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Applying for autumn 2015? Here’s what you need to do.

When you are preparing your application for the Fisher Specialized Master of Business – Finance program, please refer to the list of required items. Remember that the admissions committee will only review complete applications.

We do not pre-evaluate candidates/potential applicants. It’s not uncommon for us to receive the following question (or something like it): “My GMAT/GRE is XXX. My TOEFL is XXX. My GPA is XXX. What are my chances of being admitted?” The only way you can find out whether you will be admitted is to apply. If you wish to review statistics on the most recent class (e.g. GMAT or GRE average, GPA average, etc.), click here. The SMF admissions committee reviews everything in an application to assess admissibility for each applicant. There is no single item that will cause someone to be admitted or be denied admission – everything is reviewed.

Here are some additional tips:

GMAT/GRE

You may submit either GRE or GMAT scores for your application. It’s your choice. Also, it is very OK for you to submit your application prior to taking the GRE or GMAT. Just be sure you take the applicable test by the end of December 2014 to meet most “early” deadlines.

Transcripts

You will need to upload a scanned copy of an official transcript from each and every university (other than Ohio State) you have attended. Even if you just took a single class at a local community college, we will need to upload a scanned copy of an official transcript from that community college. (The upload button is built into the online application.)

You are NOT required to submit transcripts for any grades you earned at The 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.

The SMF program also accepts IELTS from those applicants required to submit a test of English proficiency.

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!


Admissions decisions = a branch of holism

We are often asked about statistics that describe the current SMF class. We have calculated the statistics that represent the 2013 Fisher SMF class. Click here for the class profile statistics.

Please know that this data is aggregated – it is a summary of over 40 students currently enrolled in the program. No single applicant looks the same. The admissions committee looks at everything in each applicant’s file – no one will be denied or admitted on a single criterion (e.g. GMAT, GPA, etc.). A high GMAT does not guarantee admission nor will a “low” GMAT necessarily prevent someone from being admitted into the program. The same is true for GPA. The admissions committee looks at everything – in other words, the committee is most concerned how your credentials (references, essays, transcripts, GMAT, resume), taken together, present a complete picture of you as a potential student in this program. We are not concerned so much with the individual components – individual components, by themselves, are not indicative of an applicant’s strengths. We are more concerned with how all of these individual components, taken together, comprise a complete picture of the applicant.

The whole is greater than the sum of the parts

 


What to Write?

As you are preparing your essay responses for your application, keep these tips in mind:

  • Provide rationale for pursuing the SMF degree at this stage of your personal/professional development
    • include an explanation of your career path to date and how your past experiences have informed your decision
    • include a discussion of your goals – both personal and professional – and how the SMF program will help you achieve them
    • be honest with yourself and with us – if you don’t know exactly what job or what industry you are targeting after graduation, that is okay – after all, you may be pursuing a SMF to help you figure this out! Don’t write what you think we want to hear.  It is okay to reveal some shortcomings – we all have them.
  • Provide rationale for pursuing the Fisher SMF degree specifically (there are numerous graduate accounting programs out there offering a variety of delivery formats – why Fisher’s?) in a way that makes sense for you personally.  We don’t want to read our website regurgitated in your essay responses.  We don’t need you to list all of the programs and resources we offer.  Be thoughtful about these programs and resources and how you intend to leverage them to accomplish your individual goals.  What is it about the Fisher SMF program that really resonates with you?
  • Explain any red flags or issues that the application may reveal (e.g. sub-par undergraduate grades, big employment gaps, etc.)

Always think of your essays as a one way interview. We are unable to interview every applicant to the program. This is your chance to tell us about yourself. Let us know if you have any questions!