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?

    The Full-Time MBA, MBA for Working Professionals, SMF, SMB-A and MHRM programs require either the GMAT or GRE. The MAcc program requires the GMAT. There is a waiver policy for the MBA for Working Professionals program and SMB-A program based on academic record and work experience.

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


    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.


    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.


    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 (MHRM program code is 3546).


    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.


    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.


    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.

  • How long are GMAT or GRE scores considered valid?

    GMAT and GRE scores are valid for 5 years.

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

    If you are an international applicant, you will also need to demonstrate proficiency in English by taking either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test. Official TOEFL/IELTS scores must be received by Ohio State before applications will be reviewed for admission. We do not conditionally admit applicants who have not met the requirement for English proficiency. It takes about one month from the time the test is taken for Ohio State to receive official test scores, so plan accordingly. Click here for additional information on English proficiency requirements and exemptions.

    The following scores are the recommended for international applicants to be considered as “minimally competitive” in order to stand out among other applicants that may be submitting similar scores with their application. If your scores fall below these scores, you are still welcome to apply, however you may want to consider taking the test again to improve your score and your candidacy for admission.


    100 - Internet-based (and 24+ on speaking section recommended)
    600 - Paper-based

    7.0 (and 7.0+ on speaking section recommended)

  • 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.

  • 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.

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. 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?

    No yet, but the SMF has filed for STEM designation and is expected to be a STEM program before the start of the 2018-19 academic year.

  • 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.

Master of Business Logistics Engineering

  • What are the admission requirements?

    To be considered for admission into the Master of Business Logistics Engineering (MBLE) program, applicants need:

    • An undergraduate degree with a strong quantitative background. Completed coursework in Linear Algebra, Calculus, and Statistics is recommended.
    • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.
    • GMAT or GRE test scores (Either the GMAT or the GRE is acceptable. There is no need to take both.)
    • Three (3) letters of recommendation.
    • Minimum TOEFL score of 100 or higher when appropriate for international students without a degree from an American university.
    • A statement of purpose outlining graduate study goals and plans, career plans, experience, and any special circumstances that need explaining.
    • Applicants must have a solid background in probability and statistics, linear algebra and differential and integral calculus to enroll. Students who fulfill most but not all of the quantitative background requirements may be asked to take the required coursework prior to starting the MBLE program. Students required to take additional courses will need additional time to complete the program.
  • When should I apply?

    The Master of Business Logistics Engineering (MBLE) program accepts cohorts of students once a year, for the Autumn Semester.

    Students who apply early have a greater chance of being admitted, but your application must be complete by the deadline to be considered for admission to the MBLE program.

  • How do I apply?

    To apply, visit Click “Grad Program Information” to reach: Then select “Business Logistics Engineering.”

    If you have any questions about the application process contact Amy Shaw.

  • What is the application fee?

    There is a non-refundable application fee of $60 for domestic students and $70 for international students. The application fee should be submitted with the university application, and should not be sent to Amy Shaw.

    In addition, if admitted for the Autumn Semester, the student is required to make a $250 tuition deposit. The tuition deposit is refundable until July 1 if you decide not to enroll in the Master of Business Logistics Engineering (MBLE) program.

  • Is financial aid available?

    The MBLE Star Scholars Program offers scholarships of up to $10,000 for students enrolling this Autumn.

    U.S. domestic and permanent resident students may also qualify for federal student loan programs. For international students, there are no domestic sources of financial aid available, however, eligible Master of Business Logistics Engineering (MBLE) students may have opportunities to compete for private scholarships, student loans, or try on their own to arrange for Graduate or Teaching Assistantships on campus. These financial aid opportunities and jobs are often advertised on Ohio State's Student Financial Aid website.

  • What are the courses in the MBLE program?

    There are fifteen required courses. Attendance at a series of seminars is also required. Each seminar is typically a one-to-two hour technical talk given by Ohio State University or invited faculty.

    Learn more about the Master of Business Logistics Engineering curriculum.

  • Can the MBLE program be taken part time or in the evening?

    The Master of Business Logistics Engineering program is designed to be a full-time program. Courses can occur both during the working day, and in the evening. However, qualified working students may enroll in fewer courses per semester to accommodate their professional needs. This will extend the time needed to graduate.

  • What is the cost of the program?

    Graduate students enrolled for eight (8) or more credit hours are assessed full-time fees/tuition.
    Learn more about the Master of Business Logistics Engineering (MBLE) program tuition and fees.

    For non-Ohio residents, establishing residency may be an option. Inquiries regarding residency status or establishment of residency are directed to Ohio State's Office of the Registrar at (614) 292-8500.

  • What is correct code for the GMAT, GRE and TOEFL tests?

    GMAT Institution Code for the Ohio State University MBLE Program is ZLJ-9D-19.

    The Institution Code for the TOEFL and the GRE is 1592.

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) 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

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

    Both. Each course in the SMB-A program has a 25% on-campus (Saturday) component. This is at the heart of the programs blended-learning model.

  • 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.