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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 http://fisher.osu.edu/ftmba.

For more information about the Working Professional MBA program, visit http://fisher.osu.edu/wpmba/.

For more information about the Executive MBA program, visit http://fisher.osu.edu/emba.


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 mba@fisher.osu.edu.


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!


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 mba@fisher.osu.edu 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 mba@fisher.osu.edu or call 292-8511 to set up a class visit today!

Take the next step!


The Next Generation GMAT – coming in 2012

I just returned from the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) Annual Industry Conference where I had the chance to network with my peers from other business schools and learn about new products and services from GMAC, the creators and owners of the GMAT exam.  As you may know, a new version of the GMAT will debut in June 2012.  Here is what you need to know:

  • The new version of the GMAT will include an integrated reasoning section
  • This section will be 30 minutes in length and will be taken either right before or right after the analytical writing segment
  • The analytical writing segment will be 30 minutes in length and only include one essay – analysis of an argument
  • The integrated reasoning section will initially have its own score – the score will NOT be factored into the total score that is comprised of the verbal and quantitative sections
  • The integrated reasoning section will include 12-15 questions and will not be computer adaptive like the rest of the test
  • Question types will include multi-source reasoning, table analysis, two-part analysis, and graphics interpretation

If you are taking the test before next June, you don’t need to worry about any of this.  For those of you that are planning way ahead – keep this in mind as you prepare!  Study guides for the Next Generation GMAT will be available in April 2012.


WP MBA on 10TV

Check out our new commercial for the WP MBA program!

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Thinking about applying for the fall? Plan ahead!

1) Who will write your letters of recommendation?  Give them plenty of time and direction.  The majority of our applicants ask their references to utilize the online recommendation form.  By the time your recommender receives the link to complete the reference form and upload the letter of support, he/she should already know what to expect and be prepared to complete the process.  Fisher prefers professional references over academic references, unless you are a recent graduate from an undergraduate or graduate program and have a strong relationship with a professor who can speak to your potential for success in the MBA program.  Current supervisors are our first choice for a reference, followed by previous supervisors, colleagues, clients, or individuals with whom you work in the community or in a professional organization outside of your primary place of employment.

2) Start thinking about your personal statement.  Our guidelines for writing the personal statement are posted online so you can review them before you even begin an application.  Start to put together your thoughts and communicate your rationale for pursuing the MBA degree from Ohio State.

3) Prepare for the GMAT exam.  Visit mba.com for all of the information you could possibly want to learn about the test and test preparation, including  free, downloadable, full length practice tests.  Most schools will look at your highest score, but ideally you only have to take the test once at $250 per attempt!  Click here to find out whether you might qualify for a GMAT waiver. 

4) Request transcripts from your undergraduate institution(s) early.  Sometimes it takes awhile for those transcripts to arrive, so don’t wait until the last minute.  Fisher is now able to accept scanned or electronic copies of transcripts for academic review during the application process.  Official hardcopies will be requested after you are offered admission and prior to enrollment, unless the electronic transcript is sent directly to OSU from the granting institution and is considered official.  If you already have an undergraduate or graduate degree from Ohio State, you will not need to request a formal transcript for courses taken here, as we already have access to it. 

The next WP MBA information session will be held Tuesday, June 14 at 6:30 in Gerlach Hall.  Register here.

The application deadline for September 2011 is July 27, 2011.


Campus closed on May 30 – but lots going on this weekend in Columbus!

The university will be closed on Monday, May 30th in observance of Memorial Day. if you contact the office, please expect a delay in responses from the Fisher MBA office due to this university holiday.

Asian Festival in Columbus OH

Columbus will be hosting a few events this weekend which may be of interest to you. First, the annual Asian Festival will happen at the Franklin Park Conservatory. Admission is free and it’s a fantastic way to learn about different Asian culture, not to mention some rather excellent food! Second, this weekend marks the grand opening of Downtown Columbus’ newest venture, Columbus Commons. This park will feature live music, host various events throughout the summer and includes an old-fashioned carousel.

Enjoy your weekend … summer is just around the corner!

Columbus Commons is on the site of the old "City Center" shopping mall in downtown Columbus


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