Master of Human Resource Management
Applying and Deadlines

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Review the application requirements and deadlines below and then start your application to Fisher's Master of Human Resource Management (MHRM) program. The 2024 application is open.

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What We Are Looking For

Our admissions team frequently receives questions about what they are looking for in a prospective Master of Human Resource Management student. You'll find the answer to some of the more common questions below:

  • Undergrad

    Do I need to have an undergraduate degree in business to apply to your program?

    No, all majors are welcome and encouraged to apply. Usually, around 30% of each class consists of business majors. The majority of successful non-business students come from a variety of academic backgrounds including - but not limited to - psychology, economics, communications, and political science.

  • Experience

    Do I need to have work experience to apply to your program?

    You are not required to have post-undergraduate degree work experience for successful application to this program. The majority of students admitted to the program have less than one year of work experience.

  • Prerequisites

    Are there prerequisite courses that I need to apply to your program?

    No, there are no prerequisite courses required to apply to the MHRM program.

    For more information on our incoming class, we encourage you to review our class profile.

Application Requirements

Applicants to the MHRM degree program must have completed (or will complete prior to enrollment) a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. Our application process varies slightly for domestic and international applicants but in general requires similar elements including:

MHRM Application Workshop Webinar

Application Materials

  • Open/Close Academic Transcripts

    One of the requirements for admission to Fisher is the completion of a four-year bachelor’s degree or its equivalent prior to enrollment if admitted. The Ohio State University generally does not recognize a three-year bachelor’s degree to be equivalent to a four-year bachelor’s degree. Review this link to determine if you meet the degree requirements for The Ohio State University. Contact the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions directly for additional guidance.

    You must provide official transcripts from each undergraduate (and graduate, if applicable) institution where you earned academic credit. Each transcript should include all coursework previously completed, as well as coursework currently in progress. You must provide official transcripts for each institution if credits were earned abroad or were transferred between universities. For example, if one (or more) courses were completed abroad or at a different institution, you would submit separate official transcripts from each institution where credit was earned. (Exception: Do not submit transcripts from Ohio State if you have already graduated from or will graduate from The Ohio State University).

    In cases where examination results or grades are not issued, contact the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions for additional guidance.

    Transcript requirement for applicants:

    The Fisher Admissions Committee will review scanned copies of official transcripts uploaded in your application for evaluation purposes. Upload only scanned images of official paper transcripts (both front and back side) issued to you by your institution's registrar. Otherwise, order a verified electronic version of an official transcript from the issuing institution to be sent directly to GPADOCS@osu.edu. If your institution does not provide verified electronic transcripts, you may order them directly from the issuing institution. Transcripts mailed to Ohio State must be sent to the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions.

    Failure to follow these directions completely will result in a delay of your application being processed and reviewed by the admissions committee.

    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

    Special notes for international transcripts:

    • International transcript documents should include official educational records listing all courses and grades, the grading system used, and graduation certificates or diplomas (if applicable).
    • All documents should be submitted in their original language, along with English language translations that follow the format of the original documents. English translations must be certified by the issuing institution or a certified translator. Student-made translations are not accepted.
    • If your university retains the only official copy of your transcript, a duplicate copy certified by an officer of the university is acceptable.
  • Open/Close Test Scores (GMAT/GRE are optional)

    GMAT/GRE (optional)

    Standardized tests are one of the ways we evaluate potential success in the MHRM program. We accept the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) without a preference. For the GMAT, we accept either the legacy GMAT or Focused GMAT. We also continue to accept test scores from the online testing alternatives released by GMAC (GMAT) and ETS (GRE). Prospective Master of Human Resource Management (MHRM) students applying for admission have the option to submit their application with or without GMAT or GRE test scores.

    Some applicants may feel that test scores do not fully reflect their academic preparedness or potential. If this is the case for you, you may select Fisher MHRM's test-optional method of application. To apply without test scores, go to the application and answer "YES" to the question, "Do you wish to apply for admission without official GRE or GMAT scores?"

    The GRE and/or GMAT can continue to be an important part of the Fisher MHRM program's holistic admission process for students electing to send scores. We encourage students to take the GRE or GMAT, and to share your scores with us if you think that they are reflective of your ability and potential. 

    International Applicants

    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.

    Questions? Email us at fisher_mhrm@fisher.osu.edu.

