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Application deadlines under semesters

As you probably have heard by now, The Ohio State University is adopting a semester schedule starting this summer 2012.  The first group of Fisher MBA students studying exclusively on semesters will begin classes on August 22, 2012.  Under the new semester schedule, students may begin the WP MBA program two times per year – fall semester (August) or spring semester (January).  If you are thinking about applying to the Working Professional program, you still can apply to begin during our final quarter, spring 2012.

If you want to get a head start on your credit hours, apply for spring 2012 by January 30, 2012.

If you would like to begin the program fresh on the new semester schedule, apply by May 15, 2012.

Deadlines for spring semester 2013 have not yet been set, but you can expect the application deadline to be in October 2012.

Good luck with your application!

Application deadline tomorrow for Winter 2012

Aarrggh. Look at all this mail from MBA applicants! I am going to be here all night!


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

About two weeks before major deadlines, the Fisher MBA application office becomes inundated with transcripts, GMAT scores, and applications. The 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 MBA email inbox is steeped with requests about whether or not application materials have been received. Additionally, please note that it can take a few weeks for the staff members to update your status, especially as the holidays approach.  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 the admissions office if your items have been received.

Remember, we process applications on a rolling basis and we will review your application as soon as your file becomes complete.  If you don’t submit a completed application by the deadline, there is a chance we will have to consider you for a future enrollment term – if this is the case, we will let you know upon reviewing your completed application.

Good luck!

Apply Yourself vs. Buckeyelink

If you have created an application account for the MBA 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 MBA 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 MBA 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.


Working Professional? Full-time? Executive MBA?

We get a lot of questions from prospective MBA students who are trying to decide which path to the Fisher MBA is the right one for them – WP MBA, FT MBA or EMBA?

Here is a quick chart you can use to help narrow down your choices and point you in the right direction (click chart to enlarge):

Which path is right for you?










For more information about the Full-Time MBA program, visit

For more information about the Working Professional MBA program, visit

For more information about the Executive MBA program, visit

Quarters to Semesters

As you probably know, The Ohio State University is switching to a semester schedule in summer 2012.  As a result, after this spring, we will be offering just TWO opportunities per year to start the WP MBA program rather than four – fall semester (August) and spring semester (January).

We are currently accepting applications for winter quarter 2012, spring quarter 2012 and fall semester 2012.  We have received many questions from prospective students wondering if you should start the program on the quarter system or wait to begin on semesters.  We have transition plans in place for quarter to semester options, so it is up to you.  Here is what I can tell you:

If you start in winter 2012, you will be able to finish the program at the end of spring 2014 – about 2.5 years to completion.

If you start in spring 2012, you will be able to finish the program at the end of fall semester 2014 – about 2.75 years to completion.

If you start in fall 2012, you will be able to finish the program at the end of spring 2015 – about 2.75 years to completion.

The pace of completion will depend on how many courses you take per term.  These estimates assume a typical course load for a WP MBA student.

Below you can see a typical schedule for someone who begins the program in fall semester (click on the image to view it full size):

curriculum on semesters

Click on the image to view it full size

If you would like to come in and meet with a member of the admissions team to discuss the path that works best for you, feel free to make an appointment to do so.  Call 614-292-8511 or email

No separate deadlines for the GMAT waiver

You may have noticed that we now only have one application deadline per enrollment term.  We previously asked applicants to submit applications four weeks earlier than the posted deadline if you were requesting a waiver of the GMAT exam.  The applicants who were asked to take the GMAT for admission consideration did not really have time to take the exam and be considered for the same term, so we have eliminated this “early” deadline.  Regardless of whether you are taking the GMAT exam, there is one application deadline per term.   If your request to waive the GMAT is denied, you can reapply for a future term.  We will be able to use all of your previously submitted application materials – you will just need to submit an updated application form and send Ohio State/Fisher your GMAT scores.

Good luck with your application!






Tips for a successful info session experience

As you may know if you are a somewhat frequent reader of this blog, we hold monthly information sessions for the Working Professional MBA (WP MBA) program.  These information sessions are really designed to give you an overview of the MBA program and help you decide whether Fisher and the MBA degree are the right next step in your career development.  The first 30 minutes of the information session include a presentation of the program and the last 30 minutes involve a question and answer discussion with members of the admissions team and current WP MBA students or recent WP MBA graduates.

