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Fisher College of Business – The Ohio State University

The Ohio State University Max M. Fisher College of Business’s full-time MBA program is located in Gerlach Hall on the University’s main campus in Columbus, OH. Ohio State Fisher offers a full-time MBA, part-time MBA, and an Executive MBA program. Hallmarks of the Ohio State Fisher MBA programs include its experiential learning opportunities, intentionally small class size, large alumni network and career placement success.

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Faculty
Ohio State Fisher employs over 100 faculty members, who teach across five academic areas and contribute to Fisher’s eight research centers. The professors bring both academic research and real-world business knowledge to the classroom, as many also serve as high-level professionals in addition to their teaching roles.

Curriculum
In addition to a theoretical base in business administration, Fisher prides itself in its action-based learning opportunities, such as field-based courses and business plan competitions, among other offerings. The full-time MBA program begins with a required two-week Pre-Term, during which new students are introduced to the college, MBA core and leadership foundations. Core courses make up the entire first year to establish a foundation for electives and major courses in the second year. Each academic year is broken down into two semesters, and there are two seven-week sessions per semester. Some courses will span the entire semester, while others will be either the first or last seven-week session of the semester. The summer between the first and second years may be spent in an internship or on a Global Applied Project, a 3-credit consulting project for an institution outside of the U.S.

Full-time MBA students need 57 credits to graduate; 27 of these credits come from core courses, while 30 are dedicated to electives, which allow students to double major if they so choose. In addition to a customizable option, Fisher offers 10 majors: Data Analytics; Finance; Financial Reporting & Analysis; International Business; Marketing; Leadership & Organizational Behavior; Operations & Logistics; Sports Management; Strategy; Technology Entrepreneurship.

Other MBA Degree Options
In addition to the full-time program, Fisher also offers an MBA for Working Professionals and Executive MBA. The MBA for Working Professionals requires 48 credit hours to complete and classes are held in the evenings to enable students to maintain their jobs during the day. The MBA for Working Professionals takes two and a half year to complete; however, this is flexible as students may enroll in as few as 1.5 credit hours per semester or as many as 9 credit hours per semester. As with the full-time MBA, Working Professionals students must complete 27 credits of the core requirements, and 21 elective credits. The Executive MBA is geared towards high-potential professionals recommended by their employers. Classes take place Thursdays through Saturdays over the course of 17 months.

Fisher College of Business also partners with other colleges of Ohio State University to offer seven dual degree options.   Applicants must be admitted to each program separately and the options include: MBA/JD, MBA/MD, MBA/Master of Science in Agricultural & Development Economics, MBA/Master of Environment and Natural Resources, MBA/Master of Public Administration, MBA/PharmD, and MBA/Master of Health Administration.

Core Classes at Fisher

  • Accounting
  • Data Analysis
  • Finance
  • International Business
  • Leadership
  • Managerial Economics
  • Marketing
  • Operations
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Professional Development and Business Communication
  • Strategy

Majors at Fisher

  • Data Analytics
  • Finance
  • Financial Reporting & Analysis
  • International Business
  • Marketing
  • Leadership & Organizational Behavior
  • Operations & Logistics
  • Sports Management
  • Strategy
  • Technology Entrepreneurship
  • Customized Option

Degree Offerings at Fisher

Full-time MBA
https://fisher.osu.edu/graduate/ftmba

MBA for Working Professionals (Part-time MBA)
https://fisher.osu.edu/graduate/wpmba

Executive MBA
https://fisher.osu.edu/graduate/executive-mba

Dual Degree Programs
MBA/JD, MBA/MD, MBA/Master of Science in Agricultural, Environmental & Development Economics, MBA/Master of Environment and Natural Resources, MBA/Master of Public Administration, MBA/PharmD, MBA/Master in Health Administration
https://fisher.osu.edu/graduate/ftmba/academics/dual-degree-programs

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Clubs, Conferences and Competitions
Fisher students benefit from many organizations within Fisher itself and across the Ohio State University campus. Fisher offers over 20 student clubs, which span professional, cultural, athletic and social interests. Students are also encouraged to launch clubs based on common interests. Of note, Fisher Board Fellows has, since 2004, linked MBA Fisher students with the broader Columbus community. Selected MBA students are placed on the Boards of area non-profits as non-voting Fellows. Fisher students may also engage the Columbus community through FisherServes, which promotes awareness of civic and social responsibilities through service-based initiatives. Students may also let loose and showcase their talents in the annual production of Fisher Follies.

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion Student Services and Corporate and Community Outreach sponsors the activities of 15 student organizations, each of which host or attend conventions or conferences. For example, the National Black MBA Association Annual Conference and Exposition boasts attendance of 9,000 and is one of the largest professional development and job recruitment events nationwide. Additionally, students from the Fisher Graduate Women in Business attend The National Association of Women MBAs conference, which seeks to empower female MBA students, female business professionals, and employers.

Because of Fisher’s partnerships with many organizations, including some of the 20 Fortune 1000 companies located in Columbus, there are various opportunities to compete in case competitions and “mini” case competitions. While Fisher sends teams of students to other schools, including Wake Forest and the University of Wisconsin, for national competitions, they also host several on campus. For example, the KeyBank Foundation Minority MBA Case Competition, hosted in Cleveland at KeyBank headquarters, is considered one of the nation’s premier minority MBA student case competitions. 16 universities send student representatives, at least two of which must represent an ethnic minority, to compete in analyzing a business case topic selected by the KeyBank Foundation.

