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Evening MBA Case Competitions

In a case competition, participants strive to develop the best solution to a business or education-related case study within an allocated time frame, typically in teams of three to five. Teams deliver presentations a panel of judges who evaluate their presentations and choose the best solutions.

Case competitions are a great way to test business skills and team capabilities acquired during an MBA program. Team members bring their unique skills and experience to develop well-rounded solutions to business problems. Many students interested in careers in consulting find case competitions great practice for applying their expertise in business matters to varied corporate and organizational situations.

This year’s (required) case competition for 2nd year evening students is as follows:

eLEAD 2 and Case Competition

Second Year Evening MBA Case Competition
Monday, Sept 12, 2016, 5:00-9:30pm Case Competition Launch

Saturday, Sept 17, 2016, 7:45am-6:00pm Case Competition Presentation Day*

No prior preparation is needed.

*Students should anticipate that they will work with their new teams Tuesday-Friday, Sept 13-16 to develop their solution to the business problem and prepare a persuasive presentation (team rooms will be reserved for your use). Final presentation PPT decks will be due Friday, Sept 16, 2016.

Foster MBA Program Case Competitions

Evening MBA students are required to participate in the Evening MBA Case Competition in September at the beginning of the their second year. The Evening MBA Case Competition is judged by Foster faculty and alumni working in the Puget Sound business community.

External Program Case Competitions

Interested students may choose to compete in various national case competitions at institutions around the country. These competitions focus on many different disciplines such as entrepreneurship, marketing, ethics, and sustainable business practices. The Programs Office has compiled a list of Priority Case Competition opportunities:

Students are also encouraged to pursue additional ad-hoc competition opportunities not listed. To propose competing in a competition, priority or ad-hoc, or for questions and inquiries please contact mattheu@uw.edu.

MBA Programs Case Competition Grants

The MBA Programs Office awards a limited number of grants for MBA teams participating in external case competitions. The Priority Grant ($2,000) is available for teams participating in priority case competitions. Teams participating in other competitions are eligible to apply for an Ad Hoc Grant ($1,500). These grants may be applied to the following team expenses:

  • Case Competition Registration (can be paid directly by the Program Office; email mattheu@uw.edu for information)
  • Airfare/Mileage
  • Ground transportation to and from Sea-Tac Airport and the destination airport
  • Lodging expenses not included in registration fees

Your team must apply for a grant from the MBA Program Office prior to participating in a case competition. Teams awarded a grant will receive instructions on how to proceed with preparing for and booking travel to the case competition.

Questions? Contact mattheu@uw.edu.