Creating a compelling application for business school is like crafting a good story—you have to show off many different elements, but everything needs to work together to tell a single narrative. Your application should show off areas like leadership, work experience, academic aptitude, community involvement, and future plans. While every MBA program will require different elements to apply, here’s what the Fisher MBA admissions committee requires for each application:
As you might imagine, December is a bit busy here in the Fisher Graduate Programs Office. We have just passed a priority deadline and applicants are anxious to confirm that their materials have been received in time to be considered for admission and for financial aid.
This year we introduced an optional video essay for you to complete to express your interest in being considered for any available merit-based funding opportunities. We want to hear how you will "pay it forward" if given funding from the Fisher College of Business (see more at http://fisher.osu.edu/ftmba/admissions/requirements/essays/).
As you are looking at potential business schools, I wouldn't be surprised if you were researching the opportunities for earning financial aid. Prospective MBA candidates often don't realize that it is possible to take out loans for graduate school, such as the PLUS Loans, if you are a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen. The majority of you are looking for ways to minimize your out-of-pocket expenses and want to know how to qualify for scholarships, fellowships, Graduate Assistantships and any other form of aid offered to MBA students.
Yes, the thought of taking a standardized test after years of being away from the classroom can certainly be daunting. We understand that you might not be the best test taker or that you have other strengths that should be able to convince us of your qualifications for business school. Yet, the responsibility of the admissions team is to evaluate whether a candidate (YOU) has the academic aptitude that is required to complete the rigorous coursework in the MBA program.
Each year we host a select number of prospective MBA candidates on campus to preview the Fisher MBA experience at our Fisher Season Premiere event. This year the event will be held on October 24-25, 2014. Fisher Season Premiere gives you access to the recruiting and admissions team, career management staff, current students, faculty and alumni. You will gain insight into the academic, leadership and global opportunities at Fisher, as well as the career opportunities available to you as a Fisher graduate. You will also get a sense of student life and culture at Fisher and Ohio State.
Since we process applications on a rolling admissions basis, it is always advantageous to apply early - as applications are submitted and become complete, we will review them and make admissions and financial aid decisions. The application is now live, but we will not begin reviewing completed applications until September 2. Our first deadline is not until October 15, so you have plenty of time to get ready. Here is your quick checklist:
Our fourth application deadline is rapidly approaching, but you do still have a few more days to put the finishing touches on your application. This is the final deadline if you wish to be considered for merit-based funding, as we cannot guarantee that funding will be available to candidates who apply later in the cycle.
As a reminder, we will review your application once we have received all of your required application materials. You can expect to hear from us within 4-6 weeks of receiving a completed application. At this time, you will either receive an invitation to interview, a wait list decision or a deny decision. The status of your application will be kept up to date within the Apply Yourself application.
We look forward to reviewing your application!