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Elective Courses

This page lists both current and past Elective courses offered by the Foster School at various times of the year, but is not an exhaustive list. You may click on one of the subject areas below to skip to that section of the page. If you are interested in a course for which there is no syllabus linked below, you are encouraged to contact the course instructor directly.

To view the current quarter course offerings, see Elective Course Schedules.

To review previous student feedback on MBA Elective courses, please visit the UW Course Evaluation Catalog.

COURSE PREFIX COURSE TITLE CREDIT DETAILS SYLLABUS
ACCOUNTING ↑ Return to Top
Number Syllabus Course Title Details Syllabus
ACCTG 505
OR
ACCTG 506, ACCTG 507, & ACCTG 508
Intensive Analysis of Accounting Principles and Practices
OR
Intensive Analysis of Accounting Principles and Practices 1, 2, & 3
18 credits total
ACCTG 505 (SUM)
OR
ACCTG 506, 507, 508 series – 6 credits per course (AUT, WIN, SPR)
Maximum of 8 credits can count toward MBA Electives.
Prerequisites: ACCTG 215 & ACCTG 225 or equivalent, or permission of instructor
ACCTG 510 Introduction to Financial Statement Analysis 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or ACCTG 500
Syllabus-SPR/2017
ACCTG 579 *Examining Corporate Fraud 2 credits
Prerequisite: BA 502 or ACCTG 500
Syllabus-SPR/2017
ACCTG 600 Independent Study 2 or 4 credits Independent Study Details
BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION ↑ Return to Top
Number Syllabus Course Title Details Syllabus
BA 560 Cooperative Education in Business 1 credit
Open only to students who meet requirements of internship program.
Internship credit may not be applied to fulfill specific MBA degree requirements or to credits required for graduation.
Credit/No Credit grading only.
BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS ↑ Return to Top
Number Syllabus Course Title Details Syllabus
BCMU 509 Finding Your Voice 2 credits
Prerequisite: BA 501
Syllabus-SPR/2017
BCMU 579 *TED Talks 2 credits
Prerequisite: permission of MBA Program Office
SPR/2018
BCMU 579 *Women at the Top 2 credits
Prerequisite: permission of MBA Program Office
Syllabus-SPR/2017
BCMU 600 Independent Study 2 or 4 credits Independent Study Details
BUSINESS ECONOMICS ↑ Return to Top
Number Syllabus Course Title Details Syllabus
BECON 526 Competing in the Global Economy 4 credits Syllabus-AUT/2016
BECON 527 International Finance 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or FIN 502
Syllabus-WIN/2016
BECON 579 *Applied Global Macroeconomics 2 credits
Prerequisite: BECON 501
Syllabus-SPR/2017
BECON 600 Independent Study 2 or 4 credits Independent Study Details
ENTREPRENEURSHIP ↑ Return to Top
Number Syllabus Course Title Details Syllabus
ENTRE 509 Foundations of Entrepreneurship 2 credits
Prerequisite: permission of MBA Program Office
Syllabus-AUT/2017
ENTRE 510 Entrepreneurial Strategy 4 credits
Prerequisite: permission of MBA Program Office
Syllabus-AUT/2016
ENTRE 530 Entrepreneurial Decision Making 4 credits
Prerequisite: permission of MBA Program Office
Syllabus-WIN/2016
ENTRE 532 Software Entrepreneurship 4 credits
Prerequisite: permission of MBA Program Office
Syllabus-WIN/2017
Class details
ENTRE 540 *Business Plan Practicum 2 credits
Maximum of 4 credits count toward MBA Electives.
Prerequisite: permission of MBA Program Office
Credit/No Credit grading only.
Syllabus-WIN/2017
ENTRE 541 Technology Commercialization 4 credits
Prerequisite: permission of MBA Program Office
Syllabus-WIN/2017
ENTRE 542 Venture Capital Investment Competition 2 credits
Prerequisite: permission of MBA Program Office
Syllabus-AUT/2016
ENTRE 543 Environmental Innovation Practicum 2 credits
Prerequisite: permission of MBA Program Office
Syllabus-AUT/2016
ENTRE 545 *Health Innovation Practicum 2 credits
Prerequisite: permission of MBA Program Office
Syllabus-AUT/2015
ENTRE 555 MKTG 555 Entrepreneurial Marketing 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or MKTG 501
Syllabus-AUT/2016
ENTRE 557
FIN 557
Entrepreneurial Finance 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or FIN 502
Syllabus-AUT/2016
ENTRE 579 *Angel Investing 4 credits (AUT), 2 credits (WIN & SPR)
Maximum of 8 credits count toward MBA Electives.
Enrollment limited to Foster MBA students selected for the course (by application).
