The Fisher College of Business Master of Business Operational Excellence

Ranked #2 for Operations Management Programs by U.S. News & World Report.

The Fisher MBOE is an innovative 13-month executive master’s program that prepares leaders to design and manage operational excellence systems within their organization. Guided by an experienced project coach, our students become experts in systems thinking, change management and decision making.

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MBOE Program at a Glance

8 Four-Day Sessions

spread across 13 months for a master's degree

Immersive Industry Exploration

visit select organizations to see operational excellence at work

Blended Online Instruction

between on-campus sessions

Lean Six Sigma

certification included

Collaborative Partnership

between executive sponsor, coach and student

Capstone Project

directly connected to your organization's unique needs and challenges

Typical MBOE Class Profile


Average GPA


Percent female


Percent hold post-baccalaureate degree

Level in organization

  • President
  • CEO
  • VP
  • Director
  • Continuous Improvement Leader
  • Senior Manager

Program Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university
  • At least 3 years of professional experience

Not sure if an MBOE is right for you?

A Unique Experience

As a lean leader, I am committed to adding value to my teams by leading sideways, downwards and upwards. Above all, I am committed to helping others while improving myself as a lean leader, and the MBOE program is just what I need to make that happen.

As I accumulate knowledge and experiences, I strive to share lessons learned by giving back to the organizations I serve. The more technical knowledge I gain in the four distinct learning systems offered in the MBOE program, the more equipped I will be to serve this purpose.

As we move into our next fifty years, we must build a system of operational excellence—one that respects people and engages them in continuous learning and improvement. To me, that epitomizes the promise of operational excellence and why I’m applying for this program.

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