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Fisher’s WP Program Ranks Top Ten Again

Columbus Business First featured an article last week on Ohio State’s latest gradaute business rankings.  The MBA program for Working Professionals moved up a notch to 8th in the U.S. News & World Report’s latest ranking of Part-Time MBA programs.  Click on snippit below to read the whole article!

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!!


Meet your Career Consultant, Allison Jones

I decided to invite a guest to blog on the site for this week!  Allison Jones recently joined the Office of Career Management as a dedicated resource for Working Professional MBA students.

I wanted to take a moment to formally introduce myself to you.  My name is Allison Jones and I am a new member of the Office of Career Management team and will be providing customized career services specifically for Working Professional MBA students.  I have worked at The Ohio State University for seven years in a career services capacity, and have a great deal of experience helping students with all stages of career development, including initial self-assessment, career exploration, networking, job searching, resume and cover letter writing, interviewing, and evaluating offers.

My hours are 9:00-6:00 Monday through Wednesday, and 8:00-5:00 Thursday and Friday.  You can contact the Office of Career Management front desk at (614) 292-6024 to schedule an appointment, for 30 minutes or 60 minutes, according to your needs.  If it would be helpful to meet outside of these hours, contact me directly and we can set up an appointment. If you have a quick question, I have walk-in hours on Mondays 12:00-1:00 and Wednesdays 5:00-6:00. 

If you have any questions for me or if you have ideas for career-related events or resources that would be helpful, please let me know.  I look forward to working with you!



Simplifying Systems: 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:
















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.


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.


OSU Library ranks 5th in nation

As you are thinking about returning to school to pursue your MBA, I am guessing that you probably aren’t thinking back fondly about the days spent studying at the library into the wee hours of the night just before a final exam.  Perhaps the library isn’t the number #1 place you look forward to visiting (unless, of course, you mean The Library on N. High Street – not exactly a place intended for studying or conducting research, at least not in the traditional sense).  The library may rank #2 or #3, right after The Shoe or The RPAC – maybe #4 if you add in the Union.  It should definitely make your top 5 list, however.

Here’s why:  The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Investment Index ranks the OSU Libraries (OSUL) fifth among public university libraries, a jump from 12th place just one year ago.

Thompson Library



Fisher MBA Alum plans to open board game cafe downtown!

Our own Fisher MBA Alumna, Malika de Silva, is featured in yesterday’s Columbus Dispatch! She plans to open up Board Room Cafe & Lounge in downtown Columbus this fall. Check it out!

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!



Fisher MBA Alumni in the News

In case you missed it, our own MBA alumni, Gavin Meyers and Tim Ward, were recently featured in Business First magazine where they discussed their new brew-your-own-beer business, BRU.  Gavin and Tim tapped into funding made possible by two other Ohio State MBA alumni, Cuyler Hunter and Luke Friedman, through UFunded, “the only crowdfunding platform dedicated to accelerating entrepreneurship within university communities.”

Way to go Fisher alumni!



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