Syllabus-AUT/2016
ENTRE 579 *Biomedical Entrepreneurship 4 credits
Prerequisite: permission of MBA Program Office
Syllabus-AUT/2015
ENTRE 579 *Grand Challenges for Entrepreneurs 4 credits
Prerequisite: permission of MBA Program Office
Flyer-WIN/2018
ENTRE 600 *Entrepreneurial Law Clinic 2 credits
Prerequisite: permission of MBA Program Office
Maximum of 6 credits count toward MBA Electives.
Syllabus-AUT/2015
ENTRE 600 *New Ventures Practicum 2 credits
Prerequisite: permission of MBA Program Office
Maximum of 6 credits count toward MBA Electives.
Flyer-AUT/2016
ENTRE 600 Independent Study 2 or 4 credits Independent Study Details
FINANCE ↑ Return to Top
Number Syllabus Course Title Details Syllabus
FIN 528 International Financial Management 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500, 501 or BECON 500, 501
Syllabus-SPR/2016
FIN 552 Problems in Corporate Planning & Financing 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or FIN 502
Syllabus-AUT/2016
FIN 553 Problems in Capital Investment Planning 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or FIN 502
Syllabus-WIN/2016-Day
Syllabus-WIN/2016-Eve
FIN 555 Financing Decisions, Payout Policy & Corporate Control 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or FIN 502
Syllabus-SPR/2017
FIN 556
Business Valuation and Investment Analysis
4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or FIN 502
Flyer-WIN/2017
FIN 557
ENTRE 557
Entrepreneurial Finance 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or FIN 502
Syllabus-AUT/2016
FIN 558 Mergers and Acquisitions 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or FIN 502
Syllabus-SPR/2017
FIN 560 Investments 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or FIN 502
Syllabus-SPR/2017
FIN 561 Financial Futures & Options Markets 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or FIN 502
Syllabus-SPR/2015
FIN 562 Management of Financial Risk 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or FIN 502
Syllabus-WIN/2017
FIN 566 Alternative Investments: Hedge Funds & Private Equity 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or FIN 502
Syllabus-AUT/2016
FIN 579 *Asian Capital Markets 2 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or FIN 502
Syllabus-WIN/2016
FIN 579 *Financial Institutions: Fueling Growth, Managing Risk, and Avoiding the Next Financial Crisis 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or FIN 502
Syllabus-SPR/2017
FIN 579 *Game Theory & Other Topics in Microeconomics 4 credits
Prerequisite: BECON 500
Syllabus-SPR/2017
FIN 579 *Introduction to Real Estate Finance & Investment 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or FIN 502
Syllabus-SPR/2017
FIN 600 Independent Study 2 or 4 credits Independent Study Details
INFORMATION SYSTEMS ↑ Return to Top
Number Syllabus Course Title Details Syllabus
IS 600 Independent Study 2 or 4 credits Independent Study Details
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS ↑ Return to Top
Number Syllabus Course Title Details Syllabus
IBUS 545 Cases in Sustainability 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or MKTG 501
Syllabus-WIN/2017
IBUS 570 International Study Tour 2 credits
Enrollment limited to students selected for the tour (by application).
Tour Information
IBUS 579 *Applied Global Consulting in India 4 credits
Enrollment limited to students selected for the trip (by application).
Syllabus-WIN/2017
IBUS 579 *Global Business Forum (formerly BA 545) 2 credit
Prerequisite: permission of MBA Program Office
Credit/No Credit grading only.
Syllabus-AUT/2015
IBUS 600 Independent Study 2 or 4 credits Independent Study Details
MANAGEMENT ↑ Return to Top
Number Syllabus Course Title Details Syllabus
MGMT 509 Managing in a Global Environment 2 credits
Prerequisite: permission of MBA Program Office
Syllabus-SPR/2017
MGMT 511 Leadership & Coaching Practicum 2 credits
Enrollment limited to Full-time MBA students selected for Leadership Fellows Program.
Syllabus-WIN/2015
MGMT 545 Leading & Managing High-Performance Organizations 4 credits
Prerequisite: permission of MBA Program Office
Syllabus-SPR/2017
MGMT 547 Successful Negotiations 2 credits
Prerequisite: permission of MBA Program Office
Syllabus-AUT/2016
MGMT 548 Deal-Making in High Velocity Ventures 2 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or MGMT 500
