MBA for Working Professionals
Applying and Deadlines

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 OR EA TEST REQUIREMENT

    Standardized tests are a way of evaluating a student’s academic potential, and they add another piece to the "puzzle" of an application. As part of the admissions process, all applicants that do not qualify for the waiver are required to submit scores from one of three standardized tests:Executive Assessment (EA)Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Questions? Email us at mba@fisher.osu.edu.

    What is the Executive Assessment(EA)?

    The Executive Assessment (EA) is an alternative to the GMAT or GRE for Fisher's MBA for Working Professional applicants. The EA is designed to evaluate the business school readiness in the context of your work experience. The assessment focuses on skills that are critical both at work: higher-order reasoning, critical thinking, analysis, and problem-solving. Because it was designed specifically for experienced professionals, it requires modest preparation, takes only 90 minutes to complete, and includes flexible rescheduling options. The test is administered by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), creators of the GMAT® exam.

    WHAT ARE TYPICAL SCORES FOR THE GMAT & GRE?

    Typically, most 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/EA WAIVER

    We will consider a working professional application without a GMAT, GRE or EA 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

    Ohio State's Graduate School requires you to demonstrate English proficiency by taking the TOEFL or the IELTS. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic,  Ohio State will also accept the Duolingo English Test in addition to the TOEFL or IELTS for students applying for any term in 2021. (Note: Duolingo has not yet been approved for international applicants applying for 2022 or later.)  Click here for additional information on English proficiency requirements, exemptions, and minimum scores.

    TOEFL Home Edition and IELTS Indicator test takers: If admitted, you are required to take an English placement exam upon arrival unless you qualify for a TOEFL or IELTS score exemption

    Duolingo test takers: if admitted, you are required to take an ESL Composition Placement Test upon arrival to campus. 

  • 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 (delivered via Fisher's Kira Talent platform). 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.

    Shortly after submitting your application, you’ll receive an email invitation to complete your 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 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/EA WAIVER ELIGIBILITY

We will consider your application without a GMAT, GRE, or EA test 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.

How to be considered: The waiver request is part of our online application. Simply answer "YES" to the question "Do you wish to request a GMAT/GRE/EA waiver?" In a unique situation? E-mail us at mba@fisher.osu.edu to discuss your eligibility.

The decision to grant the GMAT/GRE/EA waiver is made at the discretion of the Admissions Committee. Should the committee decide that a GMAT,GRE, or EA 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

The MBA for Working Professionals program allows you to choose between a Spring pr Autumn enrollment. We're currently accepting applications for Spring and Autumn 2021. The admissions committee reviews completed applications based on application rounds. We will review and release decisions based on the timeline for each round. 

Spring 2021** Deadline Date  Submit all materials by Decision Date
Round 1 (Spring) October 4, 2020 October 30, 2020 November 6, 2020
Round 2 (Spring) November 15, 2020 November 27, 2020 December 4, 2020

**Spring 2021 classes begin on January 11, 2021. Applicants must submit their application by the deadline listed and complete it by the "submit all materials" date to receive their admissions decision by the listed decision dates.

Autumn 2021** Deadline Date  Submit all materials by Decision Date
Round 1 (Autumn) March 28, 2021 April 2, 2021 April 9, 2021
Round 2 (Autumn) May 16, 2021 June 4, 2021 June 11, 2021
Round 3 (Autumn) July 11, 2021 July 23, 2021 July 30, 2021

**Autumn 2021 classes begin on August 24, 2021. Applicants must submit their application by the deadline listed and complete it by the "submit all materials" date to receive their admissions decision by the listed decision dates.

Need help with the application? 

Download the MBA for Working Professionals webinar: "Preparing to Apply".

You will quickly learn about the application and admissions process. If you still have questions, email mba@fisher.osu.edu.

Every year we receive more applications than we have space available in the MBA program. While we strongly encourage you to apply early, equal consideration is given to applicants in all rounds. International applicants should apply by the first deadline.

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

Contact Us

Whether you are in the beginning stages of your program search or you have already decided that one of Fisher's graduate programs is the right fit for you, we encourage you to connect with us.  

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Due to COVID-19, on-campus activities (in-person meetings, class visits, campus tours) are temporarily unavailable. Prospective students should contact the Graduate Programs Office virtually to meet with a graduate student ambassador, admissions, or a program-specific recruiter to learn more.