Applying and Deadlines

Our MBA Admissions Committee is charged with the task of building not just an incoming class but a cohesive “micro-community."

It is important that you demonstrate your academic aptitude, showcase your leadership and teamwork experiences, highlight your involvement in community organizations or professional associations, and provide insight into the personal experiences that will enable you to add value to the Fisher community. Be true to yourself; do not just tell us what you think we want to hear.

The 2021 application is open. Apply here.

  • Academic Transcripts

    One of the basic requirements for admission to Fisher is the completion of a four-year bachelor’s degree or its equivalent prior to matriculation. The Ohio State University does not recognize a three-year bachelor’s degree to be comparable to the four-year bachelor’s degree. To determine if you meet the degree requirements for The Ohio State University, contact the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions at gradadmissions@osu.edu.

    You are required to submit transcripts from each undergraduate and graduate institution attended. Coursework from one institution reported as transfer credit on another school's transcript does not meet Ohio State's definition of a transcript. Separate transcripts must be submitted if you received any transfer credit from other institutions.

    In cases where examination results or grades are not released, please contact the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions at gradadmissions@osu.edu.

    The MBA Admissions Committee reviews scanned copies of official transcripts uploaded in your application for evaluation purposes. Transcripts should include all work previously completed and work currently in progress. If you have taken (or are taking) courses at The Ohio State University, you do not need to submit transcripts for those grades as the Admissions Office will obtain your Ohio State grades directly from the University Registrar’s Office.

    IMPORTANT: If you are admitted to the MBA program, you will be required to submit official copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts to the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions.

    Where To Send Official Transcripts


    Request that your transcripts be sent electronically from the issuing institution directly to gpadocs@osu.edu. If your institution does not send official electronic transcripts, you may order them to be sent to us. Transcripts must come directly to us from the issuing institution; they cannot come from the applicant, even if they're in a sealed envelope.

    Graduate and Professional Admissions
    P.O. Box 182004
    Columbus, OH 43218-2004


    Send copies of international transcripts, diplomas or degree certificates and English translations in sealed university envelopes to:

    Graduate and Professional Admissions
    The Ohio State University
    Student Academic Services Building
    281 W. Lane Ave.
    Columbus, OH 43210-1132 USA


    • Because not all international institutions send transcripts on demand, we will accept official transcripts sent to Graduate and Professional Admissions by the applicant if they arrive in sealed university envelopes.
    • International transcript documents should include certified educational records and degree certificates or diplomas.
    • All documents must be received in the original language with official English translations. Student-made translations are not accepted.
  • Test Scores


    All applicants are required to take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE). There is NO minimum GMAT or GRE score required to enter our program. GMAT and GRE scores are valid for five years from the date the test was taken. For more information, we recommend that you look at our most recent class profile for an idea of what the class averages look like. Send an official score report directly to the Fisher MBA Program.


    U.S. active military and U.S. veteran applicants, with a 3.5 GPA, can request a full-time MBA GMAT/GRE waiver when applying. Candidates that are admitted with the GMAT/GRE waiver are not eligible for merit-based funding. If admitted with a GMAT/GRE waiver, all decisions are final, and test scores will not be evaluated after a favorable decision. Military applicants: request your waiver here.


    Fisher's full-time MBA program can now accept the LSAT and MCAT instead of the GMAT or GRE standardized tests for dual degree students. Conditions apply. Candidates that are admitted with an MCAT or LSAT score instead of a GMAT or GRE score are not eligible for merit-based funding. Learn more here.


    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.

    TOEFL Home Edition and IELTS Indicator test takers: If admitted, you are required to take an English placement exam upon arrival unless you qualify for a TOEFL or IELTS score exemption

    Duolingo test takers: if admitted, you are required to take an ESL Composition Placement Test upon arrival to campus. 

  • Resume

    A detailed resume or curriculum vitae gives the MBA Admissions Committee a snapshot of your professional and academic career as well as showcases your extracurricular and community involvement.

    The resume also gives us an idea of how you would present yourself to a prospective employer and helps us evaluate your potential for successful career placement upon completion of the Fisher MBA program.

    Resumes can be longer than one page to account for additional details about your school and work history, accomplishments, awards, community or professional organizations or other information that would be relevant for the Admissions Committee.

  • Essays

    You will be required to complete two written essay responses. The essay questions give you the opportunity to present yourself more fully to our MBA Admissions Committee and to provide insight into your experiences, goals, and thought processes.


    What are your short-term and long term goals? How/why will an MBA help you achieve those goals?

    Maximum words: 500


    Please tell us about the accomplishment you are most proud of. How will this experience allow you to contribute a unique perspective to the Fisher community?

    Maxmum words: 400


    This optional essay can be used to address any circumstances you’d like the Admissions Committee to be aware of (gaps in work history, academic performance, choice of recommenders, etc.).

    Maximum words: 250

  • Letters of Recommendation (Optional)

    The optional letters of recommendation provide the MBA Admissions Committee with further insight into your personality, your character, and your potential for success in the MBA program and beyond.

    Typically, one of your letters of recommendation should be from a professional context. We encourage you to choose individuals to recommend you who can attest to your scholarship, professional development, leadership potential, and personal character.

