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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!)

Winter Break 2011 is upon us …

Even though Fisher MBA students will be resting, traveling, visiting with family and friends, etc., the Fisher Graduate Programs Office (“GPO”) will be open during most of the month of December. If you need to contact us during December, please note the following:

  • In addition to weekends, all campus offices at Ohio State will be closed on December 26, 27, and January 2.
  • Staffing in the Fisher GPO during the month of December is thinner than in most other months since GPO staff are also likely to take extra vacation days during December for the various end of year holidays (e.g. Christmas, etc.).
  • If you need to reach us, you can call 614-292-8511. Normal hours are 8:00AM-5:00PM, Monday through Friday. You can also reach us at email via


Even though students are on break, we ARE open during December


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!

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.

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

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!

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