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

Contact our general manager with any questions. Profile updated: September 27, 2019.

School Data

Tuition: $115,000

Female: 25%

Male: 75%

Average Years Work Experience: 18

Admissions Requirements: GMAT or GRE Required, Interview Required, 8 Years Minimum Work Experience

Application Deadlines: We have rolling admissions and are currently accepting applications for the cohort beginning in December 2019. Applications are due September 30, 2019. After September 30, acceptance is based on space availability.

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.

2019 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%

Curriculum

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

Location:
110 Pfahl Hall
280 W. Woodruff Ave
Columbus, Ohio 43210
Admissions Office:
614-247-8088
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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.

Overview

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.

Build Knowledge and Share Insights

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.

Students participate in two immersion experiences, visiting organizations abroad to gain first-hand knowledge of operations in the global marketplace. During the excursions, students are hosted at a variety of site visits across different industries and cities. The trips include meetings and seminars with business leaders and provide insights on culture and society. Past cohorts have traveled to...

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