Master of Business Operational Excellence
Admissions & Fees


Note to all applicants: We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and following University guidelines. We are allowing flexibility for the upcoming year due to individual circumstances and limitations. Please speak with us directly if you have questions or concerns.

Applicants for admission must apply online. The Admissions Committee takes a comprehensive approach in evaluating applications and only complete packets are considered.

Application Deadlines

We are currently accepting applications for the Class of 2021 (classes begin December 2020) and admit students on a rolling basis. If you would like to be considered for admission for the Class of 2021, all application documents must be submitted no later than October 31, 2020. 

If you have questions, please contact Laurie Spadaro, Director for MBOE, at 614-292-4209 or

Application Materials

  • Personal Resume

    An updated copy of your resume, listing work experience and career progression. Applicants must have at least three to five years of professional work experience.

  • College Transcripts

    Electronic Delivery:

    Did you attend a state (public) university in Ohio or a community college? When ordering a transcript from your prior school, request that your transcript(s) be sent electronically. Sending paper transcripts by mail or overnight delivery will delay processing time.

    For all other institutions, if your school offers electronic delivery, choose that option to avoid processing delays. If ordering a transcript online, select The Ohio State University as a recipient. In the absence of a list of universities to select, have your school send your transcript directly to

    If your school does not offer electronic delivery, please have your transcript(s) mailed to the address below:

    Domestic Institution Transcripts

    The Ohio State University
    Graduate/Professional Admissions
    PO Box 182004
    Columbus, OH 43218-2004

    International Institution Transcripts

    Send copies of international transcripts, diplomas or degree certificates and English translations in sealed university envelopes to:

    Graduate and Professional Admissions
    The Ohio State University
    Student Academic Services Building
    281 W. Lane Ave.
    Columbus, OH 43210-1132 USA

    Transcripts should not be delivered by the student or sent to other addresses on campus. Doing so will prevent acceptance of the transcript as official, and a transfer credit evaluation will not be completed.

    Note: You do not have to submit transcripts for course work or degrees received from The Ohio State University. These can be obtained internally by the MBOE program.

  • Essay

    Shaping Your Vision Essay

    Fisher's MBOE program admits a select group of talented professionals who have demonstrated the potential to become successful business leaders in an increasingly competitive and global environment. Briefly summarize your professional accomplishments to date. Why do you want to earn an MBOE degree from the Fisher College of Business? Include your goals post-MBOE and how you believe Fisher's program will help you achieve them. (maximum 750 words)

  • Letters of Recommendation

    Please arrange to have one recommendation prepared by an immediate supervisor, previous employer or a person familiar with your qualifications and potential for graduate study. You will have the option of allowing your recommendation to be submitted electronically or in paper form. Instructions are provided for either method within the online application.

  • Employer Sponsors (waived if currently unemployed)

    A company letter of support from your employer. Endorsement of your candidacy by your employer, including an explicit commitment of financial resources (if applicable) and time, as well as an endorsement of the capstone project are critical factors in the admission decision. A prepared letter is available within the online application.

  • Sponsor Agreement

    We have found that active participation by the sponsor is a key ingredient to maximizing the success of the student on their project. During the online application process, applicants are asked to identify their sponsor, and the sponsors are then asked to agree to the following:

    • Attend interview with student - either physically or via a conference call
    • Give the student time to attend class for the eight class sessions
    • Support the student's effort on their Capstone project
    • Have systematic communication with the student
    • Be a part of their gate review one time each quarter (this is a review of the student's progress).
  • Interview

    You are expected to participate in an interview to review your academic as well as your managerial experience. Your sponsor is required to attend the interview with you. Be prepared to describe projects you have handled that demonstrate your management skills as well as your capstone project ideas.

    It is important that you and your potential sponsor are prepared for the interview discussion. Because of this, the sponsor is required to watch a short online video that explains the expectations as the sponsor in support of your project and coursework.

    You will be contacted by the program director to schedule an interview once a complete application packet is submitted and information is received verifying the video has been watched by the sponsor.

  • Application Fee

    The application fee is based on date of application submission. Prospective students who attend a Preview Day will receive an appliation waiver code.

