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Graduate Programs Office closed Friday, December 31

The Graduate Programs Office will be closed on Friday, December 31, in observance of New Year’s Day. The office will reopen at 8:00 AM EST on Monday, January 3, 2011. Any applications submitted on Dec 31, Jan 1, or Jan 2, will be uploaded into the application management system at/after 8AM on Jan 3.

Happy New Year, everyone!

P.S. Don’t forget to watch the Ohio State University Buckeyes vs the University of Arkansas Razorbacks in the 2011 Sugar Bowl on January 4!


Fisher Graduate Programs Office closed December 23-26

We wish you a wonderful holiday season!

All university offices, including the Fisher Graduate Programs Office, will be closed December 23-26 in observance of Christmas. All university offices, including the Fisher Graduate Programs Office, will reopen during normal office hours on Monday, December 27.

Do not worry about anything you send to us – if material you send to us is delivered while campus is closed, it should be delivered to us on Monday, December 27. We expect to receive a LOT of mail next week – please re-read this earlier blog post if you’re wondering if we received application materials for your file.

Have a great week, everyone!


What to expect after the upcoming Dec 17 application deadline

Keep in mind upcoming deadlines

Friday, December 17 marks the Fisher PhD application deadline for PhD applicants for Autumn 2011.

Here is what you can expect in terms of the admissions process over the next several weeks:

  • Remember that once you submit your application, the processing office has to match up your application form with any supplemental materials you may have sent previously or have yet to send.
  • Once we have identified any materials that belong with your application, we will update your checklist on your online application so you can check to see what is still missing. These checklist updates are NOT made in “real time.” Please wait at least five business days to check the online tracking system.
  • Once you have a complete application, your file will be put into review.  Review can take anywhere from 3 weeks to 3 months. Each PhD program has a very different process with respect to file review. Past experience indicates that applications that are complete by the stated deadline should have an admission decision on them by March 1 – sometimes sooner, sometimes later.
  • If your application is submitted and/or completed after December 17, the admissions committee will review it on space available/rolling basis. As the application processing office receives notification from the programs that they have stopped accepting applications for autumn 2011, we will post that information on this blog.

Please keep in mind that:

In addition to weekends, the Graduate Programs Office will be closed on Thursday, December 23, Friday, December 24 and Friday, December 31 in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

I wish you all the best of luck with your application to the program.  Please be patient with us over the next several weeks. We will do our absolute best to communicate with you on a timely basis, but it is the holidays after all, so mail delays and staff absences may create a back-log as we process all of your applications.


Dec 17 PhD application deadline is fast approaching

Application deadline is fast approaching - don't wait to submit your application!

Seems just like yesterday we were working on updating the 2011 PhD application …

This is a quick note to remind everyone the December 17 application deadline for autumn 2011 is fast approaching. If you wish to be considered for autumn 2011, please try to submit your application by this date.

If I apply after December 17, will my file be reviewed for an admission decision?

It depends on when you submit your application and when it is complete. Each department runs its application review process differently but, generally speaking, most Fisher PhD programs make their admissions decisions in February and March for autumn term. So if your application is complete by the end of January, there is still a good chance that your file will be reviewed by your program’s of interest admissions committee. The longer you wait to submit your application, the smaller your window of opportunity is with regards to having your file reviewed for an admission decision.

If most departments don’t make their admissions decisions until February-March, why does the December 17 deadline exist?

A small handful of applicants might be eligible to be considered for the university’s Fellowship award competition. The Fellowship competition requires a much earlier deadline as part of its process. So if you wish to be considered for admission and be considered for Fellowship award nomination, you need to meet the university’s earlier application deadline.

If I apply after the December 17 fellowship nomination deadline but am offered admission, will I receive financial aid/funding assistance?

Yes. All PhD applicants who are offered admission are funded. See this previous post for additional information.


Not happy with your GMAT score? Here is some advice.

You are preparing your application to the PhD program.  You completed the online application, wrote, rewrote and finalized your essays, secured your letters of recommendation, updated your resume and requested your transcripts to be sent.  The last item on the checklist is every PhD applicant’s favorite four-letter word … the GMAT.  You took the GMAT, thinking you were going to ace it after all of those hours of intense preparation.  You finished the exam, agreed to view your scores and … oh, MAN, you have got to be kidding me?!  THAT is my score?

Sound familiar?

If this sounds like you and you are planning to apply by the December 17 deadline, you have a couple of choices:

1) Apply as planned and wait to hear from the Admissions Committee regarding next steps in the admissions process – maybe your score isn’t as high as you had hoped, but maybe it isn’t that bad after all.

2) Apply as planned, but indicate to the Admissions Committee that you plan to retake the test on a future date and request that a decision is not made on your application until we receive your new test scores.

