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Evening 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.

Deadlines and evaluation dates

The Foster Evening MBA Program offers one intake per year—each fall. You may apply to either of the below deadlines, however, you may only submit one application per academic year. Competitive candidates will be invited to participate in a Virtual Admissions Interview, so please take note of the interview dates that correspond with your application round.

Round Application Deadline Interviews Receive Notification Enrollment Deadline
1 February 5 Saturday, March 14, 2020 April 10 May 1
2 June 2 June 15 – July 10 July 24 July 31
Summer July 31 By invitation August 25 September 1

*Applications will be accepted throughout the summer on a rolling basis, with a final application deadline for Autumn 2021 admission to the program of July 31. If you’re considering applying to the summer round, we encourage to you reach and to us to discuss your application and the timeline we have for reviewing applications, offering interviews, and the enrollment deadline for Autumn quarter ahead of applying. Please email [email protected] to request an appointment with an admissions counselor.

Application requirements and selection criteria

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, or Executive Assessment results
  • 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
  • Non-Refundable Application Fee ($85)
  • The program does not sponsor F-1 Visas

Want a competitive edge for your application?

Click on each heading to learn about each requirement.

Create your online application profile via the UW Graduate Admissions website. Select “Graduate” as your application type, and “Business Administration – Foster School of Business – Evening MBA” as your graduate program. Indicate Autumn 2020 as your desired entry date.

Two essays are required and must be uploaded to your online application. The optional essay allows you to tell us more about yourself or explain an area of potential concern.

Essay 1: Post-MBA Plans (750 words maximum) – Tell us your ideas about what lies ahead for you in your career. What are the gaps or deficiencies currently preventing you from pursuing these potential career paths? How do you plan to use your time in the Foster MBA program to fill these gaps and advance your career?

Essay 2: Inspiring Experience Essay (500 words maximum) – Please tell us about an experience that inspired or confirmed your decision to pursue the MBA.

Essay 3: Optional essay (500 words maximum) – Please include this essay if you have additional information that you believe would be helpful to the admissions committee in considering your application.

Outline your work experience, in reverse chronological order. Be sure to include company name, a brief description of the organization (or a web address), your job title and detailed information about your responsibilities. Please feel free to use up to three pages for your resume, and include all significant work experience since graduating from high school. Include educational background as well as your activities and community involvement.

Two recommendation letters are required; however, you are permitted to submit up to three. Preferably, recommendations should be provided by professional contacts versus academic or personal contacts. Designate your recommenders in your online application profile. Recommenders will receive an email directing them to the online recommendation form.

Transcripts are required for all undergraduate and graduate-level institutions attended. For the application review process, the Foster MBA program accepts copies of original transcripts. Transcripts must be uploaded within the online application; do not send official transcripts to our office via mail. Please see detailed instructions regarding the content and format of acceptable unofficial transcripts below. **Please note that official transcripts sent directly from institutions are required only after an offer of admission is accepted by the applicant. Instructions for submission of official transcripts will be provided to admitted students at a later date.

Required format for all transcripts
We require scanned copies of original transcripts submitted via PDF file within the online application. Please make sure to include any transcript keys that describe the institution’s grading scale (typically found on the back side of most domestic transcripts). Self-generated online grade reports or versions that have been cut and pasted into a Word document will not be accepted.

Required content for all transcripts:

  • Full name of applicant (former names are acceptable if indicated on application)
  • Name of degree-granting institution
  • Title(s) of academic degree(s) awarded
  • Dates of enrollment, including date of graduation/degree conferral
  • Names of individual courses
  • Grades, marks, or ratings of individual courses
  • International transcripts must include official English translations
  • Both marks sheets and degree statements are required, if applicable

GPA Requirements
Applicants should review our Class Profile for GPA averages for admitted students. Although Foster does not have a minimum requirement, a GPA of 3.0 (B) or better is generally the standard we look for in a competitive candidate. We holistically review all aspects of your application when making an admissions decision. Should your GPA fall below a 3.0 average, we closely evaluate your performance on the GMAT or GRE, as well as other aspects of your application, to assess your ability to succeed academically in our program. If you have specific concerns related to your undergraduate GPA, please contact one of our admissions counselors to discuss your questions.

Reporting your Grade Point Average
The Graduate School Application asks applicants to report their Grade Point Average (GPA) on a 0.0 – 4.0 scale for the last 90 quarter or 60 semester graded credits. Specific instructions are provided on the Graduate School Application for converting and calculating your GPA if your university was not on such a system, and for converting from an international grading system to a 4.0 scale. Please read and follow the instructions carefully for converting your GPA to a 4.0 scale to complete this question. If you’d like to assess your GPA ahead of applying, the application refers applicants to the Foreign Credits website, and to use the GPA calculator for this process.

Please note, if you attended a university that does not grade courses or provide a GPA, check the “I do not have a GPA” box.

