From the School

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.

Overview

Applicants
596
Acceptance Rate
45%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.36
Years Work Experience
5.9
Average Age
29

Test Scores

GMAT
620 - 730
GPA
2.9 - 3.8

Deadlines

Early Application Deadline
October 15

Regular Application Deadline
March 15

Round 1
October 15

Round 2
November 15

Round 3
January 20

Round 4
March 15

Overall

From the School

Focus on your goals with international business, elective courses Complete three quarters of academic coursework, including cross-cultural communication, ethics and corporate governance, and U.S. business practices. Elective courses also provide an opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with students from the Full-time and Evening MBA program. You may choose to earn a specialized certificate by completing the required elective courses. Earn an MBA degree or a dual degree. The UW MBA staff is here to help you determine which options will best meet your education and career goals. Call or e-mail our admissions counselors to get the information you need to make an informed choice. Call 1.206.543.4661.

Students Say

MBA students at the University of Washington happily assert that the Foster School of Business has “the best reputation in the Pacific Northwest.” Students here are privy to a relatively “small” program, which affords them the opportunity “to [get to] know [everyone] on a personal level, down to the professors and staff.” The size also helps to ensure a “collaborative environment,” one which students greatly value. And many are quick to highlight the “strong marketing, strategy and consulting [programs].” Foster also maintains “a big focus” on entrepreneurship, a fact that draws a number of students. As one second year brags, “The Buerk Center and Jones Foster Accelerator are awesome resources for anyone interested in starting their own company.” Additionally, “the partnership with the university’s engineering and science schools allows technical students to create startups with MBA students.”

Both professors and the administration receive high marks. To begin with, the “energy and expertise that the professors at UW Foster bring to the classroom is unparalleled.” Perhaps most impressive, “nearly all of [them] have great backgrounds that lend well to the subjects they teach. For instance, our global strategy classes are taught by a former McKinsey consultant. Finance courses are taught by former investment bankers. In addition to their experience, the institutions where they earned their PhD’s are all top tier.” And another pleased MBA candidate quickly adds, “[Professors] are accessible, patient, and incredibly intelligent…my interactions with them have only strengthened my resolve over time that I could not have chosen a better program to enroll in.” Students also appreciate that “the administration operates by being extremely accessible…and keep[s] their ears and eyes open towards opportunities for improvement.” Overall, it’s abundantly clear that the Foster “deans and senior faculty go above and beyond [when it comes to both] teach[ing and] listen[ing].”


Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
5:1
Total Faculty
156

64
Full-time
38
Female
36
Part-time
24
Minority


Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
Yes

Sustainability course is
Optional

Description
Cases in Sustainability, MBAs have access to a very broad range of courses in the UW College on the Environment, the Environmental Mgmt Program, CSR topics in the School of Social Work, and Sustainable Real Estate Developmt in the School of Built Environments

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
Yes

Description

School's environmental commitment 1:
Environmental Innovation Challenge - a major national business plan competition based on actual prototypes or business models developed by UW students

School's environmental commitment 2:
Joint MBA/Masters of Science in Real Estate focused on sustainable development.

School's environmental commitment 3:
Certificate in the Program on the Environment (POE) - MBAs can earn a specialized certificate focused on various management issues related to the environment

Career overview

From The School

The UW Business School Business Connections Center facilitates connections between students, employers, alumni and faculty. Staffed by our team of experienced career services professionals, our goal is to help you tap a wide array of resources and opportunities that will help you make the right connections. We seek to make the recruiting experience as productive and trouble-free as possible for both students and employers. Employment data for the University of Washington full-time MBA Class of 2006 was compiled from responses of graduates who generously shared their employment information with MBA Career Services. Employed at graduation 70% Employed 3 months after graduation 95.8%

Career Rating
98
Average Starting Salary
$102,722

Finding Jobs & Internships

Source Of Full-Time Job Acceptances
53%
School Facilitiated
31%
Graduate Facilitated
17%
Unknown

