What We Are Looking For

Our admissions team frequently receives questions about what they are looking for in a prospective Specialized Master of Finance 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. A big focus of the review process is evidence of quantitative skills/aptitude via coursework or GMAT/GRE scores. The majority of successful non-business students come from a variety of backgrounds, including - but not limited to - economics, psychology, engineering, 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. Most (90+%) students admitted into 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 SMF program.

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

Application Requirements

Applicants for the SMF 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:

 

  • Academic Transcripts

    One of the basic requirements for admission to Fisher is the completion of a 4-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 4-year bachelor’s degree.

    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 another university(ies).

    In cases where examination results or grades are not released, please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at gradadmissions@osu.edu.

    Transcript Requirements for Applications

    The SMF 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 courses at The Ohio State University, (or are), 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.

    Use the UPLOAD DOCUMENT button in the ACADEMIC INFORMATION section of the online application to upload copies (front and back) of official transcripts. International credentials should include certified educational records and degree certificates or diplomas in the original language with English translations.

    Transcript Requirements for Admitted Students

    If you are admitted to the Specialized Master of Finance program, you will be required to submit final official transcripts and degree statements of all undergraduate and graduate coursework to the Graduate Admissions Office.

  • Test Scores

    GMAT/GRE

    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.

    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.

  • 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.

  • Essay

    You are required to submit one written 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

    Please introduce yourself, describe past accomplishments and future career goals. How will Fisher’s SMF program assist you in achieving your immediate career goals?

    Maximum words: 750

    Supplemental Essay (Optional):

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

    Maximum words: 250

  • Letters of Recommendation (Optional)

    The optional letters of recommendation provide the SMF Admissions Committee with further insight into your personality, your character, and your potential for success in the SMF 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.

    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.

  • Video Interview

    Each applicant will be required to complete an online assessment comprised of video questions.  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.

    You’ll receive an email invitation to the video interview shortly after submitting your application.

    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.

    WHAT YOU NEED

    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.

  • 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.

Application Deadlines

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 to our program rather than waiting until the deadline(s) to begin the review process. Applicants should receive an admission decision from the SMF program within four weeks of the deadline as long as all application information is received by the stated deadlines below. Applications for the SMF program are accepted for Autumn term only.

3 reasons to apply early:

1. MERIT-BASED AID / SCHOLARSHIPS: By applying (and being admitted) early, applicants can ensure they have the best chance at receiving merit-based aid/scholarships. The availability of merit-based aid/scholarships will decrease after each deadline.

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 SMF program.  A strong interest in enrollment at Ohio State is highly valued by our admissions team.

Application deadlines for the 2017-2018 academic year

November 17, 2017: University Fellowship and Graduate Enrichment Fellowship deadline: Fellowship eligible1 applicants need to submit by this deadline to be considered for nomination in the Graduate School competition.
January 12, 2018: Priority consideration for SMF merit-based aid/scholarships
February 16, 2018: Guaranteed consideration for SMF merit-based aid/scholarships.2
March 16, 2018: International Students: Final application deadline for admissions consideration.
May 1, 2018: Domestic Students: Final application deadline for admissions consideration.3

1Click here to view the basic fellowship eligibility requirements. If you qualify, please watch our University Fellowship and Graduate Enrichment Fellowship pre-recorded webinars for next steps.

2Qualified applications received after this deadline will be considered for merit-based aid/scholarships if funds are still available.

3Qualified applications may be accepted after the final application deadline(s) on a space-available basis. Please feel free to submit an application after this date. Contact fisher_smf@fisher.osu.edu with any questions.