University of Washington Tacoma Milgard School of Business

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The Milgard School of Business has perfected the art of student-centered learning. In 2018, students were able to compete for the emblem and motto for this AACSB-accredited business school. The winner decided Milgard’s mission should embody three values: educate, explore, and engage. The small 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio allows professors to learn about the dreams of their students and help those dreams become a reality. Nearly three-quarters of students receive financial aid. Milgard SoB offers 11 distinct scholarships from generous private endowments and financial institutions, such as Wells Fargo. Graduates work in a variety of business arenas for Amazon, the Federal Government, Pepsico, and State Farm.


Undergraduate students can change their future pathways by earning a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. This degree focuses on key skills needed to be successful in a business career, such as global awareness, strategic thinking, and teamwork. Students can customize their learning experience with options in Accounting, Finance, General Business, Management, or Marketing. Courses incorporate hands-learning projects, such as creating financial reports, portfolio management, navigating human resource management tools, and product development.

Graduate students can increase their competitiveness with an MBA, MAcc, Master of Cybersecurity and Leadership, or a Master of Science in Business Analytics. The MBA program is a flexible, part-time program that meets one night per week and two Saturdays per semester. A specialized Healthcare concentration is available. Students with an accounting background are eligible for the accelerated MAcc, which can be completed in just nine months. Those making a career change to accounting will complete an 18-month program. Afternoon and evening classes are available to accommodate different work schedules. An innovative speaker series program is offered for one credit hour, and students can also earn up to four-credit hours for either completing an internship or independent study project. Cyber Security and Leadership students complete a well-rounded curriculum, consisting of one course per semester through Milgard and one through the Institute of Technology. The Business Analytics and CSL programs both feature industry capstone projects, and classes meet two Saturdays per month.

Student Life

Milgard’s student body is a diverse group of nearly 800 students. The School is constantly adding new ways for students to engage with the business community and thrive in real-life business settings. Students can complete consulting projects for local firms through the Center for Business Analytics, or compete in the case competitions at the Center for Leadership and Social Responsibility. The Success Center hosts a lively calendar of events to help students prepare for their careers.

Students can also learn about professionalism by earning a Milgard Gold Certificate. To earn this certificate, students must earn a badge in Leadership and Community, Communication Skills, and Personal and Professional Development. Some of these activities that will satisfy these badges include joining a club, attending an etiquette dinner, and participating in Lunch and Learn sessions. Global Business Study Tours are offered each semester, such as Global Economy: Views from Spain, When in Rome: International Communication, and European Summer School in Germany.

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