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Once I get into Foster, how do I stay in? What are my options? What courses are offered when? Am I on track to graduate? These curriculum questions are among the most common questions students ask. The information provided in this section can help answer those pressing questions.

Students in the undergraduate program in the Foster School of Business work towards a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration (BABA). The structure of the program balances business classes with those from outside disciplines, resulting in an overall educational experience of depth and quality.

This section explains what an undergraduate can expect of our program. Be sure to explore the many ways students can specialize and even customize their degrees. Spend some time checking it all out and start planning your degree now!

Bachelor of Arts in Business AdministrationCertificates & Special Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration

Students must complete a minimum of 180 credits to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration (BABA). The degree is made up of several requirements within business and other areas of knowledge. Half of the degree, about 90 credits, must be fulfilled with non-business courses including general education requirements in visual, literary & performing arts, individuals & societies, natural world, Diversity, English composition and writing. Up to 14 credits of Economics and up to 9 credits of Statistics can apply to the 90 credits of non-business requirement. GEN ST 350 credit is excluded. Find out more about the general education requirements.

Click on the headings below to learn more about the BABA degree requirements and the seven course of study options at the Foster School. The information below is not intended to substitute formal academic advising. There may be additional requirements related to residency, writing, pre-requisites, etc. for you to include in your graduation plan. Schedule an appointment with a Foster School adviser.

BABA Degree Requirements
Residency Requirements
Formal Options/Areas of Study
Important Reminders

The Foster School provides a range of opportunities for students to accent their educational experiences. Learn more about the certificates and special programs available to students in the Certificates and Special Programs tab.

Certificates and Special Programs

The Foster School provides a range of opportunities for students to accent their educational experiences. Follow the links below to learn more about these programs.


Certificate of International Studies in Business (CISB) is a rigorous, integrative academic supplement to the Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. Through study abroad, foreign language immersion and area studies coursework, CISB students are equipped to meet the challenges facing business leaders in today’s global economy.

Sales Certificate Program provides students with the knowledge and real-world experience necessary to be successful in sales. This nationally ranked program teaches students how to sell, manage and lead. (OPEN TO ALL UW STUDENTS)

Special Programs

The Foster Honors Program is designed to provide unique opportunities for a small group of students with an exceptional academic record and a desire to expand and intensify the academic experience provided through the Business Administration degree.

Lavin Entrepreneurship Program combines hands-on learning and coursework to give students the experience, skills and know-how to succeed in their future business ventures. Students apply to the program as freshmen. The Lavin Program is offered by the Arthur W. Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship at the Foster School. (OPEN TO ALL UW STUDENTS)

Entrepreneurship Minor offers students the opportunity to leverage their unique talents, as well as their new-found business knowledge, to achieve their start-up goals. The minor is open to all non-business undergraduates. Foster students interested in studying entrepreneurship should pursue the entrepreneurship option, which you can learn more about on the Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration tab.

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