Specialized Master in Business Analytics
The Fisher SMB-A Difference

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In a world powered by Big Data, performing sophisticated and systematic analyses of information is highly valued. The Fisher Specialized Master in Business Analytics (SMB-A) provides the know-how to effectively harness, interpret, and analyze this data.

At Fisher we deliver this know-how through an individualized approach. Each student is given opportunities to practice in real life what your professors have taught in the classroom. This experiential learning methodology means that you’ll be given actual business challenges and work with your peers to solve them. This deep dive into analytics is the key to unlocking your career potential.

Our program has the following unique features:

  • Blended Delivery Format

    SMB-A students complete each class 75 percent online (asynchronous), with the remaining 25 percent delivered via in-person Saturday classes or live-streaming*. Fisher's blended learning format combines the flexibility of online learning with personal interactions and intensive individual and group learning through traditional face-to-face instruction. Students living 50+ miles away from Ohio State's main campus can live-stream* Saturday sessions to complete the in-person portion of each class from anywhere in the country.

    Download the SMB-A Information Sheet and Curriculum

    *Except under unusual circumstances, the online streaming option is only available to students living 50+ miles away from Ohio State’s main campus.

  • The SMB-A Virtual Lab - R, Rstudio, Python, SQL, Tableau, PuTTY, and more!

    The R statistical package has become the language of analytic modeling. A common component of our classes is the reliance on R for learning and analysis. R is used extensively by major players in data analytics; some examples include Google, Amazon and Nationwide Insurance. Gain the skills top employers seek and use them to stand out. 


    Experiential (hands-on) learning is a cornerstone at Fisher. SMB-A students learn the real-world skills that employers want. Each student is provided with a persistent virtual machine (VM) - basically a private windows PC in "the cloud".

    R Tableau
    Rstudio Chrome and Firefox
    Python (Anaconda) Vim text editor
    Jupyter notebooks Notepad++
    MS Office (Excel, Access, PPT, Word) NppToR
    SQL server 2017 and data tools PuTTY
    Git for Windows FileZilla
  • Capstone Project

    At the conclusion of the program, during the summer semester, each student will complete a 3-credit-hour applied analytics practicum/capstone course. However, the Capstone course is an integral part of the SMB-A program from the beginning and is designed to help students further practice, apply, showcase and fine-tune the skills and software they learned in the program on carefully selected and approved real-world analytics projects using data from their current employer or other sponsoring organizations. Capstone projects often originate from the student's work experience, providing a hands-on real-life platform for learning.

    Learn about the SMB-A Capstone Project


    • Project Initiation
    • Project Elaboration
    • Execution & Presentation
  • World-class Faculty

    The Specialized Master in Analytics program is co-directed by John Draper and Elliot Bendoly, faculty members at the Fisher College of Business.

    Dr. John Draper comes from The Ohio State University’s Department of Statistics, where he served as visiting faculty and taught both graduate and undergraduate courses in statistical theory and application. His teaching experiences at Ohio State also include statistics in business, engineering and sports as well as biostatistics courses for graduate-level students in the College of Public Health and Dentistry. His professional experiences include roles as a statistical consultant as well as positions at Battelle Memorial Institute and Cengage Learning. Learn more about John Draper

    Dr. Elliot Bendoly, is the Fisher College of Business Distinguished Professor in the Department of Management Sciences. Prior to joining Fisher, Dr. Bendoly taught at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, where he lead the Information Systems and Operations Management area/department, and held the title of Caldwell Research Fellow. Bendoly’s research (Google h-index 38 as of 2020) has been published in numerous journals, including no less than 27 articles.  Various tools that he has developed for use in management education can be found at www.blackbelt-apps.com.  Learn more about  Elliot Bendoly,

  • 31.5 credit hours required plan of study
  • The program can be taken full-time or part-time, even by working professionals. Complete the program in as little as 2.5 semesters (10-month) utilizing the full-time option, or stretch it over a 2 year period for those wishing to enroll on a part-time basis. You decide on the pace!
  • A blended learning delivery model tailored to you 75% online / 25% in-person Saturday classes or live-streaming from anywhere in the country*.
  • 3.5 in the morning and 3.5 in the afternoon. 1.5 hours for lunch. Lunch will be provided during in-person Saturday classes.
  • STEM-designated degree
  • Dedicated one-on-one SMB-A career consultant
  • A small program size means we're focused on your career goals and success

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*Except under unusual circumstances, the online streaming option is only available to students living 50+ miles away from Ohio State’s main campus.