I know sometimes it is difficult to even know what to ask at these sessions, especially if you are in the very beginning stages of the research process.  So, I thought it would be helpful to provide a list of questions that are often brought up at the sessions to give you a head start on your own brainstorming.  For answers to these questions, attend our next info session!

How many nights per week will I be in class?

How much time will I spend on classwork outside of class?

How long will it take me to graduate?

Can I take classes in other colleges within the university?

Can I specialize in a particular area of business through my coursework?

Can I participate in the same programs and activities as the Full-Time MBA students?

What is the difference between the Full-Time MBA program and the MBA for Working Professionals?

Do I need to take the GMAT to be admitted?

Do I need to send you my transcripts if I attended Ohio State as an undergraduate student?

What kind of financial aid opportunities are available to help me finance my education?

Hope to see you soon!

Thinking about the MBA, but afraid to take the next step?

Yes, the thought of going back to school can be a bit anxiety-provoking and overwhelming at first, but if you take it one step at a time, it really is feasible! 

Here are THREE easy steps you can take to figure out whether a Fisher MBA is in your future:

1) Attend an information session - We hold information sessions almost every month for the MBA for Working Professionals program.  Info sessions are an easy, low-risk way for you to learn more information about the program regardless of where you are at in your research or decision-making process.  You will have ample opportunity to ask individualized questions at the end of the session with members of the admissions staff.

2) Set up an individual appointment – Perhaps you attended an information session and would like to spend some more time discussing your individual goals and your unique situation.  Email or call 292-8511 to set up an appointment with a student ambassador or member of the admissions staff for additional consultation.

3) Attend a WP MBA class and connect with current students – Eliminate your fear of the unknown.  Ask to sit in on a class and you will get a real sense for what the MBA classroom environment is like here at Fisher.  Attend on a Thursday evening and then head over to the Varsity Club on Lane Avenue to socialize with current MBA students and ask them how they manage to balance work, family and other obligations alongside the MBA program.  Email or call 292-8511 to set up a class visit today!

Take the next step!

Thinking about applying for the fall? Plan ahead!

1) Who will write your letters of recommendation?  Give them plenty of time and direction.  The majority of our applicants ask their references to utilize the online recommendation form.  By the time your recommender receives the link to complete the reference form and upload the letter of support, he/she should already know what to expect and be prepared to complete the process.  Fisher prefers professional references over academic references, unless you are a recent graduate from an undergraduate or graduate program and have a strong relationship with a professor who can speak to your potential for success in the MBA program.  Current supervisors are our first choice for a reference, followed by previous supervisors, colleagues, clients, or individuals with whom you work in the community or in a professional organization outside of your primary place of employment.

2) Start thinking about your personal statement.  Our guidelines for writing the personal statement are posted online so you can review them before you even begin an application.  Start to put together your thoughts and communicate your rationale for pursuing the MBA degree from Ohio State.

3) Prepare for the GMAT exam.  Visit for all of the information you could possibly want to learn about the test and test preparation, including  free, downloadable, full length practice tests.  Most schools will look at your highest score, but ideally you only have to take the test once at $250 per attempt!  Click here to find out whether you might qualify for a GMAT waiver. 

4) Request transcripts from your undergraduate institution(s) early.  Sometimes it takes awhile for those transcripts to arrive, so don’t wait until the last minute.  Fisher is now able to accept scanned or electronic copies of transcripts for academic review during the application process.  Official hardcopies will be requested after you are offered admission and prior to enrollment, unless the electronic transcript is sent directly to OSU from the granting institution and is considered official.  If you already have an undergraduate or graduate degree from Ohio State, you will not need to request a formal transcript for courses taken here, as we already have access to it. 

The next WP MBA information session will be held Tuesday, June 14 at 6:30 in Gerlach Hall.  Register here.

The application deadline for September 2011 is July 27, 2011.

Still some space for summer

If you missed the Summer 2011 application deadline, don’t worry – you can still apply.  We have several spots still available, but we encourage you to submit your application by May 13 if you wish to be considered.  This is the last summer term start we will offer before Ohio State converts to a semester system.  Students that begin the Working Professional MBA program this summer can anticipate a graduation date in December 2013, assuming a typical course load.

Autumn 2011 Application Deadline is July 27, 2011

Apply now for summer or fall 2011!

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