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MBA Our Way

Evening MBA Program

Two rules: Work hard. Have fun.

For us, earning an MBA isn’t just checking a box on our résumés. We want an MBA that can change our lives. That’s why we’re at Foster. The Northwest’s best business school gives us what we’re looking for: Competence in the core disciplines of business Confidence to apply what we’re learning Connections to take our careers to the next level

It isn’t easy, but we don’t have to do it alone. In the Evening MBA Program at the Michael G. Foster School of Business, we’re part of a great team. It’s a true learning community, with classmates, faculty, staff and a network of influential alumni and friends in the business world all working together to make sure we succeed. Whatever our career goals, we know earning a Foster MBA will open doors for us. The Foster Evening MBA: It’s our MBA. (It could be yours, too.)

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Why do we choose Foster?

When we started thinking about earning an MBA, we did our homework. We researched part-time programs that allowed us to keep working. We talked to friends and colleagues. We visited classrooms. Here’s where we ended up: For us, the Foster Evening MBA is simply the best part-time program in the Seattle area. No contest. Why? Let us count the ways. Foster offers us... The opportunity to earn an MBA from the region’s top business school while balancing our studies with the rest of our lives, including work and family. Time to explore course content in greater depth while spreading out the cost of education over three years. Flexibility in scheduling courses, including the option to speed up completion

of the program. The ability to specialize in an area of concentration, or pursue a completely self-designed study plan unique to our career goals and aspirations. A fantastic group of fellow students who enhance the experience—a network of connections we call upon while we’re in the program, friends we’ll keep long after we graduate. Collaborative study teams that encourage community and mutual support

for learning. Options for customizing our program with professional development and

extra-curricular activities. A strong alumni network, with over 54,000 Foster alums worldwide, including over 11,000 MBA alums. The ability to think strategically about business problems, and the confidence to step out and lead.

We are Foster Evening MBAs Who’s a typical Evening MBA student? Sorry, there’s no such thing. We come from all kinds of backgrounds and live all kinds of lives. We were born down the block and around the world. We work for big corporations, small startups, nonprofits and government agencies. We are engineers, artists, entrepreneurs, sales and marketing specialists, healthcare administrators, and scientists. We’re in our first real job and we’re on our third career. We like pickup basketball and volunteering at the local food bank and reading fairy tales to our kids. What we have in common is passion—for business, for community, for life. You will fit right in.

“One of the benefits of doing an evening program is that you’re working at the same time. It’s been great to be able to apply things I’m learning in class to my job the next day.” Allison Waddell Foster MBA

Undergraduate Major: Marketing Works in technology transfer

“I was eager to network within the professional community. Foster was most proactive about facilitating those connections.” Chinu Randhawa Foster MBA

Undergraduate Major: Economics Works in real estate

“The leadership development aspect of the Foster program is important to me. It’s challenging to get people to rally behind you and follow the same vision, and Foster communicates the importance of leaders developing this soft skill.” Kevan Brown Foster MBA

Undergraduate Major: Mechanical Engineering

“I wanted to have a sense of community with the people I was going to school with, and Foster definitely provided that.” Lisa Dahlby Foster MBA

Undergraduate Major: Journalism Works in advertising

Works in engineering

“They don’t dumb it down for the evening students. You get the same education and the same experience as the full-time students.” Graham Mills Foster MBA

Undergraduate Major: Theater Works in arts management

“I chose Foster because of the prestige of the University of Washington. It was right in my back yard, and the Evening MBA could easily gel with my work schedule.” Jamal Al Amin Foster MBA

Undergraduate Major: Aerospace Engineering Works in aerospace engineering

Leadership Opportunities Electives

Centers and clubs


Business plan and case competitions

It’s our MBA, after all

GLobal business study tours

career management

We make the most of it Once we’ve built a solid foundation of business knowledge and get a handle on the basic MBA toolbox, Foster encourages us to branch out and pursue our own paths, wherever they may lead. Here’s how we do it: Electives

Dive deep into an academic area of interest, earn a specialized certificate­—even take courses outside the business school. If we know what we want, we can find it here. Business Plan and Case Competitions

We’re big on collaboration and teamwork at Foster, but we also like to win. Business plan and case competitions help us excel both ways. It’s incredibly challenging and rewarding, and just plain fun. Field Study Projects

Field study projects let us apply our knowledge and skills to challenges faced by real businesses. The experience looks great on our résumés. Centers, Clubs and Student Leadership

Centers help us start our own companies, meet venture capitalists, consult with small businesses, serve on nonprofit boards and travel to learn about global business. Clubs offer us opportunities to network with other students interested in healthcare, marketing, consulting, finance, strategy, sustainable business and more. Programs like peer mentoring, the MBA Association and Challenge for Charity develop our leadership skills and help us give back to the community. Philip Bond Associate Professor of Finance and Business Economics

Career Management

MBA Career Management is here to assist with career coaching, connecting with mentors in the business community, meeting recruiters, setting up interviews and applying for jobs and internships. With Foster’s connections, we’ll go far.




