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Executive Development Program

Watch the video above to meet EDP alums and hear why they chose the program and what impact it had on their career.

The Executive Development Program at the Michael G. Foster School of Business is a nine-month, part-time certificate program that explores each facet of business enterprise from an executive’s top-level view. The program focuses on practical business applications and provides a progressive, entrepreneurial learning community where you can access advanced business education without a significant burden on your work, travel and family schedules.

Study at a nationally ranked business school

Learn cutting-edge business strategies and processes from the Michael G. Foster School of Business’s MBA faculty, recognized for its innovative research and teaching. For 2018, U.S. News & World Report ranked Foster’s Full-time MBA Program 1st in the Northwest, 9th among public universities and 27th among all business schools. View the full list of rankings here.

Become a more effective leader

Acquire new tools and techniques that address your company’s current challenges and expand your management abilities, increasing your effectiveness at work while you learn. Examine the relationships between business functions from marketing to finance, information systems to supply chain management. The program curriculum emphasizes strategic planning and the impacts of macroeconomics, globalization and culture on business.

Fit your study into the work week

Classes meet weekly on Monday evenings (4:30 – 9 p.m.) for nine months (September – May). Parking, meals, books and materials are provided so you can make the most of your time on campus. Enhance class sessions with online resources – you can download course materials and log onto student discussion groups between Monday classes.

Develop a network of experienced professionals

Exchange best practices and create solutions drawn from the experience of a diverse group of managers, executives and other professionals from a broad range of industries. Gain confidence in your decision-making abilities by discussing challenges, insights and solutions with knowledgeable peers. Expand your network of business contacts.

Recent EDP blog posts

Balancing work and school in Foster’s Executive Development Program

Today’s executives are busier than ever and often expected to work long hours or travel extensively. It seems impossible to find the any extra time to devote to education, even if it’s going to make a significant improvement at work.…

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March 14, 2016

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Executive Development 9-month Certificate pay-off

Hear from Snoqualmie Ice Cream owner Barry Bettinger, Cupcake Royale founder Jody Hall, Washington Research Foundation CEO Ron Howell and more leaders in health care, retail, tourism and other industries on how UW Executive Education helps sharpen skills and grow businesses.

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