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

From The School

Successful applicants will have earned an undergraduate degree with extensive coursework in business administration or economics, and have at least two years of international business experience. (International travel is useful preparation, but will not meet the requirement for business experience.) Selection will favor candidates who have lived and worked outside the United States and those who have developed cross-cultural communication skills based on their experience. Applicants must: · Complete the equivalent of a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree with extensive coursework in business administration or economics from an accredited college or university · Meet a quantitative analysis requirement and possess minimum English language skills · Take the GMAT · Apply to each school, college or department of interest if pursuing a dual degree Applications are accepted in rounds. The deadlines are 10/15, 11/15 and 1/15, with notifications for those rounds on 12/10, 1/25 and 3/30.

Applicants
1,025
Acceptance Rate
23%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.43
Years Work Experience
6.3
Average Age
30

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
650 - 710
GPA
3.2 - 3.67

Deadlines

Early Application Deadline
October 15

Regular Application Deadline
March 15

Round 1
October 15

Round 2
November 15

Round 3
January 15

Round 4
March 15

SCHOOL TYPE AND ACCREDITATION

School Type
Public

AACSB-approved
Yes

Overall

From the School

Degrees Offered

The UW Business School offers an undergraduate degree and a full range of graduate degrees. Offerings include: · BA · MBA · Evening MBA · Executive MBA · Global MBA · Technology Management MBA · Master of Professional Accounting · PhD

Academic Programs

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.

Faculty

The caliber of the faculty is what you would expect for a nationally ranked research university. In a word, outstanding. With fifty percent of their time devoted to research, faculty members are widely published and recognized by their peers in their disciplines and functions. UW faculty members enjoy teaching MBA courses because they thrive on the intellectual stimulation they receive from their students. You can hear the enthusiasm in their voices.

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].”


PROGRAM TYPES

Full-Time
Yes

Part-Time
Yes

Evening
Yes

Executive
Yes

Online
No

Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
6:1
Total Faculty
155

68
Full-time
32
Part-time
26
Female
14
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
$105,680

Finding Jobs & Internships

Source Of Full-Time Job Acceptances
75%
School Facilitiated
25%
Graduate Facilitated

Source Of Internship Acceptances
72%
School Facilitiated
28%
Graduate Facilitiated

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

41%
Marketing
25%
Consulting
14%
Finance/Accounting
9%
Operations/Logistics
5%
General Management
4%
Other
2%
Human Resources

Graduates Employed by Region

97%
West
2%
Midwest
1%
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 41% $115,000 $112,150 $97,846 $130,000
Consulting 25% $108,500 $107,250 $72,000 $140,000
Finance / Accounting 14% $106,250 $101,113 $70,000 $115,000
Operations / Logistics 9% $78,840 $90,368 $58,000 $150,000
General Management 5% $115,000 $111,667 $105,000 $115,000
Entrepreneurship 4%
Other 4%
Non-Profit 2%
Human Resources 2%

Industries

Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Technology 41% $115,000 $115,595 $98,900 $150,000
Consulting 21% $108,500 $109,125 $77,500 $140,000
Consumer Products 18% $110,000 $101,500 $58,000 $115,000
Financial Services 7% $102,500 $95,000 $70,000 $105,000
Pharmaceutical / Biotechnology / Healthcare 7% $97,846 $95,562 $78,840 $110,000
Other 5% $60,000 $63,333 $45,000 $85,000

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
$32,935

Average Scholarship / Grant Aid Package
$17,707

Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
56%

All Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
47%

New Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
53%

New Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
40%

New Students Receiving Loans
33%

Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$29,250
Tuition (Out-State)
$43,086
Fees (In-State)
$1,089
Fees (Out-State)
$1,089

Tuition Part-Time (per credit hour)

Tuition (In-State)
$920
Tuition (Out-State)
$920
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
809
Part Time
69%

In State
58.0%
Out of State
42.0%
Foreign Countries Represented
36

Demographics

7.00%
Minorities
33.00%
International

32% female
68% 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

From The School


Campus and Location

SEATTLE, WA - Seattle is the largest urban center in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States, renowned for its temperate climate, the beauty of its natural setting and its outstanding quality of life. The region’s dynamic economy is a hotbed for business development across industrial sectors and an ideal laboratory for real-world practice. University of Washington MBA programs give students access to prominent regional, national and international business leaders and builds connections with top companies, including Microsoft, Boeing, Amgen, Starbucks, Nintendo, Wells Fargo, Safeco, ICOS and Amazon.com. Seattle is where Pacific Rim business opportunities meet Pacific Northwest quality of life.

Contact
Erin Ernst
Director of Admissions

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

Phone
206-543-4661

Fax
206-616-7351

Email
mba@uw.edu
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Key Stats

1,025
Applicants
809
Size
23%
Acceptance Rate

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