Ohio State University (Fisher)


For Fall 2012 Entry

Round 4

Deadline: March 1

Round 5

Deadline: April 15

*Applications will be accepted after April 15 on a space-available basis. Please feel free to submit an application after this date, as we will post a message on this webpage when applications are no longer being accepted for Autumn 2012.


Double space your essays, and use a font that is easy to read (e.g. Arial). We suggest a 10-point font.

Essay 1: Shaping Your Vision

Every year Fisher College’s MBA program admits a select group of talented professionals with demonstrated potential to become successful business leaders in an increasingly competitive, global environment. Briefly summarize your professional accomplishments to date. If you have not held a full-time job or are still in college, let us know about your leadership accomplishments in a school, internship, or extracurricular context.

Also, why do you want to earn an MBA degree in general and a Fisher College MBA in particular? Include your post-MBA goals, both short-term and long-term, and outline your plan for achieving them.

Maximum words: 750

Essay 2: Focusing On Leadership

At the core of our mission is our dedication to developing leaders. Successful leaders have a number of shared characteristics, and we would like you to choose two out of the 10 attributes that best describe you, your leadership style, and/or your leadership successes to date:

    • Creativity

    • Communication Skills

    • Curiosity

    • Empathy

  • Endurance

    • Global Outlook

    • Integrity

    • Passion

    • Self Awareness

  • Vision

Please provide us with clear evidence of your accomplishments for the two chosen attributes. You have three options for doing so:

Option 1*: You may submit physical objects, images, photographs, or photocopies, along with brief descriptions of how these objects exemplify the leadership qualities you selected. For example, to illustrate endurance, you might share a copy of your marathon medal, along with a short paragraph describing this experience.

Option 2: You may choose to write an essay for each of the two characteristics you select, describing situations in which you exemplified these leadership traits. Maximum words per essay: 500

Option 3: You may combine options 1 and 2.

* You may send objects to MBA Admissions, 100 Gerlach Hall, 2108 Neil Ave., Columbus, OH 43210. Please note that Fisher College will not be responsible for returning physical objects to applicants.

Essay 3: Discovering You

As a Fisher College MBA student, you get the best of both worlds: the up-close and personal feel of a small program combined with the resources and opportunities offered by a major research university. As an individual participant, you will play a key role in shaping our culture. Consequently, we would like to learn more about who you are and the unique characteristics you will contribute to the Fisher College community.

Provide an honest description of yourself outside your professional context, stressing the personal characteristics you believe to be your strengths and weaknesses, along with the factors that have most influenced your development to date.

Maximum words: 750