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University of Washington, Foster School of Business Executive MBA

Consistently ranked among the very best business schools in the world, the University of Washington’s Michael G. Foster School of Business is a collaborative learning environment placing a special emphasis on leadership and strategic thinking. Over 1700 undergraduate and 800 graduate students pursue a broad range of study options tailored to each person’s career goals. Our unpretentious graduates roll up their sleeves to solve complex, unstructured real-world problems in a wide array of business environments.

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Program Type Executive
Tuition (Total) $90,000

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University of Washington Michael G. Foster School of Business Says

Consistently ranked among the very best business schools in the world, the University of Washington’s Michael G. Foster School of Business is a collaborative learning environment placing a special emphasis on leadership and strategic thinking. Over 1700 undergraduate and 800 graduate students pursue a broad range of study options tailored to each person’s career goals. Our unpretentious graduates roll up their sleeves to solve complex, unstructured real-world problems in a wide array of business environments.

Specializations Offered: General Management
Degrees Awarded: Global Executive MBA (GEMBA).

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Rankings

Rankings

Program Rankings

Bloomberg

#37 Businessweek Executive MBA Programs

School Rankings

LinkedIn

#21 Best Graduate Universities for Sales Professionals

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (West)
#8 Greatest Opportunity for Women
#13 Top Entrepreneurial Programs: Graduate

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 43% accepted out of 523 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 29
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.37
  • Average Years Work Experience: 6
  • Application Fee: $75

Admission Considerations

Important: Recommendations, Standardized Test Scores, Personal Essay, Undergraduate GPA

Admission Requirements

Required: Standardized Test Scores, Personal Essay, Undergraduate GPA, Extracurricular Activities, Recommendations

Optional: Work Experience

Admission Information

Those making admissions decisions for the Foster MBA program look for leadership potential, academic strength, communicative ability, and intellectual ability. They evaluate quantitative and language skills through transcripts, GMAT scores, GPAs, and, if needed, TOEFL scores. UW does not have minimum GMAT score or GPA requirement. "If a student is ...Those making admissions decisions for the Foster MBA program look for leadership potential, academic strength, communicative ability, and intellectual ability. They evaluate quantitative and language skills through transcripts, GMAT scores, GPAs, and, if needed, TOEFL scores. UW does not have minimum GMAT score or GPA requirement. "If a student is lacking in one area but strong in others, he or she may still be admitted," the school says on its website. For the most recent class admitted, the average GMAT score was 682, and the average GPA was 3.38. These students averaged six and a half years of work experience.

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Important Dates

Round 1
November

15

Deadline
March

31

Start
Round 2
December

31

Deadline
March

31

Start

School Information

School Information

The following section features data representative of the entire business school, and numbers here are not necessarily reflective of the specific program.

Students and Faculty

Total Graduate Students 535
Percent International Students 25%
Total Full-Time Faculty 156
Full-Time Faculty 64%

Student Life

Students find much to like about their classmates, the lifestyle, and the opportunities offered at the University of Washington. “UW has a collaborative, rigorous, and chal­lenging academic environment, plus a sense of work/life balance that many schools do not have,” says one student. “When I visited [before enrolling], I met several students, faculty, and staff, who all impressed me with their intelligence, enthusiasm, kindness, and humor. I knew that this was the type of community I wanted to be a part of.“Smart people without the attitude,” is how another MBA candidate described his class­mates. Another says, “One of the greatest things about the MBA program is that there were activities and clubs for my wife. Some of these activities were social, while others were community-related.” But improving the “quality of child care or providing child care for all students” is area that needs to be addressed, student agree. One area that doesn’t need improvement are the facilities; the business school’s new state-of-the-art building opened in the Fall of 2010.

Career

MBA Career Services in the University of Washington program offers network events, career-evaluation tools, a mentorship program with local business leaders, an online jobs data base, and personal career counseling. They “excel at connecting students with alums and other business leaders in the community and elsewhere. They stress the importance of networking and help students to establish a network.” The center boasts “great connections to the Seattle business community,” and “relationships with world-class companies like Microsoft, Starbucks, [and] Amazon.com.” “In most cases, students are extremely successful in landing desirable internships and jobs.” Students also say there’s room for improvement: “UW could improve getting access to companies and jobs outside the Pacific Northwest,” one student says, and others’ com­ments echo his opinion. However, the career center now subsidizes travel to other regions for interviews and career treks. AT&T Wireless, Alaska Airlines, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Microsoft, Hitachi Consulting, Samsung, Starbucks, Tektronix, and Wells Fargo are among the companies that recruit on campus.

