For our graduate students, action-based learning is a critical component of our curriculum, creating new depths of experience for our students through partnerships with corporations, non-profit organizations, Ohio State University, and Fisher College of Business' global alumni.
The two-year MBA program is designed so that you can apply insights learned in the classroom to on-site, hands-on projects with top organizations located in Columbus, the nation’s 14th largest city, and with our partners around the world. Your MBA curriculum is enhances with:
Fisher Board Fellows (FBF) is a student-run organization within Fisher College of Business. FBF brings together the Columbus community and the college by selecting Fisher MBA candidates and placing them on boards of area non-profits as non-voting members for 18-month terms.
Fellows, mentored by a board member and with the full support of the non-profit executive director and board chair, contribute to their non-profit organizations by attending all board and assigned committee meetings. In addition, Fellows complete a strategic, board-level project that harnesses the Fellow’s business expertise and adds long-term value to the partner organization.
The mission of Fisher Board Fellows is to serve our communities through partnerships with non-profit boards. Fisher Board Fellows accomplishes this by providing strategic business assistance that helps each partner board fulfill its organization’s mission, while exposing Fellows to meaningful non-profit leadership experiences that exercise and develop their business acumen.
Fisher College of Business’ MBA program provides opportunities for students to manage a multi-million dollar investment portfolio, do business in a foreign country, or immediately put your skills to work for a corporate partner as a part of a class assignment.
Many of Fisher's courses integrate companies and/or industry tools with a course's curriculum. Below is a partial list of courses and experiences MBA students have an opportunity to get involved in during the year:
Student Investment Management (SIM) stock trading and portfolio management course
GAP Program - International experience and immersion in another region of the world
Fisher offers certificate programs to allow students to further development their knowledge and experience in a specific discipline. Most certificate programs involve activities with industry tools and/or work specifically in the area of study that complements the academic curriculum.
MBA Six Sigma Program
MBA students are indoctrinated into Six Sigma methodology through a series of classroom experiences and online training from MoreSteam.com. The series culminates with a commissioned project from an actual company, which benefits students and participating businesses alike.
Six Sigma is ideal for anyone in manufacturing, health care, retail, logistics, finance, or consulting services and everyone who wants to be involved in process improvement.
Certificate Requirements: Students work in four-person teams for 15 weeks. They devote an average of 10 hours per week to the project under the coaching of Fisher team members.
Certificate in Enterprise Sustainability Management
Students that complete course requirements for the Enterprise Sustainability career track with an average grade of B or higher, and that complete two of the following four requirements, will be awarded a Certificate in Enterprise Sustainability Management.
Five courses beyond the career track's list of courses
40 hours of volunteer service in a non-profit organization working on matters that have a relationship to sustainability
A summer internship involving sustainability
An independent study on a sustainability topic approved in advance by the faculty member
The exciting Ohio State Business Plan Competition is open to Ohio State and the community at large. Teams consisting of at least one Ohio State student or alumnus/alumna interested in creating a new business will prepare through preliminary activities, including workshops taught by executives from nationally known companies.
Workshop topics may include learning how to develop and write a business plan, creating a new venture management team, evaluating the market potential of new technologies, making financial projections and studying legal issues in new venture creation.
Strategic Leadership: Business and the Public Policy Process
Fisher College of Business is a member of The Washington Campus, a consortium of business schools that host seminars designed to equip students with the understanding necessary to anticipate, influence, and respond intelligently to government initiatives.
This seminar is an intensive, one-week course in Washington, D.C., providing participants with first-hand exposure to the political process and its impact on business leadership.
Several weeks prior to the seminar, students will be mailed a packet of brief readings that prepare for the vigorous class discussions and presentations during the time on The Washington Campus.
Class discussion is led by a faculty member, joined by guest lecturers from government, politics, business, and the media. At the end of the seminar, students will take a two-hour exam to receive credit toward their MBA degree.
Academic competitions test students' analytical savvy and presentation skills while helping prepare them for the real challenges of the business world. In addition to sending teams of graduate students to business competitions around the country, we host competitions where other schools come to Ohio State's campus.
Events hosted at Fisher
Fisher Big 10+ Case Competition
Established by Fisher College of Business in 1992, the Fisher Big 10+ Case Competition allows MBA student teams to pit their skills against each other in friendly competition at a professional level.
KeyBank Foundation Minority MBA Case Competition
Each year 16 universities from around the United States compete in the KeyBank Minority Student MBA Case Competition held in Cleveland at KeyBank Headquarters. The annual event is considered one of the nation’s premier minority MBA student case competitions.
Events hosted at other institutions
Wake Forest School of Business MBA Marketing Summit
Fisher has been selected to compete in the Wake Forest MBA Marketing Summit Case Competition every year since 2009.
In 2010, Fisher's team won the competition and a $50,000 cash award. In the process Fisher's MBA students defeated teams from Wharton, London School of Business and Barcelona’s IESE Business School.
CIBER MBA International Business Case Competition
Each year, Fisher sends a team of first-year MBA students to the CIBER MBA International Business Case Competition. This competition, held at the University of Wisconsin Madison, brings together teams of MBA students from nine domestic and international institutions for a challenging international business strategy case.
Whether you are in the beginning stages of your program search or you have already decided that one of Fisher's graduate programs is the right fit for you, we encourage you to connect with us.