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Ohio State University’s Max M. Fisher College of Business

Contact our general manager with any questions. Profile updated: December 15, 2017.

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Ohio State’s EMBA offering is the highest ranked Executive MBA program in the state and one of the best in the nation–if not the world. Building on a foundation of courses covering all major areas of business, the Fisher EMBA program integrates the fundamentals of business into a succession of courses that are issue-oriented and customized around the interests of students in the class.

The Fisher core courses are designed to help students develop managerial thinking skills. Core courses include organizational behavior, strategy formulation and implementation, finance management and microeconomic theory. Over the course of the program, students gain a comprehensive business perspective, learn to think broadly and strategically, work on projects that directly relate to current business problems, participate in a global integration course with a required international experience, and prepare a business plan to hone entrepreneurial skills.

The program kicks off in early December with a week-long residency and then generally meets three days a month. The Fisher EMBA program has a unique twist: the class as a whole chooses their electives through a democratic process.

Latest Up-to-Date Executive MBA Rankings:
2016 Poets&Quants: 35
2013 BusinessWeek: 13 (global) 8 (U.S.)
2011 U.S. News & World Report: NR
2010 The Wall Street Journal: 17
2016 Financial Times: NR

Rankings Analysis: Ohio State’s Executive MBA maintained its rank of 35th in PoetsandQuants’ 2016 analysis of the world’s best programs. The school did slightly better in the BusinessWeek survey of 2013 that ranks schools on the basis of graduate satisfaction and a reputation poll of EMBA program directors. Fisher’s EMBA program rose to a rank of 13th in 2013 on the BW list after finishing 14th in 2011 and15th in 2009.

A member of the Class of 2011 told BusinessWeek, “The professors and staff at the Fisher College of Business were extremely supportive of the students and their learning experience. The classes provided a balance between theory, cases, and discussion. I learned so much from not only the professors, but my fellow classmates as well.”

Application Deadline: August 1st to take advantage of the application fee waiver (Fisher accepts applications beyond this date but increases the application fee to $150).  Application deadline is October 30.  After October 30, acceptance is based upon additional deposit and space availability.

Application Fee: Apply before August 1st for a $0 application fee. $150 after August 1st.

2016 Tuition & Fees: $115,000

Average years of Work Experience: 16.5
Average GPA: 3.3
GMAT Requirement: Required if cumulative GPA is below a 3.0. Academic transcript and professional skills reviewed before admission.
Acceptance Rate: 79%
Maximum Enrollment: 55
Female: 23%
Minority: 8%
Mean Age: 37
Classes Meet: Three days a month (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday) with occasional week long residencies
Length of Program: 17 months
Students From These Sectors:
• Financial Services: 15%
• Construction: 2%
• Consulting Services: 8%
• Healthcare: 15%
• Manufacturing: 35%
• Non-Profit: 8%
• Retail/wholesale: 2%
• Transportation: 5%
• Information Technology: 10%

Because your business challenges are never one-dimensional, the Fisher EMBA curriculum is designed to teach you, not only the fundamentals of sound business practice, but also how to think strategically and globally. Building on a rigorous foundation of courses covering all major areas of business, the program integrates the fundamentals into a succession of courses that are issue-oriented and customized around the interests of your class. Over the course of the program you will gain a comprehensive business perspective on current business management issues through team-taught, interdisciplinary courses. Learn to think broadly and strategically about your firm through a rigorous study of the fundamentals of business. Work on projects that directly relate to your current business problems. Prepare a business plan to hone entrepreneurial skills. Grow and learn from a diverse class of fellow business executives from a variety of industries.

Core Courses
Organizational Behavior
Strategy Formulation and Implementation
Managerial Economics
Data Analysis for Managers
Accounting for Decision Making
Financial Management
Marketing Management
Operations Management
Multinational Business Administration
Professional Development: Topics in Leadership

Sample Elective Courses
Mergers and Acquisitions
Private Equity and Venture Capital
Strategic Alliances
Enterprise Leadership
Leadership and Competitive Analysis

Career Management
The Fisher Executive MBA program works with CareerBeam to provide students with career services. The online resources and one on one coaching help students leverage themselves with their new degree. Whether students want to move up in their organization, change directions, or need help finding what the next step is, CareerBeam can help. The online resources include resume writing, interviewing skills, and research databases. The online resources remain available to EMBA alumni after graduating from the program.

Contact Information

110 Pfahl Hall
280 W. Woodruff Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43210
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From Ohio State University Fisher College of Business:

The Fisher Executive MBA program is consistently ranked among the best nationally and internationally. We’ve earned our high praise by creating selective, personal, solution-oriented programs taught by some of the world’s best thought leaders. Our executive graduates say these attributes keep our curriculum flexible, responsive, rigorous and practical.


The Fisher Executive MBA is a cohort-based program, structured to provide minimal disruption to student’s busy work schedule and personal life. The program (view program calendar) is designed for individuals with at least 7 years of managerial experience who desire the knowledge and insights of the MBA degree to hone business skills in the areas of strategic planning, integration, global thinking, teamwork, and leadership. Students in the EMBA program come from a diverse set of industries, functional areas, and parts of the world.

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The Fisher Executive MBA curriculum provides students with the tools needed to accomplish learning objectives while working school seamlessly into their life. Building on a foundation of courses covering all major areas of business, the Fisher EMBA program integrates the fundamentals of business into a succession of courses that are issue-oriented and customized around the interests of students in the class. The Fisher core courses are designed to help students develop managerial thinking skills.

At orientation, students are assigned to teams of 4 to 6 individuals. Each team is comprised of individuals from diverse industries and functional areas. The teams work together throughout the duration of the program. This gives students the opportunity to simulate a real business environment and gain a new perspective and approach to problem solving.

As a required part of the Global Business course curriculum, students participate in a global immersion experience, by visiting organizations abroad to gain first-hand knowledge of operations in the global marketplace. During the excursion, students are hosted at a variety of site visits across different industries and cities. The trip includes meetings and seminars with business leaders and provides insights on culture and society. Past cohorts have traveled to Hong Kong, China, and Japan. The most recent cohort traveled to Shanghai, and Hong Kong with an optional cultural excursion to Beijing.

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Mara McKee
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“The Fisher EMBA has provided me a solid framework to tackle not only daily operational challenges, but also to help guide strategic decision making. The structure of the program combined with the excellent faculty and talent of the students creates a powerful learning experience. In addition, being from Boston, the once a month format allows me to get away from work and submerse myself in the learning experience.”

Dean Carucci
Chief Operating Officer
Overland Park Regional Medical Center (HCA)
Class of 2012