Patient applicants = happy admissions office

As you might imagine, December is a bit busy here in the Fisher Graduate Programs Office.  We have just passed a priority deadline and applicants are anxious to confirm that their materials have been received in time to be considered for admission and for financial aid.

Please keep in mind that there is manual work that has to be done to match your online application with the rest of your application materials, as it does not get updated in “real-time.”  Also, note that it takes about 20 days from your test date for us to receive official GMAT scores and 13 days from your test date to receive TOEFL scores.

Please wait at least five business days for your application checklist to be updated to reflect the status of your application materials received by our office.

Note, the Graduate Programs Office will be closed on Monday, December 23, Tuesday, December 24, and Tuesday, January 1.

We wish you a safe and happy holiday season and a happy new year!


I wanted to clarify some dates that may have been confusing on our website.  The deadline to be considered for university fellowship awards is December 1, 2012.  If you intend to apply by this deadline, please make sure that we have received all of your application materials by this date.

Frequently asked question:  If I have all of my application materials ready to go but I am waiting for the results of my TOEFL or GMAT to come in, will I still eligible for fellowship consideration?

Answer: If your standardized test scores arrive at Ohio State within a week of the fellowship deadline, you may still be eligible for consideration.  December 1 is the priority deadline for all Fisher PhD applicants and for the University Fellowship competition.  PhD applications will be reviewed on a space-available basis after December 1. All students who are admitted to Fisher for a PhD program will be fully funded by Fisher – if you apply after December 1 you just will not be eligible for the most prestigious fellowship awards at Ohio State.

 


A note to international applicants regarding the TOEFL

We receive inquiries from international applicants who are concerned about their TOEFL or IELTS scores. The Fisher College of Business requires the following:

  • An overall score of at least 100 on the Internet-based TOEFL exam  **or**
  • A band score of at least 7.0 on the IELTS.

The PhD admissions committee may not review your application if you score below these minimum recommendations. Strong English skills are critical to success in our programs, not only in the classroom but also with employment recruiting. Therefore, if your scores are well below our suggested minimums, it would be to your advantage to retake the exam.

PLEASE NOTE: Be sure your name, as listed on your TOEFL and/or IELTS score reports matches exactly your name as listed on the application. If your name does not match exactly on the TOEFL/IELTS and your application, the chances of your application being significantly delayed are increased greatly.

TOEFL Speak Score: We prefer to see a score of 20 or higher on the speak section of the TOEFL.  Applicants who are offered admission to the program with a TOEFL speak score of 23 or lower will be selected for evaluation for free supplemental English instruction upon arrival at Fisher.


2013 PhD Application is now live

We are pleased to announce that the application for the following PhD programs is now live:

PhD – Labor and Human Resources

  • Human Resources
  • Organizational Behavior

PhD – Business Administration

  • Finance
  • Entrepreneurship
  • International Business
  • Operations Management
  • Strategic Management

PhD – Accounting and MIS

  • Accounting
  • Management Information Systems

The deadline to apply for all PhD programs is December 1, 2012.

Faculty will not be evaluating applications for decision prior to December.  Good luck on your application!

 

 


What’s the status of my application?

We are being weighed down by all of the PhD mail. Get your stuff in by the deadline.

 

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

About two weeks before major deadlines, the Fisher PhD application office becomes inundated with transcripts, GMAT/GRE scores, and applications. PhD 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 PhD email inbox is steeped with requests about whether or not applications materials have been received. Additionally, please note that it can take a few weeks for the staff members to update your status. The best way to keep up with your application is to check your ApplyYourself account (read this blog post for a refresher) and not ask PhD office if your items have been received. If we are busy answering e-mails, who is going to process the applications?

If we receive your materials by the applicable deadline, your items will make the deadline. Anything received after the applicable deadline may be reviewed on a space available basis.

Last, we have received many requests asking if the admissions committee can review an application without official scores, transcripts, etc. The PhD program will not review any incomplete applications and will not make decisions based upon scanned and uploaded copies of these items. In order to satisfy the review requirements all items must be received by us by the deadline.


Application Status: Apply Yourself vs. Buckeyelink

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

Screen shot of application in progress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once you submit your application to the PhD 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 PhD 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!


Autumn 2011 applications are no longer being accepted for the following programs

The faculty for the following programs have informed the application processing office that it is no longer reviewing applications as they are “full” for autumn 2011 and will not admit any more students. (We will update this list on the main PhD prospective student web page as the faculty for the other programs update us on status of their programs.)

* Finance
* Entrepreneurship
* Strategic Management
* International Business
* Human Resources
* Organizational Behavior

If you are interested in applying for autumn 2012, we expect the application to be posted online during summer 2011 and no later than September 1, 2011.


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: PHD 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.


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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