Applying to Fisher

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.

  • 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 / Veterans

    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.


    If you are an international applicant, you will also need to demonstrate proficiency in English by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test. Click here for additional information on English proficiency requirements and exemptions.

    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).

    English testing requirements for admitted international students:

    English composition testing: With few exceptions, international students (including those who were exempted from english proficiency requirements) are required to sit for an ESL Composition Placement Test upon arrival. Please read about score minimums, exemptions and other details for graduate or post-baccalaureate professional students or for undergraduate students.


    Fisher's full-time MBA program can now aceept the LSAT and MCAT instead of the GMAT or GRE standardized tests for dual degree students. Conditions apply. Learn more here.

  • 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.

    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 2020 autumn application is now open. The admissions committee reviews completed applications based on application rounds. We will review and release decisions based on the timeline for each round. We are planning to open the autumn 2021 application in early-August 2020.

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.

Application deadlines for Autumn 2020

Round Application Deadline Submit all materials Decision Date Notes
Early October 13, 2019   November 22, 2019  
Round 1 December 1, 2019   January 17, 2020  
Round 2 January 12, 2020   March 13, 2020  
Round 3 February 16, 2020   April 17, 2020  
Round 4 May 10, 2020 May 22, 2020 May 29, 2020 International App Final Deadline*
Final May 31, 2020*
(see below)
June 12, 2020 June 19, 2020 Final Application Deadline*
Extended Aug. 1, 2020* Aug. 1, 2020 Rolling Admissions Extended due to COVID-19*

*May 31 Deadline Extended: Due to COVID-19, domestic students now have until August 1, 2020, to submit an application and complete all required materials. The MBA admissions committee is expediting admissions decisions to give some students additional time to complete post-admit processes. After the final deadlines (international and domestic), we will move to rolling admissions to continue accepting applications and support late applicants as long as possible. If you have questions, let us know at mba@fisher.osu.edu so we can be as flexible as possible for you.

* Applicants will receive up to $500 stipend based on travel distance. Questions? Contact mba@fisher.osu.edu.

* On-campus Fall Preview Days are a great way for us to meet you. Students will get a campus tour, connect with current students, meet career management and admissions, and have an opportunity to do the live interview.

* Fellowship eligibility. Click here to view the basic requirements, then watch our University Fellowship andGraduate Enrichment Fellowship pre-recorded webinars.

* Learn more about Red Carpet Weekend when the 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. Please feel free to submit an application after this date. 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

We invite you to meet with a graduate Student Ambassador, visit a class, and take a tour of Fisher to gather additional information about our program.