“From the Director”


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Greetings!  My name is Ty Shepfer and I have the privilege of serving as the Director of The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business preeminent leadership program, the Honors Cohort.  As an alumnus of the program, I am fully invested in the creation of a transformational MBA-like experience for a small group of select undergraduates and continuing the Cohort legacy of producing excellent business leaders. 

You may be curious about whether you are a good fit for our program. Students in Cohort excel inside and outside of the classroom, they are team players and leaders at the University, the College and their community.  Cohort students have an unquenchable thirst to learn and this curiosity is fueled by an understanding that the learning process is a life-long journey.  The Program selects a diverse set of students with varying backgrounds, majors and perspectives, which we believe is a key strength of the program.  While the Cohort curriculum will provide a theoretical lens to business topics, our focus is on action-based learning and the firm belief that the best way to learn is by doing.

The Cohort Program has a long standing tradition of placing students in top firms and we leverage our growing alumni network and the larger Buckeye community to help make that happen.  I encourage you to learn more about the Program by exploring our webpage.  If you have specific questions, do not hesitate to reach out to me.

Ty Shepfer
Senior Lecturer & Director, Honors Cohort Program

Fisher College of Business


Application Process

  • Eligible second-year students can apply to Honors Cohort during spring semester of their sophomore year. Students are welcome to apply to more than one honors program, but are required to indicate their first, second, and third choice. Because the process is so competitive, Honors Cohort does not consider students who do not indicate the Program as their first choice.  Notifications will be sent in time for autumn term scheduling.

Applicants are encouraged to complete the following prerequisite classes (by the end of spring semester). Honors versions are recommended when offered.

    • Math 1131, 1151, or 1161
    • Econ 2001.01 or 2001.03H
    • Econ 2002.01 or 2002.03H
    • AMIS 2200 or 2200H
    • AMIS 2300 or 2300H
    • CSE 2111 or 1113
    • Stat 1430 or 1430H (or 1450/2450 EM credit)
    • BUS MGT 2320
    • BUS MGT 2321
    • BUS MHR 2292 or 2292H


Program Structure

Graduation with Honors

Graduating with honors distinction is a requirement for all members of the Honors Cohort Program.  To successfully graduate with honors distinction, Cohort students must:

  • Complete the nine (9) courses in the curriculum while maintaining at least an overall GPA of 3.5, a 3.5 GPA in your specialization area, and a 3.5 in your Cohort classes.
  • Completion of Community Service Volunteer Hours
  • Completion of Final Paper: submission and acceptance of a ten (10) page paper that focuses on their academic experience or complete a comprehensive research thesis prior to graduation. This paper must be completed and submitted to the Cohort Faculty Director no later than week 12 of the student’s graduation term.


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