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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
95 tenure track

10 clinical track

55 full-time non-tenure track[1]
Students5,552 total[citation needed]
Undergraduates7,359 full-time[1]
Postgraduates268 full-time MBA[citation needed]
299 MBA for Working Professionals
41 SMF
80 MAcc[1]
100 MHRM[1]
52 PhD[1]
Location, ,
AffiliationsAACSB (Founding Member)

The Max M. Fisher College of Business is the business school of The Ohio State University. Fisher's campus is located on the northern part of The Ohio State 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[citation needed]. Fisher is one of the founding members of the AACSB.

By design, Fisher College of Business enrolls about 120 Full-Time Master of Business Administration (MBA) students each year.[1] Currently, there are 7,359 full-time undergraduates.[3] Established in 1916 as the College of Commerce and Journalism,[4] the school was renamed in 1993 for Max M. Fisher, a 1930 Ohio State graduate who provided a substantial amount[quantify] to the school. The number of living alumni is 78,657.

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 2016 population of 860,090.[5] The greater Columbus metropolitan area has a population of 2,041,520 as of 2016[6] 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.

Academic programsEdit

Business school rankings
Worldwide overall
Worldwide MBA
Financial Times[8]84
Bloomberg Businessweek[9]44
U.S. News & World Report[11]31
U.S. undergraduate
Bloomberg Businessweek[12]14
U.S. News & World Report[13]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.

Students may concentrate in:

  • Finance
  • Accounting and Management Information Systems
  • Financial Reporting and Analysis
  • International Business
  • Leadership and Organizational Behavior
  • Marketing
  • Operations and Logistics
  • Strategy
  • Students may also opt to create their own major

Additionally, students can choose a Career Track in:

  • Enterprise Sustainability
  • Entrepreneurship and New Business Ventures
  • Health Care Management
  • Real Estate Management

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 ample 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.

Numerous 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.

Undergraduate specializations with the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) include: [14]

  • Accounting
  • Business Management
  • Aviation Management
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Information Systems
  • Insurance
  • International Business
  • Logistics Management
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management
  • Real Estate
  • Students may opt to create their own major [14]


Fisher's academically rigorous, teamwork-oriented MBA program enables a high level of interaction with faculty, with a student–faculty ratio of 3:1. The faculty is led by Dean Anil Makhija.

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 to 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.

2018: New Master in Business Analytics ProgramEdit

The New Specialized Masters in Business Analytics (SMB-A) at Ohio State's Fisher College of Business is a 10-month program that equips students with an understanding of the science of data analytics and its implication for business innovation, productivity and growth.

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.

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.[15]


Among the Top 25 MBA programs in the United States, Fisher's tuition falls in the bottom half.[citation needed] Scholarships and graduate assistantships are available as well. A significant number of students in each entering class receives some form of merit-based funding. In addition to Fisher merit-based funding, there are also financial aid sources available through the university.

Career Services & PlacementEdit

Students have numerous opportunities to meet corporate executives and to network with Fisher's alumni base of more than 60,000 world-wide, many of whom are renowned business leaders. With more than 300 companies coming to campus to recruit, the Office of Career Services actively partners with students. Students have access to a career advisor and coach, trained and ready to support students in their job search. The Office of Career Management provides FisherConnect for students and employers. FisherConnect is an online hub for posting resumes, viewing and scheduling interviews, viewing career fair information, and keeping up to date with all Career Services has to offer.


Fisher College of Business has exchange programs and MoUs with other universities, including Atatürk University in Erzerüm, Turkey,[16] Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, India and Asia Graduate School of Business, Hyderabad, India.[citation needed]


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "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. ^ "About Fisher". Fisher College of Business. Retrieved 2018-03-07.
  4. ^ "Milestones". Retrieved 2016-10-06.
  5. ^ U.S. Census Columbus QuickFacts (XLS)
  6. ^ Census Reporter - Columbus, OH Metro Area (CSV)
  7. ^ "QS Global MBA Rankings 2020". Quacquarelli Symonds. Retrieved September 26, 2019.
  8. ^ "Global MBA Ranking 2019". Financial Times. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  9. ^ "Best B-Schools". Bloomberg Businessweek. November 8, 2018. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  10. ^ "The Best Business Schools". Forbes. 2019. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  11. ^ "2019 Best Business Schools Rankings". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  12. ^ "The Complete Ranking: Best Undergraduate Business Schools 2016". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  13. ^ "2019 Best Undergraduate Business Programs Rankings". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  14. ^ a b "Specializations & Minors". Fisher College of Business. Retrieved 2018-03-07.
  15. ^ "The Accounting Hall of Fame Inducts Two Distinguished Accountants" (Press release). Fisher College of Business. 2005-09-30. Retrieved 2006-07-24.
  16. ^ "Atatürk University in Erzurum" (Press release). Middle East Study Center.

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