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!


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!

 

 


New GMAT section (Integrated Reasoning) scoring scale released

NextGen GMAT will be released on June 5, 2012.

I recently received an email from GMAC on the new Integrated Reasoning section of the GMAT, which will make its debut on June 5, 2012. (I wrote about the “new GMAT” in an earlier post.)

“The new Integrated Reasoning section will measure test takers’ ability to convert data in different formats and from multiple sources into meaningful information to solve problems,” said Ashok Sarathy, vice president, GMAT Program. “Although the questions include both verbal and quantitative data, our testing showed that Integrating Reasoning is a distinct skill.  We think the scores will help schools gauge these skills among their applicants.”

It appears the Integrated Reasoning section will be scored on a standalone basis – in other words, its score (from 1 to 8 ) will not affect the rest of your GMAT scores (e.g. verbal, quantitative, etc.). Click here for more information on the scoring scale on the new Integrated Reasoning section of the GMAT.

Note: If you are applying for the Fisher PhD program for autumn 2013, you may submit GMAT scores to us from either prior to or on/after June 5, 2012. GMAT scores are good for five years – either “version” of the GMAT will work for your autumn 2013 application.


The GMAT is changing in June 2012 – are you ready?

GMAT is undergoing a significant revision within the next few months. In June 2012, the GMAT will introduce an integrated reasoning section, testing concepts that have not been tested before on the GMAT. The current version of the GMAT has a verbal section, a quantitative section, and two essays. The new version will drop one of the essays and replace it with an integrated reasoning section.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJLwiwRsQAM

What does this mean for you? If you are reading this and are applying to the Fisher PhD program for autumn 2013, you can either take the GMAT before or after the changes are implemented – the program does not prefer one over the other. As long as your scores are valid scores, they can be used as part of a complete application. Remember that scores are good for up to five years from the time you take it so if you took it in February 2012 for your autumn 2013 application, those scores will be valid for your autumn 2013 application.

For more information, please check the FAQ published by GMAC. (Click here if you’d like to see some sample questions from the new integrated reasoning section.)


If you’re applying to Fisher PhD and are taking (or took) the new format GRE …

We have gotten several emails from PhD applicants – they have taken the new format GRE and are unable to self report their scores. The online application (accessible here) allows only the “old format” scores to be self reported. If this applies to you OR you haven’t taken the GRE yet but will do so in the near future, you want to continue reading this blog post.

NOTE: If you are applying to either the Accounting or MIS PhD programs, you must submit official GMAT scores. Neither of those PhD programs will accept GRE scores in lieu of GMAT.

If you took the GRE in July 2011 or earlier, you are able to self report your scores.

If you took (or will take) the GRE in or after August 2011, the system will not allow you to self report your scores. (This is because the scoring scale changed significantly with the new format GRE.) If you’re in this category, please do the following:

After you open up your online application

  1. Click on Test Score Information in the left column
  2. You will see a small drag-down menu right above “GRE Test Scores.” Click on “Intend to Take.”
  3. Insert the date you took the GRE. Do not insert your scores in the other fields shown.

This will allow you to let us know you have already taken the GRE and to look for your scores in the system.

If you are submitting your application before taking the GRE (and may not know the exact date you’ll take it), insert the first day of the month and year you will likely take it. For example, if you will probably take the GRE in January 2012, insert “01/01/2012″ in the date field.

Follow the directions listed here to self report your "new" format GRE scores


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!


2012 PhD applications are available online

The 2012 applications for the Fisher PhD programs are now available online. Click here to access the application. Deadlines to apply for autumn 2012 are posted here.

NOTES:

1) The Fisher Logistics PhD program will NOT be accepting any applications for autumn 2012.

2) If you are applying to either the Accounting or MIS PhD programs, you MUST submit GMAT scores. For all other programs, you may submit either GMAT or GRE scores.


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

This moon, like many Fisher PhD programs, is full

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
* Accounting & MIS (added 2011.04.20)
* Logistics (added 2011.04.20)

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.


Fisher PhD 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 PhD 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 PhD 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.


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