The greater Columbus, Ohio, region has an annual growth rate of 1.1%, higher than the US average of 0.7%.
The city of Columbus is creating 150,000 new jobs in the area, as well as raising $8 billion of capital investment by 2020, making it a great time to find your place there.
The Ohio State University Max M. Fisher College of Business has plenty of business partnerships with companies in the region, with MBA students participating in hands-on business projects in Columbus, and around the world.
Fisher’s strong links to the community pay off for MBA students—95% of them obtain full-time employment within three months of graduating, and over half find positions in the Midwest.
Here are five reasons why Columbus makes sense for those pursuing an MBA:
1. It’s one of the best cities to start a business
Forbes ranked Columbus as the top emerging city for startups in the US, and there are plenty of resources for entrepreneurs in the region—including Drive Capital, a venture capital company set up by a former Silicon Valley investor.
Fisher College of Business, with dedicated career coaching available to MBA students and access to The Ohio State University's Keenan Center for Entrepreneurship, can help you achieve your business dreams.
If you’re looking for more in-depth business knowledge during your studies, a Fisher MBA offers several ways to personalize your degree, equipping you with the future skills you’ll need to succeed.
2. It has an unbeatable concentration of Fortune firms
There are 15 Fortune 1,000 and five Fortune 500 companies in the greater Columbus region, with the biggest of these companies, JPMorgan Chase, employing over 20,000 people in the area.
Fisher College of Business offers students unique action-based opportunities including on-site consulting projects with local firms and a social impact challenge, where student teams work with area non-profit organizations to solve problems.
Over the two-year program, students also have the chance to apply their skills through experiential learning opportunities on a local and global scale. One of the most popular experiences is Fisher’s Global Applied Projects (GAP) program. The GAP program culminates in a three-week immersive experience with companies in locations around the world.
3. It has an innovative tech scene
Global technology companies IBM, Nokia, and Verizon all have links to the region, and JPMorgan Chase’s innovation lab is headquartered in the city.
MBA students at Fisher recently engaged with leaders in the technology industry as part of the 10th annual Silicon Valley Tour conducted each year by the university’s Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization Institute.
4. It has diverse, international business links
No single industry accounts for more than 18% of employment in the Columbus region, which demonstrates just how diverse the region's industries are.
During Fisher’s MBA program, students can personalize their degree through optional pathways or select from a wide range of electives across the university. Fisher’s curriculum flexibility allows MBA students to focus their coursework on what best fits their career goals.
And with so many foreign companies in the Columbus region—the top-20 largest foreign companies there represent nine different countries—a Fisher MBA can prepare you for an international job in the industry of your choice.
5. It’s in the heart of the US
Columbus is ideally located in the heart of the US. In fact, 48% of companies headquartered in the country are located within a 10-hour drive from the city.
With access to so many companies just a short trip away, Columbus is an ideal city to explore internship and career opportunities. In fact, 53% of MBA students at Fisher College of Business in 2017-18 completed an internship in the Midwest.