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Fisher College of Business – Ohio State University - Full-Time MBA

Fisher College of Business Full-Time MBA Program Structure

The Ohio State full-time MBA program is an in-person, two-year program that includes 25.5 credit hours of integrated core coursework, 7.5 credit hours of experiential learning (Business Lab Project, Social Impact Challenge, Optional Global Applied Project), and 27 credit hours of elective coursework. The program requires a minimum of 60 credit hours to graduate.

Curriculum at The Ohio State Full-Time MBA

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 three-week Take-Off, during which new students are introduced to the college and MBA core and participate in coaching and career development, among other forms of development. Core courses and experiential learning 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 (GAP), a three-credit consulting project for an institution outside of the United States.

Full-time MBA students need 60 credits to graduate; 25.5 of these credits come from core courses, while 7.5 hours come from experiential learning and 27 are dedicated to electives, which allow students to focus their MBA. Instead of majors, Fisher MBA students may pursue optional pathways, such as asset management, brand management, entrepreneurship, and others, to support their career interests.

The Ohio State Full-Time MBA Rankings

U.S. News & World Report: 37
Bloomberg: 41
Financial Times: 72
Forbes: 41
The Economist: 50

Class Profile

Fifty-nine new MBA students joined Fisher in the Fall of 2020. Forty-one percent of them pursued undergraduate degrees in business. Another 26% had studied social sciences and 25% the arts and sciences. Eight percent had majored in engineering. The average GPA was 3.45.

Upon matriculation at Ohio State Fisher, students averaged roughly four years of full-time work experience. The average GMAT score of incoming students clocked in at 666 while the average GRE composite score was 312. In total, 12% of students in the Class of 2022 are international, 36% are women and 15% identify as a member of a domestic minority group.

Career Statistics

Within three months of graduation, 90% of the Class of 2020 had job offers. Their average starting salary landed at $137,851. Financial services topped the list of industry choices at 32%. Tech followed at 17% and consulting at 16%. Nine percent chose the healthcare industry and 7% entered manufacturing. Another 4% joined consumer products and 3% went into retail.

Most of the Class of 2020 settled in the Midwest (65%). The next most popular destination was the Western U.S., which took in just 10% of graduates. The South, Southwest, and Northeast each saw 6% of MBA graduates, and the Mid-Atlantic region had 7%.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

Tuition and fees for the Ohio State Full-Time MBA for the 2021-22 school year is $31,139 per year for Ohio residents, with an estimated total cost of $53,605 with other expenses. Non-residents and international students can expect to pay $55,855 in tuition and fees, with a total cost of $78,321 per year.

Some examples of Fisher scholarship offerings include:

• Up to five scholarships for our MBA Specialization in Technology Entrepreneurship
• Diversity scholarships (ROMBA, Prospanica, NBMBAA, Forté Fellow)
• National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) Scholarships
• International scholarships (Africa, South America, Europe, etc.)
• Active military and veteran scholarships
• Dean’s scholarships for Fisher/Ohio State alumnus


Applicants must include the following:

• Academic Transcripts (official not required at time of application)
• Test Scores: GMAT or GRE (waiver available for military candidates that meet the qualifications)
• Resume
• Written Essays
• Optional: Letters of recommendation
• Video Interview
• Live Interview (invite only)
• $60 fee ($70 for international applicants)

The Ohio State Full-Time MBA Deadlines

Round Application Deadline Decision Date* Notes:
Early October 16, 2022 Nov. 18 Apply early and join us for a Fall Preview Day
Round 1 December 4, 2022 Jan. 27 Fellowship consideration deadline**
Round 2 January 8, 2023 March 10 Red Carpet Weekend deadline
Round 3 February 26, 2023 April 7 Priority funding/scholarship consideration & international deadline
Final Round May 12, 2023 June 23 Final domestic application deadline
After May 12 ASAP Rolling Admission Applications accepted on space-available basis***

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