  • Open/Close Resume

    This is your opportunity to showcase your employment history, extracurricular and/or community activities, language skills, and military record, if applicable.

    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.

  • Open/Close Essay

    You are required to submit an essay when applying to the program. This is an opportunity to present yourself to the admissions committee in a meaningful, in-depth way. We encourage you to invest time in your essay, be genuine, and include examples with the points you make.

    Essay Topic

    What are your short-term and long-term goals? How/why will a Master of Human Resource Management (MHRM) help you achieve those goals?

    Recommended maximum word length: 750 words

    Optional Supplemental Essay

    Please feel free to provide a statement concerning any information you would like to add to your application that you have not addressed elsewhere.

    Recommended maximum word length: 500 words

  • Open/Close Letters of Recommendation

    You are required to submit at least two (2) letters of recommendation that can speak to your potential to be successful in the program. You will have the opportunity to ask your references to submit either electronic or paper letters of reference on your behalf when you submit your online application.

    When deciding whom to ask for letters of recommendation, you will want to choose individuals who can attest to your scholarship, professional development, personal character, and overall potential to succeed. If you are current or recent student, we recommend that at least two of your letters of reference be from academic sources.

  • Open/Close Video Interview

    Each applicant is required to complete an online assessment comprised of recorded video questions. Since live interviews are on a need-basis, 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. 

    How It Works

    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

    What You Need

    You will require an internet-connected computer with a functioning webcam,  microphone, and keyboard. 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.

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

  • Open/Close Application Fee

    The nonrefundable application fee is $60 (U.S. Dollars) for United States citizens, permanent residents, or asylees, and $70 (U.S. Dollars) for international students. The fee is paid by credit card at the time that an applicant submits the online application. The application fee should not be sent separately to the Graduate Admissions Office.

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 forms in addition to your application.
Transfer of Graduate Program Form

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Application Deadlines for 2024

We process applications and make financial aid decisions on a rolling admissions basis, meaning that we review and evaluate complete applications as they are submitted rather than waiting until the deadline(s) to begin the review process. Applicants should receive an admission decision from the MHRM program within four weeks of the deadline as long as all application information is received by the stated deadlines below.

Applications are only considered for a specific deadline if you submit your application by the date listed AND complete your checklist in the application portal. We cannot review applications until they are complete. Questions? Email fisher_mhrm@fisher.osu.edu.

Autumn 2024 Deadlines

November 27, 2023University Fellowship deadline: Fellowship-eligible1 applicants must submit their applications by this deadline to be considered for nomination in the Graduate School competition.
January 12, 2024Merit-based financial aid priority deadline2
March 22, 2024International students: Final application deadline for admissions consideration.3
May 28, 2024Domestic students: Final application deadline for admissions consideration.3

Spring 2025 Deadlines

Mid-November, 2024 Only domestic part-time MHRM applicants may apply for spring or autumn term. All other applicants must apply for autumn term. The Spring 2025 application will not open until August 2024. 

1 Ohio State Fellowships are from  Ohio State's Graduate School. Watch a quick webinar about the University Fellowship.

2 All admitted applicants are automatically considered for merit-based financial aid. Qualified applications received after this deadline will still be considered as long as funds are available.

3Qualified applications may be accepted after the final application deadline(s) on a space-available basis. Contact fisher_mhrm@fisher.osu.edu with any questions.

Do I apply in autumn or spring?

Both domestic and international students who intend to enroll full-time must apply for the autumn term (autumn 2024 classes start on August 20, 2024). Domestic students who intend to enroll part-time if admitted are encouraged to apply for the autumn term. However, if starting earlier in the spring term is preferable, the MHRM program accepts applications from domestic part-time applicants.

3 reasons to apply early:
  1. Financial Support: Every admitted student (full-time) is automatically reviewed and considered for available Graduate Assistantship and Fellowship nomination opportunities. These opportunities are limited, extremely competitive, and may not be available to late applicants. Please apply early to ensure priority consideration.
  2. Class Size: Fisher intentionally limits its incoming class sizes, so we encourage you to apply early if you decide that the Fisher MHRM program is right for you. 
  3. Interest: Applying early to Ohio State is a good signal that you place a priority on attending our MHRM program. A strong interest in enrollment at Ohio State is highly valued by our admissions team.
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