Test Scores

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).

Our GMAT program code is ZLJ-9D-98 and our GRE program code is 1592.

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.

We recommend that you plan in advance to take the GMAT or the GRE, which will allow you to study and take practice tests prior to taking the official test. A number of our students have found it helpful to follow test preparation courses, either online or in a center close to where you work or live. As it takes at least two to three weeks for us to receive your official test scores, please plan accordingly when scheduling to take the exams so the scores arrive at Ohio State prior to your application deadline. 

GMAT/GRE waiver

We will consider your application without a GMAT or GRE score as long as you meet the following minimum qualifications:

  1. Earned a 3.2 (on a 4.0 scale) cumulative undergraduate GPA or higher; and
  2. Achieved a grade of B or better in at least two college-level quantitative courses (algebra or higher); and
  3. 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.

TOEFL/IELTS for International Applicants

International applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Scores more than two years old when we receive your application will not be accepted. The minimum accepted score on the TOEFL is a 600 for the paper-based test and a 100 for the Internet-based test.

Applicants who are citizens of, or who have received a bachelor’s degree or higher in, one of the following countries are exempt from the TOEFL requirement:

  • Anguilla, Antigua, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Caicos Islands, Canada (except Quebec), Cayman Islands, Dominica, England, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Liberia, Montserrat, New Zealand, Scotland, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks, United States, and Wales.