Full-time MBA Program
Where talent meets opportunity
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build your knowledge base. expand your skill set. lead a team. sell a big idea. test yourself on a consulting project. learn from a mentor. get global experience. find your passion and follow it. build your brand. start a new career. start a new company.
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Why earn an mba today? At Foster, we believe there are three ways an MBA program should develop your talent and prepare you for future career opportunities, whether in the private, public or non-profit sector. Competence An MBA program should broaden your knowledge of business concepts and practices, and let you pursue the passions that point the way to your next career. Confidence An MBA program should give you opportunities to develop, practice and integrate new knowledge and skills until they become second nature. Connections An MBA program should dramatically increase your network of connections, putting you face to face with the people who will open the doors to future opportunities in your next career â€” whether they are peers, alumni, mentors or employers.
COmpetence confidence connections academics Competence in the disciplines of business is what you need to succeed in the marketplace. It’s what employers and investors are looking for. It’s what you know, and what you can do with what you know. That’s why the curriculum at Foster stresses both sides of this equation, balancing theory with plenty of practice. Learn from the best
Year Two: Specialize
Studying with Foster MBA faculty, you’ll learn from some of the most respected thought leaders in their fields. Many consult with leading companies. They’ll keep you challenged with explorations of the latest issues and solutions.
Year Two focuses on your personal career objectives. You’ll delve deeper into relevant subjects, and build cross-functional skills. You’ll customize your program by mixing and matching elective courses from the Foster Full-time MBA curriculum or other UW graduate schools. In addition to elective courses, you’ll complete required courses in ethics and macroeconomics.
Year One: Build your foundation
Year One covers 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—and an understanding of how they interrelate.
Choose from a big menu
The Foster Full-time MBA Program offers a range of certificates, specializations and concurrent degrees you can pursue as electives—inside and outside the business school. Pursue a concurrent
degree in another field, collaborate with researchers on a new technology, or take your career to an international level. You can customize your MBA in many ways. Think beyond borders
The world today is smaller, so global opportunities for Foster graduates are bigger. Travel on a Global Business Study Tour, participate in a globally focused internship or study project, enter the Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition, or add international studies to your academic schedule.
COmpetence confidence connections Leadership & Professional Development We believe in learning by doing. As a Foster Full-time MBA student, you’ll apply strategic thinking to solve problems for real businesses and develop your capability for hands-on leadership. From day one, you’ll start putting your knowledge and skills to work in the world beyond the classroom. Find your strengths
Put it all together
Year One kicks off with an intensive twoweek orientation and leadership development program. Mid-year, you and your teammates will test your knowledge and skills on an Applied Strategies consulting project for a business client. Throughout the year, we’ll help you assess your strengths as a leader, identify where you need to grow, and develop your communication, presentation and team skills.
In Year Two, you’ll have an opportunity to work closely with mentors in the business community and polish your professional image. Résumébuilding options include experience in student organizations, Field Study consulting projects, internships and service on non-profit boards.
Throughout the program, you’ll participate in business plan competitions and case competitions that give you practical experience in applying your knowledge and skills.
Want to network with other students who share similar career goals and interests, bring in guest speakers or support a charity? Student organizations will give you the chance to pursue your passion and develop leadership skills at the same time. Can’t find the right organization for your special interest? Start one yourself!
Make it real
Above all, we’ll help you leverage Foster’s extensive connections with the business community to get in front of prospective employers and show what you can do. When the right opportunity appears, you’ll be ready.
COmpetence confidence connections Career Development & Networking Fundamentally, the purpose of business is building relationships for mutual benefit. We want you to get good at that – very good. Our goal is to introduce you to the people who can open the doors to your future, whether they’re recruiters, employers, business leaders, mentors, consulting clients, partners or investors. MBA Career Services will help you know your brand, know your market, and market yourself. Get personal career coaching
Go on the road
Network, network, network
From résumé and cover letter advice to multiple mock interviews, we will help you evaluate your interests and experience, clarify your career goals and develop a personalized strategy for success. Along the way, we will also be your sounding board and support network, connecting you to the right resources as you need them.
