Specialized Master in Business Analytics
Applying and Deadlines


Review the application requirements and final deadline below and then start your application to Fisher's Specialized Master in Business-Analytics (SMB-A) program.  Remember, we review applications as they are received. Don't wait to apply.

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International Applicants: Due to this program's online format, the SMB-A program is unable to accept international applications for those with or seeking an F-1 or J-1 visa.

We carefully review academic credentials, essays, resumes, references and other 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.


  • Open/Close 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.

    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.

    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.

    You can watch our webinar covering the most common mistakes that applicants make when providing academic transcripts as part of their graduate program application. The Director of Admissions and Recruiting will also point out critical requirements for your transcript(s) to make for a seamless application process. 

    Watch the Transcript Requirement webinar

    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.
  • Open/Close Test Scores (optional)


    Standardized tests (GMAT and GREare part of how we evaluate your potential for success in the Specialized Master in Business-Analytics (SMB-A) program. The SMB-A program is test-optional. Test optional means we allow you to opt-out of submitting GMAT/GRE test scores to be considered for admission. Applying to the SMB-A program as test-optional does not guarantee a favorable admission decision, and your application will be reviewed holistically. 

    The GRE or GMAT remains an important part of the Fisher SMB-A program's holistic admission process for students electing to send scores. We encourage students to take the GRE or GMAT and share their scores with us if you think they reflect their ability and potential.

    • Other components of your application carry more weight if you elect to apply without test scores
    • Max M. Fisher College of Business-Specialized Master in Business – Analytics GMAT Code: ZLJ-9D-94. For the GMAT, we accept either the legacy GMAT or Focused GMAT.  
    • There is NO minimum GMAT or GRE score required to enter our program. GMAT and GRE scores are valid for five years from the test's date.


    The request is part of Fisher's online application. Answer "YES" to the question, "Do you wish to apply for admissions without official GRE or GMAT scores?" inside the application. Due to COVID-19, All requests will be granted for the current autumn enrollment cycle. We have suspended our minimum waiver requirements. The admissions committee may contact you to discuss options if your application looks like it could greatly benefit from the addition of good test scores.

  • Open/Close 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 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)

    For more information about writing your Fisher resume, view our resume tutorial PDF.

  • Open/Close Essay

    You will be required to complete an essay. The essay gives you the opportunity to present yourself more fully to our Admissions Committee and to provide insight into your experiences, goals, and thought processes.


    What are your short-term and long-term goals? How/why will a Specialized Master in Business - Analytics (SMB-A) help you achieve those goals?

    Maximum length: One single-sided page, 11-size font minimum (no margin requirement)


    This optional essay can be used to address any circumstances you’d like the Admissions Committee to be aware of (gaps in work history/academic performance/choice of references/test waiver requests).

    Maximum words: 500

  • Open/Close Letters of Recommendation (optional)

    You may choose to either list your references or have us send an OPTIONAL electronic letter of recommendation request to each recommender on your behalf. If you choose to provide letters of recommendation, you will answer YES to the question "Do you wish for Fisher to email optional letter of recommendation requests to your references on your behalf?"


    The optional letters of recommendation provide the SMB-A Admissions Committee with further insight into your personality, your character, and your potential for success in the SMB-A program and beyond. You are not penalized for providing references only, however, we do reserve the right to contact them if necessary to make an admission decision. You will have plenty of other opportunities within the application to provide insight about yourself.

    Typically, your letters of recommendation should be from a professional context. We encourage you to choose individuals to recommend you who can attest to your scholarship, professional development, leadership potential, and personal character.

  • Open/Close 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.

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. We encourage you to apply now so we can give you your admissions decision. We release admission decisions on completed applications, usually within four weeks. 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 14, 2024 OPEN - APPLY Completed applications are reviewed as they are received.

**Autumn 2024 classes begin on August 20, 2024. We encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Don't wait until the final deadline. Allow time for evaluation and post-admit tasks.

The SMB-A program is test-optional

We will consider an application without a GMAT or GRE score. The request is part of Fisher's online application. Answer "YES" to the question, "Do you wish to apply for admissions without official GRE or GMAT scores?" inside the application. All requests will be granted. We have suspended our minimum waiver requirements on GPA, quantitative coursework grades, and work experience.

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We recommend applying early

We typically 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. However, we do accept qualified late applicants for select programs each year.

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.

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