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Foster School of Business – University of Washington

The Michael G. Foster School of Business of the University of Washington is based in Seattle, Washington. The school offers full-time, evening, and executive MBA options, as well as a Technology Management MBA and a Global Executive MBA. They also feature a Hybrid MBA, the majority of which is completed online. The campus is close to a variety of music and arts scenes, as well as major companies such as Microsoft,, and Starbucks.

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Foster has 83 faculty members, and 45% of the professors and lecturers participate in the review process at top academic journals. Their work has been included in publications such as the Journal of Consumer Research, Social Psychology and Personality Science, and the Journal of Consumer Psychology. Professors are spread across five academic departments, including Accounting, Finance and Business Economics, Information Systems & Operations Management, Management & Organization, and Marketing & International Business.


Over the course of 20 months, the full-time MBA students at the Foster School of Business take both core and elective coursework to complete their degree. The courses are offered on campus during the day. In the first year, students take three core courses, which are comprised of in-depth modules across a variety of topics.  The Autumn Quarter includes 16 credits with topics ranging from Financial Reporting and Analysis to Marketing Strategy. The Winter Quarter is comprised of 14 credits and includes a Business Consulting Project, statistics, leadership and strategy coursework. The first year concludes in the Spring Quarter, which has eight credits of coursework, covering decision making and operations management.  Second-year students take two core courses covering ethics and global economic conditions as well as a variety of electives. Eleven 4-credit elective courses are required for the completion of the program, and they may cover topics in business economics, entrepreneurship, and operations management.

In addition, students may participate in experiential learning by joining a community board of directors, taking part in an international consulting project, or completing a fellowship. Students may also join MBA Core Case Competitions or a Business Plan Competition to test their skills against other top competitors. Lastly, students may take on a full-time, paid internship during the summer between the first and second years of classes.

Other MBA Degree Options

In addition to the full-time MBA, Foster offers part-time and executive options. The Evening MBA takes three years to complete and students take courses on a part-time basis in the evenings. Core courses take place on Mondays and Wednesdays while electives are offered once a week from Mondays through Thursdays. The Evening MBA enrolls around 125 students per year, while 40 to 45 professionals matriculate in the Executive MBA. The Foster Executive MBA Program takes 21 months and 70 credits to complete. Two schedule options are available to compensate students’ professional lives and geographic placement. The North America classes meet once per month for four consecutive days (Wednesday through Saturday). Online academic sessions, as well as virtual study team meetings, support these meetings. The Regional Program meets once per week on alternating Fridays and Saturdays (occasionally consecutive Fridays and Saturdays), and offers weekly study team meetings and on-campus tutoring sessions. The Global Executive MBA (GEMBA) at the Foster School of Business takes 12 months to complete. The cohort-based program is geared toward professionals looking to continue or to start working internationally. Meanwhile, the Technology Management MBA (TTMBA) is designed for technology professionals and entrepreneurs to learn relevant business management techniques. Courses cover topics such as negotiations, microeconomics, and decision modeling. With evening and weekend classes, the TTMBA is geared toward students who are also working full time. Finally, the Foster Hybrid MBA is mostly completed online with quarterly in-person sessions. This two-year program is designed for working parents, traveling or young professionals, and is taught by the full-time MBA faculty.

Core Courses at Foster

Year One

  • Financial Reporting and Analysis
  • Managerial Finance
  • Leadership Development
  • Building Effective Teams
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Micro-Economics of Competition and Strategy
  • Applied Strategy: Business Consulting Project
  • Statistics for Business Decisions
  • Leading Teams and Organizations
  • Competitive and Corporate Strategy
  • Information for Decision Making and Performance Evaluation
  • Operation and Supply Chain Management
  • Decision Support Models

Year Two

  • Ethical Leadership and Decision Making
  • Analysis of Global Economic Conditions

Degree Offerings at Foster

Full-time MBA

Evening MBA

Executive MBA

Technology Executive MBA

Global Executive MBA

Hybrid MBA (Online)

Joint Degree Programs
MBA/JD, MBA/MHA, MBA/MPAcc, MBA/MAIS (International, Japan or Korean Studies)

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Clubs and Competitions

Foster MBA students may choose among the school’s 23 student clubs as a member of the MBA Association. Clubs are broken into groups including Functional, Industry, Diversity, Interest and Extracurricular. There are a handful of Functional Clubs that support such disciplines as consulting, marketing, operations, finance and strategy. Industry Clubs explore entrepreneurship, technology, healthcare, outdoor sports and a passion for food, among other areas. Diversity in Business and Foster Veterans Association are among the handful of Diversity clubs. The MBA Challenge for Charity, which is in its 33rd year, along with Net Impact, give Foster students the opportunity to give back to their community and affect transformational change. Finally, students’ partners can socialize through the Blue Dot club, while other extracurricular clubs center around Husky football, creativity and travel experiences like white water rafting.

