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Three helpful links when you’re applying to the Fisher/Ohio State MLHR program

Let us help you find what you're looking for

If you are applying to the Fisher Master of Labor & Human Resources program for autumn 2012, here’s a quick guide to help you find three application-related pages on the program’s website.

In addition to the links referenced above, you can also find information on career placement, living in Columbus, and Fisher MAcc alumni profiles, among other things! As always, if you have any questions, please let us know.


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!


Things you can do this summer to prepare for applying to graduate HR programs for autumn 2012

Take these steps towards your future!

If you are beginning to think about applying to HR graduate programs this fall, there are a number of things you can work on this summer to get ready:

1) Begin your research on programs to determine which one is going to be the best fit for you (hopefully it is Fisher!). Visit the program websites, read the admissions blogs (great job!), read the current student blogs to get a sense of what life is like as a student at Fisher. Learn about opportunities to visit campus or connect with members of the admissions staff.

2) Prepare for the GMAT or GRE exam. The Fisher MLHR program will accept either the GMAT or GRE as part of a complete application. Visit gmat.com or gre.org for all of the information you could possibly want to learn about the test, study guides, resources and free, downloadable, practice tests.

3) Think about who will serve as your references. Many HR graduate programs now use electronic reference forms. By the time your reference receives the link to complete the reference form and upload the letter of support, he/she should already know what to expect and be prepared to complete the process. If you are still in school (e.g. entering your senior year), academic references (e.g. professors, etc.) carry the most weight in the Fisher MLHR admission decision review process.

4) Request transcripts from your undergraduate institution(s) early. Sometimes it takes awhile for those transcripts to arrive, so don’t wait until the last minute. You need to send us two official transcripts, issued directly by your university’s registrar office. We need two official transcripts from each college/university attended. And it is very OK to send those transcripts to us prior to you submitting your application. (The address to which your transcripts need to be sent is MLHR ADMISSIONS; 100 Gerlach Hall; 2108 Neil Ave; Columbus OH; 43210-1144.)

5) Begin thinking about your essays. Our essay questions are posted online so you can review them before you even begin an application. The essays will really give you a chance to highlight elements of your personality, personal accomplishments, interesting aspects of your background and experience, etc. – they give you the best chance to differentiate yourself, so spend some time thinking about how you want to be perceived by the admissions committee.

Click here for a complete list of things to prepare for if you are applying to the Fisher MLHR program for autumn 2012.

Our application for Autumn 2012 should be available as of August 1, 2011. In the meantime, please click here to be added to our database and to request more information about Fisher.



New version of GRE coming in August 2011

The GRE is changing - are you ready?

With proper planning, you'll be ready for changes to the GRE

ETS, administrator for the Graduate Record Examination (aka GRE), has been working on revising the GRE for the past few years. The form of the exam will change significantly; the changes include but are not limited to how it’s administered, the scoring scale, etc. I recently attended an information session at the Ohio State University Graduate School where a representative from ETS walked us through some of the changes.

  • The current form of the GRE will exist through the end of July 2011.
    • If you wish to take the GRE in its current form, you must take it by July 30, 2011
  • The new form of the GRE will be administered starting in August 2011.
    • If you take the GRE between August 1 and September 30, 2011, you will receive a 50% discount on your GRE registration fee.
    • Tests taken in August through Oct will not have scores released until mid November at the earliest.

IMPORTANT: If you wish to have your GRE scores prior to November 2011, you must take the GRE on or prior to July 30, 2011.

For more information on the changes to the GRE, please click here.

For more information on the Fisher MLHR application requirements (including but not limited to the GRE), please click here.


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


Fisher MLHR applicants: username and password confusion?

Forgot your password?

As an applicant to Ohio State/Fisher, it can be confusing to keep track of the different websites, usernames and passwords that you need to monitor your application and admission status and to get important information about the program once admitted.  Hopefully this will help to point you in the right direction if you can’t remember where you are supposed to go and how to get there!

Apply Yourself

Apply Yourself is the application system that we use for your MLHR application.  You created an account to manage your application to the program and you visit this site to check your application status.  This is the place to go when you are confirming that we have received your application materials or checking to see what you are missing.

Applicant Center

The Applicant Center is the site you go to when you want to check your admission status.  Once an admission decision has been made, it will be updated at this site.  You will receive an email with your username (OSU ID) and a temporary password for this site once you submit an application to the program.  If you have forgotten your username and/or password for this site, you may email 8help@osu.edu and you will receive the information again.  If you do contact 8help, please let them know that you are requesting your log-in information for the Applicant Center.

Admitted Student Gateway

This is a restricted website for admitted students to the MLHR program.  Once you are offered admission to the program, you will be given instructions for logging on to the Gateway.  This is the website that will provide all of the important information you need to know between now and the time you enroll at Fisher in the fall.


TOEFL and IELTS guidelines

Attention international applicants:

Although most international applicants choose to take the TOEFL, some choose to take the IELTS to satisfy the Ohio State University Graduate School’s requirements for English proficiency at time of application. Either TOEFL or IELTS are perfectly acceptable when applying to the Fisher MLHR program. If you plan to submit TOEFL scores for your application, we recommend at least 100 overall and at least 24 on the speaking subsection to be minimally competitive. For those of you that plan to take the IELTS exam in lieu of the TOEFL, an overall band score of 7.0 and 7.0 on the speak section of the IELTS is what we recommend to be minimally competitive.


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!


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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