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Secure your letters of recommendation early

While this may not be the first thing you think about when getting ready to apply for the MBA program, it probably should be.  If you think about it, the letters of recommendation are the only application requirements that are not exclusively within your control to provide to us.

Within the online application, there is a section that enables you to identify your references, provide their email addresses and send them a link to submit a recommendation on your behalf.  This process can happen independently from your application submission as well as before you actually submit your application.  The people that you will be asking to write letters of recommendation for you are likely busy working professionals who need quite a bit of advance notice to complete this assignment.  Ask them early and give them a deadline so your letters of recommendation are not the items holding up your review process.

Keep in mind:  We require 2 letters of recommendation and we prefer that they are professional rather than academic references, unless your experience is limited to an academic environment.  We would like to see a letter from your supervisor, who will likely be supporting your pursuit of the MBA degree.  If you are not able to secure a letter from a current supervisor, you may want to ask a previous supervisor, a colleague, a client, or anyone with whom you have worked in a professional, service,  or community organization.

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Quick application checklist

Since we process applications on a rolling admissions basis, it is always advantageous to apply early – as applications are submitted and become complete, we will review them and make admissions decisions. The application is now live for both spring semester (January 2015 start) and autumn semester (August 2015 start).  The deadline to apply for the January start is October 15, so you still have plenty of time to get ready.

Here is your quick checklist:

1) Request an official copy of any transcript you have from an undergraduate or graduate institution where you received any credit.  A scanned or electronic copy of an official transcript is all you need to submit for application review purposes.

2) Register to take the GMAT or the GRE.  The GMAT is still our preferred test for the MBA program if you have not yet taken either test; however, we will accept the GRE and you will not be at any disadvantage if you choose to take the GRE.  You may be able to waive out of the test if you meet certain requirements.

3) Request individuals to serve as your references.  We require TWO letters of recommendation.  We prefer letters of recommendation from current or previous supervisors, followed by letters from colleagues, clients, professors, or anyone you may work with on a professional board or community organization.

4) Update your resume.

5) Start thinking about and drafting your personal statement and completing your video essay.

6) International students only – register for the TOEFL or IELTS.

Stay tuned for more advice on application requirements in upcoming posts!


Is your application incomplete for letters of recommendation?

When you fill out your application for the MBA program, you have the opportunity to enter the names of up to three individuals who can serve as references on your behalf.  Once you enter the names and email addresses of these individuals in the online system, they will receive the request to complete an online recommendation form for you.  You are only required to submit two letters of reference, yet if you indicate the names of three references, your application will technically remain incomplete until we receive all three letters of recommendation.  Please make sure that the references you have identified are prepared to write letters on your behalf before you submit your names through the online sysem.  In order to expedite the review of your application, please reach out to your references to encourage them to complete the process.  You will be able to tell if the letters have been submitted by your references by viewing your application status/check-list.  While we are able to conduct an initial review of your application, we are unable to make a final decision until your letters of recommendation come in. 

When you get to the recommendation screen in the application, it should look like this:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a reminder, recommendations should be provided from employers, supervisors, professors, or others who are able to comment on your professional and educational goals and potential (no friends or relatives please.)


Things to keep in mind as you prepare your application

With the November 8th deadline quickly approaching for the winter quarter term, many of you are probably working on getting your application materials finalized.  We often get questions from applicants as to whether you can submit your applications online even though all of your application materials may not be ready to go. 

Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • We will create a file for you as we recieve your supplemental application materials, so feel free to send them whenever they are ready as long as your first name, last name and program name (MBA for Working Professionals) are indicated on the items you are submitting.
    •  Since most of your application will be completed or uploaded online (application form, resume, personal statement, and electronic letters of recommendation), I am primarily referring to transcripts and test scores
  • Your references can submit their online letters of recommendation at any time – they do not have to wait for you to submit your application online.  As soon as they receive the link, they can submit.  Do not worry if their letter of recommendation arrives prior to your application.
  • You do not need to order transcripts if you were an undergraduate or previous graduate student at The Ohio State University.
  • Make sure that the testing agency sends your official scores to us if you did not indicate that The Ohio State University should recieve the scores at the time you took the exam.
  • Once we have a complete application (online application form and all supplemental materials), we will review your application.
  • We review applications on a rolling basis and will make decisions for winter quarter until the class is full.
    • If the class becomes full, it is possible that we will ask applicants to defer your admission to a future term – we will notify you if this applies to your application.