We carefully review academic credentials, essays, resumes, references and interview notes to select individuals who are a great fit for our MBA 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.

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  • 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. 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 another university(ies).

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

    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 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.  

    International credentials should include certified educational records and degree certificates or diplomas in the original language with English translations.

    NOTE: 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.  In order for these transcripts to count as official, they must be sent directly to The Ohio State University from each institution you attended.

  • 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 Fisher MBA for Working Professionals program must arrange to take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

    Typically, 80 percent of the students we admit score in the 530-700 range of the GMAT. However, 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

    We will consider a working professional application without a GMAT or GRE score as long as you meet the following 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 MBA 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 MBA 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 Working Professional MBA 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 MBA degree in general
    • Why you believe a Fisher MBA 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 MBA Admissions Committee to gain further insight into your personality, your character, and your potential for success in the MBA program and beyond.  

    REQUIREMENTS:

    The working professional MBA 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.

  • Video Interview

    Each applicant will be required to complete an online assessment comprised of pre-recorded video questions.  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. Be yourself!

  • Application Fee

    To process each application for admission to the MBA 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

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 MBA program, you will be informed once your application has been initially reviewed.

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Application Deadlines

We process applications on a rolling admissions basis, meaning that we review and evaluate applications as they are submitted to our program rather than waiting until the deadline to begin the review process.

Please use the recommended deadlines below as guidelines for completing your application. Within four to six weeks of submitting a complete application, including all required supplementary materials, you will hear from the Admissions Committee regarding the outcome of its initial review.

SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION BEFORE:

October 15, 2017* Final deadline for  Spring 2018 - Classes begin 1/8/18.
April 15, 2018* Final deadline for Autumn 2018 - Classes begin 8/21/18.
October 15, 2018*  Final deadline for Spring 2019 - Classes being 1/7/19.

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

WE RECOMMEND APPLYING EARLY

Every year we receive more applications than we have space available in the MBA program. 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.

Successful repeat applicants need to provide the MBA Admissions Committee evidence of any additional personal, academic, and/or professional growth achieved, in addition to information provided in the original application.

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.

Admission decisions are based on newly submitted applications. Your previously submitted file will serve only as a point of reference for the Working Professional MBA Admissions Committee.