Specialized Master in Business Analytics
Tuition & Funding

There are many options available to students to help fund an education, ranging from scholarships to part-time jobs, employer benefits, fellowships, and federal and personal loans.


The total cost of enrollment in the Fisher Specialized Master in Business Analytics (SMB-A) program is based on your status in the program (i.e. full-time vs. part-time student). Approximate tuition and fees are estimated and subject to change.

To see the University Registrar's complete tuition and fee schedule (2019-20), click here.

Full-Time SMB-A tuition costs:

Ohio Resident Tuition and Fees* $51,984.96
Non-Resident and International Student Tuition and Fees* $51,999.96

*Includes the following: General Tuition & Instruction, Distance Learning Fee, Student Activity Fee, Student Union Fee, Recreation Fee, and COTA Bus Fee. A Learning-Technology fee was not assessed.

Part-Time SMB-A tuition costs:

Part-Time students pay a higher rate of tuition to attend since their costs are assessed per credit hour. To see the University Registrar's complete tuition and fee schedule (2019-20), click here.

  • Estimated Annual Expenses
    Books and Supplies $1,234
    Miscellaneous / Personal $5,486
    Student Health Insurance* (shi.osu.edu) $3,316
    * The amount listed above is for a single domestic student with comprehensive coverage. Student health insurance is optional in certain cases.  
    Total Ohio Resident Estimated Cost of Attendance $62,020.96
    Total Non-Resident & International Student Estimated Cost of Attendance $62,035.96



Fisher offers merit-based funding to graduate students*. All admitted applicants are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships; a scholarship application is not required. Candidates who submit applications early are given priority consideration for awards. Recipients are notified prior to their admissions response deadlines. 

*please note: OSU employees and their significant others will not receive merit based funding in addition to university tuition benefits.


Federal loan programs provide a primary source of financial aid to domestic graduate business students. To be eligible to apply for federal financial aid, a student must be admitted to the SMB-A program, be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, be enrolled full-time for each semester that aid is received, and be in good scholastic standing (3.0 or better grade point average).

  • Federal Stafford Loan

    Federal Stafford Loan: The Federal Stafford Student Loan program is divided into two types: subsidized and unsubsidized. The maximum amount a student can borrow in one academic year is $18,500.

    • Subsidized Portion: Based on financial need. The federal government pays interest on the subsidized portion, while the student is in school at least half time and for six months after the student leaves school. The maximum subsidized loan is $8,500.
    • Unsubsidized Portion: Not based on financial need. Interest begins to accrue on the loan when the funds are disbursed to the student. The maximum unsubsidized loan amount is $18,500 minus any subsidized amounts.
  • Federal Perkins Loan

    Federal Perkins Loan: Funds for the Federal Perkins Loan program are provided by the federal government, and are limited to full-time second year students only. Students may be eligible to borrow up to $6,000 in one year. The loan is based on financial need and is designated for exceptionally needy students. No interest accrues on the loan while the student is enrolled.

  • Direct PLUS Loan

    Direct PLUS Loan: Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan is a federal loan available to graduate and professional students based on educational costs. This loan, in combination with other aid, cannot exceed educational costs as determined by Ohio State.

  • Alternative Loans

    Alternative Loans: Credit-based loans funded by various lenders. These funds are often used to supplement the Federal Stafford loan program. Interest rates vary, are adjusted quarterly, and are higher than the federal loan program. Repayment of principle and interest begins six months after leaving school. Students with adverse credit standing will be required to have a cosigner.