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
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.
Strategy Formulation and Implementation
Data Analysis for Managers
Accounting for Decision Making
Multinational Business Administration
Professional Development: Topics in Leadership
Sample Elective Courses
Mergers and Acquisitions
Private Equity and Venture Capital
Leadership and Competitive Analysis
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.