On campus, Foster offers two business competitions: MBA Core Case Competitions and the Business Plan Competition. The former is required for first-year students, who participate in a practice case in the winter and then a final “live” case. Industry leaders judge the presentations based on criteria such as recommendations and clarity. Meanwhile, the Business Plan Competition is hosted by the Arthur W. Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship and teams compete for $60,000 in prize funds. The goal of the competition is to develop a new business and teams may secure further funding after the competition through the Jones/Foster Accelerator.

Campus Spaces

Five of the school’s buildings are located in Seattle, Washington: Dempsey Hall, PACCAR Hall, the Bank of America Executive Center, the Foster Business Library, and Mackenzie Hall. The Eastside Executive Center is located in Kirkland, Washington, and houses the Technology Management MBA. Dempsey Hall is the newest addition to the campus and houses the dean’s office, MBA and undergraduate offices, the Center for Entrepreneurship and several classrooms. PACCAR Hall is a little over twice the size of Dempsey Hall at 135,000 square feet. PACCAR Hall is home to several classrooms, meeting spaces, a large auditorium and faculty offices.

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Career Services

The MBA Career Management provides many ways for students to develop professionally during their time at the school. Offerings include career coaching, online resources, advisory boards, networking events, a mentor program, and peer advisors for students in their second year. In addition, students can participate in mock interviews, résumé reviews, and career advising. The team of career strategists has a proven track record: historically, 95% of full-time MBA students are employed within three months of graduation.

Career Statistics

Foster grads have one of the highest job placement rates, with 98% of the Class of 2017 claiming employment within three months of graduation. Technology remained the most popular industry choice for the latest class, as 58% (up from 52% last year) of graduates entered the field. Consulting was a distant second, claiming 23% of 2017 graduates. While financial services tends to be a popular field for MBA students, only 6% of Foster MBAs joined the industry. Pharma/Biotech/Healthcare claimed 8% of the Class of 2017. Eighty-six percent of the Class of 2017 stayed in the Washington area while 14% settled outside the area.

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Class Profile

The full-time MBA Class for 2019 has a size of 90 students. On average, students are 28 and have just under six years of work experience. The class is 34% female, and international students make up 27% of the student population. The average GMAT for this class was 693 with undergraduate GPAs averaging 3.39.

Forty percent of the Class of 2019 had majored in social sciences or humanities at their undergraduate institutions.  Nineteen percent had chosen to major in business, while another 17% pursued engineering.  Twenty percent of the class split evenly between economics and computer science. The rest had majored in math and other sciences.

Application Procedures

Applicants are required to hold a U.S. bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent). GMAT scores are required for all applicants, and the average score is 691. If the GMAT is taken multiple times, the Foster adcom will accept the highest score; however, GMAT scores are only valid for five years and the test must be taken by the admissions deadline. In addition, students must prove quantitative analysis proficiency via college transcripts in quantitative courses, GMAT score, and/or current employment responsibilities. If necessary, students should submit evidence of English language proficiency via TOEFL, IELTS, or Pearson Test of English (Academic) scores.

The completed application includes an online application, two required essays, a résumé, two letters of recommendation, all prior transcripts, an official GMAT score report, and an $85 application fee. Work experience is preferred, but not necessary to apply for the full-time MBA.

Once a student’s application is received, the candidate may be invited to complete an admissions interview via video or in-person.

