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What are the Admissions Criteria for an MBA Application?

Posted by Graduate Programs Admissions on Oct 26, 2017 10:31:55 AM


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:

Academic Transcripts

One of the basic requirements for admission to Fisher’s MBA program is the completion of a four-year bachelor’s degree. Fisher does not recognize a three-year degree. Transcripts are required, although official ones are not required until you're admitted. The admissions committee reviews your transcripts as part of your application and uses them to evaluate your academic potential while at Fisher. If you have specific questions about transcript requirements, you can reach out to the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions at

Test Scores

All applicants are required to take the GMAT or GRE as part of the application process, although Fisher does not require a minimum score on either. Scores are valid for five years, so if you have taken either test within that time, you don't need to take it again. U.S. active military and veteran applicants with a 3.5 undergraduate GPA can request a waiver for the GMAT or GRE. International applicants are also required to take the TOEFL or IELTS.


A detailed resume gives the admissions committee an inside look at your professional experience to date. It’s okay if your resume is longer than one page but make sure that every line item is relevant and clearly articulates your growth as a leader. A good resume will highlight your educational history, prior work experience, community involvement, and technical skills. An objective statement and names of references are not required on your resume, nor are they encouraged.


The essay is a critical component to your application at Fisher because it provides insight into your experiences, goals, and thought processes. There is only one essay to complete but make sure to put plenty of thought and effort into it. The essay is one of the only ways Fisher can evaluate your written communication skills so it’s important to make it your best. Plus, the essay is an ideal way to set yourself apart from other applicants. Here’s the essay topic you’ll be given:

Why do you wish to earn an MBA? Why do you wish to earn an MBA from The Fisher College of Business? How will the Fisher MBA program assist you in achieving your immediate career goals?

Video Interview

A new component of the Fisher MBA application this year is a video essay. Since live interviews are by invitation only, the video interview is a way for the admissions committee to virtually meet you and get a sense of your personality and potential beyond what you've included in your application. You’ll be given a simple prompt on screen and then will have a short window of time to collect your thoughts before the video will begin recording. Since there are no do-overs on this, make sure to put your best foot (and smile!) forward. Remember to be yourself!

Live Interview

By invitation only, the live, on-campus interview is the last step in the application process for qualified candidates. It’s your time to shine and sell your story to members of our admissions committee so they can get to know you better. It’s also a great time for you to tour the campus if you haven’t already and to get a feel for if Fisher is the right program for you. If you aren’t able to do an on-campus interview (although it is strongly recommended), the admissions committee conducts virtual interviews via Skype.

Optional Materials

Concerned about something in your application package? Want to share insight about something in your past? While not required, you can submit a short essay to address whatever you'd like. This helps the admissions committee get a more holistic picture about a certain element of your background.

Additionally, while letters of recommendation are not required, they are a good way to validate elements of your application from a different source. They also give the admissions committee a second look at your character and accomplishments. The best letters of recommendation come from professional contacts who know you well and can speak to your past experience and future potential (like co-workers, supervisors, and professors). If you're eligible for Ohio State's Graduate Enrichment Fellowship OR University Fellowship, please submit three letters of recommendation to be considered.

Application Fee

To process each application, Fisher currently requires a $60 application fee for each domestic student and $70 application fee for each international student.

I hope this gives you a snapshot into what’s required for our program. If you’d like more in-depth information on each requirement, including application deadlines, check out the Applying to Fisher page. Good luck on your application!

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