Syllabus-SPR/2017
MGMT 550 CEO & Board Governance 4 credits
Prerequisite: permission of MBA Program Office
Syllabus-SPR/2017
MGMT 555 Nonprofit Board Fellows Leadership Seminar 1 or 2 credits
Maximum of 4 credits count toward MBA Electives.
Enrollment limited to students selected for Board Fellows Program.
Syllabus-2015-2016
MGMT 579 *Globalization of Healthcare Services & the Biotech Industry 2 credits
Prerequisite: permission of MBA Program Office
Flyer-SPR/2017
MGMT 579 *Intersections of Law & Business 4 credits
Prerequisite: permission of MBA Program Office
Syllabus-SUM/2015
MGMT 579 *Leading Across Cultures 2 credits
Prerequisite: permission of MBA Program Office
Syllabus-SUM/2017
MGMT 579 *Managing Across Cultures 2 credits
Prerequisite: permission of MBA Program Office
Syllabus-WIN/2018
Flyer-WIN/2018
MGMT 579 *Management Consulting: Structured Problem Solving and Critical Thinking 2 credits
Prerequisite: permission of MBA Program Office
Syllabus-AUT/2016
Flyer-AUT/2017
MGMT 579 *Opportunities and Challenges in Emerging Markets 2 credits
Prerequisite: permission of MBA Program Office
SPR/2018
MGMT 579 *Strategic Consulting Management 4 credits
Prerequisite: permission of MBA Program Office
Syllabus-SUM/2015
MGMT 579 *Sustainable Product Design & Development 4 credits
Prerequisite: permission of MBA Program Office
Syllabus-SUM/2015
MGMT 600 Independent Study 2 or 4 credits Independent Study Details
MARKETING ↑ Return to Top
Number Syllabus Course Title Details Syllabus
MKTG 505 Advanced Marketing Strategy 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or MKTG 501
Syllabus-SPR/2017
MKTG 511 Business-to-Business Marketing 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or MKTG 501
Syllabus-WIN/2017-Day Syllabus-WIN/2017-Eve
MKTG 515 Pricing Strategies & Tactics 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or MKTG 501
Syllabus-SPR/2017
MKTG 550 Direct Marketing 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or MKTG 501
MKTG 552 Consumer Marketing & Brand Management (formerly MKTG 512) 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or MKTG 501
Syllabus-WIN/2017
MKTG 554 Strategic Product Management (formerly MKTG 510) 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or MKTG 501
Syllabus-WIN/2017
MKTG 555 ENTRE 555 Entrepreneurial Marketing 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or MKTG 501
Syllabus-AUT/2016
MKTG 556 Advertising & Promotion Management (formerly MKTG 540) 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or MKTG 501
Syllabus-SPR/2016
MKTG 560 Research for Marketing Decisions 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or MKTG 501
Syllabus-SPR/2017
MKTG 562 Customer Analytics (formerly MKTG 565) 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or MKTG 501
Syllabus-AUT/2016
MKTG 564 Marketing Analytics 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or MKTG 501
WIN/2018
MKTG 566 Digital Marketing (formerly MKTG 579) 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or MKTG 501
Syllabus-WIN/2017
MKTG 570 International Marketing 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or MKTG 501
Syllabus-AUT/2016
MKTG 579 *Consultative Selling 2 credits
Prerequisite: BA 500 or MKTG 501
Syllabus-SPR/2017
MKTG 600 Independent Study 2 or 4 credits Independent Study Details
OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT ↑ Return to Top
Number Syllabus Course Title Details Syllabus
OPMGT 550 Project Management 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 502 or OPMGT 502
Syllabus-SPR/2017
OPMGT 560 Supply Chain Management 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 502 or OPMGT 502
Syllabus-WIN/2017-Day Syllabus-WIN/2017-Eve
OPMGT 579 *Business Analytics: Tools for Big Data 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 502 or OPMGT 502
Syllabus-AUT/2016
OPMGT 579 *International Supply Chain Management 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 502 or OPMGT 502
Syllabus-SPR/2017
OPMGT 600 Independent Study 2 or 4 credits Independent Study Details
QUANTITATIVE METHODS ↑ Return to Top
Number Syllabus Course Title Details Syllabus
QMETH 551 Modeling with Spreadsheets 4 credits
Prerequisite: BA 502 or QMETH 501
Syllabus-WIN/2017
QMETH 600 Independent Study 2 or 4 credits Independent Study Details

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