Fisher College of Business

Coordinates: 40°00′16.62″N 83°00′54.17″W / 40.0046167°N 83.0150472°W / 40.0046167; -83.0150472

The Max M. Fisher College of Business is the business school of The Ohio State University, a public research university in Columbus, Ohio. Fisher's campus is located on the northern part of the university within a partially enclosed business campus adjacent to St. John Arena. It is composed of brick buildings loosely arranged in a quadrangle. The 370,000-square-foot (34,000 m2) complex is the largest multi-building project ever undertaken by the university.[3] Fisher is one of the founding members of the AACSB.

Max M. Fisher College of Business
Mason Hall at Fisher
TypeUndergraduate & Graduate business school
EstablishedMarch 7, 1916[1]
Parent institution
Ohio State University
Endowment120 million
DeanAnil K. Makhija[2]
Academic staff
93 tenure track[1]

9 clinical track[1]

56 full-time non-tenure track[1]
Students8,911 total [1]
Undergraduates7,835 full-time[1]
Postgraduates185 full-time MBA [1]
392 Working Professionals MBA [1]
64 Executive education MBA [1]
38 MBOE[1]
47 MBLE [1]
59 SMF[1]
96 MAcc[1]
107 MHRM[1]
55 PhD [1]
Location, ,
United States
AffiliationsAACSB (Founding Member)

Established in 1916 as the College of Commerce and Journalism,[4] the college was renamed in 1993 for Max M. Fisher, a 1930 Ohio State graduate who led efforts to provide a $20 million gift to the college.[5] By design, it enrolls about 120 full-time Master of Business Administration (MBA) students each year.[1] It also enrolls nearly 8,000 full-time undergraduate students[6] and has nearly 83,000 living alumni.[5]

Location & environmentEdit

The Max M. Fisher College of Business is located in Columbus, Ohio, the largest city in Ohio and the 14th largest city in the United States with an estimated 2018 population of 892,553.[7] The greater Columbus metropolitan area has a population of 2,041,520 as of 2016[8] represents close to 100 nationalities. Columbus is located close to the geographic center of the state and is the second largest city in the Midwest.


Business school rankings
Worldwide overall
Worldwide MBA
Financial Times[10]84
Bloomberg Businessweek[11]44
U.S. News & World Report[13]31
U.S. undergraduate
Bloomberg Businessweek[14]14
U.S. News & World Report[15]15

Fisher's MBA curriculum allows students to customize their focus. After learning the core functions of business, students can select from elective courses to refine their knowledge. Another element of the curriculum is the Professional Leadership & Development program consisting of seminars, workshops, and training sessions that differentiate Fisher MBAs in the work force. Students have opportunities to participate in interview training and networking workshops, join leading business executives and alumni in exclusive luncheon series, or learn about many career choices.

International study and work opportunities are offered around the world to complement the MBA program—including study abroad, global applied projects, internship opportunities, and job placement.


Fisher has a student–faculty ratio of 3:1.

Degrees offeredEdit

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA)
  • Full-time MBA (FTMBA)
  • MBA for Working Professionals (WPMBA)
  • Executive MBA (EMBA)
  • Master of Business Logistics Engineering (MBLE)
  • Master of Accounting (MAcc)
  • Master of Human Resource Management (MHRM)
  • Specialized Master - Finance (SMF)
  • Master of Business Operational Excellence (MBOE)
  • PhD in Business Administration; Accounting & MIS; Human Resource Management
  • Specialized Master in Business Analytics (SMB-A)


Full-Time MBA Students at Fisher generally have 4–6 years of work experience, are academically strong, and score high on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). The average GMAT is around 667 with 80% of the class scoring between 640 and 720. The median age of the recently admitted applicants is 27 years old. Approximately one third are from overseas, one in three are women, and one in seven is an underrepresented domestic minority. The Working Professionals class profile closely resembles the full-time profile with students having on average two additional years of professional experience.

Campus plan and architectureEdit

Many quotations can be found etched into Fisher's campus.