Source Of Internship Acceptances
53%
School Facilitiated
31%
Graduate Facilitated
17%
Unknown

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

36%
Marketing
22%
Finance/Accounting
21%
Consulting
11%
General Management
4%
Operations/Logistics
4%
Other
1%
Human Resources
1%
Information Technology

Graduates Employed by Region

83%
West
5%
International
5%
Northeast
4%
Midwest
3%
Southwest

Job Function

Job Function % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Marketing / Sales 36% $100,000 $102,018 $60,000 $135,000
Finance / Accounting 22% $100,000 $98,130 $60,000 $140,000
Consulting 21% $105,000 $109,970 $76,000 $135,000
General Management 11% $108,500 $102,740 $83,000 $115,000
Operations / Logistics 4% $115,000 $116,400 $112,000 $125,000
Other 4% $120,000 $120,000 $60,000 $160,000
Entrepreneurship 4%
Non-Profit 4%
Venture Capital 2%
Human Resources 1%
Information Technology 1%

Industries

Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Technology 48% $112,000 $104,550 $60,000 $145,000
Consulting 20% $100,000 $109,970 $76,000 $135,000
Consumer Products 6% $105,000 $99,400 $87,000 $105,000
Financial Services 6% $100,000 $101,428 $60,000 $140,000
Non-profit 4%
Manufacturing 3% $92,000 $85,667 $70,000 $95,000
Pharmaceutical / Biotechnology / Healthcare 3% $105,000 $102,500 $80,000 $115,000
Petroleum / Energy 2%
Government 1%
Real Estate 1%

Prominent Alumni

William Ayer
Former CEO, Alaska Airlines

Dan Nordstrom
Former CEO, Nordstrom.com

Charles Lillis
Former CEO, Media One Group

Gary Neale
Chairman, Nisource

Yoshihiko Miyauchi
CEO, Orix

Overview

From The School

Projected tuition is $37,000 for four quarters. Room and board — $15,656 Books, computers and supplies — $3,176 Local transportation — $1,924 Personal expenses — $3,020 Health insurance — $1,600

Dates

Application Deadlines
Apr 15

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Aid Package
$37,250

Average Scholarship / Grant Aid Package
$12,349

Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
73%

All Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
67%

New Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
76%

New Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
65%

New Students Receiving Loans
70%

Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$27,861
Tuition (Out-State)
$41,037
Fees (In-State)
$1,092
Fees (Out-State)
$1,092

Tuition Part-Time (per credit hour)

Tuition (In-State)
$885
Tuition (Out-State)
$885
Fees (In-State)
$45
Fees (Out-State)
$45

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board On-Campus
$18,534
Estimated Room And Board Off-Campus
$18,534
Academic Expenses
$1,656

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
544
Out of State
44%

In State
100%
Foreign Countries Represented
33

Demographics

9.00%
Minorities
35.00%
International

34% female
66% male

Campus Life

Students Say

Foster MBAs speak very highly of their “diverse,” “smart” and “friendly” peers. They tend to be “very supportive of one another” as well as “easy-going” and “fun.” Students also tell us that “work-life balance is important” and that “there are plenty of social opportunities to get to know classmates.” They also stress that it’s “easy to spend the whole day on campus with class, activities, intramural sports, workshops, and event planning.” As one thrilled student shares, “The amount of extracurricular activities and development opportunities available to us is exceptional. I was eager to be involved in club leadership, the student association, a student-to-student mentor program, and a number of other things, and because I was only competing against ninety other classmates, [I] was able to do these things and find many other ways to take on leadership roles.” Lastly, students adore Seattle and see their location as “a huge strength.” A satisfied student explains, “Seattle has an incredible wealth of employment opportunities right now, and the city is growing. The combination of access to the outdoors and urban nightlife means there is something for everyone.”

More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Erin Ernst
Director of Admissions

Address
Dempsey Hall, Room 334
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-3223

Phone
206-543-4661

Email
mba@uw.edu
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Key Stats

596
Applicants
544
Size
45%
Acceptance Rate

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