All MBA applicants are required to take the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Applicants with 8 or more years of full-time work experience may be eligible to take the Executive Assessment (EA). For more information about eligibility to take the Executive Assessment, please schedule an informational interview with an admissions counselor by emailing [email protected]. All sub-scores and the Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) score are evaluated. There is no departmental preference for the GMAT, GRE, or EA exam. Scores should indicate a strong aptitude for business studies. You can review score averages on our Class Profile.

The GMAT and GRE exams are offered year-round and can be taken multiple times. Scores are valid for five years. The EA can only be taken a maximum of 2 times. It is recommended that you take your test as early as possible to allow time to retest if necessary. One of the tests must be completed by the application deadline at the latest. If you have taken the test more than once, the admissions committee will use your highest total score to evaluate your application. For more information on the GMAT, visit the GMAT website or call 800-GMAT-NOW (800-462-8669). To learn more about the GRE, visit the GRE website or call 1-866-473-4373.

Request that your official scores are sent to the University of Washington with the appropriate code from the table below. Be sure to include your score breakdown in the Self-Reported Test Scores section in the online application.

Program Codes for Official Submission of GMAT Scores:

GMAT 459-75-46
GRE 4854
EA When prompted, choose Foster School of Business – Evening MBA

Proficiency in English is required for admission to a graduate program at the University of Washington. If your native language is not English you are required to demonstrate English language proficiency in one of the following ways:

  • Bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or from an institution in Australia, the Bahamas, Canada, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Singapore, Trinidad and Tobago, or the United Kingdom.
  • Official documentation from the institution verifying that the applicant’s undergraduate degree is from an institution (in a country other than those listed above) where all instruction is in English. The undergraduate degree must be equivalent to a US bachelor’s degree. Documentation must be presented to the Graduate School.
  • Complete an English Language Proficiency Exam. Refer to the below table for accepted exams and score requirements. Please note we no longer accept the IELTS exam.
English Language Proficiency Exam Minimum Score Requirement
TOEFL 100 iBT / 250 CBT / 600 PBT

Most test scores are valid for two years. Applicants with scores below the minimum score requirements are highly encouraged to retake the exam before submitting an application. TOEFL scores must be sent directly to the University of Washington (school code 4854).

A non-refundable application fee of $85 must be paid by credit card through the online application system.

Competitive Evening MBA candidates are invited to participate in Evaluation Day, a mandatory step in the admissions process. Evaluation Day involves personal presentations and group exercises designed to evaluate:

  • communication skills
  • decision-making abilities
  • team skills
  • leadership potential

Invitations to participate in Evaluation Day will be sent via email only.

*Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Evaluation Day will be replaced by virtual Admissions Interviews for the 2020 admissions cycle. We hope to reinstate Evaluation day in future admissions cycles. Admissions interviews will be by invitation only.*

Concurrent degree applicants must apply to each school, college or department of interest.
Additional admissions tests may be required. Application materials should be submitted separately to both programs, as the individual programs independently make admissions decisions. Applicants must be offered admission to both schools to be admitted to the combined program.

If you have applied to the Foster Evening MBA Program previously and you are planning to reapply, we generally recommend that you submit an entirely new application. However, some components (such as recommendation letters and transcripts) may be used again provided that no more than one year has passed since the previous application was submitted. Feel free to reach out to Foster MBA Admissions staff directly with any questions as you prepare your new application.

Next steps

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

Evaluation Day

Competitive Evening MBA candidates are invited to participate in Evaluation Day, a mandatory step in the admissions process. Evaluation Day is a large group interview which involves personal presentations and group exercises designed to evaluate:

  • communication skills
  • decision-making abilities
  • team skills
  • leadership potential

Invitations to participate in Evaluation Day will be sent via email only.

*Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Evaluation Day will be replaced by virtual Admissions Interviews for the 2020 admissions cycle. We hope to reinstate Evaluation day in future admissions cycles. Admissions interviews will be by invitation only.*


For applicants whose complete application, including all supplementary materials, is submitted by the application deadline, an admission decision will be provided via email approximately two months after the above-stated deadlines. If you apply between deadlines, your application will be held and reviewed when the next application deadline arrives. All communication regarding the status of your application, including admission decisions, will be through email only.

Important dates

Candidates who are admitted to the Evening MBA Program at Foster are required to attend a series of orientation and MBA preparation events prior to the official UW start date. Please be sure to mark your calendar for the following mandatory events should you be admitted to the Evening MBA program for Fall 2020:

  • September 12: Evening MBA Orientation (8:00am – 8:30pm)
  • September 21 & 23 (6pm-9pm): Accounting Jump Start
  • September 25, 26, & 27 (8:30am – 4:30pm): 1st Core Curriculum Course MGMT 510

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 prospective 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 applicants is approximately 6 weeks before the desired quarter of enrollment. For more information or to schedule an appointment email [email protected] or call (206) 543-4661.