Master of Business Operational Excellence

Note to prospective students: You may be questioning whether the time is right to pursue a degree. We are working with each student, and their unique situations, to help them succeed. As you may know, Ohio State has transitioned to virtual learning for the summer session due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Our programs have successfully moved our sessions online and will continue to do so as needed for our students, staff and faculty.


How do you create an organization where everyone is continuously learning, improving and remaining committed to its purpose every day? Leaders from various industries including healthcare, information technology, manufacturing and finance are constantly searching for the answer to this question.

Through research, teaching and engagement with exemplary organizations, we found that creating this perpetual learning organization and culture requires four distinct components, which we’ve incorporated into the Master of Business Operational Excellence (MBOE) program.

The MBOE is an innovative 13-month executive master’s degree program focused on preparing leaders who are able to design and manage at various levels within their organizations. Experienced project coaches and sponsors guide our students during their learning journeys, helping them become experts in four areas: building operational excellence systems, driving decisions with data, creating and sustaining change, and making an impact.

mboe components


Our Four Areas of Focus

  • Building Operational Excellence Systems

    The academic foundation of the program is operational excellence systems, which include problem-solving systems, daily-management systems, strategic alignment and adaptability systems, and people-development systems. 

  • Driving Decisions with Data

    Analytics is more than a toolset; it is a mindset. It is a way of seeing, thinking and working with data that sharpens decision-making and reveals growth opportunities. 

  • Creating and Sustaining Change

    While data and analytics have the potential to inform sound decision-making and reveal new opportunities, that power is diminished if it collides with “established ideas and mindsets.” The principles of change management can be applied to open eyes and minds to the new learning that analytics can provide.

  • Making an Impact

    Impact from this program should go beyond the organization. During on-campus sessions, our students work closely with a nonprofit organization to make an impact on the community using the principles and skills learned from the program. 


Laurie Spadaro
Director, MBOE

Fisher College of Business
Executive Education
110 Pfahl Hall
280 W. Woodruff Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210-1144