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Full-time MBA Admissions

The Foster MBA Program selects individuals with the highest potential for achievement in the management profession—those who have demonstrated the capacity for high-quality academic work, who possess strong written and verbal communication skills, and who will contribute to the diversity of the student body and the ranks of professional leaders.

Application Deadlines and Notification Dates

The Foster Full-time MBA Program offers one intake per year—each fall. You may apply to any of the below deadlines, however, you may only submit one application per academic year.

Round Application Deadline Receive Notification
1 October 10* December 22
2 January 12*
(Final deadline for international applicants)
March 30
3 March 15 May 15

*Priority deadline for Forté Fellowships and merit based financial aid.

Application Requirements

Each application requires the following:

  • Online Application Profile
  • Required Essays (2), Optional Essay (1)
  • 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 an equivalent)
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency
  • Video Interview Submission (Applicants are emailed instructions on how to complete this application requirement 3-4 days after the application round deadline)
  • Non-Refundable Application Fee ($85)

Click on each heading to learn about each requirement.

Online Application Profile
Required Essays (2), Optional Essay (1)
Letters of Recommendation (2)
Official GMAT or GRE Score Report
Transcripts & GPA Reporting
Proof of English Language Proficiency
Video Interview
Non-Refundable Application Fee ($85)

Next Steps

Here’s what you can expect after you have submitted your application.

Admission Interview

Admission interviews are by invitation only and will be sent by email to select applicants within 4-6 weeks of the application deadline to which you applied. Interviews are conducted by Foster MBA Admissions staff and the interview invitation will provide instructions on how to schedule the interview. Interviews may take place on the University of Washington campus, in other select locations, or by Skype. In-person interviews are strongly preferred if the cost and effort are not unduly burdensome. If you are invited to interview, you must do so in order to remain under consideration for admission to the program.


If you submitted a complete application, including all supplementary materials, by one of the application deadlines, an admission decision will be sent to you via email no later than 5 p.m. on the above corresponding decision dates. All communication regarding the status of your application, including admission decisions, will be through email only.

Admitted Student Welcome Weekend

If you have been admitted to the MBA Program, you will be invited to attend Welcome Weekend—you need not have made the decision to attend Foster to take part! These events are intended to help you gain a deeper understanding of the program, meet potential classmates, connect with faculty and staff, and benefit from the perspectives of current Foster MBA students. Welcome Weekend dates for 2018: February 1-3 and April 26-28.

Visiting Graduate Student Applications

On a limited basis, we accept applications from individuals who meet the Visiting Graduate Student (VGS) requirements and are eligible to take MBA courses without being admitted as a degree-seeking student. Before applying, we strongly encourage all applicants to make an appointment with a member of our admissions team to verify eligibility, and to discuss the application process and upcoming deadlines. The application deadline for verified applicants is approximately 6 weeks before the desired quarter of enrollment. For more information or to schedule an appointment email or call (206) 543-4661.

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