Overview

Applicants
934
Acceptance Rate
35%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.40
Years Work Experience
6.1
Average Age
29

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
680 - 720
GPA
3.1 - 3.6

Deadlines

Early Application Deadline
October 8

Regular Application Deadline
March 17

Round 1
October 8

Round 2
January 8

Round 3
March 17

School Type And Accreditation

School Type
Public

AACSB-approved
Yes

Selectivity Rating

Program Types

Full-Time
Yes

Part-Time
Yes

Evening
Yes

Executive
Yes

Online
Yes

Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
8:1
Total Faculty
119

34
Female


Students Say

The Foster School of Business at the University of Washington is a public business school that provides students with a transformative, inclusive education focusing on strategy and global business in the core curriculum while giving graduates “the ability to get what [they] want out of the program.” The school offers Full-Time, Evening, Executive, Technology Management, Global Executive, and Hybrid (mostly online) MBAs, all operating on the quarter system for a greater degree of customization. Even those in the full-time program find “the class hours are perfectly balanced,” and they can build out a personalized curriculum that lets them take electives to serve their career goals without being tied to a specific track. However, all students complete final core classes in ethics and macroeconomics and a summer internship or project. They must also compete in an MBA core case competition and take part in two international perspective and two practical experience activities, which can include courses and projects with actual businesses. Additionally, there are “significant opportunities to get involved with entrepreneurship, whether commercializing technology developed within research institutions, consulting projects with local entrepreneurs,” or the Center for Entrepreneurship, which hosts the annual Dempsey Startup Competition for $60,000 in prize money.

There is a “student-focused and student-led environment [that] is very palpable” at Foster because the school encourages proactivity from the start. As one student shares, “There is a shared expectation that you lean in and contribute to Foster, rather than always take take take.” As such, “work is done in groups for the most part” and “will definitely make you emphasize time management.” Seattle may be a business hotbed, but Foster offers a “small class culture in a booming city,” which “increases student learning and attention.” That means “learning is not only done in the classroom from teachers, but also from peers.” Still, the faculty are “incredibly engaged and care about student learning,” particularly in the core classes. “From finance and accounting, to ops and modeling, each core professor has far outperformed expectations,” says a student.

Concentrations

Accounting
Economics
Entrepreneurship
Healthcare Administration
Finance
Information Systems/Information Technology
International Business
Investment Banking
JD/MBA - Dual Degree
Leadership/Management
Marketing
MS/MBA - Dual Degree
Non-Profit Management/Public Administration
Organizational Behavior
Product Management
Real Estate
Supply Chain Management

Specialized Masters

Accounting
Data Analytics
Entrepreneurship
Information Systems/Information Technology
Non-Profit Management/Public Administration
Real Estate
Supply Chain Management

Certificate Programs

Entrepreneurship
International Business
Non-Profit Management/Public Administration

Center for Research

Entrepeneurship
Healthcare Administration
International Business
Leadership/Management
Marketing
Non-Profit Management/Public Administration
Real Estate


Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
Yes

Sustainability course is
Optional

Description
Cases in Sustainability; Wicked Problems: Business in a World of 9B People; 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 Development 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.

Career Overview

Average Starting Salary
$118,355
Accepted employment by 3 months after graduation
111%

Finding Jobs & Internships

Source Of Full-Time Job Acceptances
89%
School Facilitiated
11%
Graduate Facilitated

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

41%
Marketing
22%
Finance/Accounting
20%
Consulting
9%
Operations/Logistics
7%
General Management
1%
Information Technology

Graduates Employed by Region

89%
West
4%
International
3%
Southwest
2%
Midwest
1%
Northeast
100%
Possessions and Territories

Students Say

Where to begin with the career success of this school’s graduates? For starters, the Full-Time MBA boasts a 99 percent job placement rate. That’s aided by Foster’s prime location in Seattle, which puts it in close proximity to Amazon, Microsoft, Nordstrom, and Starbucks, among a slew of start-ups. As such, the school has “strong relationships and deep alumni connections with local technology companies.” Many students come here as a “great career switch opportunity into the technology industry or consulting,” and the school’s MBA Mentor Program connects Seattle-area corporate professionals with Foster students for on-site visits, personal advice, and dinners. It also arranges for students to utilize “concepts learned in the classroom through Applied Strategy projects with top-tier companies.” More generally, the Career Management Office hosts “quarterly employer networking opportunities” and “organizes massive tech events on-campus.” For example, “Amazon came in for a day and did eight hours with twenty-one different employees, explaining five different post-MBA roles … and how to prepare for them.” Overall, “the alumni network is quite large even though the class size has always been small,” and for those pursuing tech, it helps that a large portion of classmates will become a future network.

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% $117,000 $118,373 $72,000 $160,000
Finance / Accounting 22% $118,000 $114,818 $60,000 $130,000
Consulting 20% $128,340 $125,709 $94,000 $152,500
Operations / Logistics 9% $110,000 $105,999 $54,989 $130,000
General Management 7% $130,000 $123,857 $100,000 $135,000
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 60% $119,000 $119,308 $54,989 $160,000
Consulting 16% $135,000 $129,386 $100,000 $152,500
Financial Services 5% $125,000 $112,000 $75,000 $135,000
Pharmaceutical / Biotechnology / Healthcare 4% $108,000 $108,250 $97,000 $120,000
Consumer Products 3% $100,000 $103,333 $100,000 $110,000
Manufacturing 3% $115,000 $112,600 $100,800 $122,000
Real Estate 3% $112,000 $110,667 $105,000 $115,000
Government 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


Dates

Application Deadlines
Apr 15

Financial Aid Statistics


Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$34,239
Tuition (Out-State)
$50,436
Fees (In-State)
$1,095
Fees (Out-State)
$1,095

Tuition Part-Time (per credit hour)

Tuition (In-State)
$1,070
Tuition (Out-State)
$1,070
Fees (In-State)
$46
Fees (Out-State)
$46

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board On-Campus
$18,580
Estimated Room And Board Off-Campus
$21,248
Academic Expenses
$1,850

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
223
Part Time
73%

In State
52.0%
Out of State
48.0%
Foreign Countries Represented
18

Demographics

6.00%
Underrepresented Minorities
27.00%
International

38% female
62% male

Campus Life

Students Say

This group of “collaborative, friendly, and all-around supportive people” are “willing to assist in any way, even to the extent of recommending roles that did not fit them during the interview process.” Additionally, students with prior experience in certain subjects “frequently arrange review sessions for their classmates before exams.” There “is never a shortage of small groups chatting about their work or social engagements in the hallways.” Overall, this is a “friendly, pragmatic, and driven” bunch, so peers “are extremely supportive of parent-students” and are “always willing to help a classmate.” Plus, “the school is a beautiful, quiet place with lots of space for fun stuff, too.” There “are more club activities than humanly feasible to attend,” and “from day one students are encouraged to take ownership of their experiences by joining club committees, pursuing independent studies, [and] inviting speakers on campus.” The school is located in the middle of the city (which “offers a high quality of life”), and all students with IDs “get access to all the bus and Light Rail (train) systems in the state” to easily take advantage of what Washington has to offer.

More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Amber Janke
Director of Admissions

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

Phone
(206) 543-4661

Fax

Email
mba@uw.edu


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