We carefully review academic credentials, essays, resumes, references and interview notes to select individuals who are a great fit for our SMB-A program. It is paramount that you demonstrate your academic aptitude, showcase your leadership and teamwork experiences, highlight your involvement in community or professional associations, and provide insight into the personal experiences that will enable you to add value to the Fisher community.

 

  • 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 SMB-A 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. Ideally, SMB-A applicants will have a calculus class on their transcript (although not required). 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 SMB-A 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

    FOR U.S. INSTITUTIONS

    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

    FOR INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTIONS

    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

    SPECIAL NOTES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS:

    • 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

    GMAT/GRE

    Standardized tests are not only one way of evaluating a student’s academic potential, but they do add another piece to the "puzzle" of an application. Each applicant to the Specialized Master in Business-Analytics (SMB-A) program must arrange to take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

    The Max M. Fisher College of Business-Specialized Master in Business – Analytics GMAT Code: ZLJ-9D-94
     

    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.

    GMAT/GRE WAIVER AVAILABLE!

    We will consider an application without a GMAT or GRE score as long as you meet the minimum qualifications . You may not request a waiver if you have already taken the exam and requested your scores be sent to The Ohio State University.

     

    INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

    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.

    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.

  • Resume

    A detailed resume or curriculum vitae gives the SMB-A Admissions Committee a snapshot of your professional and academic career and serves as an indication of how well you are able to sell yourself on paper.  

    Since our Career Management Office is represented on the Admissions Committee, the resume also gives the us an idea of how you would present yourself to a prospective employer and helps them evaluate your potential for successful placement upon completion of the Fisher SMB-A program.

    Resume requirements

    Please include all of the following in your resume, if applicable, and account for the time since the beginning of your university education.

    • Your contact information (full name, mailing address, phone, and email)
    • Employment history (with details of primary duties and accomplishments in each position held)
    • Extracurricular and/or community activities
    • Languages (read, spoken, and/or understood)
    • Military record (if applicable)
  • Personal Statement

    You will be required to complete a personal statement. The personal statement gives you the opportunity to present yourself more fully to our SMB-A Admissions Committee and to provide insight into your experiences, goals, and thought processes.

    PERSONAL STATEMENT

    Your personal statement should include and describe:

    • Your short-term and long-term goals
    • Your reasons for seeking an SMB-A degree in general
    • Why you believe a Fisher SMB-A will help you achieve these goals

     

    Required Format:

    Limit length to 750 words or approximately two pages. You will also want to:

    • Clearly label the top of the page with your name.
    • Double-space, and use a font that is easy to read (e.g. Arial). We suggest no smaller than 12-point font.
    • Number all pages at the bottom of the page.
  • Letters of Recommendation

    Letters of Recommendation enable the SMB-A Admissions Committee to gain further insight into your personality, your character, and your potential for success in the SMB-A program and beyond.  

    REQUIREMENTS:

    The SMB-A degree requires at least two individuals to serve as your references. A third letter of reference is optional.  One or more of your recommendations needs to be from a professional context.

    We encourage you to choose individuals who can attest to your scholarship, professional development, leadership potential, and personal character.  

    HOW IT WORKS

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

  • Live Interview (Invite Only)

    Interviews are offered by invitation only and are a required part of our evaluation process for some applicants. You will receive communications from our admissions team if you've been invited to a live interview.

  • Application Fee

    To process each application for admission to the SMB-A program, we charge a non-refundable fee of $60 for domestic applicants and $70 for international applicants.

    Paying the application fee must be made with a credit card, as part of the application process.

GMAT/GRE WAIVER ELIGIBILITY FOR THE SMB-A Program

We will consider your application without a GMAT or GRE score as long as you meet the following minimum qualifications:
• Earned a 3.2 (on a 4.0 scale) undergraduate cumulative GPA or higher; and
• Achieved a grade of B or better in at least two college-level quantitative courses (algebra or higher); and
• Have a minimum of 4 years of post-baccalaureate work experience.

You may not request a waiver if you have already taken the exam and requested your scores be sent to The Ohio State University.

The decision to grant the GMAT/GRE waiver is made at the discretion of the Admissions Committee. Should the committee decide that a GMAT or GRE score is needed to fully evaluate your candidacy for the program, you will be informed once your application has been initially reviewed.

Online Application

Application Deadlines

The admissions committee reviews all applications on a rolling admissions basis.  Rolling admissions means that we review and evaluate applications as they are submitted to our program and become complete.

SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION FOR AUTUMN 2018:

April 15, 2018 Priority deadline for financial aid consideration (all students).  International students are required to submit their  application by April 15th for enrollment consideration.
June 15, 2018* Final application deadline for Autumn 2018 enrollment considerationClasses begin 8/21/18.

*Applications will be accepted after the listed deadline on a space-available basis.  Please feel free to submit an application. 

WE RECOMMEND APPLYING EARLY

We receive more applications than we have space available in our graduate programs. It is to your advantage to apply early, when more seats are available.

If you do not receive an offer of admission, you may contact our admissions staff to discuss how you can strengthen your application and apply for admission in a later year.

We will keep your application on record for a maximum of one year. However, when you decide to re-apply, we require that you complete a new application in its entirety, including new academic transcripts, letters of recommendation, personal statement, resume, and application fee.

Start your Autumn 2018 Application