If you are dedicated to exploring careers outside of Seattle, participate in a Foster MBA Road Show or a Student-led Trek. Travel is also sponsored to a variety of national MBA career conferences.
Tap Foster’s vast alumni network and extensive connections with the business community, in the Pacific Northwest and around the world.
Learn from a mentor
The bottom line: We’ll help you define your unique competencies and experiences and communicate them to your target audience—and help you close the deal on the right offer.
Connect with employers
Use Foster MBA Jobs to take part in on-campus interviews, manage your career portfolio, and apply for jobs and internships.
The Mentor Program connects you with senior executives in the Seattle business community. Students draw on their mentor’s depth of experience to explore a variety of business and career-related issues.
Build a personal brand
Go wide, Go deep Full-time MBA Curriculum
Start by expanding your knowledge of the core disciplines of business and how they work together, then build deeper knowledge and skill in the areas youâ€™re passionate about.
Core: Build your foundation
FALL Leadership Development Corporate Finance Financial Reporting and Analysis Marketing Strategy Statistics for Business Decisions Building Effective Teams
WINTER Competitive and Corporate Strategy Leading Teams and Organizations Microeconomic Foundations of Strategy Applied Strategy: Business Consulting Project
SPRING Information for Decision Making and Performance Evaluation Operations and Supply Chain Management Decision Modeling
Electives: Itâ€™s All Up to You
Practical experience Students complete three practical experiences during the program, which may include a summer internship, consulting team projects, or project based courses.
BUSINESS ECONOMICS Financial Markets Competing in the Global Economy International Finance and Investments Independent Study or Research
International experience Students (except those studying on a student visa) complete two international experiences during the program, which may include study abroad, spring study tours, or certain international courses.
ENTREPRENEURSHIP Business Plan Practicum Entrepreneurial Decision Making Entrepreneurial Finance Entrepreneurial Marketing Environmental Innovation Practicum Entrepreneurial Strategy Foundations of Entrepreneurship Technology Entrepreneurship Practicum Venture Capital Investment Practicum Angel Investing Software Entrepreneurship Technology Commercialization Innovation Strategy Independent Study or Research
CORE Analysis of Global Economic Conditions Ethical Leadership and Decision Making
ELECTIVES ACCOUNTING Intensive Analysis of Accounting Principles and Practices Introduction to Financial Statement Analysis Strategy and Operations through the CFO Lens Independent Study or Research BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS Finding Your Voice Women at the Top Independent Study or Research
FINANCE International Financial Management Problems in Corporate Planning and Financing Problems in Capital Investment Planning Financing Decisions, Payout Policy, and Corporate Control Entrepreneurial Finance Acquisitions and Alliances Investments Financial Futures and Options Markets
Management of Financial Risk Asian Capital Markets Wall Street and Hedge Funds Independent Study or Research INFORMATION SYSTEMS Web 2.0 and the New Economy Independent Study or Research INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS International Study Tour Business Studies Abroad Cases in Sustainability The Global Forum: Current Issues in International Business Applied Global Consulting Independent Study or Research MANAGEMENT Leadership and Coaching Practicum Leading and Managing Highperformance Organizations Successful Negotiations Deal-making in High-velocity Ventures Deal-making in the Global Arena CEO and Board Governance Intersections of Law and Business Global Strategic Management Transforming Strategic Thinking and Leadership Independent Study or Research
MARKETING Advanced Market Strategy Business-to-Business Marketing New Product Development Consumer Marketing and Brand Management Advertising and Promotion Management Managing Customer Relationships through Direct Marketing Research for Marketing Decisions Database Marketing and Decision Models Entrepreneurial Marketing Pricing Strategies Service Marketing Independent Study or Research OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT Project Management Supply Chain Management Independent Study or Research QUANTITATIVE METHODS Forecasting Models in Business Modeling with Spreadsheets Independent Study or Research
BEYOND BUSINESS Narrow your academic focus further by taking advantage of electives outside the School of Business.
