New this year – upload your own transcripts

As an enhancement to this year’s online application, you now have the ability to scan and upload your own unofficial copies of your academic transcripts.  This will expedite your application review process, as the admissions team will not have to wait for official transcripts to arrive in the mail before reviewing your candidacy for the MBA program.  A few key things to keep in mind:

  • Unofficial transcripts are scanned copies of both sides of your official transcripts.  They are NOT web-generated advising reports or advising reports.
  • If you are offered admission to The Ohio State University, you will then need to submit official hard copy versions of your transcripts prior to enrollment.  The only exception to this is if your undergraduate institution sends “official” electronic transcripts directly to The Ohio State University.

Good luck with the application process!  The deadline for January 2014 enrollment is rapidly approaching – October 15, 2013!

Apply now!


New this year – GRE or GMAT

Beginning this year, the MBA program is accepting either the GRE or the GMAT to be considered for admission to the Working Professional MBA program.  That being said, the GMAT is the only standardized test that was specifically designed to help predict success in core MBA classes.  If you have not taken either test and you are debating about which one to take, we do prefer the GMAT.  If, on the other hand, you have already taken the GRE, by all means feel free to submit those scores with your MBA application.

Since we have not been accepting the GRE for a long time, we do not have historic data to provide with respect to class averages or score ranges.  What I can tell you is that the average GMAT of the class that entered in 2012 was a 621.  If you take a quick look at the comparison tool below, you can get an idea of how GRE scores compare to GMAT scores.  This is obviously just a rough guide, but may help to give you some insight into the score ranges we will be looking for.  For additional information on Fisher’s test score requirements, click here.

Checking on the status of your submitted application

Although the next application deadline is not until May 15, many of you may be getting ready to submit applications for the Autumn 2013 start term.   We often get questions about the status of your submitted application and whether we have received all of your materials.  A few things to remember:

  • Before contacting us to inquire about the pieces of your application that are missing, please check your application status by logging in to your application account.  Keep in mind that it will take several days for us to match your application with any other materials sent to our office, so please do not contact us the day after you submit the application to ask why it is still showing as incomplete.
  • GMAT and TOEFL scores take about 3 weeks to arrive at our office.  If you have copies of your score reports for either of these tests, you may email them to us so we know the exact date you completed the exam and can look out for your official scores.
  • Make sure you have provided us with every possible name you would have used on any of your application materials – are your undergraduate transcripts under your maiden name vs. your married name? Did you use a nickname or middle name instead of your birth name? Could your first name and last name be reversed (common for international students)? These are all issues that delay the process of matching your application with any of your supplemental materials.
  • If you have submitted your application and you have not received any communication from us after 3 or more weeks, please do feel free to contact us at to inquire about your application status.
Good luck!


Applying with a previous OSU graduate degree

If you have already received a graduate degree from The Ohio State University, your application process is a bit different than that of new applicants to the graduate school at Ohio State.  Once you have enrolled as a graduate student at Ohio State in any academic discipline, you technically cannot apply again as a new student.  You are what we fondly refer to as a TGP – a “Transfer of Graduate Program” applicant.

Here is what you need to do to apply:

1) Fill out a TGP form and have it sent to the Graduate Programs Office.

2) Ask your previous academic program for copies of your undergraduate transcripts.  We can access your graduate level coursework.

2) Email your supplemental materials (resume, personal statement, scanned transcripts) to

3) Request to have your GMAT scores to Ohio State (TOEFL scores are not necessary for international applicants who have already completed a graduate degree at Ohio State)

4) Ask your references to email or mail their letters of recommendation to the Graduate Programs Office at 2108 Neil Avenue, 100 Gerlach Hall, Columbus, OH 43210.

Once a Buckeye, always a Buckeye!!


GMAC Essential Prep gets you MBA ready

For those of you that are looking to brush up on a few skills prior to starting the MBA program,  GMAC’s Essential Prep Collection may be a good option.  The entire collection comes with tutorials in Accounting, Finance, Quantitative Skills and Statistics and gives you access to online materials for an entire year.  If you don’t need the whole collection, you can just purchase the tutorial that you need most.

Other suggestions for getting MBA-ready?

*Read the Wall Street Journal

*Familiarize yourself with Microsoft Excel and other Microsoft Office products

*Read Accounting for Dummies or any other book that will introduce you to business terminology

*Enroll in undergraduate classes such as Statistics 1430 or Accounting 2300 prior to enrolling in MBA level courses.


Three Reasons to Attend an Info Session

If you are thinking about pursuing your MBA at Fisher, I would encourage you to attend one of our WP MBA information sessions.

Here are three compelling reasons to do so:

1) You will get tips on putting together a competitive application to the WP MBA program. 

