Specialized Master in Business Analytics
Capstone Project

Capstone Project

The SMB-A Capstone project is an experiential learning opportunity directly integrated into the curriculum, which exposes you to real-world analytics problems faced by leading organizations. You'll realize the full potential of the analytical skills acquired throughout the program and showcase your business expertise to a professional audience.

Capstone Project Selection

Project selection is a vital part of your capstone experience and requires a clearly defined problem set in an organizational context. Projects at the graduate Specialized Master in Business Analytics level are typically individual student projects, entailing written reports, presentations and statistical documentation/code. Traditionally, there are two main options to consider when selecting your Capstone project:

1. Working professionals can select analytical work related to their current employer. This option is an excellent way to capitalize on your existing contextual knowledge and understanding of the analysis's relevance and potential impact. 

2. Utilize projects scouted by Fisher faculty. These pre-vetted projects ensure data availability and organizational relevance. In this option, more time is required to develop a clear contextual understanding. 


Both options are the right choice. Most working professionals tend to pursue the personal work context route; however, not everyone does so. Non-working professionals or those with little to no work experience may consider projects from prior work contexts or select projects from the current Fisher pool. No matter which option you select, Fisher's world-class faculty and industry experts guide you towards success. Explore The OutCoMES Cycle as an example of how our faculty provides real, innovative solutions to help guide SMB-A students' thinking early on in their business analysis projects.


Fisher Analytics Projects

Kimball Midwest Inventory Accuracy: Death by A Thousand Cuts Hospital ROI and Distributor Chargeback Forecasting Model Past Due Invoice Root Cause Analysis
Data-driven Fundraising to Increase Workplace Giving  P&G Nyquil & Dayquil Sales Prediction  Analysis of Hawaiian Telecom and the Possible Prediction of Churn based on Sentiment
Publisher Deal Qualification Score  Analysis of the Relationship of Time to Candidate Decisions to Withdraw from Recruitment Process Risk-Prediction Model for Myocardial Infarction New Account Opening Attrition Model
An Analysis of the Effect of Order Changes on Freight Costs in the Supply Chain Forecasting the Demand and Supply of Cash at a Bank’s Cash Vaults: Building a Better Mouse Trap Thin Credit Profiles or Synthetic Identities?

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Benefits: Organization & Student

ORGANIZATIONS: Capstone projects most often represent stretch goals for analysis. As a result, the organizations providing the context and data gain valuable insights that they otherwise might not allocate resources towards over the project time frame. 

STUDENTS: When students pursue project work at their employer, they benefit from elevated visibility among supervisors and colleagues. Those that select from projects available at other firms in the Fisher pool gain new contextual knowledge and professional connections.

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As an SMB-A student, you'll benefit from the unique combination of a tight-knit graduate program at one of the largest universities in the country. Ohio State's Fisher College of Business has a wide range of organizations that work with our SMB-A and MBA graduate students on analytics projects.

Abbott FacilitySource Mid-Ohio Foodbank Stanley Black & Decker
ACME Logistics Fisher OCM Mymee State of Ohio
Alliance Data Honda Ohio State (Chemistry) Stony Creek Brewery
Allied Mineral Huntington Ohio State (Medical) U.S. Military
Bamboo Rose Insight P&G Updox
Cardinal Health Kroger Pacejet WantMyLook
City of Columbus Lease or Buy Renaissance Periodization Whole Foods Market
CVG Little Italy Saama WOSU
DHL Lodestone Academy Sandvik Hyperion and more!

Having analytical work completed by Fisher College of Business students is a great way to contribute while also benefitting your organization. Fisher has numerous project opportunities in both the undergraduate and graduate analytics curricula that can fit your needs and interest. Accepted projects typically require organizations to provide data relevant to the context. They will also require time allocated to dialogue between the originating organization and the student/team to ensure a contextual understanding of the data set's task and nature. To facilitate the best match between your project and student availability, please complete this form.

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