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About

The University of Washington enjoys a long-standing reputation for excellence in education and research, receiving more government research funding over the past 26 years than any other public university in the United States. The low faculty-to-student ratio and collaborative culture create a dynamic entrepreneurial learning community where connections are easily made. Its sixteen schools and colleges provide education to 34,000 students, who can choose from more than 100 academic disciplines and 5,000 courses.

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Students Say

The Foster School of Business at the University of Washington draws on its Seattle locale to inform the focus of its program. The curriculum emphasizes a global perspective (especially as it pertains to countries in the Pacific Rim), and there is an overall focus on technology reflecting UW’s proximity to such tech heavyweights as Microsoft and Amazon (“Think tons of Microsoft alums”). There are also numerous opportunities to learn about entrepreneurship, in keeping with the city’s relaxed and independent vibe. In fact, many students choose UW for its “entrepreneurship and technology focus.” This plays out in case studies, projects, and real-world examples drawn from these areas dur­ing core courses, as well as in areas of concentration. Those core courses comprise about half of the Foster MBA program. Foundation subjects such as accounting, finance, ethics, and marketing are included in the required core. Toward the end of the first year, each student can begin talking electives, which allow closer exploration of areas available for concentration in the second year of the program. Students say, “All classes require a good bit of teamwork.” “The level of involvement is left up to individuals, but most take part in a lot of the activities.” Most students take an internship between their first and second years and return for the second year to special­ize in fields such as entrepreneurship and innovation, international business, e-com­merce, or marketing. Washington’s MBA students are happy with the quality of teaching, as well as the sup­port from the university’s administration. “UW has excellent professors who value teaching and helping students learn. That means everything!” The “mix of case and lec­ture method and small class size” also are helpful, as are professors who “go beyond to make sure that students get all the education they want.” That same student adds, “I haven’t met more dedicated professors than the professors at UW.” Another MBA candi­date says, “The core professors are superstars—far and away the best instructors I’ve ever had in my life.” The evening MBA program is also well staffed: The “Evening pro­gram generally is taught by full-time established professors who are very good at their fields, and have made themselves available via e-mail if ‘in person’ is not convenient for working students.”

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Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    Foster Business Library, Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Center for International Business Education and Research, Center for Leadership & Strategic Thinking, Business & Economic Development Center

  • International Student Support Groups:

    International students have a student organization and an elected advocate on the MBA Student Association board to insure the needs of international students are met. International students elect a student representative focused on enhancing the MBA experience for non-native students inside and outside the classroom.

  • Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Support Groups:

    This is a key focus of the MBA Portfolio club. Also, the University of Washington has excellent programs for graduate students, and both our community and major companies in the region have supported MBA students of all sexual orientations.

  • Minority Support Groups:

    Diversity Club is an MBA club that provides support and events for students representing diverse backgrounds and interests. Many business and professional groups in the Seattle area focused on minority business people provide personal connections and support for MBA students from underrepresented minority groups and students from various national origins and cultural backgrounds. Help is available on both a personal and professional level.

  • Peer Tutoring Programs:

    The Student Support Network (SSN) links students with strong backgrounds in various disciplines with those who need support. The SSN sponsors special group study sessions as well as connections to tutors inside and outside the MBA program.

  • Research Facilities:

    Foster Business Library, Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Center for International Business Education and Research, Center for Leadership & Strategic Thinking, Business & Economic Development Center

  • Study Abroad:

    Chile, China, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, India, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey

  • Women Support Groups:

    The Women in Business student club is very active in addressing the needs of women in the MBA program at both the personal and professional level.

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of University of Washington Michael G. Foster School of Business include:

Yoshihiko Miyauchi - CEO, Orix

Gary Neale - Chairman, Nisource

Charles Lillis - Former CEO, Media One Group

Dan Nordstrom - Former CEO, Nordstrom.com

William Ayer - Former CEO, Alaska Airlines

School Outcomes

Average Debt At Graduation: $40,015

Top Employers Of Graduates From This School Include: Amazon.com, Microsoft, PricewaterhouseCoopers, T-Mobile, Intel

Industry Percent Employed Median Starting Salary
Business 39% $96,385
Marketing / Sales 38% $98,541
Technical 33% $100,312
Other 28% $93,262
Consulting 21% $97,438
Finance / Accounting 20% $92,867
General Management 9% $111,571
Financial Services 8% $115,833
Non Profit 7% $67,112
Other 4% $75,187
Operations / Logistics 4% $90,533
Human Resources 3% $90,000
Manufacturing 3% $88,000
Information Technology 1% $90,000

School Employment Information

Graduation Employment 81%
Three Month Employment 97%
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