Campus Spaces
Most classes are taught in Gerlach Hall, one of five buildings comprising the Fisher College of Business campus at Ohio State University. The Fisher campus features 370,000 square feet of space, a state-of-the-art computer network, satellite up-link capabilities, video-on-demand and nearly 3,000 computer ports. The campus also includes a full-service hotel and restaurant, as well as a café with indoor and outdoor seating. Some of the buildings are also connected via underground passageways.

Most students live off-campus. There are numerous options within a short walk or drive to campus. Students may also live in on-campus graduate housing, as well as “Fisher Commons,” an apartment property located on the West side of campus. All students also have access to CABS, the Campus Area Bus Service, which offers multiple stops at or near the Fisher campus.

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Career Services
The Fisher Office of Career Management provides many ways for students to develop professionally during their time at the school. Located in Gerlach Hall, one-on-one attention is provided from day 1. The office provides résumé guidance, basic and advanced interviewing techniques, negotiation skills, and more. Career Foundation Seminars, which include high-level executives from major companies, provide students with overviews of industry opportunities. The career-specific workshops, known as the Career Success Series, also support students’ job searches. On-campus recruiting runs from September to December in the fall, and January through April in the spring. The Office of Career Management also hosts an annual career fair in September, as well as an internship and job fair in January. The Spring Connection Career Conference takes place in March. Fisher students also have access to career fairs held across Ohio State University.

Career Statistics
Within three months of graduation, 94% of the Class of 2016 had job offers. Unlike for most b-schools, where financial services and consulting tend to be the clear-cut top choices, graduates of Ohio State Fisher fanned out across several industries. For example, only four percentage points separate the top five industry choices for graduates.  Financial services and consumer products each claimed 17%, followed by consulting at 16%.  Technology was close behind, with 15% of graduates joining that industry.  Pharma/biotech/healthcare rounded out the top five career choices at 13%.  The remainder of the class signed up for manufacturing, non-profit or other industries.

Ohio State Fisher keeps with the general business school trend of placing a considerable percentage of its graduates in the region where the school is located.  In this case, 64% of the Class of 2016 found work in the Midwestern U.S.  The West was the second most popular location for Fisher graduates, with 11% of the class starting their careers in the region.  Five percent of students pursued positions internationally, and the rest spread out across the U.S.

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Class Profile
Sixty-three percent of Fisher’s Class of 2018, which comprises 92 students, pursued degrees in arts and sciences. Seventeen percent studied business administration during their undergraduate years, while 11% studied economics and 6% studied accounting. The remaining 3% of the class majored in finance. Upon matriculation at Ohio State Fisher, students averaged 28.6 years in age with roughly five years of full-time work experience. The average GMAT score of incoming students clocked in at 671. In total, 36% of students in the Class of 2018 are international, 27% are women and 15% identify as a member of a minority group; students hail from 14 countries overall.

Application Procedures
Ohio State Fisher conducts admissions on a rolling basis, with a strong preference that applications are submitted by April 15th. Applications submitted after that date are only considered if there is room left in the program. Given the availability of merit-based scholarships, applicants are encouraged to apply early.

The application requirements for Ohio State Fisher include: all academic transcripts, two essays (including one video essay), GMAT or GRE score, (at least) two letters of recommendation, résumé, application fee, TOEFL or IELTS for international applicants (exemptions available). Interviews are required and offered by invitation only. In-person interviews are available on campus or at a hub location if a Fisher representative is available. Candidates who are not able to make it to campus have the option of scheduling a live, web-based interview.

Application Checklist

  • Academic transcripts
  • Two essays (including one video essay)
  • GMAT or GRE score
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Résumé
  • Application fee
  • TOEFL or IELTS for international applicants (exemptions available)
  • Interview (invitation only)
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For the 2016-17 school year, tuition and fees for Ohio residents is $31,139 per year, with an estimated total cost of $52,555 with other expenses. Non-residents and international students can expect to pay $51,587 in tuition and fees, with a total cost of $72,823. Therefore, the estimated total cost of the program is $165,790. The fees are billed in 50% increments for the fall and spring semesters. Students are encouraged to utilize loans, a semester payment plan, or military benefits for financing.

All applications are considered for merit-based scholarships, which cover $1,500 to the full cost of tuition. Some rely on past academic performance and work experience; however, most are simply based on a candidate’s potential to contribute to the student community. Ohio State also offers a program called “Forever Buckeye,” which allows for in-state tuition for past residents of Ohio. Applicants to Forever Buckeye must have graduated from a public or private Ohio high school and must reside in Ohio during the MBA program.

Scholarships are also available to cover the cost of living. Graduate assistantships can also be a source of help with tuition and other expenses. The adcom selects approximately 20 incoming students per year based on their skills and interests; in exchange for 10 hours of work per week, selected students receive a 50% tuition waiver and additional stipend. The adcom may also nominate selected candidates for Fisher Fellows, University Fellowships or Graduate Enrichment Fellowships to aid in the cost of attendance. U.S. citizens and permanent residents can also avail themselves of four different loan programs, including the Federal Perkins Loan and Federal Stafford Student Loan programs.

 

Estimated Cost of Attendance

Tuition

  • Ohio Resident: $31,139
  • Non-resident/International: $51,587

Room & Board: $12,142
Books and Supplies: $1,234
Miscellaneous/Personal: $5,486
Health Insurance

  • Domestic: $2,554
  • International: $2,374

Total

  • Resident: $52,555
  • Non-resident/International: $72,823

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Status

04/25/2017

All deadlines for the 2016-2017 admissions season have passed.

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Stats

Class Size92
Female27%
Mean GMAT671
Mean GPA3.52

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