The six-building campus (designed by Kallmann, McKinnell & Wood, Cooper, Robertson & Partners with Karlsberger Architecture as Architect of Record) is oriented around its largest building, the signature Fisher Hall, which is the same height as the main university library and on axis with it. This visually links the college to the larger OSU campus. The organization of undergraduate buildings, graduate study, and administration cluster around a traditional campus green that encourages social mixing of different student bodies and faculty. The brick architecture reinterprets the Neo-Classical tradition found throughout OSU. Cooper, Robertson & Partners designed both Fisher Hall and Pfahl Hall, the executive education building. Kallmann, McKinnell & Wood designed Gerlach Hall, Schoenbaum Hall and Mason Hall. RTKL was hired as the hospitality consultant for the Blackwell Inn. Karlsberger completed all design documents and served as construction administrator for the entire complex.

The campus consists of the following buildings and offices:

  • Fisher Hall
    • Faculty offices
    • Administrative offices
    • Research and business partnership centers
  • Gerlach Hall
    • Graduate business programs
    • Batten investment laboratory
    • Office of career management
  • Mason Hall
    • Student computer labs
    • Office of Information Technology Services
    • Rohr Cafe
  • Pfahl Hall
    • Executive education programs
    • Conference center
    • 2110 Restaurant
  • Schoenbaum Hall
    • Undergraduate business programs
    • Berry auditorium
  • The Blackwell Inn and Conference Center
    • 151 Hotel rooms
    • Conference rooms
    • Banquet facilities

Student organizations & activitiesEdit

Fisher's undergraduate and graduate-level students have the opportunity to get involved in a variety of student-run organizations. In addition to the hundreds of student clubs available through the University, Fisher also sponsors the Finance Club, Real Estate Club, the International Club, the Club for Women in Business, the Marketing Organization, the Partner's Club, or more specialized clubs such as the Golf Club. Fisher Serves is an organization that engages in community service activities such as charity fund raising activities and uses its members skills to offer pro-bono consulting to local businesses or serve on the board of non-profit organizations. The Fisher Citizenship Program provides an outlet for first-year and transfer student engagement in the college. Buckeye Capital Investors is an investment club focused on educating members on the financial markets and how to actively invest and manage a portfolio.

The American Accounting Association's Hall of Fame was established at Fisher in 1950 to honor those who in some way distinguished themselves in the field. An international board of accountants nominate and select new members annually to add to the 78 inducted members. Current Ohio State University faculty are prohibited from nomination.[16]


Fisher College of Business has exchange programs and MoUs with other universities, including Atatürk University in Erzerüm, Turkey,[17] Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, India.


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "About The College". Fisher College of Business. Retrieved 2015-03-03.
  2. ^ "Anil K. Makhija named dean of Fisher College of Business". 2014-10-28. Retrieved 2015-03-03.
  3. ^ "Our Campus | Fisher College of Business". Retrieved 2019-10-23.
  4. ^ "Milestones |". Retrieved 2016-10-06.
  5. ^ a b "About Fisher | Fisher College of Business". Retrieved 2019-10-23.
  6. ^ "About Fisher". Fisher College of Business. Retrieved 2018-03-07.
  7. ^ "U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts: Columbus city, Ohio". Retrieved 2019-10-23.
  8. ^ Census Reporter - Columbus, OH Metro Area (CSV)
  9. ^ "QS Global MBA Rankings 2020". Quacquarelli Symonds. Retrieved September 26, 2019.
  10. ^ "Global MBA Ranking 2020". Financial Times. Retrieved January 27, 2020.
  11. ^ "Best B-Schools". Bloomberg Businessweek. November 8, 2018. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  12. ^ "The Best Business Schools". Forbes. 2019. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  13. ^ "2019 Best Business Schools Rankings". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  14. ^ "The Complete Ranking: Best Undergraduate Business Schools 2016". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  15. ^ "2019 Best Undergraduate Business Programs Rankings". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  16. ^ "The Accounting Hall of Fame Inducts Two Distinguished Accountants" (Press release). Fisher College of Business. 2005-09-30. Retrieved 2006-07-24.
  17. ^ "Atatürk University in Erzurum" (Press release). Middle East Study Center. Archived from the original on 2010-04-13. Retrieved 2010-03-09.

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