About the Foster MBA

The University of Washington’s Michael G. Foster School of Business is located in Seattle, which is home to worldwide corporations such as Amazon.com, Inc., Starbucks Corp., and Microsoft Corp. Collaborative learning is central to the full-time program, where students learn team dynamics through study groups or a guided ascent of Mount Rainier.

In addition to a full-time program, the school provides work-related options such as an evening M.B.A., an executive M.B.A., and a Technology Management M.B.A. for technology workers interested in business management employment. For professionals interested in studying global strategies, a one-year accelerated global executive M.B.A. is provided.

The 2-Year Full-time MBA Program

More than 45,000 Foster alumni are employed worldwide.

The Foster Full-time MBA Program in Seattle provides one with the curriculum, instructors, career assistance, and network to create one’s future. A Foster MBA’s ROI extends beyond professional and financial success, allowing one to lead with impact. In terms of admittance requirements, the Foster MBA is one of the top 20 schools in the country.

An MBA at Foster is anticipated to cost $112000. The annual living expenditures are $30,000.00.

MBA Student Scholarships

MBA students at UW Foster School of Business can get financial assistance from the Consulting and Business Development Center in order to make a difference with multicultural firms while enhancing business skills and filling out the Foster academic experience.

A few scholarships offered by Foster are – 

  • Forté Fellowship
  • The Consortium Fellowship
  • Ernest I.J. Aguilar Endowed MBA Fellowship
  • Reaching Out MBA Fellowship

Class Profile

The Class of 2024 graduated with an average undergraduate GPA of 3.35 and a median GMAT score of 710. Students had an average of 6 years of work experience prior to graduation, and their average age was 29. 40% of the Foster MBA class is made up of students of color, with 13% being historically underrepresented students of color. Fifty-eight percent are female, with 43% being foreign.

During their undergraduate years, 18% of the Foster Class of 2023 studied business/commerce. Twenty-eight percent had studied engineering/computer science, and ten percent had studied economics. Seventeen percent majored in humanities, while eight percent studied social studies.

Foster MBA Curriculum

Year one curriculum

The first year of the MBA program provides a comprehensive foundation of key business concepts, skills, and tools. A stellar teaching team collaborates closely to create and present modules of varied lengths that provide a solid foundation in the individual subjects—accounting, finance, marketing, operations management, and strategy—as well as a knowledge of how they interrelate.

Year two curriculum

During the second year, students can tailor the curriculum to their specific professional goals rather than being restricted to a single career track. Electives help students to gain more knowledge in areas directly connected to their post-MBA profession while also enhancing their capacity to take on cross-functional projects. Students must finish final core classes in ethics and macroeconomics in addition to optional study.

Program Requirements – 

Leadership Development

  • First Year: Assessment, Career Coaching, and practice

Students will be evaluated in a range of professional skill areas at orientation and during the first year. Faculty in communications will evaluate students’ presenting and writing abilities and collaborate with candidates to design a customized leadership skill development plan. Mock interviews will be evaluated by career coaches. Students will get continuing leadership communication and conflict resolution training. A second-year MBA will also provide direction to the team to assist members achieve peak collaboration performance. Students will have the opportunity to enhance their confidence as an individual and as a team member by actively participating in simulations and case contests.

  • Second Year: Mentoring and Polishing

Students will continue to polish their communication and leadership abilities as a second-year MBA student. Second-year students actively and informally mentor incoming students in order to strengthen team cooperation and leadership communication abilities, both of which are highly sought after by MBA recruiters.

If students need to fine-tune a specific area in their second year, academic and career coaches will work with students to use the Foster School of Business’s various resources.

Core Study Teams

Core research teams are carefully chosen to guarantee a varied range of talents, experiences, and perspectives:

  • Required Leadership Development course — allows for the development of collaborative abilities.
  • Collaboration and Conflict Seminar – gives strategies to increase team performance and address potential conflicts.
  • Leadership Fellows are second-year MBA students who coach first-year study groups in order to strengthen communication and working relationships.
  • Case Contests – During obligatory case competitions, students learn team presenting, analysis, and teamwork abilities.

Placement Statistics

Resources and Services – 


Professional coaches help students examine their interests and experience, clarify their career goals, and design a specific plan for success, from résumé and cover letter assistance to practice interviews. They link students with alumni and assist students in developing important job search skills such as communicating, interviewing, networking, and using social media platforms such as LinkedIn.


Through events like Meet the Firms, Fireside Chats, and Career Forums, Foster link students with top companies. Whether they want to learn more about the company’s culture or create a wonderful face-to-face connection, there’s an event to help them along the path.


Full-time MBA students are ready to help other students with anything from résumé advice and practice interviews to connecting students with companies. Second Year Peer Advisors are trained to give advice and resources on career path planning, company targeting, and employment opportunity evaluation.


If students are interested in working in a city other than Seattle, students may be able to participate in Regional Treks to locations such as Austin, Chicago, the San Francisco Bay Area, and New York City.


Employer advisory boards in the Seattle and San Francisco Bay regions give a ready-made employer network to help students with their job hunt. The advisory boards, which include leaders from prominent organizations like as Amazon, Deloitte, Google, Microsoft, Nordstrom, Starbucks, and others, give expertise and resources to strengthen the collaboration between the MBA program and employers.


A Foster MBA is an investment that will continue to generate dividends long after graduation. As a Foster MBA graduate, students may access a variety of services and resources through MBA Career Management or other departments at the University of Washington, such as Foster MBA Jobs, LinkedIn groups, and career evaluation tools. Personal career coaching may also be a possibility, depending on coach availability.

Placement stats for the Class of 2022 are as follows – 

Notable alumni

Richard Roll, American economist

William S. Ayer, President, and CEO of Alaska Airlines

David Bonderman, Founding partner of TPG

Donald Bren, Chairman of the Irvine Company

Application Details 

Application Requirements – 

  • Online Application Profile
  • Required Essays (2), Optional Essays 
  • 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 the equivalent
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency
  • Video Interview Submission (Instructions are emailed to applicants 3-5 days after the application round deadline)

Non-Refundable Application Fee – $85

Application Deadline 

The Foster Full-Time MBA Program has one intake per year, in the fall. Candidates may apply to any of the deadlines listed below.


Foster Essay 1

Post-MBA Plans – Tell us your ideas about what lies ahead for you in your career. What are the gaps or deficiencies currently preventing you from pursuing these potential career paths? How do you plan to use your time in the Foster MBA program to fill these gaps and advance your career? (750 words maximum)

Foster Essay 2

Inspiring Experience Essay – Tell us about an experience that inspired or confirmed your decision to pursue the MBA. (500 words maximum)

Foster Essay 3 (Optional)

At the Foster School of Business, we embrace diversity as one of the foundations of both successful business strategy and a world-class educational experience. We share the University’s dedication to promoting the understanding and appreciation of human differences, and the constructive expression of ideas. We welcome you to share some of the ways you have practiced inclusion, promoted equity or supported the advancement of underrepresented groups. (500 words maximum, optional)