Building Effective Teams Financial Accounting Intro to Business Economics Leadership Development WINTER

Business Finance Statistical Data Management SPRING

Managerial Accounting Marketing Management

2 Year


Leading Teams & Organizations Operations Management Decision Support Models WINTER

Ethical Leadership Business Strategy SPRING

Analysis of Global Economic Conditions (Elective)

Foster’s curriculum gives us options In the first half of the program, we all take the same core courses in the same order. It’s all about learning the language of business and progressively building on what we learn each quarter to become grounded in all the key functions. In the second half, we integrate what we’ve learned and take it to the next level with courses that prepare us to meet our unique career objectives.



Focus on one or two areas or choose to take a broad array of electives. It’s up to you.


Examining Corporate Fraud Introduction to Financial Statement Analysis BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

Strategic Management Practicum BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS

Finding Your Voice Women at the Top BUSINESS ECONOMICS

Applied Global Macroeconomics Competing in the Global Economy Foster Research Partners

Foundations of Entrepreneurship

Leadership & Coaching Practicum

Health Innovation Practicum

Leading & Managing HighPerformance Organizations

New Ventures Practicum Software Entrepreneurship Technology Commercialization Venture Capital Investment Competition

Leading Across Cultures Management Consulting: Structured Problem Solving and Critical Thinking


Managing in a Global Environment

Alternative Investments: Hedge Funds & Private Equity

Nonprofit Board Fellows Leadership Seminar

Business Valuation and Investment Analysis

Successful Negotiations

Financial Institutions: Fueling Growth, Managing Risk, and Avoiding the Next Financial Crisis Financing Decisions, Payout Policy & Corporate Control Game Theory & Other Topics in Microeconomics International Financial Management


Advanced Marketing Strategy Advertising & Promotion Management Business-to-Business Marketing Consultative Selling Consumer Marketing & Brand Management Customer Analytics

Introduction to Real Estate Finance & Investment

Digital Marketing


Pricing Strategies & Tactics

Management of Financial Risk

Research for Marketing Decisions

Mergers and Acquisitions

International Marketing

Strategic Product Management

International Finance

Problems in Corporate Planning & Financing




Angel Investing

Applied Global Consulting in India

Business Analytics: Tools for Big Data

Cases in Sustainability

International Supply Chain Management

Biomedical Entrepreneurship Business Plan Practicum Entrepreneurial Decision Making

Global Business Forum

Entrepreneurial Finance

International Study Tour

Entrepreneurial Marketing


Entrepreneurial Strategy

CEO & Board Governance

Environmental Innovation Practicum

Deal-Making in High Velocity Ventures

Project Management Supply Chain Management QUANTITATIVE SYSTEMS

Modeling with Spreadsheets Additional electives are available outside the Foster School curriculum.


Dive deep on special topics not in the regular curriculum and design your own course with the help of Foster faculty

Visit the Foster MBA website for most current courses foster.uw.edu/eveningmbacurriculum

How we fit a part-time MBA into a full-time life. Here’s a first-year Evening MBA student’s schedule. Nobody said it was going to be easy. Monday 7 AM





Workout at the gym

8 Work 9 10 11 12 PM

Lunch with Microsoft or Amazon on campus


2 3 4 5 Guest speaker on campus

Career workshop

Class – Courses 1 and 2

Class – Courses 1 and 2

6 7 Study on our own 8 9 10 Weekly happy hour 11





Friends, family, recreation Work



Study group

Kickball league

Monthly Foster social event Workout at the gym Study on our own Dinner out with friends

Want to be part of this? START THE CONVERSATION

• Go to an information session. Sessions are offered twice monthly, on the first Thursday evening at the Seattle campus and the third Thursday evening at the UW Eastside Executive Center in Kirkland.

• Experience an evening in the life of an MBA student at Campus Visit Night. A student host will bring you to class after you hear from students, alumni and the program director. WHEN YOU’RE READY TO APPLY

• Want to talk with someone about the Evening MBA Program and what it has to offer? Call to set up a one-on-one meeting with an Admissions Counselor.

• Attend an online application workshop. Learn how to make your application more competitive. Visit the Admissions Events calendar on the Evening MBA website for details and registration.



• Connect with students and alumni who can give you an inside look at the Evening MBA experience. Connect with students at mbavisit@uw.edu or alumni at evealum@uw.edu. • Sit in on a class, experience our dynamic learning environment up close, connect with students and faculty.

Application Deadlines: Mid-January and

mid-April. Evaluation Days: About six weeks after each

application deadline. Visit the Evening MBA website for more information. Classes Begin: Mid-September. Students are admitted each year for fall quarter only.

foster.uw.edu/evemba mba@uw.edu 206.543.4661

Evening MBA Program Michael G. Foster School of Business University of Washington Box 353223 Seattle, WA 98195-3223

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