Specialized Master in Business Analytics
Applying and Deadlines

We carefully review academic credentials, essays, resumes, references and interview notes to select individuals who are a great fit for our SMB-A program. It is paramount that you demonstrate your academic aptitude, showcase your leadership and teamwork experiences, highlight your involvement in community or professional associations, and provide insight into the personal experiences that will enable you to add value to the Fisher community.

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  • Academic Transcripts

    One of the basic requirements for admission to Fisher is the completion of a four-year bachelor’s degree or its equivalent prior to matriculation. The Ohio State University does not recognize a three-year bachelor’s degree to be comparable to the four-year bachelor’s degree. To determine if you meet the degree requirements for The Ohio State University, contact the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions at gradadmissions@osu.edu.

    You are required to submit transcripts from each undergraduate and graduate institution attended. Coursework from one institution reported as transfer credit on another school's transcript does not meet Ohio State's definition of a transcript. Separate transcripts must be submitted if you received any transfer credit from other institutions.

    In cases where examination results or grades are not released, please contact the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions at gradadmissions@osu.edu.

    The SMB-A Admissions Committee reviews scanned copies of official transcripts uploaded in your application for evaluation purposes. Transcripts should include all work previously completed and work currently in progress. Ideally, SMB-A applicants will have a calculus class on their transcript (although not required). If you have taken (or are taking) courses at The Ohio State University, you do not need to submit transcripts for those grades as the Admissions Office will obtain your Ohio State grades directly from the University Registrar’s Office.

    IMPORTANT: If you are admitted to the SMB-A program, you will be required to submit official copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts to the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions.

    Where To Send Official Transcripts


    Request that your transcripts be sent electronically from the issuing institution directly to gpadocs@osu.edu. If your institution does not send official electronic transcripts, you may order them to be sent to us. Transcripts must come directly to us from the issuing institution; they cannot come from the applicant, even if they're in a sealed envelope.

    Graduate and Professional Admissions
    P.O. Box 182004
    Columbus, OH 43218-2004


    Send copies of international transcripts, diplomas or degree certificates and English translations in sealed university envelopes to:

    Graduate and Professional Admissions
    The Ohio State University
    Student Academic Services Building
    281 W. Lane Ave.
    Columbus, OH 43210-1132 USA


    • Because not all international institutions send transcripts on demand, we will accept official transcripts sent to Graduate and Professional Admissions by the applicant if they arrive in sealed university envelopes.
    • International transcript documents should include certified educational records and degree certificates or diplomas.
    • All documents must be received in the original language with official English translations. Student-made translations are not accepted.
  • Test Scores


    Standardized tests are not only one way of evaluating a student’s academic potential, but they do add another piece to the "puzzle" of an application. Each applicant to the Specialized Master in Business-Analytics (SMB-A) program must arrange to take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

    The Max M. Fisher College of Business-Specialized Master in Business – Analytics GMAT Code: ZLJ-9D-94

    There is NO minimum GMAT or GRE score required to enter our program. GMAT and GRE scores are valid for five years from the date the test was taken.


    We will consider an application without a GMAT or GRE score as long as you meet the minimum qualifications . You may not request a waiver if you have already taken the exam and requested your scores be sent to The Ohio State University.

    How to be considered: The waiver request is part of our online application. Simply answer "YES" to the question "Do you wish to request a GMAT/GRE waiver?"

  • Resume

    A detailed resume or curriculum vitae gives the SMB-A Admissions Committee a snapshot of your professional and academic career and serves as an indication of how well you are able to sell yourself on paper.

    Since our Career Management Office is represented on the Admissions Committee, the resume also gives the us an idea of how you would present yourself to a prospective employer and helps them evaluate your potential for successful placement upon completion of the Fisher SMB-A program.

    Resume requirements

    Please include all of the following in your resume, if applicable, and account for the time since the beginning of your university education.

    • Your contact information (full name, mailing address, phone, and email)
    • Employment history (with details of primary duties and accomplishments in each position held)
    • Extracurricular and/or community activities
    • Languages (read, spoken, and/or understood)
    • Military record (if applicable)
  • Personal Statement

    You will be required to complete a personal statement. The personal statement gives you the opportunity to present yourself more fully to our SMB-A Admissions Committee and to provide insight into your experiences, goals, and thought processes.