2)  You have the opportunity to meet with the people that ultimately will decide whether you are a strong candidate for admission.  The info sessions are run by the recruiting and admissions staff - people that sit on the admissions committee and give input into your qualification for admission.  By attending the info session, you will get direct access to us.  Since we do not conduct formal interviews as a part of the application process for the WP MBA program, we do not always get to meet WP applicants in person.  Use this opportunity to introduce yourself to the staff and make a positive impression!

3) Meet future classmates and get motivated to get moving with that application.  Sometimes the biggest hurdle is taking that first step.  Maybe you have been thinking about pursuing your MBA for a long time, but you have been reluctant to move forward.  It can seem rather daunting as it is certainly a significant investment of time, money and personal resources.   However, once you start talking to other people that are also considering the program as well as those who have already completed it, you are sure to grow more comfortable with the idea and excited about the possibilities that will open up for you as a Fisher MBA student and alum!

Our next WP MBA information session will be held in Pfahl Hall on Wednesday, August 22 at 6:30pm.  Register today!



Is your application incomplete for letters of recommendation?

When you fill out your application for the MBA program, you have the opportunity to enter the names of up to three individuals who can serve as references on your behalf.  Once you enter the names and email addresses of these individuals in the online system, they will receive the request to complete an online recommendation form for you.  You are only required to submit two letters of reference, yet if you indicate the names of three references, your application will technically remain incomplete until we receive all three letters of recommendation.  Please make sure that the references you have identified are prepared to write letters on your behalf before you submit your names through the online sysem.  In order to expedite the review of your application, please reach out to your references to encourage them to complete the process.  You will be able to tell if the letters have been submitted by your references by viewing your application status/check-list.  While we are able to conduct an initial review of your application, we are unable to make a final decision until your letters of recommendation come in. 

When you get to the recommendation screen in the application, it should look like this:









As a reminder, recommendations should be provided from employers, supervisors, professors, or others who are able to comment on your professional and educational goals and potential (no friends or relatives please.)

Get ready for the new GMAT!

If you are thinking about applying to MBA programs this fall, you probably are aware that the GMAT is changing next month – June 5, 2012 to be exact!  The Graduate Management Admissions Council is introducing a new Integrated Reasoning (IR)section into the Next Generation GMAT.    The IR section will include texts, charts and/or tables; mult-source reasoning; graphics interpretation and two-part analysis.  You get to use an on-screen calculator with this section – exciting!

The verbal and quantitative sections will not change and will still comprise the score on the 800 scale that you are used to seeing.  The IR section will have a separate score on an 8 point scale.  A main difference with the addition of the IR section is the switch to just one analytical writing assessment. 

The new test format will look like this:

30 minute Analytical Writing Assessment

30 minute Intergrated Reasoning Section

75 minute Quantitative Section

75 minutes Verbal Section

Total 3 hours, 30 minutes (4 hours total time commitment, including breaks)

You may be wondering how business schools are going to evaluate applicants using this new section.  Honestly, it is too early to tell.  I know that I am excited about the opportunity to evaluate candidates based on skills that are highly relevant and criticial to academic success in a business school classroom.  The questions in this section will ask you to synthesize, analyze, and organize information from a variety of sources to draw a conclusion and solution to a problem.  Since we have no historic scoring data, we have nobody to compare to, so my thought is that the first test takers of the new section have an advantage – you can set the bar for those to come after you!  I do not anticipate that the scores on this section will have a dramatic impact on admissions this next cycle.  Once we all have a better idea of how the section is scored and what the correlation is between scores on this section and performance in the classroom, we will have a much better sense of how much weight to put on it.  In the meantime, happy studying and good luck!  Visit to register for the GMAT and access practice tests.

One important note – with the addition of the new section, it will take a bit longer for us to get your scores.  We have been told that it will take about 20 days to receive them.  Please give yourself enough time to take the exam when planning around your application deadlines.


GMAT Virtual Event THIS week

The Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) is hosting a free virtual event THIS WEEK (April 17-19) to introduce you to the new integrated reasoning section of the GMAT.

Register here today to learn more about the new exam!

Not sure if you need to take the GMAT?  Read about our GMAT waiver policy here!


Apply now for fall or spring!

Prospective WP MBA student: I am interested in enrolling in spring semester (January).  Should I apply for fall and just request to defer my admission?

Director of MBA Admissions: Actually, Future Fisher student, you can apply for spring semester now.  Please apply for the term in which you intend to enroll.  You may select spring 2013 as an application term when you begin your application to the WP MBA program.  No need to apply for fall and defer.  We review applications on a rolling basis regardless of term, so we will review and make decisions now for both fall and spring. 

Now, for those of you that apply for fall semester and find that something happens at work or in your life that is going to prevent you from starting the program when you initially planned to begin, yes, deferred enrollment is an option.  If this happens, please just contact us in the Graduate Programs Office and we will work with you to take care of any necessary changes.

Remember, the application deadline for fall semester is May 15, 2012Apply now!


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