Graduate Programs
Frequently Asked Questions

The following questions and answers are frequently asked by prospective students. Many of the answers can be found by reviewing the website; however, please review the following inquiries:

For All Graduate Programs

  • Is there a GPA requirement to apply?

    There is no minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) requirement. Our average GPA is typically in the 3.3 to 3.5 range.

  • What kind of transcripts are required for the application?

    We will review your application with unofficial copies of your transcript. These copies may be scanned, faxed, or mailed. Final official hardcopies of the transcript(s) will be required if you are admitted and choose to enroll at Ohio State.

  • What if I cannot get a copy of my diploma?

    Please send a notarized copy of your graduation certificate along with your application. You will be required to bring us the original certificate upon acceptance into the program.

  • Do you provide feedback on why applications were denied?

    Due to the volume of applications, we are unable to provide specific feedback.

  • Do you accept transfer credits from other institutions?

    The Fisher College of Business does not accept transfer credits from other institutions.

  • Do you require standardized test scores as a part of the application?

    All of Fisher's graduate programs can accept the GMAT or GRE as part of your application for admission consideration. Some of Fisher's graduate programs have the GMAT or GRE standardized test as a required application component. In contrast, others are test-optional or offer test waivers based on specific conditions. Use the links below to review the requirements for each program. If your program of interest allows you to opt-out or request a waiver, those options will be available to you inside the online application

    - Full-Time MBA (military waiver available)
    - MBA for Working Professionals (waiver available) (also accepts EA)
    - Master of Accounting (not required/optional)
    - Master of Human Resource Management (not required/optional)
    - Specialized Master in Finance (required)
    - Specialized Master in Business-Analytics (not required/optional)

  • What are the correct program codes for the GMAT, GRE, EA and TOEFL tests?

    FTMBA:

    The GMAT Institution Code for The Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business FTMBA program is ZLJ-9D-98.

    The Institution Code for the TOEFL and GRE is 1592. If submitting TOEFL scores, use department code 99.

    WPMBA:

    The GMAT Institution Code for the Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business WPMBA program is ZLJ-9D-74. The Executive Assessment (EA) code is also ZLJ-9D-74.

    The Institution Code for the TOEFL and GRE is 1592. If submitting TOEFL scores, use department code 99.

    MHRM:

    The GMAT Institution Code for the Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business MHRM program is ZLJ-9D-31.

    The Institution Code for the TOEFL and GRE is 1592. If submitting TOEFL scores, use department code 99.

    MACC:

    The GMAT Institution Code for the Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business MACC program is ZLJ-9D-35.

    The Institution Code for the TOEFL and GRE is 1592. If submitting TOEFL scores, use department code 99.

    SMF:

    The GMAT Institution Code for the Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business SMF program is ZLJ-9D-16.

    The Institution Code for the TOEFL and GRE is 1592. If submitting TOEFL scores, use department code 99.

    SMB-A:

    The GMAT Institution Code for the Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business SMB-A program is: ZLJ-9D-94

    The Institution Code for the TOEFL and GRE is 1592. If submitting TOEFL scores, use department code 99.

  • How long are GMAT or GRE scores considered valid?

    GMAT and GRE scores are valid for 5 years.

  • What is the TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo requirement for international students?

    INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

    Ohio State's Graduate School requires you to demonstrate English proficiency by taking the TOEFL or the IELTS. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic,  Ohio State will also accept the Duolingo English Test in addition to the TOEFL or IELTS for students applying for any term in 2021. (Note: Duolingo has not yet been approved for international applicants applying for 2022 or later.)  Click here for additional information on English proficiency requirements, exemptions, and minimum scores.

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  • Are there instances in which I wouldn't be required to take the TOEFL?

    The TOEFL will be waived if you have earned a degree from a U.S. university. Applicants who are citizens of, or who have received a bachelor's degree or higher in one of the following countries are exempt from the TOEFL requirement: Anguilla, Antigua, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Caicos Islands, Canada (except Quebec), Cayman Islands, Dominica, England, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Liberia, Montserrat, New Zealand, Scotland, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks, United States, and Wales.

    Chinese and Iranian applicants only: The Graduate School will now temporarily accept Duolingo English Test examination results for tests taken between May 1 and Sept 1, 2020. The Duolingo English Test is an alternative to TOEFL or IELTS for proof of English proficiency for impacted applicants (the minimum score for admission is 105, and 135 for exemption from ESL upon arrival).

  • How long is the TOEFL valid?

