Here’s your checklist for applying

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

Here are some additional tips:


It is very OK for you to submit your application prior to taking the GRE or GMAT. Just be sure you take the GRE or GMAT by the end of December 2010 to meet most “early” deadlines.


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:

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

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


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.


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!


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!

4 Responses to “Here’s your checklist for applying”

  1. 1 Aaron Meyers August 26, 2010 at 4:56 am

    Perfect timing! You cleared up my transcripts question.

  2. 2 Robert Chabot August 30, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    Glad you found this post helpful! If you have any other questions, do not hesitate to ask!

  3. 3 Mariam Humayun September 17, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    Thank you for this post, really helpful. I had two questions:

    – One of my senior professors I’d like to use as my reference is not very comfortable with using the computer, much less the internet. Is it okay to send his recommendation via surface mail (on my university letterhead)? Or should I opt for the offline application entirely?

    – What is the average GMAT score that’s acceptable?

  4. 4 Robert Chabot September 19, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Hi, Mariam. Thank you for your Qs.

    1) Your reference can use the paper form is s/he prefers to do so. The instructions on how to use the paper option are included with the online application. (Note – there is no “offline” application – the application itself is online.) The program admissions committee does not “prefer” paper or electronic. Whichever your reference prefers to use is fine.

    2) We don’t have a meaningful average or stats to report for MLHR applicants submitting GMAT scores since 95% or more of the MLHR applicants submit GRE scores. (As you know, the Fisher MLHR program is rather unique among most business graduate programs in that it will accept either the GRE or GMAT as part of a complete application.) I can say that it seems that if you score 600 or higher on the GMAT, that seems to be a “good” score. BUT this doesn’t mean that we haven’t admitted anyone with a score lower than that … GMAT (or GRE) is an important part of your application. It’s NOT the only part – everything in your application will be assessed to determine your potential for success in the program.

    If you have any additional Qs, feel free to contact us directly at! (You’re welcome to leave comments on this blog, too :-))

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