Class Sessions

The MBOE and MBOE for Health Care programs are structured to provide minimal disruption to your busy work schedule and personal life. On-campus class sessions meet only eight times for four consecutive days, Wednesday thru Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., over the 12-month program period.

The format of both programs enables students who do not live in Columbus to also enroll in the programs. Getting to Columbus is easy too. Port Columbus International Airport is less than 10 miles from campus and provides non-stop flights from many major cities including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, New York and Philadelphia. The Blackwell Inn located on Fisher College of Business' campus also offers discounted nightly rates to MBOE students.

The MBOE and MBOE for Health Care have six on-campus class sessions together that provides an opportunity to learn from others and to share experiences with people who do not work in the same industry or profession.  During the other two separate sessions, the health care students will visit leading health care facilities outside of Ohio. Refer to the program calendars for information about these combined and independent session dates.

Classroom Experience

Fisher's world-class faculty members as well as Lean experts, who are authors of Shingo Research Prize winning books, provide classroom instruction.

In all, the classroom experience combines exceptional faculty devoted to giving you the best experience possible with the opportunity to share thoughts and ideas with classmates from diverse backgrounds.


The MBOE program incorporates the use of simulations in our curriculum because it provides hands-on learning opportunities. These simulations allow students to go through a process, apply fundamental lean principles to a situation, and then see the outcome and benefits of operational excellence.

Gemba Trips

The classroom provides an excellent platform for learning. The Lean Manager's mentoring is enhanced by going to the place where the work is done – "Gemba." It is there, through repeated exposure, that they can best learn the three key elements of Standard Work for Managers.

Health Care on Location

Students in the MBOE for Health Care will spend time studying at leading health care facilities such as Seattle Children's Hospital and Group Health in Seattle, WA, and Theda Care in Appleton, Wisconsin.

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In Their Words

  • “This program stretches associates at all points in the lean journey with a perfect introduction of the tools, systems and principles of lean six sigma, and firsthand coaching from proven professionals.

    Even the experienced practitioners are able to gain a ‘train the trainer’ perspective from some of the deepest lean thinkers in the country.”

    Dale Scott
    MBOE Class of 2011
    Lean Manager,
    GE Technology Infrastructure