Full-time MBA


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Program Description

What makes the UW MBA distinctive? The University of Washington MBA Program offers you the tailored curriculum, the networking opportunities, the national reputation and the career services you need to position yourself for the career of your choice.

Full-time MBA Facts


U.S.News & World Report ranks the University of Washington Business School in the highest tier of national schools for job placement of Full-time MBA graduates at three months (#6 out of 391 business schools). The UW Business School's 95.8% placement rate was higher than the #1-ranked business school in Best Graduate Schools 2007.

The UW Business School's MBA Program is ranked 11th among public schools and 29th overall in U.S.News & World Report -- moving up from 51st overall in 2000. UW MBA business specialties are ranked as follows:

  • Entrepreneurship #20
  • Information Systems #20
  • International #20
  • Accounting #22

Business Involvement

  • 200 or more executives each year speak in the classroom, participate in lectures and interact with students
  • More than 200 business leaders on 12 advisory boards help keep the curricula and programs innovative and relevant
  • Up to 70 high-level executives-- including CEOs, CFOs and CMOs --along with many UW alumni provide mentoring and coaching for MBA students
  • Close to 100 percent of MBA students participate in summer internships

Global Connections

  • 34 percent of MBA students are international students representing 19 countries
  • The MBA Program has exchange partnerships with 18 universities in Asia, Europe, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East

Areas of Study

The power of the UW MBA Program lies in its flexibility. Eleven business disciplines plus hundreds of courses throughout the Michael G. Foster School of Business and the University of Washington equal a personalized MBA.

There is no required majors, just a firm business foundation complemented by individual courses and certificates. Follow a proven formula or create a new professional niche, you can work closely with career and academic coaches to:

  • Pursue a single discipline such as marketing or operations management
  • Combine disciplines into a custom focus
  • Enhance your degree with a certificate program
  • Create a custom program with a mix of courses


You are encouraged to choose elective courses from a variety of subject areas to create the right blend of coursework to meet your desired objectives. Concentrations are informal and do not appear on transcripts.

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Business Communications
  • Business Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Information Systems
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management
  • Quantitative Methods

Concurrent Degree

Stronger together-- earn a second degree with your MBA

If your long-term interests span several academic disciplines, a multiple degree or concurrent degree program may be the right choice for you. To be eligible, students must apply to and be accepted by both programs. Although estimated time frames for degree completion are provided below, the UW MBA Program Office suggests that students will have a more enjoyable experience if they extend their studies beyond these minimums.

  • MBA/JD Program with the School of Law (Four-year program)
  • MBA/MHA Program with the School of Public Health and Community Medicine (Three-year program)
  • MBA/MPAcc Program with the Department of Accounting - Auditing and Assurance (Three-year program)
  • MBA/MPAcc Program with the Department of Accounting - Taxation (Three-year program)
  • MBA/MAIS (International Studies) (Three-year program)
  • MBA/MAIS (Japan Studies) (Three-year program)

MBA Curriculum

Year One offers an integrated core of fundamental business concepts, skills, and tools. This core wraps modules of varying length together for a solid foundation in the individual subjects -- accounting, finance, marketing, operations management, and strategy -- an understanding of how they interrelate.

In Spring quarter, you select electives that let you explore subjects related to your second-year concentration. These classes also help you acquire specific knowledge and hands-on skills that you can apply immediately in an optional summer internship.

Year Two lets you build a concentration of courses unique to your personal career objectives. Develop greater expertise in the areas directly related to your post-MBA degree career, while you increase your ability to take on cross-functional assignments. In addition to elective coursework, you complete final required classes in ethics and macroeconomics.

Target audience

For those seeking complete immersion in a flexible learning and professional development program.

Last updated Dec 2017

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About the School

The Michael G. Foster School of Business at the University of Washington, located in Seattle, ranks among the top business schools in the United States. Founded in 1917, the School has more than 46,00 ... Read More

The Michael G. Foster School of Business at the University of Washington, located in Seattle, ranks among the top business schools in the United States. Founded in 1917, the School has more than 46,000 alumni. Each year about 2,500 students enroll in our undergraduate and graduate programs, and over 1,000 participate in Executive Education. Mission Statement We are an entrepreneurial learning community dedicated to the creation, application, and sharing of knowledge that places special emphasis on dynamic and global business environments. Read less
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