Master of Business Operational Excellence
Admissions & Fees


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

We are currently accepting applications for the Class of 2023 (classes begin November 29, 2022) and admit students on a rolling basis. If you have questions, please contact Aaron Clark at 614-247-9163 or at

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Application Materials

  • 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.

  • Domestic Transcripts

    We require official transcripts for any college credits taken, regardless if a degree was earned. This includes college-level courses taken during high school.

    Electronic Delivery:

    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

    US Mail:

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

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

    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: Transcripts for course work or degrees received from The Ohio State University can be obtained internally by the MBOE program.


  • International 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. This can take much longer than domestic transcripts, so please plan accordingly. 

    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

    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

  • 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. Your letter of recommendation can also be written by the same person that writes your employer letter of support.

  • 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.

    You will be contacted by the program director to schedule an interview once a complete application packet is submitted.

  • Application Fee

    The application fee is $160. Prospective students who attend a preview day or virtual chat, will receive an application fee waiver code. 

  • Test Scores

    Some candidates may be asked to take the GMAT if more evidence of academic prowess is needed. You do not need to submit GMAT/GRE scores if you have a GPA of 3.0 or above and/or have a post-baccalaureate degree. If you have any questions regarding the possibility of having to submit a GMAT score, please contact Laurie Spadaro at

  • English Proficiency

    Success at Ohio State depends upon your ability to converse in, write and understand English. The university requires official TOEFL or IELTS scores from applicants:

    • whose native language is not English,
    • who have been educated primarily outside of the U.S., or
    • who have held U.S. permanent resident, asylee or refugee status for less than one year from the first term of enrollment.

    To be official, score results must be received directly from the testing agency (ETS or IELTS) by your application deadline.

    Minimum test scores

    Note: Many graduate programs require a score above these minimums.

    • TOEFL
      • 19 on each section of the paper-based TOEFL
      • 79 on the internet-based TOEFL or TOEFL Special Home Edition
    • IELTS
      • 7.0 on the IELTS exam or IELTS Indicator (6.5 for Moritz College of Law applicants)
    • Duolingo (2021 terms only)


    Applicants who are citizens of, or who have received a bachelor’s degree or higher from, one of the following countries are exempt from the English proficiency requirement: Australia, Belize, the British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Scotland, the United States and Wales.

    If you are admitted

    With few exceptions, international students (including those who were exempted from English proficiency requirements) are required to sit for an ESL Composition Placement Test upon arrival. In addition, if you are awarded a Graduate Teaching Associateship and English is not your first language, you will be required to certify your oral proficiency in English before assuming your associateship duties.

    Read more about requirements after you are admitted.


Currently, tuition for the 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.

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 December $16,685
Summer  May $18,200
Autumn  August  $18,200

Gemba fees payment schedule:
The Gemba expense 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 semester. 

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, with some additional requirements. Please contact our office for more details.


Aaron Clark
MBOE Admissions

Fisher College of Business
Executive Education