Application Checklist

  • Online Application Profile
  • Required Essays (2), Optional Essay (1)
  • Resume
  • Letters of Recommendation (2)
  • Official GMAT or GRE Score Report
  • Transcripts from a completed four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university (or an equivalent)
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency
  • Non-Refundable Application Fee ($85)

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For the 2017-2018 academic year, tuition and fees total $33,339 for Washington residents, and $48,606 for non-residents.  For the 20 months and six quarters it would take to complete the full-time MBA, this translates to $66,678 for residents and $97,212 for non-residents in tuition and fees.  Expenses, such as room and board, books, transportation and miscellaneous personal items, add to the cost of attendance each year.  Foster estimates approximately $20,000 for room and board for a one bedroom, solo occupied apartment over the course of 12 months. The MBA Association Membership Dues and MBA Club Dues are covered with one-time payments of $250 and $200, respectively. These expenses, and others including healthcare and personal miscellaneous ones, yield costs of attendance of $61,498 (Resident); $76,765 (Non-Resident); $77,035 (International on visa) per year.

Full-time MBA students may qualify for up to $20,500 via the Stafford/Ford loan program. Eligible students must have U.S. citizenship, no prior defaults on federal student loans, and (if appropriate) draft registration. Furthermore, students may receive private loans, and the Foster School of Business can help interested students compare private lenders.

Over one-third of MBA students receive scholarships, and both merit-based and need-based scholarships are available. First year merit-based scholarships are based on a student’s application (including GMAT score, GPA, and interview), whereas second year merit-based scholarships are based on a student’s current GPA and involvement in the Foster School of Business community. In addition, need-based scholarships are determined by FAFSA, and students should complete an online application to demonstrate financial need.

Additional scholarships are available for women and minorities, international students, and U.S. veterans. Veterans may apply for the Tillman Military Scholars program, Military MBA Scholarships, and a GMAT fee reimbursement.

While first-year full-time MBA students are discouraged from holding outside work, some second-year students may hold on-campus positions in MBA admissions or as teaching assistants.

Estimated Cost of Attendance 2017-2018

  • Tuition and Fees (per academic year)
    • $33,339 (Resident)
    • $48,606 (Non-Resident)
  • Room & Board: $20,068
  • Books and Supplies: $825
  • Local Transportation: $1,296
  • Personal Expenses: $3,020
  • MBA Association Membership Dues (one time only): $250
  • MBA Club Dues (one time only): $200
  • Health: $2,500
  • International Student Visa Fee: $45 per quarter
  • Totals:
    • $61,498 (Resident)
    • $76,765 (Non-Resident)
    • $77,035 (International on visa)

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What is the tuition for Foster’s MBA program?

The tuition for Foster’s MBA program is $48,333 per year. The total cost of the Foster MBA program is $96,666 per year; this includes budgeted living expenses.

What is the average GMAT score for admission to Foster’s MBA program?

The average GMAT score for the incoming class at Foster is 691. The GMAT range is middle 80% 636 to 730.

Does the Foster MBA program accept the GRE?

Yes. The Foster MBA program has accepted the GRE for a few years now.

What is the average GRE score for admission to Foster’s MBA program?

Foster does not publish an average GRE score for its incoming class, but does accept the GRE for admissions.

What is the minimum number of years of work experience required for admission to Foster’s MBA program?

Foster does not state a minimum requirement for years of work experience. However, it is important for candidates to be aware that they are being considered against other candidates with an average of 6 years of experience.

What is the average number of years of work experience for admission to Foster’s MBA program? (or, What is the average age of a Foster student?)

The average number of years of work experience among students in Foster’s MBA program is 6. The average age of a Foster MBA student is 29 years.

What is the average starting salary for graduates of the Foster MBA program?

The average starting salary for Foster MBA graduates is $120,000. The salary will vary by industry, with consulting and finance jobs generally commanding the higher salaries.

How long is Foster’s full-time MBA program?

Foster offers a traditional 2 year MBA program.

What are the application deadlines for Foster’s MBA program?

The Round 1 MBA application deadline is October 10, 2018. The Round 2 application deadline is January 10, 2019. The Round 3 deadline is March 14, 2019.

What percent of Foster MBA students are women?

The percentage of the class at Foster that are women is 43%.

What type of interview does Kellogg use for MBA admissions?

Kellogg has an open interview policy, where candidates can select their interview option when they submit their application. Because the interviewer will not have read the application, prior to the interview, it is a blind interview.

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Class Size90
Mean GMAT693
Mean GPA3.39

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Michael G. Foster School of Business
MBA Program Office
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Box 353223
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Phone: (206) 543-4661
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