    If you're eligible for Ohio State's Graduate Enrichment Fellowship OR University Fellowship, please submit three letters of recommendation to be considered.


    You will have the opportunity to ask your references to submit electronic letters of reference on your behalf through the online application.

  • Video Interview

    Each applicant will be required to complete an online assessment comprised of pre-recorded video questions (delivered via Fisher's Kira Talent platform). Since live interviews are by invitation only, the video interview is a way for us to virtually meet you and get a sense of your personality and potential beyond what you've included in your application.

    Shortly after submitting your application, you’ll receive an email invitation from Kira to complete your video interview.


    The process is simple - you will be asked a question, given prep time, and a set amount of time to respond. It should only take 20 to 30 minutes to complete and can be done on your own time. We recommend watching our "7 Tips to Ace your Kira Video Interview" webinar to understand how it works and to improve your application.

    7 Tips to Ace your Kira Video Interview


    You will require an internet-connected computer with a functioning webcam and microphone. The system allows for unlimited practice sessions but once you start the formal interview questions you only get one chance - this allows us to see your candid responses. Be yourself!

  • Live Interview

    Interviews are offered by invitation only and are a required part of our evaluation process. We can conduct the interview on-campus or online. You will receive communications from our admissions team when you've been invited to select an interview option. NOTE: On-campus interviews are currently on hold due to COVID-19. We will resume on-campus interviews when the university permits it.

    On-campus Interview: Strongly recommended for domestic students. An in-person interview enables both you and Fisher to best evaluate your fit for the program. An on-campus interview offers the ability to meet admissions and career management, discuss financial aid, and tour campus. If cost is a barrier to visiting campus, please contact our team to learn how we can help. mba@fisher.osu.edu

    Online interview: We understand that an on-campus interview is not always feasible. It is typically recommended that international students, or students that have already visited campus, select this option. The web-based online interview is conducted live through Skype.

  • Application Fee

    To process each application, we charge a non-refundable fee of $60 for domestic applicants and $70 for international applicants.

Ohio State Graduate School Students and Alumni

If you are currently enrolled in a graduate program at The Ohio State University or have graduated from one of the university’s graduate programs, you will need to complete one of these (TGP) forms in addition to your application:
Transfer of Graduate Program Form

Application Deadlines

The application for Autumn 2021 is now open! Start your application here. The admissions committee reviews completed applications based on application rounds. We will review and release decisions based on the timeline for each round. 

3 reasons to apply early:

1. MERIT-BASED AID / SCHOLARSHIPS: Merit-based aid is available for all application rounds, but candidates who submit their application early are given priority consideration.

2. CLASS SIZE: Fisher intentionally limits its incoming class sizes. The earlier applicants submit their application, the more space we have available for potential students.

3. INTEREST: Applying early to Ohio State is a good signal that you place a priority on attending our MBA program. A strong interest in enrollment at Ohio State is highly valued by our admissions team.


Below are the 2021 deadlines. If you have questions about the application process, or just want to connect before a deadline, we suggest you attend one of our Application Workshop webinars.

Round Application Deadline Submit all materials Decision Date Notes
Early Oct. 18, 2020 Nov. 6 Nov. 20 Early deadline
Round 1 Dec. 6, 2020 Jan 1 Jan. 15 Fellowship consideration deadline
Round 2 Jan. 10, 2021 Feb 26 March 12 Red Carpet Weekend deadline
Round 3 Feb. 28, 2021 April 2 April 16 International deadline & priority funding consideration
Round 4 May 9, 2021 June 4 June 18 Final round
After May 9 Rolling Admissions - - Space-available basis*

EARLY ROUND: Showing your interest in Ohio State early is a great indicator to us that you want to be a Buckeye. We encourage all applications to apply as early as possible so we can have conversations around funding, etc.

FALL PREVIEW DAYS: These on-campus events are typically offered in October and November and are a way for us to meet you. Students get a campus tour, connect with current students, meet career management and admissions, and have an opportunity to do a live interview. Due to university travel restrictions, these events may be hosted virtually this year. If the event is on-campus, admitted students applicants can receive up to a $500 stipend based on travel distance. Stay up to date on Fall Preview Days here. Questions? email mba@fisher.osu.edu. 

ROUND 1: This is an important deadline for applicants looking to be considered for Fellowship eligibility. Click here to view the basic requirements, then watch our University Fellowship and Graduate Enrichment Fellowship pre-recorded webinars.

ROUND 2: If you would like to attend the Red Carpet Weekend, you should apply by Round 2. Learn more about Red Carpet Weekend here when the 2021 agenda is released. Red Carpet Weekend is for admitted students only.

* Applications will be accepted after the final application deadline(s) on a space-available basis. We will review and release decisions based on rolling admissions, which means we review applications as they are completed until the application is officially closed. Questions? email mba@fisher.osu.edu.

*Applicants must submit all materials in their application by the 'Submit all materials by' date to receive the corresponding decision date.

Contact Us

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.  

Request More Information

Due to COVID-19, on-campus activities (in-person meetings, class visits, campus tours) are temporarily unavailable. Prospective students should contact the Graduate Programs Office virtually to meet with a graduate student ambassador, admissions, or a program-specific recruiter to learn more.