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Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business


Location: 2100 Neil Avenue Columbus, Ohio 43210

Admissions Office: 614-292-8511



Fisher College of Business

Admissions Deadlines for Class of 2017:

Round 1: October 15, 2014
Merit-Based Financial Aid: December 15, 2014
Final Round: April 15, 2015

Fisher MBAs spend their first two semesters in cohorts, completing a multidisciplinary core curriculum. The core ensures that every student has a solid understanding of key management principles. Fisher MBAs select a major to give their optional coursework a central focus. They can major in one of nine disciplines including International Business, Corporate Finance, or Make Your Own Major.

To complement their majors, many Fisher MBAs pursue individualized tracks by taking three or four courses related to a particular specialization. Each track is designed in close collaboration with faculty who are experienced in specific niches such as healthcare, consulting, and financial services.

Fisher College offers more than 100 elective courses within the business school. These electives can be used to complete requirements for majors, pursue career tracks, or simply round out the MBA experience. In addition to the electives in the business school, students are encouraged to enroll in any course offered at The Ohio State University.

Latest Up-to-Date MBA Rankings:

Poets&Quants (2014): 28
BusinessWeek (2014): 34
Forbes (2013): 36
U.S. News & World Report (2015): 27
Financial Times (2014): 36 (U.S.)
The Economist (2014): 19 (U.S.)

Rankings Analysis: The Fisher College ranked 26th among the top 100 U.S. MBA programs on the Poets&Quants’ 2013 list, up from a rank of 40 two years earlier. The major reason: The school made both The Financial Times and The Economist’s 2011 rankings after having been unranked in 2010. And Fisher also moved up five spots to 34th  in the latest Forbes ranking which measures MBA programs on the basis of their return on investment. It also did well on BusinessWeek’s 2012 list, moving up to 27th from 32nd.

As one Class of 2012 MBA told BusinessWeek in its graduate opinion survey: “Fisher is unique because of the large institution of Ohio State and the close community feel of the MBA program. Most classmates are truly friends and that helps when spending so many hours together. The range of interests in our classmates keeps things interesting. Fisher students definitely work hard and play hard. We cap off our busy weeks with an End-of-the-week (EOTW) event on Thursday nights where first and second years can blow off steam in the great city of Columbus. I know all of my classmates by name, but if it ever starts to feel to small, there are thousands of other graduate students at OSU that keep things exciting.”

Program Cost: $61,100 (resident)
Program Cost: $98,198 (non-resident)
Median GMAT: 664
GMAT Range (mid-80%): 600-730
Average GPA: 3.4
Acceptance Rate: 31%

Full-Time MBA Enrollment: 228
International: 31%
Female: 33%
Minority: 14.2%
Mean Age: 28

Average 2014 Base Salary: $95,983
Average 2014 Signing Bonus: $18,684
Percentage of Class of 2014 MBAs with Job Offers at Graduation: 76%
Percentage of Class of 2014 MBAs with Job Offers Three Months Later: 92%

Where the Class of 2014 Went to Work:

Financial Services — 17%
Consumer Products — 15%
Consulting — 15%
Technology — 13%
Manufacturing — 11%
Pharma / Biotech / Healthcare Products — 7%

The Top Employers for the Class of 2014:

Nationwide — 6
Deloitte — 4
General Electric — 3
Ernst & Young — 3

Estimate of Total Pay over a 20-Year Career*: $1,784,000

* Payscale 2014 estimate for Poets & Quants


Located in Columbus, Ohio, Fisher College of Business is ranked 10th among its peers at public universities across the U.S. Each year, over 90% of Fisher graduates secure jobs within three months of graduation.

Fisher continues The Ohio State University’s nearly 100-year-old tradition of academic rigor and global thought leadership. Its world-renowned faculty come from both academic and practice backgrounds to offer a well-rounded business education. Professors are selected both for their success in conducting high-impact research and their ability to teach creatively and effectively.

Fisher offers MBA students access to dedicated career consultants through the Office of Career Management. Business experts themselves, these consultants are matched with students based on shared knowledge areas. They provide services such as resume and cover letter review, interview training, and assistance in finding and developing job leads.

There are nearly 500,000 living alumni of Ohio State, and more than 70,000 of them are Fisher graduates. What’s more, Fisher’s reputation has earned the respect and interest of leading companies all over the world. MBA students reap the benefits of these valuable connections—belonging to the global Ohio State network and carrying the Ohio State name everywhere they go.

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