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The New GMAT – are you ready for it?

GMAT is undergoing a significant revision within the next few months. In June 2012, the GMAT will introduce an integrated reasoning section, testing concepts that have not been tested before on the GMAT. The current version of the GMAT has a verbal section, a quantitative section, and two essays. The new version will drop one of the essays and replace it with an integrated reasoning section.

What does this mean for you? If you are reading this and are applying to the Fisher MBA program for spring semester 2013, you can either take the GMAT before or after the changes are implemented – the program does not prefer one over the other. As long as your scores are valid scores, they can be used as part of a complete application. Remember that scores are good for up to five years from the time you take it.

For more information, please check the FAQ published by GMAC. (Click here if you’d like to see some sample questions from the new integrated reasoning section.)

Unsure of what to expect? Visit a class!

We know that the prospect of returning to school can be somewhat daunting, especially if you haven’t stepped foot in a classroom for 8 years.  As a first step, I would recommend that you attend one of our monthly information sessions, as this will alleviate some of your concerns and provide answers to many of your questions.  If you have already taken that step, set up a time to sit in on a MBA class with a current student.  Classes are currently held at 6pm and 8pm Monday through Thursday.  If you attend a class on Thursday evening, you can head to a friendly local establishment across the street to socialize with future classmates when class lets out. 

To indicate your interest in observing a MBA class, contact the student ambassadors at  They will help coordinate your visit and ensure that someone will meet you to escort you to class. 

Class is fun! (Ok, maybe not THAT much fun, but you never know!)

What it means to meet the deadline


We have noticed that lately we have reviewed a lot of applications that were technically submitted on the published deadline for winter term but did not become complete for almost a month afterwards.  We do not review your application to the WP MBA program until we have a complete application – that means your application form, your resume, your personal statement, your letters of recommendation, your transcripts and, if applicable, your GMAT or TOEFL scores.  Please know that it is your responsibility to ensure that these materials are received by our office in a timely manner so we can evaluate you for the term of your choice.  In the event that your application did not become complete in time for us to review it for the next available term, a couple of things may happen:

1) We can review your application and we may offer to defer your admission to the next available term

2) We will deny your application and ask you to reapply for the next available term

Our next available start date is for spring term – March 26, 2012.  This is the last time we will offer admission on a quarter schedule.  After spring, our next enrollment term is Fall semester 2012, which begins August 22, 2012.

We look forward to receiving your application!


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

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!

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