Customize Your MBA The Foster Full-time MBA experience will broaden your knowledge of all the key business disciplines and show you how to integrate them in practice. But Foster also offers an exceptional range of opportunities to add depth to your résumé by pursuing your individual interests and career goals. These include: • Elective courses • Certificate programs • Case competitions
• Business plan competitions • Concurrent degree options • Consulting projects
• Internships • Student organizations • International experiences
Foster’s menu of such opportunities for Full-time MBAs is unusually long for a program of its size. Choosing a mix of learning experiences tailored to your interests and goals can be a big challenge. You need to know yourself, define your goals and stay focused on your career beyond graduation. We’ll help you get there.
What’s your career path?
Versatility is a hallmark of the Foster Full-time MBA, with options for applying your new knowledge and skill in a wide variety of roles, functions and industries. Aerospace Biotechnology Brand Management Consulting Corporate Finance
Corporate Social Responsibility Entrepreneurship Environmental Management Healthcare Information Technology
International Business Investment Banking Law Manufacturing Marketing Analytics
Money Management Non-Profit Management Petroleum & Energy Product Management Public Sector Management
Real Estate Development Retail Sustainable Development Transportation
Find room to grow If you want to stand out from the crowd, come to Foster. Youâ€™ll fit right in. This is a place for exceptional individuals who want to make a difference in the world, whether as managers, consultants or entrepreneurs. Here, weâ€™re less interested in social status, more interested in individual character. And we believe that sometimes doing good is as important as doing well. Like the Foster School, the Northwest attracts creative, goal-oriented achievers from every corner of the globe, drawn by a wealth of opportunities to build a career, pursue an education, raise a family and live an active, balanced life. The forward-looking cities of Seattle, Portland and Vancouver on the lush, green west slope of the Cascades offer a rich mix of cultural flavors, with Asian accents especially strong. The range of industries here is similarly diversified and future-oriented, with strengths in manufacturing, information and communication technology, biotechnology, global health, smart energy, international trade, film, natural resources and tourism. The vitality of these urban centers, their thriving downtown scenes and their residential neighborhoods, complements the dramatic natural environment that surrounds them â€“ the dense evergreen forests, towering mountain ranges, and rugged coastlines that each offer endless recreational opportunities.
Make your next move INQUIRE Go online. You’ll find comprehensive information on admissions
requirements, the application process, cost, financial aid, curriculum, faculty and more. Visit foster.washington.edu/mba.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR Application Deadlines: • October 15 • November 15 • January 20 (last deadline for international applicants) • March 15
APPLY You knew there had to be paperwork. When you’re ready to take the plunge, you’ll need to supply the following: • Online application
Call or email. The MBA staff is here to answer your questions.
Meet one-on-one with an Admissions Counselor.
• 3 application essays
Call or email us to set an appointment. Contact MBA Admissions at (206) 543-4661 or 1 (866) 77UWMBA— 1 (866) 778-9622—or email email@example.com.
EXPLORE Visit the Foster School on the University of Washington’s Seattle Campus or meet us on the road. Attend an on-campus information session or find out when we’ll be in your part of the world. Attend an information session, preview weekend, or application workshop. Learn more about the Foster MBA and how to make your application more competitive. Details are available on the web. Check out a class. Experience the program up close, connect with students
and faculty and get a sense about whether this is right for you. Compare your Foster MBA options. Visit the website to learn about the Foster School’s full menu of MBA programs, including the Full-time MBA, the Evening MBA, the Executive MBA and the Technology Management MBA. Connect with MBA Ambassadors, who can give you a look at the Foster MBA
experience from the students’ point of view.
For MBA information sessions, campus visits and interviews, check our website at foster.washington.edu/mba
• 2 letters of recommendation • Transcripts • GMAT (score valid for 5 years) • English Language Proficiency test (TOEFL, PTE or IELTS) — required for all candidates who do not have a degree from the U.S. or another approved English-speaking country, or graduated from a program in which the language of instruction was not English.
GET ADMITTED The Foster School of Business seeks to admit people who are a good fit for the MBA Program, people who can really benefit from the experience and add something to the mix. The final steps in the admission process bring this important decision into focus for everyone involved.
Full-time MBA Program
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Think differently. Make a difference. Itâ€™s the Washington Way.