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 University of Washington’s Foster School of Business in Seattle offers its MBA students the foundation of a “research powerhouse” with a variety of flexible program structures, including a 21-month Executive MBA program and a new Hybrid MBA Program, which operates “mostly online” and is “designed for working professionals who need flexibility not offered by traditional MBA programs.” It’s also “probably the only MBA program…where students can go skiing…with their professors.” Professors are “specialists from all over the world” and those in the “finance core and elective courses” are particularly inspiring.” The “small class size” is a “huge contributor to the overall quality” of the program, and “academically, the classes align quite well with the demands of job recruiting [and] career timelines.” The school’s “administration runs smoothly and was able to improve…rankings in the past years.” Seattle’s “tech ecosystem” feeds into Foster’s offerings in “software and tech product management” as well as its focus on “entrepreneurship, sustainability, and global management.” On a technical level, the school challenges students to build up their “quantitative and analytical skills.” “As a career switcher I sought out a program with a small class size, and access to a robust job market,” one student says. “I also looked for a career management team which would provide me with the skills and the network to easily start my new professional career. Foster had the character, credibility, and location other programs lacked.”

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

Foster’s career management team is “very active” in setting up meet-and-greets, “coffee chats,” and “interview opportunities.” One student says that the school’s drive “toward integrating technology and data quantitative coursework,” is beginning to show in “job placement” numbers. The school has a “good reputation” among technology companies in the area “for being a collaborative school,” and boasts a “high job placement rate” and “strong alumni network.” Amazon and Nike are two big recruiters, as well as T-Mobile, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Accenture, Microsoft, Intel, Google, Facebook, Salesforce, Adobe, Dropbox, Uber, Autodesk, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi, Samsung, Tektronix, and Wells Fargo. Generally, students are confident that Foster has “the best access to high-profile finance, tech, and consulting jobs…currently in demand by MBA” students.

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

Foster’s MBA cohorts are “community oriented,” and “celebrate each other’s wins, even if it came [to] our own expense.” Community volunteering in fact, leads to the “biggest events” including “Challenge for Charity, a competition amongst west coast business schools to volunteer and raise money for charity.” The campus has “beautiful facilities,” and “wonderful monthly parties that are inclusive of everyone in the program.” There are “plenty of excellent activities and restaurants in the city,” and Seattle’s “water views and natural environments” abound. Public transportation is “top-notch,” with “extremely efficient” and broad bus systems that enable students to “stay well-connected in a tight-knit community.” Seattle is a world-class city that offers “access to every type of activity, ranging from symphony and opera to hikes in Mount Rainier National Park.”

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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