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SMB-A Blended Online Learning

Become a Data-Savvy Manager and Analytics Leader

At Fisher, we understand the challenges that working professionals face. For most working professionals, unpredictable hours and family obligations make taking classes in the afternoon particularly challenging after a busy workday. Unlike traditional afternoon program delivered over 2.5 semesters (10-months). Classes are designed to accommodate the needs of working professionals while being accessible to non-working professionals. Explore the blended learning options below.

Download the SMB-A Info Sheet and Curriculum 

75% Online

The SMB-A program uses a blended course delivery format, requiring students to participate in 75 percent online asynchronous instruction, with the remaining 25 percent delivered via in-person Saturday classes or live-streaming.

Online Asynchronous Instruction

Each class in the curriculum consists of 75 percent asynchronous online distance-learning content and instruction — typically requiring 12 to 15 hours of self-paced work per week. The SMB-A program is intentionally designed to be hands-on and fast-paced — mirroring careers in business technology.

25% You Choose

Students attend three Saturday classes during a seven-week term (four during the summer) either on-campus or via live-streaming. Saturday class meetings are delivered in 3.5-hour blocks. 

OPTION ONE: On-Campus Saturday Classes

Combine your online asynchronous instruction with rich on-campus Saturday coursework to complete each class. Classes meet three times during a seven-week term (four during the summer). Classes meet three times during a seven-week term (four during the summer). The
Saturday classes are delivered as 3.5-hour blocks with an included lunch.

  • In-depth discussion and live demonstration
  • Subject exploration and hands-on exercises
  • Faculty support and peer networking
SMB-A Saturday Schedule


OPTION TWO: Live-Streaming Classes

Students living 50+ miles from Ohio State's main campus can live-stream Saturday sessions to complete the in-person portion of each class. Depending on the class, you can be a passive viewer, active participant, or a mix of both. Live-streaming provides you with the ability to earn the degree entirely online.

  • Earn your degree from anywhere in the U.S.
  • Recorded to fit your busy schedule
  • Geography and situation determine eligibility

*Except under unusual circumstances, the online streaming option is only available to students living 50+ miles away from Ohio State's main campus. E-mail fcob-smb-a@fisher.osu.edu to discuss your eligibility.

Curriculum Structure:

Using this blended format, students typically take two courses at a time, with the delivery of each 3-credit hour course spread over three Saturdays (on-campus or live-streaming) during a 7-weeks term with distance-learning content and support in-between. The delivery format and program of study conform to The Ohio State University academic calendar: classes will begin toward the end of August, with each half-semester consisting of two classes for a total of ten 3-credit hour courses classes and one 1.5-hour course delivered as follows:

AUTUMN Term One Statistics (3), Accounting and Finance (3)
  Term Two Data Management (3), Managerial Economics (3)
SPRING Term One Descriptive Analytics (3), Predictive Analytics (3)
  Term Two Prescriptive Analytics (3), Electives (3)
SUMMER Term One Leadership (1.5), Electives (3), Practicum / Capstone Project (3)

Download the SMB-A Plan of Study Calendar

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