PhD Programs Frequently Asked Questions

Does the Fisher PhD programs pre-evaluate applications? In other words, if I send you a listing or description of my credentials, can the program indicate the likelihood of my admission prior to application?

We do not pre-evaluate applications to the PhD programs. We will not comment on anyone's likelihood of being admitted prior to receiving a complete application from that person. We only review and make decisions on complete applications.

What kind of financial assistance can I expect if admitted to a PhD Program in the Fisher College of Business?

The Fisher College of Business provides admitted students with four years of funding, as long as satisfactory progress is made from year to year. Top applicants may be nominated for University Fellowship. Otherwise, students would receive funding in the form of a Graduate Research or Teaching Associateship (GRA or GTA). Funding includes full tuition waiver and a monthly stipend.

Does the College admit students who wish to pursue the PhD Program on a part-time basis?

No. The program is designed for students who will pursue the degree on a full-time basis. All courses are offered during the day, and students are expected to maintain approximately 10-15 credit hours per quarter, in addition to their research and/or teaching responsibilities.

When will I hear from you regarding the admission decision on my application?

The PhD Programs admit once per year, in Autumn. Each Department has its own unique process and timeline for reviewing applicant files. The PhD application review process begins no earlier than January 15. Generally, all admission decisions are completed by April 15. You should expect to hear of a decision sometime within that timeframe.

How do I know if I have to take the TOEFL?

OSU Graduate Admissions requires a TOEFL score from all international applicants unless that applicant has received a degree from an institution where courses are instructed in English (see link for list of exempt countries). The Fisher College of Business PhD review committee, however, requires a photocopy (official not required) of your latest TOEFL score as part of your application packet.

Am I required to take the Test of Spoken English ("TSE")?

Yes. All admitted PhD students are funded if they requested funding on their application. Part of the funding package is a requirement to teach. The laws of the State of Ohio require that every non-native-English-speaking graduate teaching assistant (TA) pass a competency test in spoken English before that individual is placed in the classroom to teach. An admitted student can take the exam after arriving on campus. However, if you wait to take the exam after being admitted and do not pass, your financial aid package will be at risk. Therefore, we strongly suggest you supply this exam score in your application. The Fisher College of Business and The Ohio State University have NO AUTHORITY TO WAIVE THIS EXAM.

Do I need to take the GRE or GMAT?

If you are applying to the PhD Business Administration program (including Human Resource Management), either the GMAT or GRE is required.  The GMAT institution code for Business Administration is ZLJ-9D-76; the GMAT institution code for Human Resource Management is ZLJ-9D-64. The GRE institution code for both programs is 1592.

If you are applying to the PhD Accounting and MIS Program, the GMAT examination is required.  The institution code is ZLJ-9D-02.