    • December 1 - March 31: $60
    • April 1 - June 30: $80
    • July 1 - September 30: $100
    • October 1 - November 30: $ 120
  • Test Scores

    Some candidates may be asked to take the GMAT if their undergraduate GPA is below a 3.0 or for other reasons. If this is required, please have the test scores sent directly to the Fisher College of Business, School Code #ZLJ-9D-47. If you have any questions regarding the possibility of having to submit a GMAT score, please contact Beth Miller at


Tuition for the 2020-2021 MBOE program is $54,585, and non-resident is $54,600. A non-refundable tuition deposit of $1,500 is due upon admission to the program. This non-refundable deposit reserves your place in the class and is deducted from the total cost of tuition.

Gemba fees are an additional $2,500 - $3,500 dependent on location, paid directly to Fisher College of Business. See further details below.

Breakfast, beverages, snacks, lunch (and dinner during special events) are provided during on-campus sessions. Also included is a laptop computer which is used for the delivery of course materials. There is a small book list which students must purchase at an additional cost.

Tuition fee estimated payment schedule:
Below is the estimated payment schedule. These are just estimates of the amounts that are due, and the amount could vary slightly, but will still add up to the total cost of $54,585 (or $54,600 for non-residents). This will appear on your BuckeyeLink account and must be paid by the due date listed.

Semester Due Date Amount
Non-refundable deposit Upon Acceptance $1,500
Spring 2021 December 2020 $16,685
Summer 2021 May 2021 $18,200
Autumn 2021 August 2021 $18,200

Gemba fees payment schedule:
The Gemba expense for the class of 2021 is between $2,500 and $3,500 dependent on location. These fees cover expenses for the one Gemba trip, exclusive of airfare. Gemba fees will not appear on your BuckeyeLink account, as they will be billed separately to your OSU email address. This is paid directly to Fisher College of Business, during Autumn 2021.

Financing your Degree

MBOE students are eligible to apply for unsubsidized and Graduate PLUS loans. The loan types are: Federal Direct Stafford Loan - Unsubsidized; A cost-based loan in which interest accrues while in school. The maximum loan per academic year is $20,500. (MBOE spans two academic years, so you may borrow up to $41,000)

Financial aid at Ohio State is based upon an academic year. The MBOE program spans two academic years. The first academic year includes Spring Semester. The second academic year is Summer and Autumn Semesters. Because of this MBOE students are eligible to apply for a total of $41,000 in unsubsidized loans. The remaining balance of MBOE tuition can also be obtained through financial aid in the form of Graduate Plus Loans.

You can apply for financial aid before you are an admitted student at Ohio State. You begin the process by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This information is then sent to Ohio State’s Student Financial Aid Office where they can determine your eligibility and provide you with an Award Letter which states the amount of loans you are eligible to receive.

Complete information about student financial aid can be found on the web site of Office of Student Financial Aid.



International applicants follow the same process as Domestic Applicants. Please make note of these additional requirements.

  • Foreign Transcripts

    Applicants submitting transcripts from foreign institutions must provide official transcripts (originator certified) of all post secondary academic coursework and a certified English translation of their credentials, if the originals are not in English.

    Note: Certification must be obtained from a university/school official, embassy official, the Ministry of Education or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Certification by a notary public 18 is not acceptable.

    Please contact Laurie Spadaro for more information at

  • English Proficiency

    TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Candidates whose native language is not English must demonstrate fluency in English by taking the TOEFL. If you hold a bachelor’s or graduate degree from a U.S. institution or from an institution in another English-only speaking country, you may receive a waiver of the TOEFL. For more information about the test visit the TOEFL website.

    Fisher does accept Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) and the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) in lieu of TOEFL.

    Applicants who are citizens of, or who have received a bachelor’s degree or higher in, one of the following countries are exempt from the TOEFL requirement: Anguilla, Antigua, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Caicos Islands, Canada (except Quebec), Cayman Islands, Dominica, England, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Liberia, Montserrat, New Zealand, Scotland, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks, United States and Wales.

    Applicants required to submit TOEFL must do so before their applications will be reviewed for admission. We do not conditionally admit applicants who have not met the requirement for English proficiency.

    Minimum Acceptable Scores:

    TOEFL: 600 paper-based; 100 internet-based

    MELAB: 86 (Primarily given only in United States and Canada)

    IELTS: 8

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Laurie Spadaro
Director, MBOE

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