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Autumn 2011 MLHR information sessions scheduled

You have questions? We have answers!

As you may know if you are a somewhat frequent reader of this blog, we hold periodic information sessions for the Master of Labor & Human Resources (MLHR) program. These information sessions are really designed to give you an overview of the MLHR program and help you decide whether Fisher and the MLHR degree are the right next step in your career development. The first 30 minutes of the information session include a presentation of the program and the last 30 minutes involve a question and answer discussion with members of the admissions team. We have scheduled information sessions for autumn 2011 on October 12, November 9, and December 1 – click here to register!

I know sometimes it is difficult to even know what to ask at these sessions, especially if you are in the very beginning stages of the research process. So, I thought it would be helpful to provide a list of questions that are often brought up at the sessions to give you a head start on your own brainstorming. For answers to these questions, attend our next info session!

  • How many nights per week will I be in class?
  • How much time will I spend on classwork outside of class?
  • How long will it take me to graduate?
  • What is the difference between being enrolled in the MLHR full time vs part-time?
  • Do I need to take the GMAT or GRE to apply?
  • Do I need to send you my transcripts if I attended Ohio State as an undergraduate student?
  • What kind of financial aid opportunities are available to help me finance my education?

Hope to see you soon!


3 Things to Keep in Mind When Preparing Your Fisher MLHR Application

Three things to keep in mind when preparing your MLHR 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:

GRE: The GRE is rolling out a new format and anyone taking the “NEW” GRE in the first three months will not have scores released until November 2011 at the earliest. After November 1, ETS states that GRE score releases will be back on a normal schedule – 2-4 weeks after the test it taken. Accordingly, if you want your scores to be here by December 1, you should plan on taking the GRE no later than November 15 (or November 1, to be safe).

GMAT: The Fisher MLHR program will accept either GRE or GMAT scores as part of a complete application. About two weeks will go by from the time you take the GMAT to the time we get your 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 GRE or GMAT scores before submitting your application. Conversely, you can submit your application before taking the GRE or 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 GRE or  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.

Transcripts can take a long or short time to get to us – it all depends on the university issuing the transcripts. And sometimes colleges “forget” to send them. Advice: Find out from your school how long it will take to issue your transcripts. Plan accordingly. Build in a margin of safety. And follow up with your school to ensure it sent them to us.

SPECIAL NOTES TO INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS:

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.

 


Fisher MLHR applications for autumn 2012 are now available

The Fisher MLHR 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 21 – early decision deadline. Complete applications submitted by this date will have an admission decision (admit, deny, wait-list) by January 15.

December 30 – Fellowship/priority funding deadline

June 1* – Final deadline
*Complete applications received after this date may be reviewed on space available basis.

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INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

November 21 – Fellowship/priority funding deadline

March 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 for autumn 2011

We have received several calls recently, asking whether we are still accepting applications for the Fisher MLHR 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/mlhr. 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/mlhr. 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 MLHR Admissions Office via its email account (fisher_mlhr@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_mlhr@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?”

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

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

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: MLHR 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.


Planning on applying for spring 2011? Deadline to submit is Friday, Jan 14



If you're planning on applying for spring 2011, read this post!

The Fisher MLHR program accepts applications for autumn, winter, and spring quarters. If you plan on applying for spring 2011, this is notice that the deadline to submit your application is Friday, January 14, 2011. Any applications submitted for spring 2011 must be completed (e.g. GRE scores submitted, recommendations submitted, etc., by January 31, 2011.)

Quick recap on which term to apply for based on your background:

Autumn

  • Domestic/full time
  • Domestic/part time
  • International
    • For visa reasons, all international students must be enrolled full time

Winter

  • Domestic/part time

Spring

  • Domestic/part time




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, GRE or 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!


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