s a quick Q&A that will help you determine whether you are eligible to submit an application to the Fisher MAcc program:

1) Have you already completed all five courses or their equivalents at the time of application?

The five courses are

  • Introductory Financial Accounting
  • Introductory Managerial Accounting
  • Intermediate Financial Accounting I
  • Intermediate Financial Accounting II
  • Intermediate Managerial/Cost Accounting
If “yes,” you are eligible to apply. If “no,” please go to point #2 below.

2) Have you completed introductory financial accounting and introductory managerial accounting at time of application? If “no,” hold off on submitting your application and transcripts until you have completed both courses. If “yes,” you are eligible to apply. NOTE: If you are offered admission with having taken only those two courses at time of application, your admission will be “conditional.” If you are offered conditional admission, you will have the option of either i) taking the necessary prerequisites at any accredited four year university/college prior to Fisher MAcc enrollment in autumn 2013 or ii) enroll in the PreMAcc Seminar in late July 2013 to satisfy the conditions of your admission.

3) Are there any other (non-accounting) courses I should ensure I have on my transcript at time of application? Beyond the accounting courses described above, you need to ensure that you have completed at least one course in each of the following subjects at the time of application: i) microeconomics, ii) statistics, and iii) calculus. Additional courses that are helpful – but not necessary – to be completed by time of enrollment if you are admitted include i) auditing, ii)taxation, and iii) advanced accounting (covering consolidated statements, etc.).

A final note –> You do NOT need to complete the prerequisite courses at Ohio State. As long as you took (or take) the prerequisite courses at an accredited four year university, you’ll be OK.

If you have any questions, please contact us or leave a comment on this post!

These students successfully completed the 2012 PreMAcc Seminar in preparation of their enrollment in the Fisher MAcc program

Campus offices will be closed on Monday, Sept 3

All Ohio State campus offices, including the Fisher College of Business Graduate Programs Office, will be closed on Monday, September 3, 2012, in observance of Labor Day. All offices will reopen at 8:00 A.M. on Tuesday, September 4.


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