    Your personal statement should include and describe:

    • Your short-term and long-term goals
    • Your reasons for seeking an SMB-A degree in general
    • Why you believe a Fisher SMB-A will help you achieve these goals

    Required Format:

    Limit length to 750 words or approximately two pages. You will also want to:

    • Clearly label the top of the page with your name.
    • Double-space, and use a font that is easy to read (e.g. Arial). We suggest no smaller than 12-point font.
    • Number all pages at the bottom of the page.
  • Letters of Recommendation

    Letters of Recommendation enable the SMB-A Admissions Committee to gain further insight into your personality, your character, and your potential for success in the SMB-A program and beyond.


    The SMB-A degree requires at least two individuals to serve as your references. A third letter of reference is optional. One or more of your recommendations needs to be from a professional context.

    We encourage you to choose individuals who can attest to your scholarship, professional development, leadership potential, and personal character.


    You will have the opportunity to ask your references to submit electronic letters of reference on your behalf through the online application.

  • Live Interview (Invite Only)

    Interviews are offered by invitation only and are a required part of our evaluation process for some applicants. You will receive communications from our admissions team if you've been invited to a live interview.

  • Application Fee

    To process each application for admission to the SMB-A program, we charge a non-refundable fee of $60 for domestic applicants and $70 for international applicants.

    Paying the application fee must be made with a credit card, as part of the application process.


75 percent of each class in the SMB-A program is online asynchronous instruction. For the remaining 25 percent, a question is on the application asking about your plans*. Select Live-Stream* (entirely online)In-Person (Saturday on-campus) or "unsure" to inform us of your intent. Email  if you have applied and need to change your response. 

*Eligibility: Columbus metro residents are encouraged/expected to travel to campus for the full and rich learning experience (25% On-Campus - Saturday). Except under unusual circumstances, the online (25% streaming) option is only available to students living 50+ miles away from Ohio State's main campus. Email us to discuss exceptions or eligibility.


We will consider your application without a GMAT or GRE score as long as you meet the following minimum qualifications:
• Earned a 3.2 (on a 4.0 scale) undergraduate cumulative GPA or higher; and
• Achieved a grade of B or better in at least two college-level quantitative courses (algebra or higher); and
• Have a minimum of 4 years of post-baccalaureate work experience.

You may not request a waiver if you have already taken the exam and requested your scores be sent to The Ohio State University.

How to be considered: The waiver request is part of our online application. Simply answer "YES" to the question "Do you wish to request a GMAT/GRE waiver?"

The decision to grant the GMAT/GRE waiver is made at the discretion of the Admissions Committee. Should the committee decide that a GMAT or GRE score is needed to fully evaluate your candidacy for the program, you will be informed once your application has been initially reviewed.

Online Application

Application Deadlines

The SMB-A program processes applications on a rolling admissions basis, meaning that we review and evaluate complete applications as they are submitted rather than waiting until a specific deadline(s) to begin the review process. The SMB-A program has an autumn enrollment only. Classes for Autumn 2021 will begin on August 24, 2021. We encourage you to apply now so we can give you your admissions decision as early as possible. Due to the online format, the SMB-A program is unable to accept international applications for those with or seeking an F-1 or J-1 visa. 


Final Deadline Application Status Notes
July 2, 2021 Accepting Applications for 2021 Completed applications are reviewed as they are received.

We receive more applications than we have space available in most of our graduate programs. It is to your advantage to start working on your application early. 

If you do not receive an offer of admission, you may contact our admissions staff to discuss how you can strengthen your application and apply for admission in a later year.

We will keep your application on record for a maximum of one year. However, when you decide to re-apply, we require that you complete a new application in its entirety, including new academic transcripts, letters of recommendation, personal statement, resume, and application fee.

Contact Us

Whether you are in the beginning stages of your program search or you have already decided that one of Fisher's graduate programs is the right fit for you, we encourage you to connect with us.  

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Due to COVID-19, on-campus activities (in-person meetings, class visits, campus tours) are temporarily unavailable. Prospective students should contact the Graduate Programs Office virtually to meet with a graduate student ambassador, admissions, or a program-specific recruiter to learn more.