Fisher College of Business

(Ohio State University)

QUICK FACTS

  • Location: Columbus, Ohio, United States
  • Program Length: 2 years
  • Program Cost: $117,971
  • Average GMAT score: 673
  • Average Work Experience: 3.8 years

RANKINGS

  • #92 QS Global MBA Rankings 2023

Employment Reports (2022)

  • Median Salary: $110,000
  • Median Signing Bonus: $25,000

CLASS OF 2024

  • Total Enrollment: 138
  • Women: 36%
  • Average GPA: 3.45

ABOUT

The Max M. Fisher College of Business is the business school of The Ohio State University, a public research university in Columbus, Ohio. Fisher’s campus is located on the northern part of the university within a partially enclosed business campus adjacent to St. John Arena. It is composed of brick buildings loosely arranged in a quadrangle. The 370,000-square-foot (34,000 m2) complex is the largest multi-building project ever undertaken by the university. Fisher is one of the founding members of the AACSB.

Established in 1916 as the College of Commerce and Journalism,[4] the college was renamed in 1993 for Max M. Fisher, a 1930 Ohio State graduate who led efforts to provide a $20 million gift to the college. By design, it enrolls about 120 full-time Master of Business Administration (MBA) students each year. It also enrolls nearly 8,000 full-time undergraduate students[6] and has nearly 83,000 living alumni.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

  • Round 1: December 3th, 2023
  • Round 2: January 7th, 2024
  • Round 3: February 25th, 2024
  • Round 4: May 3th, 2024

APPLICATION PROCESS

Transcripts

You will need to provide official transcripts from all the colleges and universities you have attended. These transcripts should show your academic performance and degree conferral.

  • You must have completed a four-year bachelor’s degree or its equivalent. Three-year degrees are not recognized.
  • Obtain and submit official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. Separate transcripts are needed for coursework transferred from other institutions.

GMAT or GRE

All applicants to Fisher College of Business are required to take either the GMAT or GRE, except in cases where they have been approved for a waiver. It’s important to note that GMAT and GRE scores are considered valid for a period of five years. To be eligible for a waiver, applicants must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA (or its equivalent). Additionally, they can demonstrate their quantitative abilities through relevant coursework, possession of an advanced degree, relevant work experience, or through scores from previous standardized tests. These criteria provide applicants with alternative pathways to showcase their academic capabilities and qualify for admission.

Foreign Language Requirement

If English is not your native language and you have not completed a degree in an English-speaking country, you need to demonstrate your proficiency in English. This is typically done through tests like TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System). 

Recommendations

You will need to provide letters of recommendation. These letters should ideally come from professors or employers who can speak to your abilities, character, and potential for success in a graduate business program.

Essay Description

Applicants are required to write an essay responding to a prompt that allows them to showcase their experiences, goals, and thought processes. The main essay question revolves around the applicant’s short-term and long-term career goals and how an MBA will facilitate the achievement of these goals. The response must be concise, limited to one single-sided page with a minimum font size of 11, and there are no margin requirements.

In addition to the main essay, there is an optional supplemental essay, with a maximum limit of 500 words. This essay provides applicants with the opportunity to address specific circumstances they wish the Admissions Committee to be aware of.

For instance, applicants seeking test waivers can use this essay to clarify their reasons for the request, which the admissions committee considers when granting waivers.

Resume

Prepare a detailed resume outlining your educational background, work experience, extracurricular activities, achievements, and any other relevant information. This helps the admissions committee get a comprehensive view of your qualifications.

Alternatively, provide a LinkedIn profile with comprehensive and updated information.

Application Fee

A non-refundable fee of $60 is required.

PROGRAM STRENGTHS

Flexible Curriculum

Fisher’s Full-Time MBA student journey is more personalized, experiential and integrated than ever. The flexible curriculum — led by experts from a variety of core disciplines — incorporates immersive, cross-functional projects for top companies and organizations in Columbus, Ohio and globally.

Global Experience

Your education extends far beyond the classroom thanks to academic, corporate, and non-profit partnerships on The Ohio State University campus, in the capital city of Columbus – home to one of the highest concentrations of Fortune 1000 businesses. Fisher doesn’t stop at Ohio’s borders. The MBA program offers students a global experience.

Diversified Students

The Fisher culture and diversified students are a key part of our impressive rankings. The full-time MBA program tailors each student’s journey to individual development needs and career aspirations. It’s an intimate learning experience within a comprehensive, research-based university.

STUDENT LIFE

At Fisher College of Business, we champion diversity in intellectual thought and perspective. We inspire leadership through passion, integrity, hard work and the desire to succeed. Students thrive in our academic programs because of the culture we have designed and our emphasis on high-impact teaching and research.

The Fisher community is comprised of a globally heterogeneous population of students, faculty, and active alumni in more than 80 countries. As a Fisher MBA student, you will be part of this community of individuals who have an incredible breadth of backgrounds and experiences to share. Our location and approach to education leads to a uniquely comfortable environment that is equally attractive to men and women, and to professionals from diverse fields, including the military, the sciences, and the arts and humanities.

MBA PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Fisher College of Business Full-Time MBA program provides high-caliber learning experiences that maximize the potential of each student. Enriched with skills assessments, individualized coaching, a personalized curriculum and on-site opportunities to put theory into practice, the innovative MBA program cultivates career competencies that are highly sought by employers today. Fisher has transformed the Full-Time MBA experience to create the business leaders of tomorrow.

FEATURED PROFESSORS

Claire Adams

Claire Adams is a senior lecturer at the Fisher College of Business. Her main field is Marketing, and some of the courses she teaches at the college are Principles of Marketing, Marketing Projects, Digital Marketing, etc.

Greg Allenby

He is a fellow of the Informs Society for Marketing Science and the American Statistical Association. He is past editor of Quantitative Marketing and Economics, and past associated editor of Marketing Science, Management Science, Journal of Marketing Research and the Journal of Business and Economic Statistics. Within the American Marketing Association, Greg has served as Vice President of the Research Council and has chaired the Advanced Research Technique (ART) Forum, a national conference that brings together quantitative researchers from industry and academia. Within the American Statistical Association, he has served as Chair of the Section on Statistics in Marketing. He has authored over 100 publications that have appeared in leading journals in marketing, statistics and economics.

Joseph A. Alutto

Joseph A. Alutto is a distinguished professor of organizational behavior at the Max M. Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. Prior to that, he served as interim president of The Ohio State University from July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014, the second time he has served in that capacity. He previously served as interim president of the university from July 1, 2007, until September 30, 2007.

From October 11, 2007, to June 30, 2013, Dr. Alutto served as the university’s executive vice president and provost, then stepped down to assume service as interim president until a permanent successor was named. As executive vice president and provost, Dr. Alutto was the chief officer for all academic functions of the university, including coordinating all budgeting expenditures as chair of the university’s Integrated Financial Planning Committee. He is the second-longest serving provost in the history of the university.

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