Ohio University Essay For Admissions

Admissions Process and Deadlines

Let us know when you're ready to join our nationally ranked MBA program and we'll help you get started.

Application Deadlines

Getting started with your application is easy and we're here to help. Contact the PMBA Admissions Team at pmba@ohio.edu, or call 740-593-2053. 

We offer a January and August start date that allow you to join the program when the time is right for you. Prospective students are encouraged to apply early as seats are limited. Applications completed after the priority deadline will be considered as seats are available in the program.

Start DatePriority DeadlineApplication Deadline
January October 1November 30
AugustMay 1June 30


Here's how to apply.

An application checklist and online application instructions may be downloaded here.

Step 1. Online application and transcripts


Online Application
The online Graduate Student Application allows you to create a password-protected account so you can return to the application, enter information, and upload documents at your convenience. A non-refundable application fee of $50 is required for the PMBA program.

  • The Program Name is Professional MBA. 
  • The Program Code is: MB6159 (Business Analytics), MB6160 (Executive Management), MB6161 (Finance), MB6162 (Health Care)
  • For Campus, choose 'online.'

Official Transcripts
One official transcript from all institutions of higher education you have attended should be sent to the Graduate College. Ohio University transcripts will be obtained by Graduate College on your behalf.

Electronic submission (preferred): choose “Ohio University” as recipient and use graduate@ohio.edu for email if needed

Mailing address (if electronic submission is not available):

Ohio University 
Graduate College
220 Research & Technology Center
Athens, OH 45701-2979

Transcripts from non-U.S. institutions must be official or registrar-certified, in envelopes sealed by the issuing institution, if possible. Learn more about international transcripts.

Step 2. Prepare deliverables


Resume
Upload and attach an up-to-date and professional resume to your online application in the Background and References section. We are interested in the length of professional experience, demonstrated leadership and management skills, and potential for growth.

Professional Statement
Your professional plans statement should discuss your accomplishments, career goals and objectives, and the value of the MBA degree to achieving your career goals. You should upload and attach your professional statement to your online application in the Background and References section.

Step 3. Letters of recommendation


Arrange for three individuals to submit letters of recommendation on your behalf. One letter needs to be provided by your immediate supervisor. The other two can be from former employers, professional colleagues, or individuals who have worked closely with you on a project. Applicants who are self-employed can ask their legal counsel, accountant, or a client to submit letters on their behalf.

  • When prompted on the online application, request that your reference letter providers be contacted through the online application process for electronic submission of their recommendation letters. 
  • Letters of recommendation should include the provider's relationship to you and their complete address and contact information, including a clearly identifiable professional e-mail address (not a Yahoo!, Hotmail, or G-Mail account, for instance). 
  • Your references should speak to your level of maturity, leadership qualities, and potential for senior management responsibility.
  • Paper recommendation letters can be sent to Kari Lehman, Administrative Director of Graduate and Executive Education Programs, College of Business Annex 342, Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701-2979.

Step 4. Interview and admissions decisions


Interview
Admission to the Professional MBA Program is highly competitive and selective. Factors considered in the admission decision include years of experience, strength of recommendation letters, fit, academic and career achievements, and finally a pre-admission interview. Once the application and all supporting documents are on file with the College of Business, selected applicants will be invited for an interview.

Admissions Decisions
Admissions decisions are typically made within two weeks of the interview. A letter will be mailed to each applicant from the College of Business, followed by an official letter from the Graduate College. Factors considered in the admission decision include years of experience, strength of recommendation letters, fit, academic and career achievements, and the interview.

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Application Forms

Most application forms are available to download and print. Please note that if you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader you may download the free version to view the PDF documents below. You may also report any access barriers or request an alternative format.

  • Application Instructions, Form, and Majors List 2018-2019 (PDF)
    This application should be used by all U.S. freshman and transfer students applying for admission for 2018-2019 (international application is available below). All applicants should read this document carefully before completing the application form. Includes instructions for applying to Honors Tutorial College.
  • Counselor Information Form (PDF)
    Freshman applicants should present this form to their school counselor to complete.
  • List of Undergraduate Degree Programs Offered (PDF)
    The application form requires all applicants to list a degree program. This document provides a comprehensive list of degree programs offered, along with their corresponding major codes.
  • International Application Instructions, Form, and Majors List 2018-2019 (PDF)
    This application should be used by international applicants wishing to submit an application for admission.
  • International Student Financial Sponsor Form (PDF)
    International students must submit this form detailing the name and relationship of any financial sponsor and the amount the sponsor is willing to provide toward the student's costs.
  • Nondegree Student Application and Instructions 2018-2019 (PDF)
    This application should be used by students who wish to enroll in a limited number of courses at the university and does not intend to earn an undergraduate degree from Ohio University.
  • College Credit Plus Application (PDF)
    This application is for students who want to pursue dual enrollment on any Ohio University campus.
  • Correctional Education Application (PDF)
    This application is intended only for incarcerated students, both degree-seeking and non-degree-seeking, who would like to take coursework through the eCampus of Ohio University.
  • Dean of Students Form (PDF)
    Students who have never attended a college or university are exempt from completing this form. This form should only be completed by students who answered “yes” to one of the academic / disciplinary questions under the Education History section of the application. Additionally, students who are not eligible to return to every previously attended institution must submit the form. The form, when completed, should be sent directly to Ohio University’s Dean of Students Office. 
  • Secondary School Disciplinary Report Form (PDF)
    This form should only be completed by high school students who answered "yes" to one of the academic / disciplinary questions under the Education History section of the application or who have been contacted by Undergraduate Admissions and requested to complete this form. The form, when completed, should be directly sent to Ohio University Undergraduate Admissions from the secondary school official.
  • Request for Residency Review
    Forms for obtaining Ohio residency status for university fee-purposes can be downloaded.
  • Request for Change of Entry Term
    In most cases, a student's offer for admission to Ohio University is valid for one academic year. An updated Undergraduate Application for Admission and Scholarships is required in order to change the intended entry term. Because of the previous application, a request form can be submitted to waive the application fee.
  • Re-Enrollment Form (PDF)
    This form is for students who have attended Ohio University as degree seeking (not dual enrollment or other nondegree) students since 1985 but who are not currently enrolled and would like to return to OHIO. 

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