Frequently Asked Questions

See below for a list of frequently asked questions regarding our MBOE program. If you have further questions, please contact Aaron Clark at 614-247-9163 or at clark.3073@osu.edu.


  • What does the curriculum entail?

    The MBOE program features a blended curriculum focused on operational excellence, analytics, leadership, supply chain and innovation. In addition, each student will complete a capstone project that's implemented in their organization. The curriculum is taught via lecture, group discussions, simulations, and immersive industry explorations.

  • How practical is this coursework? Will I be able to apply what I learn starting from day one?

    The coursework is very hands on. There is a very high amount of integration between students’ jobs and the program – assignments often require students to use examples and anecdotes from their jobs and the capstone project, when it’s completed, will have numerous benefits for the students’ jobs and organizations.

  • What happens during the time between classes?

    In between class sessions, you will work on assignments, read case studies, apply what you have learned to your capstone project, work through online learning modules, and have opportunities to connect with faculty to receive assistance with course content.

  • How much time outside of class will I need to devote to coursework?

    On average, students spend about 7-10 hours per week in between class sessions. 

  • What happens if I’m unable to attend class due to an emergency?

    Exceptions can be made, but it is recommended that students attend all sessions. Please discuss with the staff as issues arrive. 

  • Can I attend online or part-time?

    The MBOE is a full-time program, and must be completed in that manner.

    In order to better accommodate our students’ schedules and circumstances, we have added extra flexibility to attend virtually, as needed. As a cohort-based program, we see great benefit from attending in-person during the eight class sessions, however we understand things may arise that limit students attending in person. Please reach out to learn more about this option. 

  • How do I approach my employer about starting a program like this?

    We have an Executive Summary that you can share with your employer that discusses the value of the MBOE both to you and your employer. It also details ROIs that students have experienced from their capstone projects. In addition, we would be happy to set up a time for our Academic Director/Director to speak with your employer to share more details about the program and what they can expect.


  • What are the qualifications for the program?

    In order to be considered for the MBOE program, you must have a four year Bachelor's degree from an accredited university. In addition, our students must have at least 3 years of professional experience and be currently employed. 

  • What's required as part of the application?
    • Resume
    • Official college transcripts (sent directly from your previous school to Ohio State Graduate admissions)
    • Essay
    • Letter of recommendation
    • Employer sponsor letter
    • Your Role as Sponsor Agreement
    • Online Application
    • GMAT/GRE scores may be needed if more evidence of academic prowess required 
    • Interview with MBOE Admission Board
  • Are GMAT/GRE scores required?

    You are not required to submit GMAT/GRE scores if your undergraduate GPA was a 3.0 or greater, or if you have a post baccalaureate degree. Please contact our office for details. 

  • Can international students apply?

    International applicants must have one of the following to attend the MBOE program:

    • Current H1-B Visa (you must continue to work throughout the program to maintain this status)
    • Permanent US Residency
    • Temporary Protected Status

    Please be aware, there are additional admission requirements for international students please visit https://fisher.osu.edu/graduate/international-applicants for more information. 

  • Can I count credits from other graduate programs towards the requirements of the MBOE?

    No, the MBOE program is cohort-based and all classes are taken together.

  • Do I have to be working to be admitted to this program?

    Typically, students use their current employer for their personalized capstone project. However, due to recent events with COVID-19, we are opening up the application to those who are currently unemployed and will work with those individuals to find an alternative project location. 

  • Am I required to stay on campus when the program is in session?

    No, but if you are not from Columbus, it is recommended that you stay at the Blackwell Hotel due to proximity of the classrooms.

  • What is the cost of the program? What's included in this cost?

    The tuition is currently $54,585 and includes: course enrollment, transportation to and from local company trips, an industry-leading coach (and their time and travel), access to Carmen (Ohio State's 24/7 classroom), executive-level staff support, and first assigned book.

  • What is not covered in the tuition cost?

    Out-of-state company visits are not covered and cost between $2,500-3,500 during the entirety of the program. Books, which will cost around $200. Travel to and from campus for each session and overnight accomodations. 

  • Are scholarships or financial aid available?

    Unfortunately scholarships are not available at this time. Since the program helps students create solutions for a current problem at their place of employment, we encourage companies to help financially sponsor their employees. If you'd like more information as to the benefits for sponsoring companies, please contact Laurie Spadaro at spadaro.8@osu.edu or at 614-292-4209.

  • When is the application deadline?

    We offer rolling admissions, but to start November 2022, you must submit an application no later than October 31, 2022. We are happy to help you through the application process to meet this timeline. 


Aaron Clark
MBOE Admissions

Fisher College of Business
Executive Education