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Note to international applicants: Do NOT wait until the last minute for this item!

We receive inquiries from international applicants who are concerned about their TOEFL or IELTS scores. The Fisher PhD program prefers the following:

  • An overall score of at least 100 on the Internet-based TOEFL exam and
  • A score of at least 24 on the individual TOEFL sections **or**
  • A band score of at least 7.0 on the IELTS.

The PhD admissions committee will consider your application if you score below these minimum recommendations. However, the committee will review the TOEFL or IELTS scores when determining your abilities in English. Strong English skills are critical to success in the Fisher PhD program. Therefore, if your scores are well below our suggested minimums, it may be to your advantage to retake the exam.

One more thing: 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.

If you have any questions, please let us know by leaving a comment.


Here’s your checklist for applying

When you are preparing your application for any of the Fisher PhD programs, please refer to the checklist of required items. Remember that the admissions committee will only review complete applications.

Here are some additional tips:

GMAT/GRE

It is very OK for you to submit your application prior to taking the GMAT or GRE. (If you are applying to the accounting PhD program, you must submit official GMAT scores.) Just be sure you take the GMAT/GRE by December 15, 2010 to meet the PhD program application deadline.

Transcripts

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:

PhD ADMISSIONS
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.

TOEFL

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.

References

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!

Essays

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!


Welcome, autumn 2011 PhD applicants

It’s that time of year again:  the autumn 2011 Fisher/Ohio State PhD application is now available.  Plan ahead so that all of your application materials arrive by the applicable deadline:

  • International application deadline (fellowship consideration)
    • November 15
  • Domestic application deadline (fellowship consideration)
    • December 17
  • Final application deadline for all applicants – December 17
    • Applications will be accepted after December 17 on space available basis; however, applications submitted “earlier” get stronger consideration than those submitted “later.”

We often receive questions on what “domestic” and “international” means. Domestic applicants are those who are U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. International applicants are everyone else.

I recommend that you review the Fisher PhD web site carefully and visit this admissions blog on a regular basis to stay updated on the application process and informed about our program. Don’t be afraid to post your questions and comments on the blog. If you have a question, most likely several other applicants are wondering the exact same thing.


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