Skip to main content


Evening MBA Experiential Learning

The driving philosophy at the Michael G. Foster School of Business is “learn by doing.” Transforming learning into action takes many forms—courses within and outside of the core that provoke your thinking and stimulate discussion; leadership development periods to practice your skills; career planning based on your past experience and where you want to go; student organizations that allow you to lead and team with others; and company projects that give you an opportunity to solve real-world problems.

You’ll have a chance to participate in these experiences that involve substantial interaction with business or other external organizations throughout your three years at Foster.

Activity Description
Team-up for business competitions UW teams compete against other MBA teams and other schools for awards and prizes in national and international competitions. Prepare for real world strategic challenges at business plan and case competitions as well as contests in entrepreneurship, venture capital investment, cleantech, consulting, and global business.
Participate in a student organization Build your hands-on experience while you network with other MBAs who share your interests. Student organizations host lectures, hold events, raise money for charity and make connections with businesses, alumni and community groups.
Take a Study Abroad Tour Explore international business operations in other countries and expand your cross-cultural awareness during an MBA study tour. Assume a leadership role and help organize a tour for MBA students. Learn more about all the international opportunities.
International Consulting Projects Develop multinational solutions. With a focus on global business recommendations, such as international market research and competitive strategy, supply chain management and distribution, MBA International Business Consulting projects (IBUS 550) provide valuable hands-on experience.
Earn a certificate Strengthen your career focus with a certificate that enhances your MBA courses.
Consult with business and community organizations Add value and see your ideas come to life as you help businesses identify and resolve their challenges. Consulting choices include: teaming with other MBAs through the MBA Strategic Consulting Program, working with community agencies through the Consulting and Business Development Center, or pursuing an independent consulting project.
Join a community board of directors Gain confidence in the board room by serving alongside influential business leaders on community organization boards. The Consulting and Business Development Center Board Fellows Program gives MBAs an immersion experience into boardroom dynamics and governance expectations (not to mention outstanding networking opportunities).
Connect with an executive mentor Get matched with a high-level business executive to further explore your career interests and goals, learn about the mentor’s experiences and build a long-term relationship.