The Michael G. Foster School of Business at the University of Washington works hard to successfully transform students into highly qualified, entrepreneurial, global business leaders. They value integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, diversity, and community engagement. The expert faculty work hard to instill leadership, strategic thinking, and complex problem-solving skills. Housed in both Dempsey Hall and PACCAR Hall, and encompassing almost 200,000 square feet combined, the School of Business benefits from these state-of-the-art facilities. They provide incredible, innovative, and enhanced technological resources for business students. It was founded in 1917 and carries the AACSB accreditation.
Undergraduate students can receive a Bachelor in Business Administration degree with a personally designed area of study or specialize in Accounting, Information Systems, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Human Resources, Operations & Supply Chain Management, Finance, and Management. There are a plethora of degree options for graduate students. The Master in Business Administration can be obtained either full-time or in the evenings. There is an Executive MBA option designed around the busy schedules professionals hold. Other masters degree programs include the Technology Management MBA, Global Executive MBA, Master of Professional Accounting, Master in Business Analytics, Entrepreneurship, Information Systems, Taxation, and Supply Chain Management. Doctoral students can pursue a Ph.D. in Business Administration. Scholarships are numerous and awarded based on need, merit, or affiliation with the Educational Opportunity Program. For those who desire to increase their global perspective while earning college credit, the Global Business Center offers Foster students many study abroad programs in places like Argentina, London, Rome, Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Australia, Morocco, India, and Ghana.
Many clubs and organizations exist to enhance the overall business educational experience through service opportunities, networking, and building lasting relationships. These groups include the Undergraduate Business Council, Alpha Kappa Psi, American Marketing Association, Asian Business Student Association, Delta Sigma Pi, Husky Sales Club, The Native Business Association, The Real Estate Club at UW, and the UW Consulting Association. The EY Center for Career Advancement assists students in finding the proper career path through career fairs, workshops, seminars, events, and counsel. The Foster Business Magazine is an excellent resource for students to read articles about faculty research, university news, current business topics of discussion, and insight from business leaders. Several centers have been created to foster research, innovation, assistance for the local business community, and hands-on experience and networking for business students. These centers include the Consulting and Business Development Center, the Arthur W. Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship, the Global Business Center, the Center for Leadership and Strategic Thinking, and the Center for Sales and Marketing Strategy.
The Foster School of Business offers a hybrid MBA, which involves mostly online classes, lectures, and coursework coupled with a three to five-day on-campus session each quarter. This on-campus immersive experience will include interactive classroom discussions, Networking and career planning workshops, Social events with fellow classmates, and special lectures and networking events with industry leaders. This 52 core credit and 10 elective credit program differs from the on-campus MBA in that the electives are exclusive to the Hybrid program.