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New information session date announced

Some of you may have been looking out for the next scheduled information session.  This quarter is busy with so many wonderful progams and activities that we have found it difficult to reserve large rooms and dates for our sessions!  We now have an April date on the calendar, so register here to attend the next information session for the MBA program for Working Professionals.  We will be skipping May, but stay tuned for the June date!

Visit campus to learn more!

Application deadlines and semester conversion

As you probably have heard, The Ohio State University is changing to the semester system in 2012.  What does this mean for you?

Well, right now, individuals interested in applying for the MBA for Working Professionals can enroll in September, January, March, or June.  With the conversion to semesters, we will be focusing on two primary enrollment terms per year – fall and spring. 

The following terms will be available for enrollment:

Summer 2011 (application deadline is April 25, 2011)

Fall 2011 (application deadline is July 27, 2011)

Winter 2012 (application deadline is November 12, 2011)

Spring 2012 (application deadline is January 27, 2012)

Fall 2012 (semester) — application deadlines TBD. 

"School days, school days, dear old golden rule days." (Cobbs & Edwards)

Spring break and our response time

Thanks for your patience!

All Fisher graduate students are on their well-deserved spring breaks this week. Everyone will be back on campus by next Monday (March 28). Why is this of concern to anyone who might be reading this blog post? If you have contacted the Fisher MBA Admissions Office via its email account (, it is likely you have interacted with our MBA student ambassadors. When students are not on campus, it decreases our staffing that handles these general inquiries by at least 80%.

The email account will be monitored during spring break – but it will likely not be checked as often as it normally is since the number of people to assist with the account is significantly reduced during spring break. We will be back to “normal” staffing levels next week. Until then, we thank you for your patience!

P.S. If you have anything that is urgent, you can always contact the Fisher Graduate Programs Office directly at +1-614-292-8511

More on the GMAT policy

This post is a follow-up from my previous post on the GMAT waiver policy.  It seems that some of you are still confused about how to request the GMAT waiver and how you will find out whether your request has been approved.

Here is the process:

1) Plan ahead: If you are interested in being considered for the GMAT waiver and are not sure whether your request will be granted, give yourself plenty of time (4 weeks BEFORE the posted application deadline).

2) Submit your application form online and send in all of your other supplemental materials (transcripts, resume, personal statement, letters of recommendation and TOEFL, if necessary).

3)  Check the box in the application form online that indicates that you are requesting a GMAT waiver.

The admissions committee will review your application without the GMAT and make one of the following decisions:

  • Approve the waiver and admit you to the WP MBA program
  • Deny the waiver and request that you take the GMAT for further consideration
  • Deny the waiver and decline your admission to the WP MBA program

By submitting your application online with the GMAT waiver request, you are giving the admissions committee the authority to make a FINAL decision on your application.  If you are not prepared to do so, I recommend that you make an appointment with a member of the recruiting and admissions team first to better assess your eligibility for the waiver.

Hope this helps!

Fisher websites, usernames, & passwords – Oh my!


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 MBA 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 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 MBA 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.

Happy clicking!

Brush up on those quant skills to sell yourself to the Admissions Committee

You are interested in applying for the Fisher MBA program, but you are worried.  You have matured a lot since college and, looking back, realize that you possibly didn’t make the most of your undergraduate experience from an academic standpoint.  You know your GPA isn’t reflective of your potential.  You have been out of school for awhile and are a bit rusty at taking tests, especially standardized ones, so your GMAT performance isn’t all that compelling.  You have, however, been very successful in your career and believe you have what it takes to be successful in the MBA program.

Does this sound familiar?  If so, here is a piece of advice:

If the Admissions Committee reviews your application and is not able to find strong evidence of quantitative and analytical aptitude or raw intellectual horsepower through your transcripts and test scores, we are going to need something else to convince us that you can do the work.  Many times we will ask candidates to take undergraduate level courses in Finance, Accounting, or Statistics as a way to better evaluate your ability to succeed academically in the program.

If you are someone that has the profile described above, it might be in your best interest to take the initiative and enroll in a course or two before you apply.  The course can be at Ohio State or Columbus State or wherever it is convenient for you.  We are happy to provide some suggestions if this is something you want to consider.  Feel free to reach out to the Graduate Programs Office and ask to meet with a student ambassador or admissions officer.  We are here to help!

The GMAT – necessary for some, but not all applicants

Here is what it measures - do you have these skills?

As most of you have heard by now, there is an opportunity for some applicants to waive out of the GMAT requirement for the WP MBA program.

The GMAT was designed to help business schools assess whether applicants will succeed doing the coursework required of a graduate management business program.  The GMAT is just one component used to help admissions officers predict academic success – we also evaluate your undergraduate academic record (as well as other graduate academic record, if it exists), professional work experience, community involvement/extra-curricular activities, letters of recommendation, personal statement, and information gathered through an interview, if requested.

Our experience evaluating applicants for the WPMBA program has revealed that, in some cases, we have enough information to determine whether a student is going to succeed without needing the GMAT score as an additional measure.

Applicants who have achieved a 3.4 GPA (or equivalent) during their undergraduate academic experience and who have at least four years of professional (in most cases, post-baccalaureate) work experience OR applicants who meet the GPA requirement and have another graduate or professional degree may request a waiver of the GMAT exam.

Keep in mind that this policy was really created for applicants who have demonstrated sufficient evidence of quantitative, verbal, and analytical aptitude through their previous education and/or current work experience.  If you are someone who did not utilize those skills through your undergraduate degree or are not leveraging them in your current job, you are likely not going to receive the waiver of the GMAT.

If you are interested in being considered for the GMAT waiver, click the appropriate box in the online application and the request will be sent to the admissions committee.
Good luck!

Hit submit – with or without your completed recommendations

We have received several inquiries during the past couple of weeks from soon-to-be applicants. They told us they’re waiting to submit their applications because they’re waiting for all of their references to be completed before they submit their applications.

Here’s some advice – don’t wait to submit your application. Once you’ve completed your application and you’ve uploaded your essay responses and your updated resume, the only thing left before you submit your application is to list your references in your application. After you do this, you are ready to submit. You do not gain any advantage on waiting for your references to submit their recommendations before you submit your application. Although the admission committee will not review your application before it is complete (including receipt of all required references and/or required test scores), you will help to speed up the processing of your application by submitting it as soon as you are able. If there are any materials submitted to us on your application after you submit your application (e.g. references,  GMAT scores, etc.), we will match those materials to your already-submitted application. Your application will be processed more quickly this way than waiting for everything to be “done” before submitting your application.

So, don’t delay and submit today!

Fisher Graduate Programs Office will be closed on Friday, Dec 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!

Graduate Programs Office closed for the holidays

A winter day at University Hall

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. Keep in mind that your application checklist will not update in “real time.”  Once you submit an application online, please allow at least 5 business days for our office to match up your application with any supplemental materials you may have sent to us.

Have a great week, everyone!

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