    The TOEFL score is valid for 2 years.

  • What if I am an Ohio State alumnus, do I have different application requirements?

    If you received your undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University, you will not need to order transcripts, provided that all of your coursework was completed at Ohio State.

    If you received a graduate degree from the Ohio State Graduate School, you will need to submit a Transfer of Graduate Program form in addition to the online application. More information on this process is included once you begin the online application.

Full-time MBA

  • What are the main differences between the MBA for Working Professionals and the Full-Time MBA program at Fisher?

    Class Time

    The Working Professionals MBA is primarily designed for individuals who would like to complete the MBA on a part-time basis in the evenings in order to accommodate their daytime professional obligations. All core, required courses are taught in the evenings &/or weekends.

    In the Full-Time MBA program Students take their core, required courses in the daytime. Full-time MBA students may also enroll in evening elective courses.

    Time to Completion

    The Working Professional MBA track takes about 3 years to complete the degree, assuming students attend class two nights per week.

    The Full-Time MBA program is two years.

    Work Experience

    The Working Professional MBA program places a greater emphasis on post-baccalaureate work experience than the FTMBA program, as students on average have 7 years of incoming work experience. We do require a minimum of 2 years of work experience for the WPMBA program.

    The Full-Time MBA program places a greater emphasis on undergraduate academic record and a little less emphasis on work experience, as students have 4.5 years of incoming work experience on average.

    How does the Admissions Committee look at work experience:


    On average, MBA students at Fisher have 4 to 5 years of post-baccalaureate work experience. Students find that having work experience as a frame of reference enhances classroom learning. Equally important, recruiters view pre-MBA work experience as an asset, which maximizes your career opportunities after school. We do look at quality over quantity, however. Applicants should highlight skills developed, contributions they have made to organizations, and leadership roles.

  • What if I do not want to use my current employer as a reference?

    We understand the concerns about using a current employer. College professors, clients, and other supervisors can be used as references if you are uncomfortable with requesting one from your current employer. Your reference should know you and your work well enough to tell us about your abilities and address the areas indicated on the reference form.

  • Can I take classes outside of Fisher at the larger university?

    Yes. As a graduate student of The Ohio State University, you are eligible to enroll in graduate level courses outside of Fisher as long as there are no restrictions or prerequisites that you have not met.

  • What is the minimum GMAT or GRE score required for applying to the Full-Time MBA program?

    There is no minimum score required to apply. If you would like to see the 80% range of scores for each program, visit the class profile page.

  • Is the Fisher Full-Time MBA STEM designated?

    Yes! Full-Time MBA students can pursue the STEM MBA specialization, which provides career opportunities and technical skill development. International students can also remain in the U.S. for an additional two years of Optional Practical Training (OPT). 

    • 30 of 60 credit hours must be STEM
    • 18 are already in the required core classes
    • Choose 12 credit hours from select electives

    Learn more about Fisher's STEM MBA 

  • How do I declare my pursuit of the STEM MBA?

    Admitted students who declare their interest in pursuing the STEM MBA are placed in the specialization upon matriculation. Enrolled students looking to move into or out of the STEM MBA specialization work directly with their MBA advisor, who will contact Graduate Registration Services to request the manual switch.

    If you have already submitted your application, you can still manually declare your intent to pursue the STEM MBA by submitting this form.

     Questions? E-mail us at mba@fisher.osu.edu.

MBA for Working Professionals

Master of Accounting

  • Are there any pre-requisites for the MAcc program?

    Admission to the Fisher MAcc program is open to graduates with the equivalent of an accredited four-year U.S. bachelor's degree in virtually all areas of study: liberal arts, business, engineering, and other.

    In addition to an undergraduate degree, the Fisher MAcc program has some specific prerequisite course requirements for admission:

    • Principles of Financial Accounting
    • Principles of Managerial Accounting
    • Intermediate Financial Accounting I
    • Intermediate Financial Accounting II
    • Intermediate Managerial/Cost Accounting

    It is possible to successfully apply with just Principles of Financial Accounting and Principles of Managerial Accounting at time of application.

  • What kind of transcript is needed for an application?

    The MAcc Admissions Committee will review scanned copies of official transcripts uploaded in your application for evaluation purposes. If you are admitted to Fisher, you will be required to submit final official transcripts. International credentials should include certified educational records and degree certificates or diplomas in the original language with English translations.

