Applying and Deadlines


Review the application requirements and deadlines below and then start your application to Fisher's Full-Time MBA program. 

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Our MBA Admissions Committee is tasked with 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.

  • Open/Close 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.

    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, contact the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions.

    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.

    You can watch our webinar covering the most common mistakes that applicants make when providing academic transcripts as part of their graduate program application. The Director of Admissions and Recruiting will also point out critical requirements for your transcript(s) to make for a seamless application process. 

    Watch the Transcript Requirement webinar

    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
    Email for transcripts: gpadocs@osu.edu


    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.
  • Open/Close Test Scores (waivers available)


    All applicants are required to take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) unless approved for a waiver. For the GMAT, we accept either the legacy GMAT or Focused GMAT 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 you took the test. We recommend looking at the most recent class profile to understand what the class averages look like as a comparison point. Send an official score report directly to the Fisher MBA Program.


    As part of our continuing efforts to identify and meet the needs of all future leaders who are committed to improving their lives through graduate education, the Full-Time MBA program at Fisher College of Business offers GMAT/GRE test waivers for applicants. MBA applicants seeking a test waiver will have additional weight placed on the remaining application components and are asked to submit a supplemental essay.


    1. Earned at least a 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA on a U.S. four-point scale OR the equivalent of a “B” for those on a non-U.S. four-point scale.


    2. Display quantitative acumen through one of the following:

    • College-level quantitative coursework with a “B” grade or better (accounting, finance, algebra, geometry, statistics, calculus, etc.)
    • An advanced degree, STEM degree, or certifications/licensures
    • Relevant quantitative-based work
    • Previous standardized test completion (i.e. LSAT/MCAT scores)

    Learn more about requesting a waiver

    Waivers are issued at the sole discretion of the Admissions Committee, and requests will not be considered until after an application has been submitted and all required documents are listed as complete in your application portal (i.e. transcripts, resume and essays). You may not request a waiver if you have already taken the exam and requested your scores be sent to The Ohio State University.


    Veterans and active-military bring leadership qualities and unique experience to the classroom, making them an excellent fit for the program and a GMAT/GRE waiver. Learn about Fisher's military-friendly MBA program.


    The Full-Time MBA program recognizes the cross-disciplinary knowledge dual degree students provide to each incoming class. As a result, LSAT or MCAT scores can be considered instead of GMAT or GRE scores for dual degree students. Learn more about dual degrees.


    Ohio State's Graduate School requires you to demonstrate English proficiency by taking the TOEFL or the IELTS. Ohio State is currently also accepting the Duolingo English Test in addition to the TOEFL or IELTS. Click here for additional information on English proficiency requirements, exemptions, and minimum scores.

  • Open/Close Resume and/or LinkedIn

    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.

    For more information about writing your Fisher resume, view our resume tutorial PDF.

    LINKEDIN ALTERNATIVE (NEW FOR 2024): As an alternative to providing a resume (or in addition), you may share with us your LinkedIn URL. This must be a direct, accessible link to your profile page, and the information in your profile must contain updated, full and relevant information in lieu of a resume.

  • Open/Close Essay

    You will be required to complete a written essay response. The essay question gives 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 career goals and long-term career goals? How/why will an MBA help you achieve those goals?

    Maximum length: One single-sided page,11-size font minimum (no margin requirement)


    The optional supplemental essay can be used to address any circumstances you’d like the Admissions Committee to be aware of (gaps in work history, explaining your quant ability through work experience, past academic performance, test waiver requests, etc.). This is a valuable opportunity to speak directly to the committee or highlight something not in the rest of your application. Students requesting a GRE/GMAT/EA test waiver may consider using this essay to clarify why they should receive a waiver. The admissions committee will utilize this in consideration of a waiver permission. 

    Maximum words: 500

  • Open/Close Two References

    You will be required to provide two references (name, email, phone) that we reserve the right to contact if we feel the need to do so to reach an admission decision.​ ​Typically, your references should be from a professional context (example: supervisor).


