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

Full-time MBA

  • How is the Full-Time MBA program different than part-time?

    Class Time

    Fisher's Full-Time MBA program is a bit more rigorous than the Working Professional MBA requiring 60 credit hours to complete instead of 48.  Because our Full-Time MBA students are not working, the program has a different curriculum and involves a more structured daytime core class and experiential learning schedule (Business Labs, Capstones, Social Impact Challenge, Max Problem Solving, Integration Sessions, etc.). Also, unlike working professionals, your summer internship plays an important part in your leadership development. This also means that coaching and assessments will play an even bigger role than they would for a working professional that might not utilize these services until later.

    Full-Time MBA students DO have plenty of opportunities to customize the degree through electives/pathways, including our new STEM MBA specialization.

    Time to Completion

    The Full-Time MBA program is two years, while part-time students in the working professional program can take anywhere from 2 - 6 years depending on their pace.

    Work Experience

    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 years of incoming work experience on average.

    The Working Professionals 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.

    How does the Admissions Committee look at work experience:
    On average, MBA students at Fisher have 3 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.

Working Professional MBA

  • How is the part-time Working Professional MBA different than full-time?

    Class Time

    The Working Professional MBA (WPMBA) at Ohio State's Fisher Max M. College of Business is the only part-time MBA program in central Ohio ranked among the nation's best. Students earn the same degree as our rigorous full-time MBA, but with the flexibility to balance work, life and educational needs without leaving their job behind. We've recently added the ability to complete the program 100% online! The new Online Working Professional MBA seamlessly integrates into Fisher's on-campus Working Professional MBA program.

    Whether you're enrolled entirely online, on-campus, or a mix of both, you won't compromise quality for convenience.

    Working Professional MBA students also have access to career services, coaching and optional experiential learning opportunities beyond the action-based curriculum, including Global Applied Projects, Global Business Expeditions, Washington Campus, etc.

    Time to Completion

    Working Professional MBA students can complete the program in as little as two years or as many as six. The average time to graduation is three years (8 semesters) at 6 credit hours per semester. You can adjust the pace to fit your schedule. In fact, our WPMBA students can even take a semester off.

    The Full-Time MBA program is two years with an internship in-between.

  • Do you have an Online MBA?

    Yes! We now offer an Online Working Professional MBA program that is seamlessly integrated into the on-campus experience. The WPMBA program can be completed 100% online. You will earn the same degree as full-time and part-time students taking classes on-campus, but with the flexibility to do it from anywhere.

  • How do online and in-person courses work? Are they combined?

    In-person or virtual, it's one Working Professional MBA program. You'll choose from 2-3 sections of each core course taught in-person with students on-campus, hybrid with the instructor in the classroom and students in-person and virtual, or distance with both the instructor and students online. Students can expect courses that are a synchronous and asynchronous mix and are supported by video modules and recorded class sessions. Self-paced, asynchronous content is accessible 24/7, providing greater flexibility that fits your schedule while keeping you connected to campus.

    Each core class consists of two to three sections, with at least one delivered online (synchronous/asynchronous). Online electives are also available based on sections offered and timing.  Students learning online have sufficient courses to complete their required 48 total credit hours entirely online.

  • What makes the program so highly ranked?

    The Working Professional MBA program is transformational, with these hallmarks of Fisher’s globally recognized MBA degree:

    • Premier faculty and industry experts
    • Unforgettable experiential learning
    • Engaging, hands-on curriculum
    • Wide-ranging electives, including specializations  
    • Award-winning one-on-one career coaching, mentorship and professional development
    • Personalized academic advising and guidance
    • Recruiting events, networking, job fairs and speakers
  • How much work experience is required in order to apply to the Working Professional MBA program?

    The Working Professional MBA program places a greater emphasis on post-baccalaureate work experience than the FTMBA program, as students on average have 6.5 years of incoming work experience. We do require a minimum of two years of work experience for the WPMBA program. We can make admission exceptions for a handful of students currently unemployed or actively seeking employment to return to the workplace.

    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 years of incoming work experience on average.

  • How long will it take me to complete the program?

    If Working Professional MBA students enroll in the standard 6 credits per semester during the autumn, spring and summer semesters, they will complete the program part-time in eight semesters, or just under 3 years. Students are allowed to take up to 9 credits per semester, and would then complete the program in as little as 2 years. Students can also take reduced credits or take semesters off as needed, as long as they graduate within the maximum of 6 years. The program requires 48 credits to graduate, 27 of which come from the 11 core courses, with the remaining 21 credits as electives.

  • What is the minimum GMAT/GRE/EA score required for applying to the Working Professional 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.

    Fisher's Working Professional MBA program offers some great alternatives to those looking to skip the GMAT or GRE.

    1. We can consider your application WITHOUT a standardized test. Check your eligibility to waive out of taking the test here. It's a great way simplify the application process.

    OR

    2. Consider taking the Executive Assessment (EA) instead of the GMAT or GRE. It requires less time to study and is geared towards working professional.

  • When can I enroll in the WPMBA program?

    Students applying the Working Professional MBA program can enroll in Spring or Autumn semester. This is different than our Full-Time program which only has an Autumn enrollment. Both options are very popular times to enroll with over 400 students in the program at any time. Start your application.

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, the Specialized Master in Business-Analytics (SMB-A) program is a STEM-designated degree. The full-time program takes 10 months to complete (2-year, 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.