    NOTE: Applicants who earned or are in process of earning degrees from universities outside of the United States must also have a course-by-course evaluation of their transcripts by an approved credential evaluator and have that report sent to our admissions office directly from the evaluation center. Currently, the Fisher MAcc program accepts credential evaluations from ECE or WES.

  • Do I have the option to complete an internship while in the program?

    Yes, you will have the option to complete an internship in spring semester if you are interested. If you pursue this option, you will graduate at the end of summer term in August. Please note, this option is for our domestic students only. International students are required to go through the program as a full-time student and graduate at the end of Spring semester.

  • What is the minimum GMAT or GRE score required for applying to the MAcc program?

    There is no minimum score required to apply. Remember, submitting a GMAT/GRE score is optional. If you would like to see the 80% range of scores for each program, visit the class profile page.

Master of Human Resource Management

Specialized Master in Finance

  • Am I eligible if my prior studies are not in finance or business?

    We expect most of the applicants to have a prior degree in finance or business or a related field, such as accounting, economics, mathematics, computer science, engineering, physics, etc. Applicants without prior studies in finance or business (including accounting) are expected to have strong quantitative and analytical skills. Interested applicants who do not fit this profile are encouraged to consider a general management degree, such as an MBA.

  • Is the SMF a STEM program?

    Yes, the SMF degree is a STEM program.

  • I have an MBA Degree. Am I eligible for Fisher’s SMF program?

    Fisher’s Specialized Master in Finance degree is for individuals with a strong interest in a professional career in finance. Most MBA graduates have had adequate exposure to graduate finance coursework. Moreover, graduates of the SMF program will seek positions as entry-level financial analysts, which may not be suitable for someone with an MBA degree typically seeking experienced hire employment opportunities.

  • Will Fisher’s SMF prepare me for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Financial Risk Manager (FRM) programs and when should I expect to take these exams?

    Students in the SMF program will be strongly encouraged to pursue a professional designation, such as the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) or Financial Risk Manager (FRM) certifications. Through the program’s required and elective coursework, you will be well prepared to take the CFA Level I or II exams or the level I exam of the FRM program. You will be encouraged to take these exams at the end of your studies (June for the CFA exams and May for the FRM exam).

  • Will I take courses with students from Fisher’s MBA and other programs?

    Required courses will be taken with other Specialized Master in Finance students while electives will be taken together with MBA students specializing in Finance or students from other programs in Fisher College, such as the Master of Accounting. SMF students will benefit from collaborating with students from various backgrounds and experiences. In addition, there will be joint activities with MBA and other students interested in finance, such as speaker events, employer forums, etc.

  • What is the difference between the SMF and a Master in Financial Engineering?

    The Specialized Master in Finance curriculum is designed to offer training across a broad range of finance areas, but also allow students to pursue a specialization among four available tracks. By contrast, programs in Financial Engineering or Mathematical Finance limit students to specializing in one area and are viewed as "focused" as opposed to "general" degrees.

  • Will the SMF prepare me for a PhD program?

    No. The SMF degree is a terminal degree for students interested in a professional career in finance. Students should not expect to be considered by the Department’s PhD program upon completion of the SMF program.

  • What is the minimum GMAT or GRE score required for applying to the SMF program?

    There is no minimum score required to apply. If you would like to see the 80% range of scores for each program, visit the class profile page.

Specialized Master in Business-Analytics

  • Is the SMB-A a STEM program?

    Yes, but the Specialized Master in Business-Analytics (SMB-A) program is a STEM-designated degree. The full-time program takes 10 months to complete (part-time optional available). International Applicants: Due to the online format, the SMB-A program is unable to accept international applications for those with or seeking an F-1 or J-1 visa.

  • What type of student is the program targeting?

    The SMB-A program is open to all students. Unlike traditional evening programs where students study on a part-time basis, this program is a full-time program* delivered over two-and-a-half semesters. Classes (75% online / 25% in-person or live-streaming) meet approx. every other Saturday to accommodate the needs of busy working professionals, while also being accessible to non-working professionals. An understanding of math is required (ideally having taken a calculus class)

    *Part-time option available - email FCOB-smb-a@osu.edu

  • Are the SMB-A courses online or in-person?

    Both. Each class in the SMB-A program is 75 percent online asynchronous learning with the remaining 25% being on-campus (Saturday) or online streaming. This flexibility is at the heart of the programs blended-learning model. Learn more here.

  • What is the minimum GMAT or GRE score required for applying to the SMB-A program?


    There is no minimum score required to apply. If you would like to see the 80% range of scores for each program, visit the class profile page.