    • Professional career/development​

    •  Leadership

    • Scholarship

    • Personal character/personality

     NOTE: If you're nominated for Ohio State's Graduate Enrichment Fellowship OR University Fellowship, we will work with you directly to collect three letters of recommendation to be considered.

  • Open/Close 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.

    When you start an application, you’ll receive an email invitation to complete your video interview. While it's recommended to complete the video interview within 2 weeks, the link will not expire. Your application cannot be reviewed until all items are complete, including your Kira 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!

    If you have questions about access or want to request a disability-based accommodation, please contact fishergrad@fisher.osu.edu.

  • Open/Close 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: 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.

  • Open/Close Application Fee

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

Additional Info for International Applicants

If you do not hold U.S. citizenship or permanent residency at the time of your application, you will apply as an international applicant. International applicants are required to complete a few additional steps beyond the application requirements. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to common questions like "how to send us test scores," "deposit amounts," and much more in our FAQs section.

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 Transfer of Graduate Program (TGP) forms in addition to your application. Upon admission, our team will reach out to send you to proper paperwork, or you can email to request the form.

Military Applicants

Military applicants will automatically qualify for in-state tuition under the Ohio G.I. Promise. Learn more about how Fisher supports military service men and women. Learn more >

Application Deadlines

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.


The admissions committee reviews completed applications based on rounds. We will review and release decisions based on the timeline for each round. If you have questions about the application process or want to connect before a deadline, we suggest you attend an Application Workshop webinarAutumn 2024 classes begin on August 20, 2024.

RoundApplication DeadlineDecision Date*Notes:
EarlyOctober 15, 2023Nov. 17Apply early & go to a Full-Time MBA Preview Event
Round 1December 3, 2023Jan. 19University Fellowship consideration deadline**
Round 2January 7, 2024March 8Recommended deadline to attend Red Carpet Weekend - April 5 -6, 2024
Round 3February 25, 2024April 12Priority funding/scholarship consideration and international deadline, including the final Red Carpet deadline.
Final RoundMay 3, 2024June 14Final application deadline
   Applications accepted on a space-available basis after June***

* To be considered in a specific application round, you must submit your application by the listed deadline AND complete your checklist in the portal no later than two weeks before the decision release date listed. We cannot review applications until they are complete. Questions? Email mba@fisher.osu.edu.

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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 start conversations around funding/scholarships. Full-Time MBA Preview Events are on-campus or virtual events typically offered in October and November and are a way for us to meet you. Students get a campus tour, detailed program insights, connect with current students, meet career management and admissions, and have an opportunity to do a live interview. You may be eligible for up to a $500 stipend based on travel distance. Stay up to date on Full-Time MBA Preview Events here.

ROUND 1 ** This is an important deadline for applicants looking to be considered for Ohio State Fellowship eligibility. These are university-wide awards and only select candidates are nominated. Fellowships are only one type of merit-based aid funding available. We have scholarships available in EVERY round, but you should apply as early as possible. Learn about the University Fellowship via our pre-recorded webinar.

ROUND 2: If you would like to attend the Red Carpet Weekend, you should target Round 2. Learn more about Red Carpet Weekend here. Red Carpet Weekend is for admitted students only and is our VIP event to prepare you for your MBA journey. Scholarships/merit-based funding is available in all rounds.

ROUND 3: If you are seeking merit-based funding we recommend applying no later than Round 3 for priority consideration. Funding is available in every round; however, it typically decreases as more rounds pass. Round 3 is also the recommended final deadline for international applicants. Scholarships/merit-based funding is available in all rounds.

FINAL ROUND*** Apply no later than this date if possible. Applications will be accepted after the final application deadline(s) on a space-available basis only. 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. Scholarships/merit-based funding is available in all rounds.

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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.  

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