Meet the newest member of the MBA Recruiting and Admissions Team

Meet Rebecca Zurek, Assistant Director of Recruiting and Admissions!

BS Psychology – SUNY College at Cortland, 2010

Master of Labor and Human Resources- The Ohio State University, 2012

Prior to joining the Admissions team at Fisher, Rebecca earned a Bachelor of Science from SUNY College at Cortland and a Master of Labor and Human Resources from The Ohio State University. While working at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company in their Global Training & Development department following graduation, Rebecca found herself drawn back to the Ohio State campus for recruiting events. She soon realized that her passion was to help recruit for the very programs that made an impact on her while she was at the university!

Prior to moving to Ohio, Rebecca grew up living on opposite sides of the country in both central New York and the lower part of Alaska. While completing her undergraduate degree she worked in a Psychophysiology Research Laboratory and ran intercollegiate Track & Field as a multi-event heptathlete. As a runner who is from small towns, Rebecca now enjoys jogging around town and exploring all of the wonderful things that Columbus city has to offer!

A few of her favorite things:

Place in Columbus: The Ohio State University Oval, The Short North District, Goodale Park

Restaurant: Ray Ray’s Barbeque Pit, Wildflower Café, Skillet

TV Show: Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Skins

Food: Both coffee and cheese play large roles in her diet

Book: City of Glass by Paul Austere, 1984 by George Orwell, and anything written by William Shakespeare


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!



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.


Curriculum on Semesters

For those of you that are submitting applications for our inaugural semester start this August, you may be wondering what the curriculum is going to look like.  We are in the process of rolling out a new and improved prospective student website for the WP MBA program.  In the meantime, I will share highlights that are most relevant to you.  This week, I am sharing an outline of the course layout on a semester schedule, assuming a fall start.  As you will see, your first year will focus on completing your core courses.  You will be able to begin taking elective courses in the fall of your second year, unless you enroll in more than two nights per week. You can expect to be in class from 6-9:15pm while enrolled in your core courses.

Click the image to see it in full scale.


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!)

Campus Closed Nov. 24-27

This is a quick reminder that all campus offices will be closed Thursday, November 24 through Sunday, November 27 for Thanksgiving. Offices will re-open on Monday, November 28.

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

WP MBA website – seeking your opinions!

We recently launched a new and improved website for the FT MBA program and are in the process of doing some benchmarking so we can do the same for WP MBA.  The new WP MBA site will have a very similar look and feel as the FT MBA site.  Here is your opportunity to provide some comments and/or suggestions for features or information that you think would be really helpful when we launch the new site.

Example from Prospective Candidate/Blog Reader “A”: It would be really helpful to see a graphical depiction of the curriculum on a semester calendar for the WP MBA program.

What a great idea “A.”  As a matter of fact, this will most definitely be a feature on the academics section of the new site, just like it is here for FT MBA.

If you have other comments/suggestions, feel free to provide them here!  I can’t promise they will be implemented, but we will certainly take them into consideration.  For your reference, the current WP MBA website can be found here.

Looking forward to hearing your suggestions!

WP MBA on 10TV

Check out our new commercial for the WP MBA program!

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