MBA for Working ProfessionalsMaster of Business Administration – Online

About us

The Working Professional MBA (WPMBA) at Ohio State's Fisher Max M. College of Business is the only part-time MBA program in Ohio ranked among the nation's best. Students earn the same degree as our rigorous full-time MBA, but with the flexibility to balance work, life and educational needs. We've recently added the ability to complete the program 100% online! The new Online WPMBA seamlessly integrates into Fisher's on-campus Working Professionals MBA program.

Whether you're enrolled entirely on-campus, online or a mix of both, you won't compromise quality for convenience. Fisher's Working Professional MBA, providing all students — in-person or virtual — with the same access to a globally recognized MBA that has stood above others thanks to:

  • A top-10 program ranked by U.S. News & World Report
  • Premier faculty and industry experts
  • Unforgettable experiential learning
  • Engaging, hands-on curriculum
  • Wide-ranging electives, including specializations (43% of your credit hours are electives)
  • Award-winning one-on-one career coaching,
  • mentorship and professional development
  • Personalized academic advising and guidance
  • Recruiting events, networking, job fairs and speakers
  • Columbus, Ohio connections -- headquarters to top businesses
  • One of the world's largest alumni networks with thousands of business professionals

As a nationally top-ranked program, we look for motivated students with demonstrated leadership capabilities and a strong academic foundation. Students who value and excel in collaborative environments with access to expert faculty will thrive at Fisher. The WPMBA program is open to those currently employed with at least two years of post-baccalaureate work experience. We can make admission exceptions for a handful of students currently unemployed or actively seeking employment to return to the workplace. Start your application for spring or autumn enrollment.

A typical working professional student can expect to:

  • Create a schedule of weeknight or weekend classes, either on-campus or online
  • Select from two to three sections of each core course taught either in-person, through distance learning (online) or hybrid
  • Control the workload by taking anywhere from 1.5 to 9 credit hours
  • Schedule classes in the fall, spring, and/or summer semesters
  • Earn the same diploma as the Full-Time MBA program​
  • Complete the program in as little as two years or as many as six. The average time to graduation is three years (8 semesters) at 6 credit hours per semester.

Students learning online can expect courses that are a synchronous and asynchronous mix and are supported by video modules and recorded class sessions. Self-paced, asynchronous content is accessible 24/7, providing greater flexibility that fits your schedule while keeping you connected to campus.

Each core class consists of two to three sections, with at least one delivered online (synchronous/asynchronous). Online electives are also available based on sections offered and timing.  Students learning online have sufficient courses to complete their required 48 total credit hours entirely online.