A few points to remember:

  • The Admissions Committee will review all of the application materials carefully.  The GMAT is important, but it is just one part of the application.
  • The GMAT was designed to help business schools determine your potential to succeed academically in Fisher PhD coursework.  It is possible that you have enough other evidence in your application of strong academic potential and the GMAT may be relatively less important.
  • Be self aware – look at our current class profile.  Are your qualifications consistent with those of other students in our program?  Manage your expectations.
  • If you are interested in being considered for merit-based financial aid, the two quantitative measures primarily used to evaluate candidates are the undergraduate GPA and the GMAT.  Most of you are unable to impact your undergraduate GPA at this point.  If you feel that your GMAT score is sufficient for admission, but you believe you have the potential to do better, it may be worthwhile to retake for the possibility of funding.
  • If someone gets a better score by retaking the GMAT, the average increase on a GMAT retake is 30 points.  Most people actually perform the same or do worse.  We only recommend that you retake the test if the circumstances around the test day were not ideal or if you have some reason to believe that you did not perform to your maximum potential.
  • If you do plan to retake, give yourself plenty of time.  We recommend about 6-8 weeks of preparation – don’t rush into it before you are ready!

Good luck!!

You can do it!


i) Graduate Programs Office closed Nov 25-28 and ii) The Game

Two announcements for this week:

Office Closed from Thursday, Nov 25 through Sunday, Nov 28

The Fisher College of Business Graduate Programs Office will be closed from November 25 through November 28, 2010 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The office will reopen on Monday, November 29 at 8:00A.M. EST.

2010 Ohio State vs. Michigan game

The 2010 edition of the #1 college sports rivalry will take place at 12 noon on Saturday, November 27, 2010. The rivalry is intense and a lot of good always comes of it.

Go Bucks!

The #1 rivalry in college sports

The #1 rivalry in college sports


“I submitted my materials three hours ago – did you receive them?”

We recently had our first early deadline (Nov 15) – specifically, for international applicants who wish to be considered for both admissions and then fellowship award nomination. We have received several inquiries from applicants who want us to check the status of materials sent to us.

Please note the following:

  • 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.
  • You can check your application status online by logging into your account. Please do not contact the office to confirm receipt of materials.
  • 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 delay can be anywhere from one to ten business days, depending on the time of year. Around application deadlines, expect the delay to be closer to be between five and ten business days.
  • 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.

What if you miss the Nov 15 deadline? We will review files in the order of completion until the December 17  final deadline. However, all else being equal, you should complete your application as early in the admissions process as possible.


Glee, Journey, and the Ohio Union

The Ohio Union at The Ohio State University
Image via Wikipedia

You may have already seen this but if you haven’t (and if even if you have), this is a fun video clip shot at the new Ohio Union. It features synchronized dancing to a song from the band Journey, as sung by the cast of Glee.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDNOB6TnHSI

If you get a chance to visit campus, I strongly making a trip to and through the Ohio Union. Who knows, maybe you’ll become a YouTube star!


Financial aid for PhD students

A common question we receive is “What kind of financial aid is available for PhD students?” and “How do I apply for financial aid if I am applying to the PhD program?”

Each student who is admitted to the PhD program is almost always fully funded by the admitting department, usually via a research or teaching assistantship. The exact terms of the award vary by department but they all include a 100% tuition/fee waiver plus a monthly stipend. (The stipend varies between departments so I cannot comment or guess how much the stipend is for any specific department.)

Accordingly, when you prepare your application for the PhD program, there is nothing additional that you will need to submit to be considered for financial aid … rather, focus on getting admitted – if you are admitted, financial support will follow.


Mini FAQ on English proficiency requirements for international students

If you are an international applicant, English proficiency is critical.  Below are common Qs we receive on English proficiency for international applicants:

Do you accept the IELTS?

The Ohio State University accepts the TOEFL, IELTS, and MELAB. For your scores to be valid, they must be no older than two years at the time of your application.

I scored XXX on the TOEFL or I scored X.X on the IELTS. Can I gain admission to your program?

First, we do not make admission decisions based on a single criterion. EVERYthing in your application is reviewed as part of an admission decision. Second, see a previous blog post on recommended scores on the TOEFL or IELTS to be minimally competitive on this criterion.

My entire instruction at the undergraduate level was in English. Do I need to submit English test scores (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB)?

You are exempt from taking an English proficiency test, such as, TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS, if you have established citizenship in one of the following countries: Australia, Belize, British Caribbean, British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Scotland, Wales, and the United States. US Green Card holders (“permanent residents”) are exempt from taking an English proficiency test if they have held permanent residency status for at least one year prior to their quarter of enrollment.

If you are eligible to receive a 4 year bachelor’s degree or higher from one of the countries listed above, then you are exempt from taking an English proficiency test. Please note: It is not required that you must have your degree completed from one of the exempt countries at the time you are applying for admission. However, you must have completed your degree prior to your quarter of enrollment.

If your country is not listed as any of the exempt counties, you must take the English proficiency test.

May I be conditionally admitted before receiving an acceptable score on the TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB tests?

No. The Ohio State University does not admit applicants who have not met the requirement for proof of English proficiency. Those applicants required to submit TOEFL, MELAB or IELTS scores must do so before they will be reviewed for an admission decision and can be officially admitted.

I hope this information helps. If you have any questions, please let us know!


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